I often think when I am writing these posts whether I should give a score. I try to be vaguely objective, but most of the time I am positive. The Lobster, architecturally is a gem. A proper pub, divided into several rooms and with a ton of trinkets to boot. There are even maps on the ceiling. Sadly, that is about as good as it gets.
So now for a negative bit. Beer wise, I opted for ‘reedcutter’ from the Humpty Dumpty brewery. Flat and uninspiring. Our visit was on a Wednesday, by which time one would hope the weekend’s dregs had been drunk and there was a fresh midweek cask on offer. Sadly, based on the condition of the reedcutter, I suspect not. And then there was the food.
This was Ruth’s choice. The 4oz (113g) burger was pretty much a biscuit. Chips OK, but salad rather over dressed. I’d opted for Wild Boar sausages with mash and at around £13 I was expecting something better. 3 rather small ‘cocktail’ sausages with mash, peas and gravy. The red wine gravy was tasty, but again the sausages were overcooked as if the chef was scared of food poisoning. I don’t really count myself as a foodie (I’m far to picky and have lived with electric cookers for too long – it has eroded most of my interest in cooking anything too interesting) – still this did disappoint me a lot.
Overall, even the best pubs can have off days so I would give probably try again (if I was in Sheringham, anyway) – on a Saturday when the beer has turned over it would probably be fine, but I’d eyeball the other diners food well before thinking about eating.
Coming full circle then, a score? I’ll sit on the fence a bit and give 2/5. Plenty of potential just not particularly well executed on our visit.
Date of visit: 08/09/2010