Sunday, 7 November 2010

Notcutts Garden Centre - Norwich

Daniels Road

Opening Hours (for breakfast)
Monday - Saturday 9.30am - 11.30am
Sunday 10.30am - 11.30am

The view from the queue is simply stunning!

The coffee is nice and comes with the £5.95 Traditional breakfast

Branded condiments are always a welcome sight.

I never want to see an ocean of beans but less than 40 seemed a bit harsh!

The giant tomato was the centerpiece to this fry up.

I have been to Notcutts so many times over the years and the food in the restaurant always looks delicious. I always normally just end up having a coffee but the time had come to try out their traditional breakfast...

Upon entering - The restaurant is huge with a lot of tables both inside and out. It is almost always busy but you can usually find a table without a problem. The place is always clean and very light, the aircon can be a tad noisy in the summer though. There are no menus on the tables, just a giant one on the wall above where you grab a tray. 7/10

Service - Ok, so once you have made up your mind what you are having join the queue and you will eventually be asked what you would like, the food is on display and served from the counter. The food is handed to you covered with a plastic cloche to keep it hot, it's a good job they do this as you will most likely not sit down for another 5 minutes as you still have to go past the hot drink section and then onto the till. Once you have paid you then need to collect sauces and cutlery before finally sitting down to eat your nice but warm food. The system of queuing, collecting, paying and finding a table has in my opinion always had the drawback of you never get to eat the food whilst it is still hot, it is still a system used in so many (usually large) places though. The staff seem friendly and efficient and are on the ball with clearing dirty tables. 6/10

Contents - 2 sausages, 2 bacon, fried egg, hash brown, mushrooms, giant tomato, approx 40 baked beans and tea or coffee. 7/10

Presentation - Not bad but the random stray mushroom was being squashed to death by the giant tomato that resided by the smallest portion of beans I have ever been served in my life. I should have taken a photo after I had cut into the tomato as the tsunami of juice that flooded the plate was a worrying sight indeed! 7/10

The food - The sausages and bacon were good quality and did taste delicious, as did the giant crispy hash brown. The tomato had good flavour but was bloody enormous and caused quite a flood, the beans were heinz but didn't last long, there was plenty of nice mushrooms and a nicely cooked fried egg. 8/10

Value for money - £5.95 seemed like a fair price considering a hot drink was included. 7/10

Veggie option - Yes

Overall - Good quality food at a fair price but if you like plenty of beans and your food piping hot you may be disappointed. 7/10


  1. Hey,

    I came across your blog last week and I think it is briliant!! :-)

    Kind regards,


  2. Great blog, good photos and lots of useful info on this important matter.
    Have a trip out to Rollesby Garden Centre and try their fry up. I enjoyed mine and would be interested in your comments..
    Many thanks, Stu

  3. Thanks Mandi, glad you are enjoying it!

  4. If im out that way at all I will try Rollersby Garden centre, thanks Stu

  5. Had a couple of veggie breakfasts in the last few weeks and both were good, and they have also changed so that you order the food, then pay for that and your drinks, the food is then brought to your table, so it is nicely hot. Maybe they had seen reviews like yours :)

  6. Hi, Sounds like a much better system, I will revisit again at some point. Thanks for letting me know!

  7. tried this place in feb. 2016, set up looked impressive but service was very slow, eggs and bacon pre cooked and kept warm under big lamps, "value" sausage which should be the benchmark of any breakfast. Quite dissapointed, will not eat there again.