Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Pye Baker - Norwich

132 Dereham Road

Breakfast served
Monday to Saturday
7am till 3pm

I'd already recommended Pye Baker back in April 2015 for their stunning pies, bread and pastries, you can read about that here. This time I was keen to try out their full English breakfast and check out their revamped cafe area.

Getting photos discreetly was no easy task as I was in full view of everyone. This is the best shot I could get of the cafe seating area, there's also more tables available outside.

Place your order at the counter whilst drooling over the wonderful selection of cakes on offer.

The bread here is excellent and there's a good selection available.

On my way home I was kicking myself for not buying a chorizo roll to eat later.

The breakfast menu offers something for everyone and is served from 7.00am till 3.00pm, so perfect for early birds or late risers.

When buying an English or veggie breakfast it's possible to add a Yorkshire tea or filter coffee for £1 extra. I really liked this offer as it keeps everything under £10.

These were the tiniest salt and pepper I'd ever seen, very cute indeed! Sauces are offered when the food arrives and are served in a ramekin.

The food arrived about 20 minutes after ordering it and everything was piping hot. I struggled to get a good photo in the low light, the colours were much more vibrant to the naked eye.

The toast could have done with a slightly longer in the toaster, it was cut from an excellent loaf though and was served with a chunk of real butter.

I wasted no time in pouring the beans over the toast and topping it with the fried eggs. 

The Swannington Farm sausages were an excellent choice.

This was a first for me, homemade hash potatoes. 

The outside was dark and crispy, I cut through it to reveal a delicious soft and coarse centre.

I always put ketchup on my tomatoes (much to my wife's despair) to give them more flavour. I really needn't have bothered here though, the slow roasted tomatoes had heaps of flavour.

The fried eggs were properly cooked all over which was a bonus. 

Nice runny yolks too.

Piping hot Heinz beans are served in a ramekin, this made pouring them over the toast easy work.

Having thoroughly enjoyed Pye Baker's delicious cakes and pastries in the past I was quite excited to discover that since my last visit they'd created a new cafe area and were now serving a full English breakfast. The sun was shining and I was tempted to jump on my bike to get to Dereham Road. Since buying a Fitbit though I've been a bit obsessed with steps so decided to walk there instead. Having added Pye Baker to my recommended section for their cakes and pastries in 2015 it suddenly occurred to me how awkward it could be if I wasn't impressed with their breakfast as they already display a recommended sticker. I was feeling pretty confident though that if anyone could create a great breakfast it was the team at Pye Baker...

Upon entering - The shop has a fairly large floor space with a counter towards the rear and a kitchen further back. There's a row of tables along the left hand wall and an impressive selection of artisan breads displayed on a shelf along the opposite wall. You can find a menu on each table so once you've decided what you'd like go and place your order and pay at the counter. Salt, pepper, sugar and serviettes are already on the table, cutlery arrives with the food and sauces are available. As I sipped my coffee and waited for the food to arrive I kept getting distracted by the wonderful looking sausage rolls and pizza slices displayed beside me. It's a nice environment to dine in and a real hive of activity, there was an endless stream of customers which shows just how popular this place is. The queueing customers are quite close to where you're sitting but as I was facing them it didn't make me feel too claustrophobic. 8/10

Service - The team here are all really friendly, knowledgeable about the products they're selling and incredibly efficient. My order was taken and a coffee was brought over almost straight away. As I waited for the food to arrive I noticed how the staff came out on to the shop floor to serve waiting customers when a queue had formed. The chef brought my food over when it was ready, offering me sauces and checking I had everything I needed. Halfway through my meal somebody came over to check everything was ok. The service here was certainly very impressive! 9/10

Contents - 2 sausages, 2 bacon, black pudding, 2 fried eggs, hash potatoes, mushrooms, tomatoes, beans and 2 slices of toast served with butter. 9/10

Presentation - Everything was neatly stacked on the plate with the beans served in a ramekin. The toast was served on a serviette inside a basket with real butter, it was looking slightly pale but was certainly crunchy enough. I was initially quite concerned about how dark in colour the hash potato was but everything made sense when I finally tasted it. 7/10

The food - A pair of delicious Swannington Farm sausages set the scene for this great full English breakfast. The sausages were an excellent choice with a firm meaty texture and great flavour. The bacon I enjoyed with ketchup between some buttered toast, the toast was cut from a very tasty white loaf made instore. The black pudding was a pretty small portion, size isn't everything though, it had a good texture and flavour. The thing that really grabbed my attention on this breakfast was the homemade hash potato. A very dark and crunchy exterior housed a soft and fluffy inside, the crunchy and soft textures complimented each other perfectly and the potato flavour was just superb. The fried eggs had been either basted or covered with a lid when cooking so not a trace of uncooked egg white to be found anywhere which delighted me. The yolks were runny and I enjoyed the eggs over the piping hot Heinz beans on top of some toast. The mushrooms and tomatoes were both roasted, the flavour of the tomatoes was remarkable, my faith in tomatoes was restored again after eating them here. As I took my last mouthful I reflected on what had been a thoroughly enjoyable breakfast. 9/10

Value for money - The English breakfast costs £8.95, if you like you can add a Yorkshire tea or filter coffee for an additional £1. The drink offer ensures you won't be spending over £10 on breakfast here and cosidering how great it tastes it seemed well worth the money to me. 8/10 

Veggie option - 2 Glamorgan sausages, halloumi, hash potatoes, roasted mushroom, slow roast tomato, Heinz beans, fried egg and toast. £7.95.

Overall - Pye Baker have certainly made their mark in Norwich with their great baking skills. I can remember trying my first Pye Baker eccles cake outside the forum a few years ago, I doubt i'll ever taste a better one again in my life. Their decision to launch a breakfast menu is great news, I thoroughly enjoyed every item on the plate. The service is excellent, the new cafe area fits nicely in with the shop and the homemade hash potatoes is a really nice touch giving the breakfast it's own personal touch. Go try it for yourself, I'll definitely be returning to try it again! 8.5/10



  1. Is this 'Glamorgan pie' thing something recent? I lived in the UK until (almost) the end of the previous millennium :) and I had to search for it to find out it was something vegetarian. I'd never heard of the term before, and I did know a couple of vegetarians. Just curious...

  2. Looks great, I'm impressed with that hash brown, sooo much better than those frozen American imposters. Nice sausages, not too runny beans, descent eggs (30 seconds over done, personal preference), toast definitely needs longer. Totally agree with your Mrs...ketchup is an abomination. And while the Chorizo rolls do look great what about those awesome looking pizza slices? £10 with a drink is about where it wants to be, any more would be too much.

    As an aside, here's a warning not to try my local (ex) Little Chef:


  3. Tried this breakfast today and agree fully with your review. My toast was perfect though. Excellent breakfast. I will have to pick up some of those sausages from Swannington Farm Shop.