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About

About The Lodge

Gavin & Victoria Hunt and their staff would like to welcome you to The Lodge restaurant and bar in North Tuddenham, near Dereham, Norfolk. During the summer of 2007 we completely refurbished this atmospheric 19th Century Public House to bring in an eclectic mix of old and new. The Lodge was further refurbished in 2016, ensuring our decor is as fresh as our food!

Following the reopening, we quickly earned a reputation as one of the best restaurants in Norfolk. In the first 12 months we were nominated for an outstanding achievement award for the ‘Good Food Awards’.

The winning combination of delicious, high quality food at good value prices and excellent service make The Lodge a Norfolk restaurant worth visiting. Throw in good beers & real ales and an extensive wine list and you’ll quickly see why people consider us one of the best pubs for food near Dereham and Norwich.

A friendly & relaxing ambience, away from the hustle and bustle of the town centre, ample parking and a lovely enclosed family garden & outside area are too good a draw to miss.

Where possible our produce is sourced locally, guaranteeing the quality & freshness of the ingredients of the food in our restaurant, which is prepared by our Head Chef and his enthusiastic team to create an outstanding, memorable meal every time.

Why not come and enjoy some first class food with first class service. We’re so much more than just a country pub.

Meet The Lodge Restaurant Team

Vikki Hunt – Owner

Having qualified from Norwich City College with a BTEC National Diploma in Hotel, Catering and institutional operation in 1992 I moved to West Sussex.

My first role was as a supervisor within Gatwick airport at a Danish Coffee bar. After a few months I began working for a contract catering company, again as a food & beverage supervisor. Within the first two years I was promoted 3 times, first to Assistant Manager and then to Contracts Manager of the companies’ flagship Southern site: FDRL in Basildon. This made me the companies youngest ever Manager, which attracted various accolades in the catering press.

Following marriage and 2 children I moved back to my Norfolk roots where I have continued to work within the hospitality industry in almost every area, including accounts, conferencing, functions and wedding planning. Finally I decided to take the plunge & start my own business – which brings us to today and ‘The Lodge Restaurant & Bar’.

Gavin Hunt – Owner

Since marrying Vikki, Gavin has played integral part in our small Lodge team and has recently undertaken his NCPLH. You’ll find Gavin in the kitchen during busy periods although he has many other hats, including barman, waiter, potwasher, fixer, gardener and delivery van man. Given that Gavin’s background lies in Hydraulics engineering, he has adapted surprisingly well to the manic ways of a busy pub & restaurant life.

Katy Barrett

Brought up in the pub trade, Katy is a full-time mum of 3 who has commenced employment at the Lodge on a part time basis. With a friendly persona Katy is a joy to have working at The Lodge.

Sophie Watson

Manager Sophie has worked at the Lodge for 8 years since leaving school and has worked her way through the ranks, culminating with her promotion to Front of House Manager in March 2014. At 24 years old Sophie is very competent and has great customer service skills. Having taken her NVQ 3 in Hospitality Management with us we were delighted to offer her the position. Sophie is a real credit to our team.

Erin & Megan King – Boss’s Daughters

Both girls can often be found chatting with our customers and work part time alongside their full time job (Erin) and Equestrian college course (Megan).