An Early Summer Stay in Norfolk
7 June 2019
The months of June and (early) July are a wonderful time to visit Norfolk – the cow parsley and elderflowers still fill the hedgerows and the roads are not so crowded. It may be a mission to get to for many, but the effort is well rewarded with a breathtaking variety of countryside from bird-rich salt marshes and the unique watery Broads, to the magnificent coastline with stunning dune-backed beaches and the gently rolling and unspoilt landscape punctuated by sleepy villages, pretty market towns and historic houses – ideal for cyclists, walkers or simply those seeking refuge from modern day life. Make your Norfolk sojourn even more memorable by staying at one these fabulous pubs with rooms and be wowed by the food, the cosy rooms and their individual charm.
On the glorious north Norfolk coast, this former Victorian farmhouse revels in uninterrupted views across wild salt marsh to the sea. With innovative cooking, classic and contemporary garden rooms (hot tubs) and RSPB Titchwell Marsh nature reserve just along the road, as well as the vast sandy beaches and stunning coastal walks close by, it is a favoured base among discerning twitchers and visitors escaping to this idyllic and unspoilt stretch of coastline.
Seek out this rustic-chic foodie pub with rooms for local seasonal food and contemporary-smart rooms just yards from the coast path and bird-rich salt marsh. Food is modern-rustic and draws on the rich local larder of top-notch ingredients, especially fish and seafood, available along the coast. There’s something for everyone on the seasonally inspired menus and the three comfortable rooms are the icing on cake.
Aptly renamed, this distinctive cream and duck-egg blue pub by the village green and duck pond was rescued with style and panache by local farmers in 2006. Peacefully tucked away from the coastal throng, there’s a laid-back feel to the country-rustic interior. You will find good Aisian-inspired food and nine (3 are garden rooms) tastefully adorned bedrooms.
Menus brim with local, seasonal goodies at Ben & Sarah Handley’s fabulous foodie pub with rooms close to glorious beaches and saltmarshes. The food really is the draw here and the two contemporary upstairs room are great value and super comfortable, with big beds, relaxing sofas, real coffee, homemade cakes, and vast bathrooms with showers and a bath to soak in after a day walking the coast path.
Overlooking a pretty, leafy Georgian square known as The Buttlands, just inland from the Quay in the quaint seaside town of Wells-next-the-Sea, the Globe has a relaxed seaside feel with a fabulous sunny courtyard with pizza oven. Menus brim with local produce and nineteen super-smart rooms complete the very pleasing picture. Ask about Spicer’s holiday house too.
Take the gravel drive off the A149 south of Thorpe Market and expect the unexpected – a chic, hunting lodge-style inn set within a stunning 1,000-acre country estate. If you’re lucky, your arrival will coincide with deer roaming freely past the inn, a sight to behold and best enjoyed from one of the vast chunky tables on the open parkland beside the inn, whilst enjoying the rustic modern cooking including venison from the park.
Long a family favourite, this stately looking former manor house, set back from the road in acres of grounds, draws the summer crowds following a day at nearby Cromer or time well spent on Holkham’s magnificent beach. In keeping with its grand appearance, expect a country-chic feel, seasonal menus and four cosy bedrooms.
Just a 10 minute saunter from Brancaster beach is the stylish family and dog friendly Ship Inn, a classic country inn with a twist. Come for a relaxed vibe, food that is fresh, tasty and generously portioned and nine quirky boutique style bedrooms showing a great eye for detail.
The North Norfolk coast is knotted together with flinty villages anchored by top-notch inns, and The White Horse is one of the very best. It is a classy place decked in nude pine, seaside stripes and boaty nicknacks, all sprinkled with the tang of salty sea air and menus big on mussels and oysters fattened in creeks just yards from the inn. There are 15 sea-breezey modern bedrooms to tumble into when you’re done.
The stylishly spruced up Wiveton Bell stands in sleepy Wiveton, just a mile inland from bustling Blakeney and the glorious coastal salt marshes. With a clutch of chic, gorgeous French-style rooms and superb seasonal menus, the Bell becomes the perfect base from which to explore the stunning beaches and marshes on the doorstep.
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