Combining the exquisite Norfolk coast and countryside with an illustrious history of hospitality going back hundreds of years, Norfolk’s pubs with rooms offer something that’s completely unique to this part of the world. From exceptional food to sympathetic renovations that honour the history of each building and location, here the Good Hotel Guide shares some of the best gastro pubs with rooms in Norfolk that we are looking forward to visiting again after lockdown…
The White Horse, Brancaster Staithe
Beautifully situated on the marshland of North Norfolk, The White Horse sits in an area of outstanding natural beauty offering the chance to end the day with spectacular sunsets and breathe in the salty sea air when you wake. The inn is blessed with an award-winning restaurant, which makes the most of the shellfish from local fisherman. Dine on the sun soaked terrace or in the restaurant, and retire to one of their 15 bedrooms for a peaceful night’s sleep.
The Lifeboat Inn, Thornham
This coastal restaurant with rooms in North Norfolk has more than 500 years of history to its name. The heritage of this inn really comes to life on those atmospheric stormy days as you sit in the glass roofed conservatory surrounded by a 200 year old vine or nestled into the oak-beamed bar or comfortable lounge with a vast open fire nursing a drink. The inn has 13 stylish rooms to retreat to, and welcomes all guests including dogs. It’s perfect for long walks and wellington boots as well as evenings tucking into hearty fare in the restaurant.
The Rose and Crown, Snettisham
This celebrated pub with rooms is an award-winning experience with walled gardens, open log fires and charming rooms to stay in. With more than 700 years of history to it this 14th century bolthole has a long tradition of serving thirsty and hungry guests. For sunny days the garden is a wonderful place to sit with a glass of Pimms or while away evenings with friends over a cold drink and sumptuous meal. Food focuses on locally sourced ingredients such as mussels, oysters and samphire from Brancaster, asparagus and strawberries from local farmers and herbs from the allotments of Snettisham.
Bank House, King’s Lynn
This Georgian quayside townhouse hotel restaurant, bar and brasserie is located in the heart of King’s Lynn overlooking the Great River Ouse. With 12 bedrooms it’s a stylish and intimate experience, imbued with history but offering all the luxuries of modern hospitality. The restaurants offer a modern menu ranging from romantic evening meals to traditional breakfasts, Sunday lunches and a tasty children’s menu. Meanwhile, rooms are a combination of old and new, peppered with antiques and traditional fixtures alongside modern art and elegant linens.
The Gunton Arms, Thorpe Market
This traditional pub with rooms in an extensive historic park near Cromer was renovated in 2009 to become this ultra stylish and romantic escape. Food is very much at the heart of the experience here, with local ingredients such as seafood, mussels and Cromer crab, caught by local fishermen, taking pride of place on the menu. Art is also a key part of it. The owners are passionate about modern art, owning works by the likes of Tracey Emin, Damien Hirst and Lucian Freud, which juxtapose beautifully with the traditional features of the inn. Each room celebrates its own history, such as the one formerly occupied by 1890s society beauty Lillie Langtry, which features photos of her and her lover The Prince of Wales. They have been styled with luxury details such as marble bathrooms and exquisite antiques, the result of which is a magical place to stay.
The Saracen’s Head, Erpingham
This Georgian Inn, nestled in the heart of the North Norfolk countryside, has a 200 year history of welcoming guests. A warm and welcoming red brick escape, The Saracen’s Head is the best combination of quirky and warm. Fusing British tradition with the style of a Tuscan villa, it offers beautiful architecture alongside expert hospitality. The five double bedrooms are simple and comfortable, while the restaurant is the heart of the experience, serving the best of local produce in their seasonal menus.
The Brisley Bell, Dereham
A newly refurbished 17th century inn, which has retained its traditional charm, The Brisley Bell is light and airy as well as being warm and welcoming. Achingly stylish, the multi award-winning pub with rooms enjoys views of the Norfolk countryside and has a large beer garden and croquet lawn to be enjoyed in the summer months. Food has a local focus, and is brought together by a Michelin trained chef. There are also six bedrooms that you can stay in, two of which are dog friendly, which is excellent news given the abundant walking opportunities on the doorstep.