Not being able to put off meeting the family any longer we bravely left the bubble and headed East to meet mothers…
…and to Lowestoft, a town past its prime by a considerable margin. Showing A around its eateries filled me with dread, meeting my mother seemed to be the least of my problems. One Christmas not so long ago a top hotel had seen no problem serving us processed Turkey for it £100 per head Christmas lunch (we will overlook the table placement on the sprung dance floor – you can imagine the comic effect).
With this in mind you will understand my surprise when I heard that Lowestoft had a tea room, pie parlour and gin bar. Wild hey but there’s more, it is all in one building, the historic Ropeworks. Sounds positively trendy.
Our first visit was after a long walk, coffee, tea and cake beckoned. On the ground floor is the tea room, traditionally decorated. Unlike the upper floors this space does lack a view and can be dark. Service was efficient and friendly; tea, coffee and homemade cake all lovely, served with a eclectic mix of chinaware.
Impressed so far we decided to return for an evening of pie. It is important to note these are not any old pies but Pieminister Pies. Reached by a spiral staircase Ropeworks pie parlour is a beautiful post-industrial space, dark wood floors, white brick walls and large windows. We ordered our pies from the bar and waited, and waited and waited. Two pies arrived – unfortunately not ours, after a word more pies arrived, this time 50% correct.
What went wrong, I have no idea but let’s focus on positives: the pies we had were lovely as was the dessert. We will come back for a second try and also to experience the gin bar.
Definitely one for a fun night out.
Cost: c£25 per person including wine
PMC Rating (loos): ★★★☆☆ Nothing special
The Ropeworks, 1 Battery Green Road, Lowestoft NR32 1DE. Saturday, 27th May 2017