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Stay at the Chequers Inn including a scrumptious dinner (£30 allocation per person) and a pre-dinner drink from just £148 per couple. Available Tuesday to Thursday until 31st January 2019 excluding the Christmas/New Year period.

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The Chequers Inn Pub with rooms in Thornham, Norfolk

Prices from:
£120 per night

David Hancock says:

  • Eye-catching 16th-century coastal inn
  • Stylishly upgraded by Agellus Hotels
  • Contemporary rustic look and feel
  • Modern pub food; great pizzas
  • Smart, individual bedrooms

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Overview

The Chequers Inn Thornham, Norfolk, PE36 6LY

The personal touch

Serious investment in 2016 by Agellus Hotel Group, who also own three stunning properties in Suffolk, transformed the fortunes of this former coaching inn. The spruced up façade looks pretty as a picture in summer, very eye-catching from the coast road, with its flower-festooned tubs and hanging baskets, stylish brollies and painted benches. The two low-beamed bars remain little changed, stripped back in rustic-chic style with dove-grey painted beamed and floorboards, an eclectic mix of old dining tables, cushioned window seats, winter log fires, and local paintings and photos. The light and airy conservatory restaurant leads to the smart rear terrace, replete with teak tables and two swish alfresco dining pavilions. You can expect a big welcome from the young and friendly team. The inn is set just a stroll from Thornham quay, bird-rich saltmarshes and the Norfolk Coast Path, and beautiful Brancaster beach is a short drive away.

Sticky fingers

Families can expect a big welcome; there’s a good children’s menu but older kids will love creating their own pizza or perhaps tucking into The Italian (Parma ham and fresh rocket); and a few of the rooms are suitable for families (£25 per extra person)

Muddy paws

Dogs are very welcome; they can eat with you in the bar (not restaurant) or outside in the garden (bowl of water always at hand for thirsty hounds); and a number of rooms are dog friendly (£10 extra)

Alfresco

The front roadside terrace is real picture in summer – painted benches; smart brollies; trees in tubs; colourful flower borders and hanging baskets. The sheltered and more peaceful rear terrace has teak tables and chairs and two stylish dining pavilions with cushioned benches, heating lamps and cosy blankets; one seats 14

What’s the Damage?

11 doubles £120-£195

What Else?

  • Most credit cards taken
  • Alfresco dining
  • Parking

Gongs
AA 3 Stars (Silver) & 1 Rosette

Sleep

The Chequers Inn Thornham, Norfolk, PE36 6LY

Do not disturb

Upstairs rooms are named after trees and have been cleverly designed to maximize the space within the confines and character of the 16th-century building. Some are small, cosy and intimate with neat little shower rooms, others are more spacious with seating areas and deep bathtubs in the room, where bathrooms (smartly tiled and with walk-in showers) offer less space, with the best rooms, situated up in the eaves, having freestanding tubs in big bathrooms. Expect quirky design touches (contemporary lamps & furnishings), king-size beds topped with the best cotton and duck down, and great attention to detail with a host of home-from-home comforts to make your stay memorable, including fresh coffee, DAB radio, Smart TV, complimentary sloe gin.

Creature comforts

ESPA toiletries; Paddy & Scotts coffee; tea pigs; homemade biscuits; flask of fresh milk; decanter of sloe gin; tubs in 7 bedrooms; bathrobes

Gadgets

Smart TV; Revo DAB radio with Spotify Connect; free wi-fi; telephone

What’s for breakfast?

Buffet table offering croissants, pastries and muffins, as well as a choice of cereals, fresh fruit, yoghurt and mixed berry compote; porridge; smoked haddock and poached eggs, local kipper, black pepper & lime butter; Eggs Benedict, Florentine or Royale; the Chequers Norfolk Breakfast, including sweet cured bacon and local sausage

What’s the Damage?

11 doubles £120-£195

What Else?

  • Most credit cards taken
  • Alfresco dining
  • Parking

Gongs
AA 3 Stars (Silver) & 1 Rosette

Eat & Drink

The Chequers Inn Thornham, Norfolk, PE36 6LY

Mastering the menu

Having plied the stoves at a few country-house hotels, followed by inspirational spell in France, Shayne Wood joined the Chequers as Head Chef in February 2016. His menus reflect the changing seasons and he is passionate about sourcing local ingredients from the rich larder available to him along the Norfolk coast, especially from local farms and artisan producers. His menu pleases all-comers, with imaginative pizzas fresh from the oven proving very popular with families heading away from Brancaster beach, and his unique Norfolk tapas menu offers a satisfying sharing starter option, or a delicious bar snack with a pint of Moongazer in the garden. Well cooked and presented pub classics and more imaginative dishes on the seasonal carte and chalkboard specials, notably fresh local fish, complete the foodie picture at the inn.

