Food & drink: Bites Norfolk

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Adlards, 79 Upper St Giles, Norwich (01603 633522). Mon dinner, Tue-Sat lunch and dinner. Advice from restaurant troubleshooter Pat Macdonald, for Channel 4's If You Can't Stand the Heat series, has resulted in an airier image for Norwich's top food spot. The cream-and-taupe classical look suits serious cooking. Although a prix fixe dinner is pounds 25, and lunch is pounds 15 for two courses, dishes on the short carte are priced individually. About pounds 30 a head for roast foie gras with caramelised pears to start with; shank of lamb with pommes purees and wilted spinach, and prune souffle and Earl Grey ice-cream. Adlards' makeover is broadcast on 16 Dec.

Hoste Arms, The Green, Burnham Market (01328 738777). Daily lunch and dinner. An energetically run hotel with possibly the best food found in a Norfolk pub (according to the Good Pub Guide). It is strong on local seafood, with crab from Cromer and oysters from Burnham Creek. Lamb with chorizo and artichokes, and chillied chicken with noodles, illustrate a range that covers southern European and south-east Asia. Three courses about pounds 20.

Wildebeest Arms, Norwich Road, Stoke Holy Cross, Norwich (01508 492497). Daily lunch and dinner. African decor and rough wooden tables suggest the wildebeest walks on the wild side. And cooking isn't tame: seared scallops with chilli sauce and creme fraiche (a steal from The Sugar Club); salad of Szechuan chicken livers, roast pineapple, couscous, lime and coriander oil for starters. Honeyed chicken breast, sweet potato, roast leeks and chorizo as a main. Around pounds 15-pounds 20.

Rococo, 11 Saturday Market Place, Kings Lynn (01553 771483). Mon dinner, Tue-Sat lunch and dinner. Currently there's baked goat's cheese on pommes Anna with tomato and garlic salsa, or Finnan haddock sausage with mixed herb salad, rocket and pesto for starters. Main courses, such as venison with roots and port jus, mix modern flavours with a sense of what's comforting. Set-price lunch pounds 9.50-pounds 14.50 for one to three courses; dinner pounds 24.50 for two, pounds 29.50 for three, pounds 34.50 for four.

The Saracen's Head, near Aylsham, Wolterton (01263 768909). Daily lunch and dinner. Word is out and booking is a good idea for the relatively few tables. After a seafood bisque, or tomato and basil salad with feta, there's monkfish with orange and ginger, or duck with rich apricot jus. And for final satisfaction, bread and butter pudding, treacle tart or trifle. All for little more than pounds 15.

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