Banningham Crown gets new chef and seafood dishes

Published:
4:31 PM 8 June 2022



The new head chef at a popular village pub is making waves with his seafood specialty menu.

Gareth Hall has just joined the Banningham Crown team, near Aylsham, run by couple Jeanie and Mark Feneron since 1992.


The Banningham Crown pub.
– Credit: Archant © 2007

Mr Hall makes sure not to change the winning formula which sees the team serving around 150 customers each day, but was keen to put his own twist on the menu.

The newly-launched summer menu features everything from British rump of lamb to beer-battered catch of the day and chips, and its famous steak and kidney tallow pudding remains a staple.


Panna cotta with coconut, lime and a sprig of ginger from The Banningham Crown.

Panna cotta with coconut, lime and a sprig of ginger from The Banningham Crown.
– Credit: Matt Galasky

Mr Hall, who has worked in restaurants across Norfolk, has also launched a special new menu celebrating local seafood.

Matt Galasky, manager, said: “Gareth has inherited our traditional menu but has given it a facelift and he’s also launched a specialty board which is the focal point of the bar.


Matt Galasky behind the Banningham Crown bar.

Matt Galasky behind the Banningham Crown bar.
– Credit: Matt Galasky

“It incorporates fish from the coast and so far has included Cromer crab salad and wild sea trout with samphire.”

The Banningham Crown is open from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. daily.


A Cromer crab salad from The Banningham Crown.

A Cromer crab salad from The Banningham Crown.
– Credit: Matt Galasky

Dino S. Williams