This review comes from a recent visit to The Cherry Tree, but I base my experience on more than one visit (in the past two years) for this purpose.
I've eaten at The Cherry Tree on a few occasions with it being local to where I live. It's a convenient spot to go to for a meal and a drink but I haven't much more to proffer than that really.
The staff and the decor are the highlights of the place. The staff are friendly, helpful and always willing in their attendance of your needs. They are open to conversation and maintain a good standard of cleanliness, service and helpfulness. You aren't waiting very long for what you order and they handle a busy bar, providing drinks ordered- rather well when there is a high volume of custom.
The decor is warm and homely, with adequate seating of various sized tables and an almost combined modern and rustic feel to its colour scheme. The space is plentiful (ideal for disabled patrons) and you usually don't have to wait for a free table- even during busy periods.
Outside car parking is provided and offers a fair amount of spaces for cars and motorcycles. Access to the car park is also the exit and this is found just as you turn into Norwich road from the Dereham road.
I can't really rate the quality of food except to say that you do get fed (meals are to the expected size and quantity) but the standard is not very remarkable. I find the meat they serve a little tough and their vegetables crunchy and a little bland in flavour. The plus of eating at The Cherry Tree is the range of drinks they have to offer (especially the real ales) and the quality and variety of their desserts. The menus for both starters, main courses and desserts provide a fair range of choice and definitely caters for vegetarian diets. The desserts are well worth looking at and sampling!
Choice won't fail any couple or people attending in family sized groups or with friends.
The choice of food does vary across the year and the menu of the day (found on the restaurant wall) gives a vast list of different dishes (meat, vegetarian and fish meals. Desserts too).
At different times of the year The Cherry Tree themes their menus and offerings to whatever part of the calendar is current (Valentines Day, Easter, Christmas etc). They also vary their choice of real ales during the course of the year as well.
Toilets are easy to find and accessible but be cautious on the floors as the surface, even when dry, can be slippery (I have no idea why this is but soles of different shoes I've worn have always encountered this problem and I've had to watch how I walk on the times i've visited). The taps differ in size in the gents and the hand dryer sees me dry my hands on my clothing instead.
The toilet facilities (speaking of what I know only of the gents) are kept clean but the smell of detergents used doesn't linger in the air over what the toilets are actually used for!
There is a good sized disabled toilet available at The Cherry Tree.
I've mainly visited The Cherry Tree with my family and it has fulfilled what we have been looking for in a place to stop and eat and converse about things. The atmosphere is pleasant and comfortable for longer durations. I've noticed on every occasion i've been to the restaurant that locals do use the bar for drinks like that of normal pub and there are fruit machines for those who like to play them.
Friendly staff, warm decor but that really is all. Compared to other eateries in Norwich, The Cherry Tree is an average affair but not one to dismiss. It is worth a try for any visitors who are looking for a meal and drink during their time in the City.
If you're happy to look out of a window and view one of Norwich's busiest roads while you eat then you won't have any issues with attending The Cherry Tree for such scenery! It is located opposing a petrol station and set of traffic lights that caters for two lanes of traffic either way. This shouldn't put anybody off from going there though. It isn't too bad at all.
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