On the menu

(Starters: £4; Main Courses: £15-£25; Desserts £7)

Norfolk dressed crab salad; roast hake, samphire, clam & vermouth sauce, crispy brandade; rump of local lamb, crushed peas, lamb sweetbreads, dauphinoise potato, mint pesto; wild boar & apple burger, mustard mayo, apple chutney, homemade chips

Warm pear & almond frangipane tart, lime marmalade ice cream; Sicilian lemon posset, strawberry ice cream, fresh strawberries, thyme shortbread

Stone Baked Pizzas

(£8.95-£13.50)

The Ranch (smokey pulled pork, red onion, feta and wild rocket); Devilled Crab (chilli crab, samphire, rocket, red chillies); The Orchard (caramelised Thornham apple, smoked bacon, Binham Blue cheese)

Sunday roasts

(£15.95)

Roast topside of beef or leg of Norfolk pork, served with roast potatoes, seasonal vegetables, Yorkshire pudding & gravy

Time to eat

Breakfast: 8am – 10am

Lunch: 12 noon – 2.30pm

Dinner: 6pm – 9pm

Local, local, local

Pork – Tim Allen, Morley Farm, South Creake

Meat & black pudding – Arthur Howells Butchers, Wells-next-the-Sea

Norfolk cheese (Binham Blue; Wells Alpine; Norfolk Tawny)

Cromer crab

Real Ale – Norfolk Brewhouse, Hindringham

Norfolk Gin, Norwich

Teapots and mugs – Stanhoe Pottery (Geraldine Clark)

Behind the bar

In the stripped back, rustic-smart bar you will find Adnams Ghostship alongside Norfolk Brewhouses Ruby & Amber ales on handpump, and Adnams Dry Hopped lager and Aspall’s Suffolk Cider on tap. A chalkboard champions British gin, encouraging you sample Adnams Copper House, Hendricks, Ophir, Norfolk Gin or a measure of Fifty Pounds Gin, which are lined up on the top shelf behind the bar. There’s a short, decent global list of wines with 10 available by the glass, and a good selection of premium mixers and juices.

Chequers tapas

(£4)

Vegetable spring rolls, sweet and sour dipping sauce; crispy chilli squid; crispy pork belly, black pudding bon bon, pork sage & apple hash, cider chutney

Time at the bar

11am – 11pm (10.30pm Sunday)

What’s the Damage?

11 doubles £120-£195

What Else?

  • Most credit cards taken
  • Alfresco dining
  • Parking

Gongs
AA 3 Stars (Silver) & 1 Rosette

Food Trail

Take it back home
Tour the brewery that brewed your favourite pint, visit the shop on the farm that reared your delicious Sunday roast beef, and seek out the roadside stalls selling the local crab and samphire on the inn’s menu, the Food Trail features the local artisan producers and suppliers where you can buy to enjoy at home.

Change of scenery
Looking for a pub for lunch following a country walk, a different venue for dinner, or a good café for coffee, light lunch or afternoon tea, then the best in the area are listed below. If you find a new and exciting eatery in the area that’s worthy of a mention on the Food Trail, then please to do let us know – gabrielle@innplaces.co.uk.

1 Inn Location - The Chequers Inn

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Deepdale Christmas Market, Burnham Deepdale PE31 8FB

Early December sees over 90 stalls in the market and the local church in Burnham Deepdale, where you can buy the best festive gifts and food & drink, replete with entertainment and other Christmassy activities.

6

Samphire and Seafood Stalls NR25 7PG

As you drive the coast road in these parts, keep your eyes peeled for little stalls outside houses selling freshly-caught fish, shellfish (especially Brancaster mussels and Stewkey Blues cockles from Stiffkey) and crisp salty marsh samphire in the summer months.

7

Back To The Garden, Letheringsett, Holt NR25 7JJ

Award-winning farm shop and cafe in a stunning renovated barn, with high quality produce, including Soil Association-quality meat counter, organic veggies and a delicatessen and of course excellent home-made meals.

8

North Norfolk Food Festival, Holkham Park NR23 1AB

A celebration in early September of all that is best about food grown, reared, caught, made or sold in north Norfolk. The best local producers attend, offering plenty of tastings and samples to tempt.

9

Byfords, 1-3 Shirehall Plain, Holt NR25 6BG

This part of North Norfolk is spoilt for superlative businesses, deli-cafe Byfords is no exception. For many, an essential glamorous pitstop on any retail therapy in delightful Holt, perhaps the finest Georgian market town. Its strapline is 'a higgledy-piggledly world of pleasure', say no more.

