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The Norfolk Kitchen in Thetford offers simple yet delicious diner style food in a friendly environment.

The Norfolk Kitchen in Thetford offers simple yet delicious diner style food in a friendly environment. (Geoff Ziezulewicz / S&S)

THETFORD — Sometimes a food’s utter deliciousness is rooted in its utter simplicity.

And it doesn’t get much tastier or simpler than fried bread. Have you tried it since you’ve been in the U.K.?

The name pretty much sums it up. It’s a slice of bread that is fried, in what I’m not sure. Some kind of fat. But it’s so much more than that. It’s a greasy, crunchy and warm affair that can’t help but make you feel good. Well, eating a whole loaf of fried bread wouldn’t make you feel good, but that’s neither here nor there.

At any rate, they fry up some mean bread at the Norfolk Kitchen in downtown Thetford. This greasiest of greasy spoons showcases its fried bread in an awesomely affordable, 4 pound, all-day breakfast. For a couple quid more, they’ll double the size of your breakfast. Goodbye hangover. Goodbye hunger. Hello pork high.

The Norfolk Kitchen is small. And crowded with locals, with a mini casino attached next door. But all this seems to play quite nicely into the ambience. New visitors are greeted by the ultra friendly and casual staff as if they’ve been coming there for years.

The menu features that delicious breakfast along with other diner staples that include made-to-order burgers, a host of sandwiches and other staples of casual British dining.

It’s a no-frills, order-at-the-counter affair that seems to excel in its simplicity. With a menu like that, the consistency of each trip is virtually guaranteed. After all, you can’t really screw up fried bread.

The joint’s been open for just more than three years and prides itself on variety, owner Peter Fulcher said.

"We do pretty much everything, really," he said.

Norfolk Kitchen offers daily lunch specials and is open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

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