The Feather Inn in Dersingham, Norfolk is a large pub catering for drinks, meals and functions. It is a typical large, rambling village pub with a very large beer garden.
We visited the Feathers twice during our recent stay at nearby Sandringham, once for an afternoon drink and once for a meal. On our first visit, for an afternoon drink, we sat in the large beer garden. The tables were widely spaced apart, but there were a lot of noisy families, and the sound carried between tables – the garden has a large number of toys, so it is popular with children. I had a pint of lemonade, my mum had a ginger beer (it would have been a ginger beer and lime but they had run out of lime cordial) and my dad had a pint of Aspalls cider. My lemonade was delicious, exactly what I wanted, but I was shocked at the price – £8.30 for the three drinks! Bearing in mind that only one was alcoholic, this seemed very high to me. My dad’s pint of cider was only 10p more expensive than my lemonade, at £2.80 and £2.70 respectively. I just don’t understand how pubs get away with making soft drinks so expensive.
We returned the following evening for a meal however. This time I also had a pint of Aspalls, which at least made the price of the drinks seem normal. We sat inside, in the bar, which was a nice place to eat. It was pleasantly cool, and there were a number of other customers having a meal too.
I chose scampi and chips, but unfortunately they were out of scampi, so I went for my second choice of beer battered haddock and chips. Having once had a beer batter that tasted of stale pub, I’m always unsure about it, but this one tasted fine. It was, however, rather dry, which was not great, but it wasn’t so bad as to ruin the meal. My dad chose line caught cod and chips, one of the specials, and the batter on that looked better. My mum’s goat cheese tart looked so good that I wished I’d had it too! I didn’t think her potatoes looked that good but she said they were very nice.
The service was fine, no complaints there – average time for the food to arrive, and efficient staff who didn’t hover or continually ask if everything was ok.
The Feathers Inn was nice, but out of the two village pubs, I’d be more inclined to recommend the Coach & Horses. The garden at the Feathers didn’t really suit us, and I wasn’t impressed with my fish or the lack of lime cordial on our first visit – although we didn’t swelter in the bar like we did at the Coach & Horses. That said, these are just small points which give the Coach & Horses a slight edge over the Feathers, and not major reasons to stay away – I’d have no problem going back.