“Classic techniques supporting effortlessly contemporary dishes” - AA Inspector
Our Inspector's view
Galton and Tracy Blackiston’s handsome 17th-century manor house is truly an idyllic escape from the daily grind, with charming, individually designed bedrooms and lovely public areas. The atmosphere is calm and welcoming, and the conservatory dining room makes a soothing setting, especially when the sun is shining and the French doors are open. The Blackistons are passionate about the area and its magnificent produce, and the seven-course tasting menu presents the very best available ingredients, combining refined classical technique with contemporary verve and intricate yet seemingly effortless presentation. Dish descriptions are brief but enticing – Scottish langoustine, peanut, lime, for example, might be followed by spelt risotto with ewes’ curd and peas on a spring menu, before moving on to wild Stiffkey bass with whey butter sauce and Middle White suckling pig. The wide-ranging global wine list has lots of gems among its pages.
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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