Lowestoft is a town dominated by carveries and not the natural home of the Gastro Pub, so the Blue Boar in Oulton is an oddity (technically not actually Lowestoft, but no letters please).
Our weekend for meeting family was coming to an end. We had enjoyed pies at Ropeworks and a dinner at the Harvester and thought an intimate meal would make a nice finale. As a result we settled on an eatery I’d visited in the past and enjoyed the atmosphere and food, The Blue Boar in Oulton village.
Dining à Deux
We visited on a Sunday evening and as we’re used to heavily booked restaurants A asked me to call ahead to reserve a table. The surprise in their voice was palpable, I surmised Sunday night was not their busiest night. I was correct.
On arrival only ours and one other table was taken, a big difference from a year ago when the restaurant was full. As you walk to the table you notice the Blue Boar is more taverna than country pub, don’t expect dark wood and horse brasses – that said, I liked it. We ordered a bottle of white wine and settled back to choose starters. A went for the Warm Scotch Egg, Piccalilli and Salad while I chose the Smoked Mackerel Pate with Oatcakes.
For mains I had mine already picked in my head. I had seen my sister enjoy this on my last visit: Steamed Wild Mushroom & Spinach Suet Pudding, Stilton Cream Sauce, Chive Mash, Greens. My mouth was watering at the thought. A decided to join me in this delight, tempted by the Stilton Cream Sauce no doubt. Disaster struck! Only one portion left! Arghhh! I had no choice but to do the chivalrous thing, so I took the hit and went for Pan Fried Fillet of Sea Bream, Mini Crabcake, Mustard & Tarragon Cream Sauce; I suffered food envy throughout. However, both dishes were delicious as were the shared dessert and coffee.
We enjoyed our visit, the food was good and staff friendly. Unfortunately it did lack atmosphere on our night.
Loos Review (PMC rating): ★★★☆☆ Clean and functional rather than a feature.
The Blue Boar, 28 Oulton St, Oulton Broad, NR32 3BB Sunday, 28th May 2017