10

The Duck Inn, Burnham Road, Stanhoe PE31 8QD

Ben Handley cooks inspiring local produce and his wife Sarah runs the front of house. An Elgoods pub, stopping for a half is also encouraged. There's a delightfully short menu (+ specials) and a ducklings menu for little ones too.

13

Richard Loose Oysters

Chris’s recommendation “this guy grows the best oysters in the world. One of my food heroes, quite unassuming, and brilliant. He doesn’t have a retail outlet but you can buy them in many of the fine eating establishments along the coast road between Brancaster and Wells.”

14

Quayside and Rockpool Crabbing NR25 7NE

More for entertainment value to amuse big and little kids than fishy harvest, throw your bacon baited lines (no hooks allowed) off the quays at Blakeney or Wells; alternatively gingerly splash around the rockpools on the Hunstanton part of the coast for your crustacean quarry (not exactly edibly-sized).

15

The Three Horseshoes, The Street, Warham NR23 1NL

Step back in time with local cider and ales straight from the barrel and speciality home-made pies such as wild game, rabbit, beef & Stilton. Close to the salt marshes and the Peddar's Way so a good stop off for cyclists and nature lovers.

16

Thornham Deli, Main Road, Thornham PE36 6LX

While in Thornham, this is a great deli with a cafe on the side, run by Jeanne Whittome (of Hoste Arms fame). Picnic hampers, themed foodie evenings, amazing home wares and boutique fashion too.

17

Drove Orchards, Thornham PE36 6LS

Amazing fruit farm, home to over 150 varieties of apple, including 100 from East Anglia, and other tasty fruit and vegetables such as nuts, artichokes and salads. The two eating options are a rustic cafe-restaurant and a new proper fish'n'chip restaurant & take-away, Eric's, which is run by local chef Eric Snaith of Titchwell Manor.

18

Cookies Crab Shop, The Green, Salthouse NR25 7AJ

The popularity of this seafood shack is legendary (after three generations). It's a simple place all round, quite set in their ways about how to do things but that's how they cater for so many. Family day boats bring in flapping-fresh seafood. Get there early!

20

Wiveton Hall Café and Fruit Farm, Wiveton NR25 7TE

Outside Wiveton to the north off the A149 coast road is this a hidden Norfolk gem, full of Jacobean architecture, charming walled gardens and productive fruit farming in the grounds. PYO or buy berries and other crops in the shop. But main attraction is the farm café with beautiful views and fabulous rustic ingredient-led cooking.

21

The Anchor, Morston NR25 7AA

At the heart of yachting and twitcher country, The Anchor sits down the road from the famous Michelin-starred Morston Hall and shares much of the passion for local seafood and game. The two youthful landlords were old school chums and they are doing good things in their first pub-restaurant.

Out & About

1 Inn Location - The Chequers Inn

Activities

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Seal Trips, Morston NR25 7AA

Watching seals at home in their natural environment on Blakeney Point (also a well-known breeding ground for waders and terns), is a popular boating excursion. Boats leave from Morston Quay and the trip lasts for one hour, but if weather conditions are favourable, boats will land on Blakeney Point for an additional 30-60 minutes.

3

Royal West Norfolk Golf Club, Brancaster PE31 8AX

The Royal West Norfolk Golf Club at Brancaster is a superb links course on the North Norfolk Coast. Visitors are welcome, although numbers are limited. There’s an excellent pro shop and traditional club house, too. Elsewhere, there are courses at Cromer, Fakenham, Hunstanton and Sheringham.

5

Racing at Fakenham, Fakenham NR21 7NY

This is a popular National Hunt racecourse situated to the south of Holkham and Wells-next-the-Sea. The course was established in 1905 and its racing season is between October and May.

Shopping

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Ship-To-Shore, Wells-next-the-Sea NR23 1AR

Expect to find British nautical clothing brand Quba & Co at Ship-to-Shore, the company's first outlet in Norfolk. Clothing, jackets, bags and accessories are all expertly crafted using traditional sail-making skills. There are even marine-themed homewares from deckchairs and bean bags to sofas and cushions.

17

Artemis Homes & Antiques, Blakeney NR25 7NQ

Everything from sideboards and sofas to tables and tea sets can be found at this antique and home-furnishings shop in the picturesque North Norfolk village of Blakeney. Themes range from Arts & Crafts to Art Nouveau and Art Deco.

18

Flint Gallery, Blakeney NR25 7NQ

Situated close to the quay in Blakeney, this charming gallery is home to an impressive range of contemporary art, including wildlife sculpture, original paintings, designer jewellery and ceramics.

19

Fakenham Antiques and Collectables, NR21 8AZ

Seek out the Old Congregational Church in Fakenham and you'll find a treasure trove of fine period furniture, vintage toys, painted and shabby chic, porcelain and china and oddities from all parts of the world.

