The good pub guide review
Set back from the coast road in an attractive carstone and chalk village, this cosy dining pub is close to marshes and mudflats full of birdlife. The sizeable pubby bar has white-painted beams, red leather chesterfields in front of a log fire, and flowery upholstered or leather and wooden dining chairs and plush wall seats around a mix of tables on wooden or quarry-tiled floors. Many customers enjoy staying in the 17 well equipped, comfortable and up-to-date rooms here ' you can choose between the Courtyard, Old Bakery annexe and Manor Lodge, and breakfasts are good. Woodfordes Wherry and two guest beers on handpump, 37 wines by the glass, 21 gins and five ciders; background music and TV. A little dining room leads off here with silver décor, buddha heads and candles, and the two-part restaurant is simple and contemporary in style. The sunny front garden is pretty with lavender beds and climbing roses, lots of picnic-sets under parasols, outdoor heaters and a small smart corner pavilion. At the back of the building is another outdoor area with children's play equipment. Lovely walks all around. They're kind to dogs and have a doggie menu plus snacks.
The good pub guide food review
Rewarding food includes sandwiches, tempura prawns, pan-fried black pearl scallops with black pudding, pancetta, pea purée and pea shoots, caramelised shallot tarte tatin, sharing platters, prawn, chicken or vegetable tikka masala, grilled halloumi burger, southern-style buttermilk chicken burger with sweet potato fries, toppings and slaw, halibut with tarragon gnocchi, sautéed wild mushroom, mussel popcorn and caper hollandaise, 15-hour smoked rack of ribs with slaw and fries, and puddings such as sticky parkin pudding with poached pear, green cardamom ice-cream and candied pecans, black meringue with poached plums, and apple crumble cheesecake.
Orange Tree, Church Street, Thornham, Hunstanton, Norfolk, PE36 6LY
Pub Group: Punch