Thursday, 14 April 2011

Town House Hotel - Norwich

18 - 22 Yarmouth Road
Thorpe St Andrew

Breakfast Opening Times

Monday to Saturday
7am till 11am

9am till 11am

A short drive from the city and near the river on Thorpe Road is where you can find the Townhouse Hotel.

With an offer like this I couldn't resist!

Sit by the window and you get a great view of the river Wensum.

On the far wall is the Continental selection but im guessing you are not here to read about that.

The chef serves the sausages and bacon and you help yourself to the rest.

Crunchy hash browns and under the foil was scrambled eggs.

Tea with the bag left in just how I like it.

The toast was nice and hot when it arrived.

Its been a while since I had fried and scrambled eggs.

I could have placed everything better on the plate but I was a tad side-tracked by the fact I could put on as much as I wanted!! That said as I am trying to watch my weight at the moment so I just put a sensible amount on.

A few weeks back I had seen an ad for the Town House hotel online offering a fry up from £2.99. I didn't need much persuading to pop along and find out more, on this occasion I decided to go along before work at 7.15...

Upon entering - Walk down the steps and straight through the doors into the restaurant. There is a huge choice of places to sit and even a small outside terrace for the summer months. Everything seemed clean and the process of ordering was not going to confuse anyone with plenty of signs and helpful staff at hand. 7/10

Service - It did feel a bit strange walking into a hotel just for breakfast but I was made immediately welcome as soon as I walked through the door. "Sit anywhere you like and I will bring you a menu over" I was told as I entered, I was then talked through the different breakfast options available. The breakfast buffet was very similar to a carvery, you decide how big a breakfast you want and the chef pops the sausages and bacon on the plate, you then add the other items yourself. The chef informed me he had put a fried egg in the pan for me which was ready in perfect time. By the time I returned to my table the toast and tea had just arrived too. When you have finished you simply pay and off you go. 8/10

Contents - A bit tricky to score as this is a help yourself buffet and you can put as much as you want on your plate, you decide on how much meat you are having when ordering. The items available are sausages, bacon, fried eggs, scrambled eggs, hash browns, baked beans, tinned tomatoes and mushrooms. You can also order toast and butter as extras. 8/10

Presentation - I will not focus on how the food looked on the plate as I served it myself and if im honest I didn't present it as good as I would have liked as I was so focused on "I can have as much as I want!!" Instead I will look at how everything was presented where you serve yourself. Well... The sausage and bacon was bought to me from the kitchen by the chef and was looking great on the plate, as was the fried egg he had just cooked me. All the other items sat in large oval containers with big serving spoons, it all looked delicious and there was no mess anywhere. The breakfast started at 7am and I arrived at 7.15am so whether it would look as appetizing at 10.30am remains to be seen but it looked good when I was there so.. 8/10

The food - I was a bit concerned initially that at such a cheap price the quality of the ingredients may suffer, how wrong I was though! Really nice jumbo pork sausage with herbs and nice chunky bacon. The fried egg was cooked just right and the scrambled was fluffy and tasty. Crunchy but fluffy in the middle hash browns, nice juicy baked beans and tinned tomatoes that were still intact. The mushrooms were small but tasted really nice and the white toast was served hot with real butter. 8/10

Value for money - Traditional breakfast is £2.99, I paid £4.79 for breakfast meal deal, this consisted of Traditional breakfast, 2 slices of toast and your choice of tea, coffee or orange juice. If you go for the Ultimate kingsize option for £4.49 you get 4 rashers of bacon and 2 sausages, then help yourself to as many fried or scrambled eggs, baked beans, tomatoes, mushrooms and hash browns as you like. You can view the menu on the website link at the top of the page to see all the different offers. Great value for money though!! 9/10

Veggie option - Yes, with Quorn sausages for just £2.99.

Overall - I was curious to see how good a £2.99 breakfast could really be and came away really impressed! It may be slightly off the beaten track but great service and nice food at an incredible price make this place well worth a visit. 8/10


  1. Are yes the Townhouse! often go there for a cheap carvery (only £3.69!!!). Have seen the breakfast advertised but never gone for one. Think I will have to give it a try.

    Also have seen an all you can eat brekkie advertised at the hotel next to the airport but at £7.99 I think the town house wins.

  2. I couldn't agree more. I live close to the town house, couldn't believe the price and when I tried thr breakfast I want expecting much but I was happily proved wrong by such a decent offering of fry up items.

    I've just woken the morning after ther beer festival, I'm off for a fry up

  3. Hi, the town house is a chain of restaurants, they also have a place called the village in, its in little melton just near Norwich. Same food, and buffet all the same, but may taste different as different chefs, up to you if you want to give it a go. Ive been and think its quite nice, cant fault the value for money at just £3. They also do a really cheap carvery every day I think, my nan and grandad really like it, they have a carvery in there 3 or 4 times every week!

  4. Thanks for the information about the Village Inn, useful to know. I must get round to trying the carvery too at some point.

  5. Worst brekfast ever would rather go morrisons down the road lovely carvery probably best in city to be fair but brekfast has alot to improve on...

  6. This just scored 2 stars on our review service, check it out.