Happy Christmas Eve everyone – hopefully you’re reading this before heading out to the pub with your mates or settling down with the family for some delicious food. I’m spending Christmas Eve catching up with friends at the pub – some of them I haven’t seen for several months so it will be a nice evening. Of course, the only thing I seem to talk about at the moment is food and I couldn’t resist another cheeky restaurant review with a sprinkle of extra festive cheer. I was gifted tickets to the Norwich panto, Peter Pan, at the weekend and couldn’t resist a visit – I love pantomime and Peter Pan is one of my favourite Disney’s. We thought it was a perfect excuse to check out another one of the city’s fine eateries, and made sure we booked a table for The Library after being turned away once before because it was too busy. A few people had recommended it, and as an independent restaurant, we were keen to try out the steaks. So, dressed up in our Christmas jumpers, we rushed over there and were welcomed into the lovely building – it really is very nice in there. Despite several Christmas parties being held at the same time, it was never too loud, and the whole room was warm and inviting, with books lining the walls. A pretty good place to take a bookworm on a date.We started with panko bread crumbed king prawns with smoked chipotle dip,
crushed avocado, tomato and coriander salsa and micro herbs (as you can see above) this dish was delicious and a perfect sized starter. I loved the chipotle dip and the salsa – both really complimented the dish and the flavours of the prawns. We shared this dish and another, the wood-grilled duck breast salad with navel orange, chicory, green peppercorn vinaigrette and crisp croutons. This was also nice, although we didn’t enjoy it quite as much as the prawns – we both disliked the taste of the chicory, but ate around it and enjoyed the duck meat. We were glad to have tried it, but slightly regretted not going for the bruschetta instead. The dishes were washed down with some Pinot Grigio and the mains quickly followed.
We both went for the Ribeye 8oz steak with the red wine sauce, it was served with hand-cut chips, corn on the cob and onion rings. The meat was perfectly cooked and seriously juicy – we went for one medium and one medium-rare – and although mine was a little fatty, it definitely didn’t leave me with a smaller steak. The sauce was amazing and went really well with the meat, and I can’t rave on enough about how much I LOVED the chips. Now I don’t usually like chips, and so far I have only found the ones here and those at the Bicycle Cafe hitting my standards, but these were crispy and fluffy, and I finished every single one. The onion rings were really crispy and tasty, and I loved the addition of the corn-on-the-cob – these seriously aren’t served enough! Unfortunately, we were running a little late so we couldn’t stay for dessert, but I’m sure they would have been delicious.We dashed over to the Theatre Royal for Peter Pan, which was a brilliant show full of flying children, fairy dust and fun. I loved getting to see Curly from Coronation Street as Captain Hook, and CBeebies favourite Sid Sloane as the dame – just hilarious! It was a lovely evening filled with “he’s behind you” and “oh no it isn’t” – perfect for the weekend before Christmas. It really got us in the festive spirit, even if the woman sitting next to me wasn’t joining in! I have to say that although this was a fabulous re-telling of Peter Pan, it did lack a few of the traditional panto features that I did miss. But having already had my fix of panto fun in Lynn, I didn’t mind too much. Who can when Peter Pan is flying around the stage, out of the clutches of a giant octopus?! I’m now feeling VERY festive and after finishing all my Christmas wrapping at the weekend – I’m now chomping at the bit to get Christmas underway – there is a lot of food to eat and a lot of fun to be had.
Hope you all have an amazing Christmas!