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“Had a great time and superb meal”

Constantia Cottage Restaurant
Ranked #27 of 94 Restaurants in Cromer
Price range: $57 - $57
Cuisines: Greek
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Good for: Large groups, Special occasions, Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Description: The Constantia Cottage Restaurant is nestled on the beautiful North Norfolk coast of the UK and is a family run business celebrating 35 happy years of service, offering a unique blend of Greek and International dishes. The Constantia family pride themselves in going that extra mile to make sure your visit is a memorable one, giving attention to detail for each individual need or special event. Nothing is ever too much trouble and customers are encouraged to pop in for a coffee to chat to the family about their requirements beforehand. The authentic Greek atmosphere adds to the exciting menu selection that also caters for vegetarians and vegans. The main restaurant is a 90 capacity, with a choice of the original part of the historic cottage available for more intimate setting. The Constantia is the ideal venue for birthdays, wedding receptions, hen nights, work functions and Christmas parties or just a romantic dinner for two.
Reviewed September 23, 2013

The food in this restaurant is excellent. The service is simply superb. We were welcomed warmly like old friends. A strong family run atmosphere pervades. no one rushed us to leave when we were finished. Our only regret we weren't able to here the greek music. Still, another time. We will definitely call back. Super value for money as well. friendly waiters/waitresses. Loved it.

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Thank Paul C
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Reviewed September 15, 2013

We were on holiday with our grandchildren who although quite young, like to eat different types of food and so we decided to try this restaurant. From the moment we stepped in the door we were made to feel welcome to this obviously Greek Cypriot family business. As it was a Thursday evening we missed the entertainment which we would have booked for apart from the fact we were returning home the next day.
We all enjoyed our meal and so did the children although we would have liked to see a more Greek children`s menu. However that is probably due to the fact that they assume most children here eat chicken nuggets and chips and they are probably right.
The only reason we did not rate it a 5 was due to one granddaughter ordering the steak with no mushrooms. That translated to steak on its own with no potatoes or veg. It was no problem to them, but she had to wait while it was cooked and served. We had all nearly finished our meal by that time but sincere apologies made up for it.
Saying that, we will definitely be visiting this restaurant again when in the area and recommending it to friends and relatives.

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Thank Ollie789
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Reviewed September 15, 2013

Had another wonderful evening with friends at the Constantia Cottage restaurant last night. Food and hospitality second to none as it always is, always made to feel like you're welcome and at home. For the knockers who make such comments as 'Blast from the past', the rest of us really don't know where you're coming from. The happy faces of the customers who regularly come to Constantias time and time again speak for themselves. Perhaps when something is just right it doesn't need messing about with and changing. We don't want chrome and glass, minimalist furnishings and poncey food as our dear auntie Delia calls it, we're quite happy with our Constantias just the way it is. If you don't appreciate it, the doors that way, there are plenty of people waiting for your seat. My favourite place to eat, the wonderful Yiasimi family, don't ever change.

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Thank Colin L
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Reviewed September 1, 2013

The total says it all the food was fantastic, the atmosphere was fantastic and the entertainment fantastic and I cannot recommend it enough. If you have not tried it then you really have no idea what you are missing.

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Thank dazza2267
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Reviewed August 27, 2013

I can't believe there are such high and low contrasting reviews on this restaurant.
We booked in advance for 8pm but on arrival found all the reasonable tables were already taken, and we were offered a spot squeezed in between the front door and another table (my wife would almost have been sitting on another mans knee...) or a large table for 8 at the back facing the large area reserved we assume was for the Greek Gala evenings, which we chose as the better of the two.
We were served our drinks in the reception area, where there were dishes of cheese nibbles ( I have since read on the review pages that these were due to be changed for something more Greek like olives....) but we didn't have the nibbles as you never know where previous hands have been. We chose from the a la carte menu (no vegetarian main option) and the veggie main from the vegetarian set menu. This was priced at £22.50, whilst the non vegetarian Monday- Thursday menu was £18.50, which seemed rather strange.
After about 10 minutes we were taken to the selected table, but it was not yet set at all. Initially the cutlery was brought to the table and left there for a while and then the Greek lady appeared with a small white table cloth, and then laid the table.
The hummus starter arrived, small amount on a large bed of iceberg lettuce and other salad bits, but we had to ask for the warm pitta bread. Initially 4 thin slices of pitta, followed in 5 mins by a proper serving, obviously forgotten. The initial Melba toast and cross cut bread and the pitta were served in separate beige plastic baskets which we hadn't seen since the heady days of "chicken in a basket " meals. My husbands mushroom starter was tasty.
Both the main dishes we had were ok but swimming in sauces. Lamb al Constantia (£14.50) and stuffed peppers(£15). The stuffed pepper dish was one pepper cut in half filled with rice and smothered with a cheesy sauce. Sliced potatoes and a veg mix were served silver service but remainder not left for us to eat.
We didn't want a sweet but opted for coffee served from a glass jug, with cream, reminiscent of Bernie Inns in the 80s. Lukewarm. Asked for sugar but like the pitta bread this was forgotten and we had to ask again. Same with the bill. The people opposite us had to ask 4 times for the bill, we asked twice..
Walls were full of pictures and photographs, religious things, and posters for the gala evenings. Music was quite loud for a normal evening out. We eat out a lot and thought it was quite expensive, especially for the vegetarian dishes.
We assume this restaurant has served these dishes, and operated in the same vein for the last 30+ years, and it clearly fits the bill for a lot of people - as shown in the reviews, certainly the gala evenings- but it wasn't one we would return to. Certainly an experience of the 80s, a blast from the past.

