I have just realised I have three reviews sitting on my PC to post so will do them in date order
The wife and I have spent the August Bank holiday weekend at the Neptune in Old Hunstanton and I am finding it difficult in knowing where to start, should I get the negatives out the way first, as they are very few, or should I just extol the virtues of this place.
The great thing about this place is Kevin’s cooking, indeed every time I saw Kevin over the weekend he was in the Kitchen if not cooking then preparing food, and it tells in what he delivers.
On Saturday we had the tasting menu whilst Sunday we selected from the a la carte menu, in between and on Monday morning we were offered a wonderful breakfast.
The thing we liked was the attention to the little details you expect good food from a Michelin Starred restaurant, we were fascinated by the tableware, for example the tweezers they gave us for the salad, small items but intense flavours, or the various jugs that appeared during different courses all added a little something.
However, I am getting ahead of myself, the Neptune is located on the busy A149 and it is particularly narrow as it passes through Old Hunstanton, so you are playing dodgems/peek-a-boo with the parked cars and the oncoming traffic.
It is easy to miss the Neptune, we drove right pass into the hotel next door and from what I understand this is a fairly common occurrence. We arrived late Saturday afternoon had to ring the bell to be greeted by Kevin, who had been working in the Kitchen preparing that evening’s feast.
The Neptune is small, the front door leads straight into a small bar area that has seating for about 12 but you would only use this area for a pre or post meal drink. There are seven bedrooms and seven tables in the restaurant.
We were in a bedroom (number 7) at the back, although Kevin assures us that after about 8 o’clock the road outside is very quiet. Our room whilst small had a small seating dressing area that both the wife and I sat in to read and or use the laptop.
The bathroom is very small but well appointed, spotlessly clean with everything you would expect from a much larger hotel, there was even a box with those personal items you sometimes forget, razor and various hygiene products, again attention to detail.
Large double bed was if anything too soft for us, but we do prefer an extremely hard bed. There was a flat screen TV and digital radio, although we never used that.
The dressing sitting room had a coffee machine and kettle, and while there was only breakfast tea available in the room, there was a box on the landing with a selection of teas. Kevin had baked chocolate biscuits if you were hungry and there was a thermos with cold milk in.
Whilst I am now posting this review six months after the visit it would be wrong to go into specifics of the menu as it has most likely changed since our visit, so these are general comments. I would classify the courses from the tasting menu in one of three ways, exceptional, surprising and plain old good. In a way it was the surprising courses that gave us most pleasure,
The a la Carte offering was in every way as good as the tasting menu and both the wife and I loved the breakfast
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