21

Burnham Market PE31 8HD

Dubbed Chelsea-on-Sea, Burnham Market has over 30 independent shops and distinctive retailers specialising in contemporary art, stylish accessories for home and garden and fashionable clothes shops for all tastes and requirements.

22

Beachcomber, Wells-next-the-Sea NR23 1AN

Beachcomber in Staithe Street is just the place for country and outdoor clothing, fashion and accessories. Designer labels include Barbour, Seasalt, Musto and Lazy Jacks.

Places to visit

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Holkham Hall, Holkham NR23 1AB

One of the UK's fine Palladian stately homes and estates, if not the finest, with an amazing array of things to do; foodie highlights alone include a boutique inn, wine merchants and cookware shop, beach cafe, tearooms, home-reared venison etc.

7

Pensthorpe Nature Reserve & Gardens, Fakenham NR21 0LN

If you love nature, wildlife and the great outdoors, then this is just the place to head for. Situated near Fakenham, Pensthorpe is a magical mix of superb nature trails, beautiful gardens and fascinating wildlife. Bisected by the River Wensum, the park covers 700 acres.

8

Sheringham Park NR26 8TL

Created 200 years ago by the visionary landscape gardener Humphrey Repton, Sheringham Park has more than 80 species of rhododendron and azalea. Explore the numerous trails on the 1,000-acre estate, listen for birdsong or keep an eye out for passing steam trains on the nearby Poppy Line.

9

Norfolk Lavender, Heacham PE31 7JE

Down the road from Brancaster, at Heacham, near Hunstanton, you'll find the home of Norfolk Lavender, where you can see the world-famous lavender gardens, the lavender oil distillery and the national lavender collection and herb garden. The gift shop has a wide range of Norfolk Lavender products and plants.

10

Castle Acre Priory PE32 2XD

Castle Acre Priory was founded in 1090 and is the oldest Cluniac priory in England and probably the finest monastic remains in East Anglia. Look for the decorated 12th century west front, 16th-century gatehouse and prior's lodgings.

11

Sandringham, King's Lynn PE35 6EN

Sandringham is where members of the Royal Family traditionally spend Christmas. Surrounded by a vast estate of 20,000 acres, the Grade II-listed house and gardens are open to visitors.

12

Kings Lynn PE30 1HP

Originally called Bishop's Lynn, King's Lynn has a rich and varied history stretching back more than 1,000 years. The town's quaint streets are packed with period buildings and ancient landmarks. Look out for the handsome Custom House.

13

Houghton Hall, Houghton PE31 6UE

This magnificent grand Palladian mansion lies in picturesque parkland near King's Lynn. It's the home of Sir Robert Walpole, Britain's first Prime Minister, and has imposing state rooms, an impressive collection of model soldiers and a restored walled garden.

14

Titchwell Nature Reserve, Titchwell PE31 8BB

Titchwell Marsh is one of the RSPB's most visited reserves. Follow several nature trails to spot ducks, waders, geese and seabirds. There are also avocets and terns, bitterns and marsh harriers and a visitor centre, where you can learn more about your surroundings.

23

King's Lynn PE30 1HX

Originally called Bishop’s Lynn, King’s Lynn is a classic seaport and market town with a rich and varied history of some 1,000 years. The town’s quaint streets are packed with period buildings and ancient landmarks. Look out for the handsome Custom House.

Walking

www.walkinginnorfolk.co.uk
Designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the North Norfolk Coast has been described as a long way from anywhere and that is certainly the impression it gives – especially when you stroll its many miles of beaches. There are countless walks of varying distances here; for something with a real sense of adventure, try the Peddars Way and North Norfolk Coast Path, which in places runs alongside a vast landscape of salt marshes, creeks and mudflats.

Cycling

www.dalegatemarket.co.uk
www.cycle-route.com
For something really adventurous you could bike along the North Norfolk Coast between King’s Lynn and Cromer. At nearby Dalegate Market in Burnham Deepdale you can hire bikes, trailers and child seats.

Events

www.visitnorthnorfolk.co.uk
One of the best-known annual fixtures is the Norfolk and Norwich Festival in May, a flagship event for the east of England and one of the largest arts festivals in the country. The North Norfolk Food and Drink Festival in August is a celebration of all that is good about local produce. In addition there’s the Holkham Country Fair, a two-day celebration of rural England, and the King’s Lynn Festival, a varied two-week programme of music, including jazz, folk and classical.

Getting there

Location, Location, Location

By Road: In Thornham village beside A149 Hunstanton to Well-next-the-Sea road, 4 miles east of Hunstanton

By Rail: Nearest railway station is King’s Lynn, 21 miles south of Thornham

Address:

High Street, Thornham, Norfolk, PE36 6LY

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