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“Fine but...........” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Bird in Hand

Bird in Hand
Church Road, Wreningham NR16 1BJ, England
+44 1508 489438
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Ranked #1 of 1 Restaurants in Wreningham
Price range: $9 - $30
Cuisines: English, Contemporary, Pub, Gastropub
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Good for: Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Norwich, United Kingdom
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89 reviews 89 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
“Fine but...........”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

Second visit in 2 months with the family. Whilst it was good and the majority of the food was good there were some frayed edges. The lovely food included the scampi and the lasagne and the prawns. The special burger was also fine. On the disappointing side - the special vegetarian mushroom, lentil and walnut loaf and vegetables simply lacked something. The potatoes were lovely. The loaf was pleasant but the vegetables had a limp and either overcooked or microwaved look about them. Knowing the place and its high standards I am sure it was the former and not the latter. They did detract from an otherwise nice meal. The deserts were overall very nice too.

We were seated by the corner of the bar and this was cold - it was a freezing day and the door was opening and closing frequently. With the specials board behind us we had a steady stream of people standing seemingly staring at us, but looking to see what was on the board. Despite their apologies to us - I would suggest that this table is probably the worst in the place especially on a cold day.

Overall this made for an OK experience it did detract from the warmth (Both physically and atmospherically) of the visit and made us rather happy to leave and get back to the warm fire at home. That is a shame as it was a special occasion and the Bird in Hand has lovely staff and some very good food.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Norwich, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Excellent lunch”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013

Went to The Bird in Hand for the first time today - I suspect it will be the first of many visits. The food & service were excellent.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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The_Bird_in_Hand, Owner at Bird in Hand, responded to this review, April 9, 2013
Thank you for your review, I am pleased that you enjoyed the majority of your meal.

With regard to the vegetables, I am sorry that they were not to you taste, our vegetables are fresh, never frozen and cooked to order therefore I am disappointed that they failed to please.
We would have been more than happy to replace them or exchange them for something else had you mentioned it to a member of staff.
We want all our guests to leave satisfied and happy!

With regard to your table, on the afternoon you visited us, there were several tables available in the Postmill restaurant just off the bar area, and it would have been no trouble to find another table for you had we known you were uncomfortable.

I hope that you will come back and see us again, try the Postmill next time, or book a table in the alcove, I think you will fine either one very comfortable.
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Diss, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“Good but not great”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

Visited here for Sunday lunch to celebrate a family birthday. I ordered the cottage pie which was possibly the best I have ever tasted!! most of the party had roasts.

Service was OK, slightly slow and had to ask twice for some water for the table. Ladies toilets were not great as on both occasions when I visited people were not able to flush them - this needs to be addressed.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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The_Bird_in_Hand, Owner at Bird in Hand, responded to this review, February 19, 2013
Thank you for your review, I am pleased that you enjoyed Shaun's home made cottage pie, it is one of the most popular dishes on our 'retro' menu.

Sunday lunchtimes are always very busy at The Bird, and although we do our very best to look after our guests with as little delay as possible, sometimes we ask for their patience when we are under pressure, I do hope that your meal wasn't spoilt by having a delay with your jug of water.

We are aware of the problem with the Ladie's loo during times of high usage, however, it is scheduled to be addressed very soon as part of our on-going improvement programme.

Thank you again for your review an we hope you will visit us again soon
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Another great night out”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

Another visit to The Bird in Hand and another great night out. 8 of us went to celebrate my 66th birthday and we had a very enjoyable evening. Always a lovely atmosphere there and great service. The food once again was superb. Excellent service even though they were very busy. Very reasonably priced food. If we eat locally it is the first place we think of to visit. Very friendly pub/restuarant and deserves to do well

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Forncett, United Kingdom
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“My favourite pub/restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013

Food is excellent, the staff are excellent, service is excellent.
Lunch and dinner menus are both brilliant. Large, tasty servings, presented really nicely.
Warm atmosphere and very family friendly.
Have never been disappointed when visiting (and I have visited a lot!)

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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The_Bird_in_Hand, Owner at Bird in Hand, responded to this review, February 17, 2013
What a great review, thank you so much from everyone at the Bird.

We hope you will continue to visit us and we look forward to welcoming you again very soon :0)
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