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Review of Sporle’s King Charles III pub: Great Sunday roasts with desserts to die for





What better way of spending a Sunday afternoon than going out for a roast in a picturesque village pub?

That’s exactly what my parents and I did at the weekend when we visited Sporle’s King Charles III pub for lunch.

It’s believed that the village pub is the first in the country to be named after the newly appointed monarch, and was formerly known as the Squirrels Drey.

My nut roast was really flavoursome
My nut roast was really flavoursome
Mum went for roast pork which came with crackling
Mum went for roast pork which came with crackling
My dad's roast beef
My dad's roast beef

While chatting to one of the owners, I found out it's owned and run by four local people who took on the pub so it could remain open.

And it’s a great job they did because it’s totally worth a visit. It was a trip down memory lane for my folks as well, as they told me about many memorable evenings spent there in the 80s and they even had their engagement party there.

The pub has a welcoming feel to it and is decorated with artwork of iconic West Norfolk landmarks such as Oxburgh Hall.

Mum went for a jam and almond tart
Mum went for a jam and almond tart
My cheesecake which came with Biscoff sauce went down a treat
My cheesecake which came with Biscoff sauce went down a treat
Dad chose the apple pie which came piping hot with a jug of custard
Dad chose the apple pie which came piping hot with a jug of custard

We were seated by the bar which was handy as we could see what drinks were on offer. As a gin lover, I spotted there were plenty of flavours to choose from for the next time I go.

My dad opted for a pint of Neck Oil, I went for a Coke, and mum chose to have a pineapple juice and lemonade.

Our drinks were a refreshing start to our meal as we browsed the Sunday menu, with an option of roasts, burgers and even fish and chips.

But we all opted for a roast. I had the nut roast (£15) which came with roast potatoes, red cabbage, broccoli, peas and a Yorkshire pudding.

A pineapple juice and lemonade was what my Mum chose to drink
A pineapple juice and lemonade was what my Mum chose to drink
Dad went for a pint of Neck Oil
Dad went for a pint of Neck Oil
I went for my usual choice of a Coke
I went for my usual choice of a Coke

Mum went for the roast pork (£15), which came with all of the trimmings I had along with crackling, and Dad went for some roast beef (£15).

We got a pot of cauliflower cheese to share between us which was a nice (and delicious) touch.

We all noted that portion sizes were generous and tasty too. Both parents said how flavoursome their meat was and my nut roast was incredible too.

It’s a great spot to go for a filling and delicious Sunday lunch.

However, we managed to find some room for dessert.I went for the cheesecake which came with biscoff sauce and strawberries.

Mum had the meringue, almond and jam tart and Dad went for the apple pie with custard.

All desserts were priced at £6 each which we thought was reasonable. My cheesecake was stunning and creamy and melted in the mouth.

My parents both said how tasty their desserts were too and mum liked that hers came with homemade jam.

Including drinks, our total came to £75.10 (£63 without drinks) which was good value for what we had.

And it’s safe to say we drove home feeling stuffed. We definitely plan on making a return, perhaps for one of their quiz or karaoke nights!

Ratings out of five:

Food: Very tasty food and homemade desserts that went down a treat. ****

Drink: Lots of options for gin and beer lovers. *****

Price: I think around £25 a head was very good for the amount of food we got. *****

Staff: Really friendly and lovely staff who knew all the locals. *****

Decor: Really interesting decor, which I wish I took more pictures of! *****



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