Situated in the picturesque port of Yarmouth is the Wheatsheaf Inn. If you’re looking for a quaint old pub in which to sip beer and enjoy views of horse-brasses, you’re too late here. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing. What was a traditional pub has been upgraded and modernised. It’s a welcome improvement for the diners; the interior is stylish, comfortable and clean. It definitely looks more like a restaurant than a pub, although it still serves a reasonable pint and there is a public bar area which has a pool table and barstools if you prefer that. So recently had the modernisation been done, that at the time of our visit the floor was still partly covered in plywood as a temporary measure.
The food, sadly, does not quite live up to its surroundings. We made our choices from the not particularly adventurous menu and, after rather a long wait, the food was served. Although a generous portion, it was your usual pub fare. Matt’s burger with Stilton and garlic mayonnaise was more appetising than Cat’s spicy bean burger, which was in fact two tiny bean burgers nestling on a dry bap. Both meals came with a reasonable amount of basic salad garnish and piles of chips [yawn].
However, it’s a lovely looking place, the free newspapers are a nice touch, the toilets are beautifully decorated and there is a large no smoking area.
We were entertained to notice that in contrast to ‘The Folly‘, the Wheatsheaf has a far more prosaic way of naming tables – ours was prominently labelled on our bill ‘OPPOSITE LOO’.