Restaurant review

Great Yarmouth and Caister Golf Club Restaurant Review

Published:
7:30 p.m. May 26, 2022



Nestled between Caister Beach and Great Yarmouth Racecourse is the clubhouse of Great Yarmouth and Caister Golf Club.

Inside, a few golfers were discussing their handicaps over a beer and a few families were chatting and enjoying Sunday lunch.

We came for the latter. Obviously.

It was a beautiful early summer day and we found a table with a view of the links and the position was a bit sunny. The atmosphere was calm and calm. Perfect for a weekend treat.

At the helm is Reece Eden, former head chef at the Fritton Arms and one of my former classmates. When I heard about his talents, I knew I had to give this place a try.

We decided to share a starter – we both have bigger eyes than we can stomach – and promised to take it easy. However, when we were brought our asparagus and wild garlic risotto (£7) we started fighting over who would get the lion’s share.

The risotto – creamy from the butter but refreshing from the succulent asparagus – was an absolute winner. Spoiler alert: everything was delicious. But I must say that the asparagus risotto has to be one of the best things I have ever tasted.


Asparagus and Wild Garlic Risotto: Easily one of the best things critic James Weeds has ever tasted.
– Credit: James Weeds

The rice had a bit of bite, there was a good addition of salt from the parmesan and a light kick of pepper. It couldn’t have been more perfectly balanced had it been served on a tightrope.

Being a Sunday, we went to roast. I had the 28 day aged beef sirloin (£14.50), while my partner – who was not a meat eater – had the vegetable roast with cauliflower (£13.50).


Beef sirloin.

Beef sirloin matured for 28 days on a bed of seasonal vegetables. Surprising.
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On my plate, thin strips of semi-cooked beef lay on a bed of sweet suede mash, asparagus, red cabbage, roasted potatoes and carrot. The plate was crowned with a delicious Yorkshire pudding.

The meat was buttery and well seasoned, the fat melting the sirloin in your mouth. The red cabbage was sweet with a creamy caramel taste.


Vegetable roast dinner.

A good amount of seasonal vegetables were on offer for the vegetarian roast dinner at the Great Yarmouth and Caister Golf Club.
– Credit: James Weeds

On the other side of the table there was a good selection of vegetables. My partner marveled at how roasting carrots totally transforms their taste, adding a greater depth of sweetness.

The cauliflower was firm while oozing with a more mature cheddar sauce.


Cauliflower cheese.

Warm, sweet and with a bit of bite: creamy cauliflower cheese at Great Yarmouth and Caister Golf Club.
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It was an outstanding roast dinner in a relaxing setting.

For dessert, we decided to share a Bakewell raspberry tart with rhubarb and custard cream ice cream (£7).

The ice cream was served on a bed of crunchy digestive biscuits and there was a perfect amount of sugar with the rhubarb, softening its tartness. The Raspberry Bakewell had a thick base and was bursting with almond flavor that the fresh fruit cut nicely. The ice cream was a perfect complement to the pie.


Raspberry Bakewell with rhubarb ice cream and pastry cream.

Simply brilliant: Raspberry Bakewell with rhubarb ice cream and pastry cream.
– Credit: James Weeds

It was a very easy and relaxed place for Sunday lunch. Definitely one for people who like good food but without the stuffiness of a fine dining establishment.

Setting

A good location for a walk along Caister Beach before or after a meal. There is plenty of parking space and lovely views of the golf courses and racecourse. Inside, the restaurant and toilets are on one level.

A service

Service was quick and efficient with a smile and the chef came over to greet guests from time to time, definitely adding to the cozier atmosphere inside the lodge.

Value

We paid 50.40 for the two of us (but sharing starter and dessert).

The bill included two Carlsberg shandy at £4.20 each.

If you like it try

The Farmers of Ormesbywhere critic Liz Coates loved their recent makeover both inside and on the menu.

The Village Maid in Lound, near Lowestoft, another village pub focused on quality food.

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