If it weren't for the legs of Ibérico ham hanging in the window and the meat slicer on the counter, you might think the Norfolk Arms was just another jam-packed Bloomsbury boozer, with its tiled facade, ornate plastered ceilings and prim window boxes. Spanish influences hold sway in the kitchen, with a lengthy tapas menu delivering Padrón peppers, chorizo in cider and Serrano ham croquetas alongside international big-hitters including taramasalata, Scotch eggs with mustard and spare ribs with crackling. The more conventional daily menu also casts its net wide, moving from tiger prawns with guacamole via braised beef cheeks or free-range chicken breast stuffed with black pudding to salted caramel ice cream with toasted sesame seeds. Familiar draught beers are outshone by a sharp globetrotting wine list with plenty by the glass or carafe.
020 7388 3937
020 7388 3937
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What a delightful bolt hole for cosy winter lunches.
We had mulled wine, delish dips with bread and olives, and the inky squid seafood pasta which was just gorge. Lots of time for my colleagues to talk, eat, no hurrying; a really lovely setting. Great service, lovely all around.
Snuggled in against the winter weather, I could have stayed all day. Unfortunately I had a train to catch. or I'd be there still.
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