I first notice the revived Lacons brand when I kept walking past one of their delivery vans parked up in Chesterton. The styling is impressive, and their beers weren’t bad when they popped up as guests in Cambridge and Norfolk.
Since their revival in 2013, I’ve been noticing some well-preserved heritage like this from Diss.
And they also have their own pub, a new Guide entry in little Honingham. It’s quite a flagship too, firmly from the North Norfolk coast gastropub mould.
Mrs RM liked it a lot, but then she wasn’t driving. I admired a rather gorgeous interior while she set a new record for finishing the four beer “paddle”.
My coke scored highly, Mrs RM more impressed by the concept of “paddles” than the reality, but they were good enough. As we all know, beer tastes better in a pint glass.
The dining room was doing good business, nicely separated from some decent pubby seating, but this is ultimately a place to bring someone’s mum, if only to see the award winning toilets and smell the amazing fire (glad I got that the right way round).
I was pleased to see it’s open all day (there’s some stylish accommodation at the back), in contrast to the equally attractive Ugly Bug just up the road in Colton.
There’s a posh golf club down the road at Barnham, but this is an ambitious pitch for dining trade in rural Norfolk. Honingham is pleasant but tiny, with a rather affecting war memorial the highlight.
Mrs RM owes me a return trip here when she drives, but I suspect I’ll be seeing the Legacy in the Norfolk free trade again before that happy day.