“A supremely civilised set-up.” - AA Inspector
On the edge of the Blakeney National Nature Reserve in coastal north Norfolk, Morston is a flint-knapped, 17th-century country manor house with commanding views of the briny – a heaven-sent location for sourcing prime produce from land and sea. Run for a quarter of a century with personable warmth and easy-going charm by chef-patron Galton Blackiston and wife Tracy, the relaxed conservatory dining room looks the part in delicate vernal green with fresh flowers abounding, and polished service ensures the evening runs like a well-choreographed routine. After aperitifs at seven, guests take their seats for the eight o'clock show that is the seven-course tasting menu. Dish descriptions are brief but enticing –cannellini bean velouté and Yorkshire duck, for example, might be followed by stuffed sea bream, chicken wing and a light curry sauce. The extensive wine list bears all the hallmarks of thoughtful selection.
Facilities – at a glance
Credit cards accepted
- Seats: 50
- On-site parking available
- Wheelchair accessible
- Accessible toilets
- Assist dogs welcome
- Closed: 3 days at Christmas, January
- Wines under £30: 2
- Wines over £30: 140
- Wines by the glass: 15
- Cuisine style: Modern British
- Vegetarian menu
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About the area
The North Norfolk Coast is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and probably the finest of its kind in Europe. Here you’ll find a string of quaint villages and small towns – Holkham, Wells-next-the-Sea and Cley next the Sea are 21st-century favourites, while Sheringham and Cromer are classic examples of a good old-fashioned seaside resort where grand Victorian hotels look out to sea. Further round the coast you'll find Great Yarmouth, one of the most popular resorts in the UK and packed full of amusements, shops and seashore entertainment. And let's not forget Norwich, the region's only city.
Norfolk prides itself on its wealth of historic houses, the most famous being Sandringham, where Her Majesty the Queen and her family spend Christmas. Many of Norfolk’s towns have a particular charm and a strong sense of community. The quiet market towns of Fakenham and Swaffham are prime examples, as well as Thetford, with its popular museum focusing on the TV comedy series Dad’s Army which was filmed in the area.
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