Diane Shortland

Freelance Writer

Food Review

Marmalades Bistro

A contemporary restaurant offering intimate fine dining, first class service and exceptional food cooked with passion and creative flair.

Where to find it
In the heart of the old coastal town of Sheringham (4 miles from Cromer; 6 miles from Holt), Marmalade’s Bistro is near the busy theatre and provides an ideal place to eat before a show. A silver and black frontage with topiary trees and a warm glow within, entices you in.

What to expect
An intimate layout with low level lighting creates a relaxed and comfortable environment. The classic look of outside is brought in with effortless understated ease; dark wood solid tables, leather chairs and flock wall art give an air of luxury that perfectly complements the sophisticated menu. The bistro is a husband and wife run business; Ben is the culinary genius and Jules the approachable bubbly personality front of house.

The restaurant attracts both holiday-makers and locals but all are treated with the same friendly caring service. Ben and Jules have built a strong following over their eight years in residence, but they’re never complacent, always striving for perfection. This motivation continues to earn them awards, not least their most recent achievement of being the first restaurant in Sheringham to feature in the Good Food Guide.

The menu
Ben has been a restaurant chef for over 25 years and his experience is evident in everything he prepares. His passion for food and creativity are reflected in a varied menu of both traditional and modern choices that change fortnightly. Using locally sourced seasonal produce, everything is homemade, right down to the dressings, and freshly cooked to order. On my last visit I opted for a roast cod fillet with a basil and parmesan crust on caponata relish (aubergines, capers, cherry tomatoes and olives) and it made me see dull old cod in a completely new light. This chef has a way of bringing ingredients together to create something refreshing and special.

Typical evening meal options include pancetta wrapped pork fillet on roast Cox apples in a cider, honey and caramelised onion sauce, and Sheringham crab risotto with thyme and lemon, broad beans and baby spinach. The lunch time menu is varied with offerings such as smoked salmon and goat’s cheese salad with apple and pine nuts in a balsamic and honey dressing. Desserts range from bread and butter pudding to raspberry brulee. The platter of Mrs Temple cheeses is a must if you wish to sample some Norfolk varieties – Binham Blue, Wells Alpine, and Copy’s cloud to name a few.

The details
Open six days a week (closed Wednesdays) 10.30am to 2pm and 6pm to 9pm; Sundays 12.30pm to 2pm. All dietary requirements catered for. Available for private functions of up to 30 people.