“Soothing pastoral setting for razor-sharp modern cooking” - AA Inspector
Our Inspector's View
Galton and Tracy Blackiston’s 17th-century country house is truly an idyllic escape from the daily grind. The old manor is handsome without being overly grand, and your hosts are passionate about the area and its magnificent produce. The conservatory dining room makes a soothing setting, especially when the sun is out and the French doors are open. Dinner is served at a single setting, so it's aperitifs at 7pm before heading through to the dining room at 8pm where a single menu awaits. The seven-course tasting menu presents refined classical technique with contemporary verve and intricate yet seemingly effortless presentation. An opening salvo might be stuffed partridge, wrapped in pancetta to keep it moist, with buttery, silky endive purée providing a welcome mellow sweetness. Timing of Herdwick lamb is spot on, while roasted root vegetables add a lovely earthiness; light, crisply golden haggis complements the dish perfectly. At dessert, a pear and honey tart with delicate, crisp pastry and subtly spiced poached pears is balanced by a quenelle of cream, oats and crushed nuts and finished with a honeycomb tuille. Add cheese from the trolley if you can. The wine list covers the globe and has lots of gems among its pages, and you’re in safe hands if you opt for the wine flight.
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Facilities – at a glance
- Seats: 50
- On-site parking available
- Wheelchair accessible
- Accessible toilets
- Assist dogs welcome
- Lunch served from: 12.15
- Lunch served until: close
- Dinner served from: 7.15
- Dinner served until: close
- Wines under £30: 2
- Wines over £30:
- 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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