Wine & Kitchen @ The Norton
Having been run by the local community for several years after the threat of closure, The Norton has recently been given a new lease of life under the loving care of Nora and Boris. Stepping through the threshold of this hip pub, we were instantly greeted by cheerful locals and Frida the resident dog. This welcoming and jovial atmosphere radiates throughout the inviting open bar and the dining area beyond.
The restaurant has a rustic look and feel, with a feature wall fitted with reflective mirrors and soft subtle lighting. The wine list on offer is refreshingly different, and reflects the expertise Boris and Nora possess, having spent 15 years in the wine trade, while the regularly changing menu is dominated by locally sourced produce, where possible.
Our choice of Heybridge salmon to start had been smoked for 48 hours, and revealed the care and attention taken to serve only the best. Complete with avocado purée, radish and tomato mayonnaise, the dish was a superb entrée to our main dishes. From the concise but stunning range on offer, we selected rainbow trout with vegetables, chorizo and razor clam broth, and the Deersbrook fillet steak with glazed baby vegetables, garlic, thyme and potato. Dessert comprised homemade
Eton Mess, and a pretty passion fruit and vanilla panna cotta. There was nothing to fault about this local, stylish, dog-friendly pub – we can’t wait to return.