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Thank Corbett7
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Andreas_Norfolk, Manager at Constantia Cottage Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded October 15, 2013

Dear valued customer,

Thank you so much for such a detailed synopsis, I must say it's the longest one I have read in 33 years and it's appreciated.

Let's run through the points you made, concerning first of all your disappointment in seating arrangement which I totally agree with. I have already put a stop to last minute bookings, it's better to say "Sorry we're fully booked" rather than squeezing people in. Even though the booking was made in advance it was evident the other bookings were made before you. Please accept our sincere apologies, we would have done everything possible to move you if you'd made your feelings known on the night.

The nibbles are an option and are an additional touch courteously provided by the family, let's see how we can improve here: I forecast removing them altogether and offering small individual plates containing a choice of nibbles that customers can buy. Including olives or indeed 'cheese nibbles' as everyone's taste varies.

Weekend and weekday menus vary in price in most establishments, however, I must emphasize that we offer just a main course from the set menu, we often do. We pride ourselves in doing all we can to meet customer requirements with pleasure and a little communication on behalf of customers goes a long way. Perhaps you are right on another point, we have been here for so long we know our regular customers, however, I'd say it works both ways and we would welcome requests from newcomers.

Yes, table cloths are usually white, do you suggest another colour? ~ bit stumped on that one. Lets move on - Iceberg lettuce seems to be a no goer for a small majority of people or indeed there is an influential trend of budding food writers that agree with each other on here. The way forward will be providing small containers of dips with an option of Greek salad on the side? ~ This can easily be changed.

The plastic baskets can be removed also, I must admit I have never had a chicken in a basket meal so I wouldn't have known that ~ I have to say though there are certain materials that can't be used anymore because of health and safety regulations, so to a certain degree it's restricted ~ besides this is the first time in 33 years this has been highlighted even by the harshest of critiques, I'm genuinely glad you did as it's created another opportunity for possible improvement.

Asking for the bill twice? That's reasonable, especially considering how busy the restaurant was. I agree asking for it four times is too much and we would have politely acknowledged that matter with the customers concerned, thank you for prompting us though and we will do all we can not to repeat delay.

Thank you for the positive comment on the mushrooms and food, even though it was evidently too saucy for you - for other potential customers reading this please allow me to describe these particular dishes exactly how they are: Stuffed peppers - (Indeed they are sliced so we can stuff them) filled with a mix of tomatoes and herbs, rice, topped with white wine sauce and cheese. 'Lamb a la Constantia' - Slow cooked lamb with red wine sauce, mushrooms, onions, garlic, courgettes, aubergines and cream - Both served with a selection of mixed seasonal vegetables and fried potatoes with tomatoes and onions. We always make sure we provide enough and offer more when requested, leaving the platter on the table is a good idea in future.

Coffee time now ~ Completely agree that coffee shouldn't be lukewarm and that's not usually the case, no excuses and it will be mentioned at our next family meeting. As for the jugs the coffee comes in we're a little baffled, as we don't know what a Bernie Inns coffee jug from the 1980's looks like. This is another first in 33 wonderful years of service, gratefully acknowledged though, the most interesting write up to date, I must say. It's created a constructive talking point at the restaurant.

I totally agree the background music shouldn't be too loud so we'll make sure that's rectified. The decor on the wall is who we are, pictures and memorabilia reflect the substance of our character, It's genuine rather than some random fabrication that's been slapped on the wall for show. The religious pictures are Icons that the little Greek lady (Our Mama) cherishes.

You are so right about functioning in the same vein for many years, it hasn't been without moving forwards though, at the same time listening to customers needs and providing a service to the best of our ability ~ Thank you for visiting.

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