The Norton Dog is a traditional-looking pub in the tiny village of Norton in Suffolk, except it has a slightly less traditional sign outside.
Yes, that’s right. The Norton Dog offers a full gluten free menu at lunch and dinner. I chose a Norton Hog Roast – Old Spot Pork Belly, stuffing, apple sauce and crackling served with a gluten free bun and chips. Oh my, it was good. The pork belly literally melted in my mouth. The apple sauce was tart and cut through the unctuousness of the pork. I would eat it again right now, if I could.
In the name of research, I made room for dessert. I chose a chocolate brownie served with cherries and ice cream. It was rich and satisfying, although I sort of wished that I had shared this with my friend instead of ordering one each. The chocolate was quite “heady”.
The food was very good for a pub, but it was the little details that really showed the quality. My friend ordered tea with dessert. When the tea arrived, it was loose leafed and the milk came in a little churn. A whimsical detail and the extra effort involved in using loose leaf tea took that from a regular drink to something a little special.
In summary, I love where I live, but I wish I lived a little closer to The Norton Dog. I wonder if they would consider adding a North Essex pub to their portfolio…