Wildebeest Arms

British, Gastropub·

SquareMeal Review of Wildebeest Arms

With a bright, modern, open-plan look (think dark beams, panelling, bare floorboards and African artefacts), the Wildebeest Arms gets everything right. The food is no poor relation, either, attracting a loyal following with its spot-on modern European dishes – a compendium of updated classics that could include pan-fried pigeon breast with homemade granola, creamed goats’ cheese and semi-dried grapes, ahead of lemon sole with pomme purée, samphire, vanilla and brown shrimp butter or pork tenderloin with roasted fennel, Parmentier potatoes, apricot purée and crispy Parma ham. Wednesday night is steak night, while desserts might bring banana mille-feuille with toffee crème patisserie and glazed bananas. The location, close to the southern Norwich bypass, means the Wildebeest is peopled by a happy crowd of movers and shakers, plus high-rolling locals who also appreciate the serious wine list.

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Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
British, Gastropub
Cool, Cosy, Widely spaced tables
Alfresco And Views
Outside seating
Food Hygiene Rating

Location for Wildebeest Arms

Norwich Road, Norwich, Norfolk, NR14 8QJ

01508 492497


Opening Times

Mon-Sun 12N-2pm 7-9.30pm

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2 Reviews 

Patrick R

06 April 2010  
As soon as we arrived we were sat at the bar and given menus to read, despite the restaurant being empty. Only after asking if we could sit at our table we were eventually seated. Service was average throughout. The starters we impressive. The ‘woodpigeon with smoked eel’ was incredible. Matched it with a beautiful smokey Cab Sauv, the name of which I can't recall. I couldn't wait for my main… …lamb. Standard meat and veg arranged with some thought, but nothing special. The red peppers added seemed like an afterthought, sadly their flavour didn't complement what was really just a ‘decent roast’, leaving the dish neither here nor there. Disappointing. I was visiting from London for the weekend and staying in the nearby Dunston Hall. After the meal I asked that the waitress called me a taxi to take me the 1.8 miles back to the hotel. She called Loyal Cars (minicab service) and failed to mention that they would charge from Norwich. So the 1.8 mile journey cost a staggering £11 pounds. If you need to order a cab after your meal perhaps specify that the restaurant call a company like City Cabs, who didn't charge from town when we used them for trips into Norwich from our hotel. I suggested politely to the restaurant staff that they might like to do this in future, but they didn't seem too interested. This restaurant certainly has potential, it just failed to reach it when I visited. Definitely not ‘exceptional’ as Michelin Bib Gourmand would suggest.
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Torben R

04 April 2010  
THE GOOD:- Great looking pub inside and out, with attentive and well presented staff. Lovely outside seating area at the front for those warm summer nights. Food very well presented with numerous taste sensations that food critics will love but maybe slightly over the top for those that just seek very good quality pub food. Slightly pretentious crowd but maybe thats a another reason to visit? THE NOT SO GOOD:- We were a party of 10 and of mixed income groups, with 4 of the party being pensioners of limited income. I mention this, as on their website they advertise a ‘menu du jour’/evening' 2 course meal for £17.95 or 3 courses for £21.50. On arrival we were told that this does not apply to Saturday nights; it does not state this on their website nor on the menu displayed at the front door. As most of the main courses were priced at around £17.95, the oldies opted for a main course only and out of politeness we all followed suit. THE BAD:- Once seated we were served freshly baked bread rolls but had no side plates. On asking for side plates we were told that they do not have any but we could have saucers (tiny coffee cup saucers complete with the indentation to hold the coffee cup) which the waitress duly provided. Really if you are trying to be an upmarket food eatery why do you not have side plates? The menu was completely different from that on display at the front door. On closer inspection the menu on the front door was for March, this was 3rd April Easter bank holiday weekend, very sloppy not to have updated it. IN SUMMARY:- Attractive venue, attentive staff and great food that will have your taste buds buzzing. Please visit, I am sure you will love it. However for me, if you are charging top dollar and striving to be somewhat pretentious every detail counts. No side plates and out of date menus I can forgive at the very best of traditional pub restaurants but are inexcusable at the prices charged here.
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