The Victoria has long been a favourite of ours for imaginative lunches after a weekend walk in the deer park or on the beach at Holkham. We were quite surprised to see that it closed for re-furbishment in January (we didn't think it needed fixing) so eagerly awaited it's reopening. We decided we'd try the restaurant for an evening dinner with friends to celebrate a birthday. We have eaten dinner in the restaurant before and would certainly describe it as a fine dining experience. On this occaision we certainly didn't enjoy fine dining or fine service. Our pre dinner drinks order was delivered incorrectly, cutlery items were missing from our table and we were served pre dinner bread without side plates. We (and we observed other tables also) had to request side plates. At least our table was large enough for 4 people unlike other round tables nearby that were clearly designed for 2 but 4 diners were squeezed onto them. I'm afraid when our food arrived it could only be described by all of us as bland with the exception of perhaps one of the starters. The asparagus starter was accompanied by a hollandaise sauce that was virtually tasteless and the lamb dish for main course was overcooked and again devoid of any flavour. I'm afraid we had a totally deflating and underwhelming experience and presume the previous chefs are no longer with the Victoria. I'm sure it is early days under the new regime but urge them to at least get back to the standard that was the reason for the high regard in which the Victoria was previously held.
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