Great position at the bottom end of Holt High Street, is situated The Owl Tearooms, as one is driving through this wonderfully decorated town, the tearooms are facing you as you turn left by the war memorial.
As I approached the main front door a sign told me that the tea room was closed, as I enquired inside at the bakery, in the entrance the swing round sign read “Cafe Closed” which I quickly remedied so they didn’t lose any more customers. The girls behind the counter thanked me for noticing.
I was ushered to my table by a very pleasant young lady, who left me with the menu, and promptly returned with a bottle of water …. very nice. The rest of the staff were really attentive and looked after me very well.
The menu seemed very comprehensive and seemed to cover all aspects of the Owl Tearooms culinary delights, obviously more than just a tea room.
On the Plate:
I was really looking forward to receiving my breakfast this morning as I was both hungry and I saw some other breakfasts come out. Of course I ordered the Full English which was a sight for sore eyes and smelt wonderful, but once my excitement had settled down, I did think there was not a great deal on the plate there did seem to be a lot of porcelain showing, and there were no baked beans, I did mention this point to the owners and was told it was an extra. When my order was taken apparently I should have been asked if I would prefer brown or white toast, as I wasn’t asked the default seemed to be granary.
However … once I got into the breakfast the quality was amazing, very nice to see the Lincolnshire sausage cut into half before cooking, so it was always going to be nicely cooked. The bacon was very well cooked with some delightful flavours, so in fact was the rest of the breakfast, along with the black pudding, not usually an ingredient in a Norfolk breakfast, but very tasty. The mushrooms, tomatoes and egg were all very delicious,: a very good breakfast. Another nice little touch was that the brown sauce came in a little pot and not a bottle … I like that.
I didn’t manage to find out what the make of coffee was, but I really enjoyed it a very nice coffee and really hot as it did last throughout my meal.
The Full English breakfast was £8.00 and the coffee was £2.20, giving a total of £10.20.
I really enjoyed my experience in The Owl Tearoom and will certainly be back there again, but making sure I order baked beans and white toast. I also found parking not to be an issue which certainly makes a change in Holt. There seemed to be a lot of people come in whilst I was eating my breakfast, it may have been me turning the sign round. The best part was certainly the quality of the ingredients used and the friendliness of the staff. I will be going back.
The Owl Tearooms
White Lion Street
Date: 16th December 2018