We had been to the nearby Castle Acre Priory and had been warned off the village's Ostrich pub by a local. 'Really gone downhill', we were told. The other pub in the village has, sadly, been turned into a pub. So we headed the four miles or so into Swaffham where we discovered this pretty little cafe bar right beside the market cross. Its low beamed ceilings, scrubbed pine tables and hotch-potch of chairs create a real atmosphere downstairs. On the first floor, there are more tables and a lovely sitting room with an assortment of comfy chairs.
The interesting menu is on a number of blackboards. The Broccoli and Stilton soup was truly outstanding, the home made burger excellent and the whitebait very good. Both the mains came with a well-dressed side salad, but my only disappointment was that a bowl of chips would have been £2.95 on top and was not offered as an alternative to the salad. The overall impression was excellent with the owner and one female member of staff very much on the ball. The other girl was very hesitant and needs more training to tell her how things should be done; she may simply have been new.
But for rustic ambience, value for money and quality of food, the Market Cross Cafe comes highly recommended.
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