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The Waterfront Inn, food review: ‘A cosy traditional pub’

PUBLISHED: 08:30 04 May 2018 | UPDATED: 12:18 04 May 2018

The pub offers classic dishes such as fish and chips. Photo: Harriet Orrell

The pub offers classic dishes such as fish and chips. Photo: Harriet Orrell

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The Waterfront Inn in Mere Street launched its new menu this week so what else could we do but investigate the offerings of this traditional Norfolk pub?

The Waterfront has all the trappings of a traditional Norfolk pub and is adorned with decorations for the royal wedding later this month. Photo: Harriet OrrellThe Waterfront has all the trappings of a traditional Norfolk pub and is adorned with decorations for the royal wedding later this month. Photo: Harriet Orrell

Located in the middle of Diss, this Greene King run venue has been a popular meeting place for locals and visitors to the town for years.

The pub boasts low ceilings, wooden beams and a view of the mere which makes for a nice environment to enjoy a quick bite or sit-down meal with the family.

Food

The new menu is everything you would expect from a classic British pub with burgers, pies, fish and chips and sandwiches among the mix. I opted for the Wagyu beef burger, sold immediately to me by the photo in the menu, which was served with fries, onion and coleslaw. Wagyu beef comes from Japan and its high quality ordinarily leads to a high price, however the burger at Waterfront, topped with bacon and cheese, was a fair £10.99.

The Waterfront Inn is perfectly located on Mere Street in Diss and extends back to the mere itself. Photo: Harriet OrrellThe Waterfront Inn is perfectly located on Mere Street in Diss and extends back to the mere itself. Photo: Harriet Orrell

I would recommend ensuring there are enough napkins on hand to truly enjoy this burger which lived up to expectations, though the onion rings accompaning the main event were a little disappointing.

My colleague chose to go for a classic fish and chips (also coincidentally advertised with a large photo on the menu) and declared the fish to be tasty and the batter to be crispy. However a little too much oil led to a small grease puddle on the bottom of her plate. Sadly the tartare sauce was left mostly untouched as she described it to have a consistency similar to dressing rather than a sauce.

Drinks

Being a Greene King pub there is a vast selection of drinks available and we noted a pleasing array of gin on display. However, as we were there for lunch we both indulged in classic glass of Norfolk tap water.

The Wagyu beef burger exceeded expectations. Photo: Harriet OrrellThe Wagyu beef burger exceeded expectations. Photo: Harriet Orrell

Atmosphere

Pleasant music and light chatter dominated the atmosphere but it was the decoration which really stood out. As soon as you step through the door you are greeted by a life-size smiling cut out of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and the ceiling is strewn with Union Jack bunting ahead of the royal wedding later this month. There was also a large festive collection of shiny helium balloons dotted around the multi-level pub to celebrate the launch of the new menu. This gave a friendly and fun atmosphere that is very British and very welcoming.

Service

The polite and friendly staff made sure we had everything we needed and checked on our meal enough times for it to be helpful but not intrusive. They were more than happy to tell us about upcoming events and rushed to clean our table, apologising profusely for missing it before we sat down.

The Waterfront Inn, Diss. Photo: Harriet OrrellThe Waterfront Inn, Diss. Photo: Harriet Orrell

Loos

Clean and self contained, though a little small.

Parking

There are various car parks around Diss which provide easy access to the town centre. One of the nearest is Chapel Street which is free for the first hour and after 6pm.

It was a little too wet to enjoy the delights of the beer garden which backs onto the mere in Diss. Photo: Harriet OrrellIt was a little too wet to enjoy the delights of the beer garden which backs onto the mere in Diss. Photo: Harriet Orrell

Location

Situated in Mere Street with a beer garden looking out over the water, the aptly-named Waterfront is perfect for somewhere to stop while in Diss town centre.

Price

Two mains came to less than £20 and many of the meals included drink offers which made the bill cheaper overall. Also on offer was a Lunch Club which boasted a sandwich or baked potato, a side or topping and a drink for a more than reasonable bargain price of £6.79.

Harry and Meghan welcome customers into The Waterfront Inn in Mere Street, Diss. Photo: Harriet OrrellHarry and Meghan welcome customers into The Waterfront Inn in Mere Street, Diss. Photo: Harriet Orrell

Highlight

The service was impeccable and the staff could not do more to ensure we felt looked after and had everything we needed.

Summary

A cosy pub perfect for a rainy day with a wonderful mere-side beer garden for sunnier times, the Waterfront serves up traditional and delicious pub food with great service for a reasonable price. The new menu offers a twist on many classic dishes and includes tasty plates for a bargain lunch.

Score

4/5

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