Morston Hall

César award in 2010

In a stirring landscape of sandbanks and salt marshes on the north Norfolk coast, Tracy and Galton (the chef) Blackiston's acclaimed restaurant-with-rooms is a Jacobean flint-and-brick mansion. There is an air of anticipation as guests gather at 7.30 pm for aperitifs and canapés in two lounges with log fires and candles. Dinner is served in a single sitting in the dining room and conservatory. There is no choice on the seven-course daily-changing menu until dessert or cheese (dietary requirements are discussed and 'dislikes easily dealt with'). The 'high quality' of the cooking is praised. 'The food is always a joy, both for the eye and for the palate One dish stood out for a trusted correspondent: 'When I read it (egg yolk, with vegetables and truffles) I thought how dull; when I ate it I thought how extraordinary.' The bedrooms are divided between the main house and a pavilion in the well-maintained grounds. A room in the house was 'airy, spacious and well equipped'. The pavilion suites have a more modern decor: a room on two levels had a 'huge bed, light wood fittings; lots of storage space; a hi-tech bathroom'. (Wolfgang Stroebe, and others)
  • It is a really great hotel. As always, we had rooms in the main building with windows to the park. The beds are comfortable and the rooms are well equipped. There is free internet (no complicated code). The service is very friendly and helpful. Breakfast is excellent; the fried eggs with bacon were simply delicious. Dinner was also superb: a no-choice affair with many courses. But portions were always small enough that we could enjoy it all, without feeling too full. I had the impression that the chef had become more adventurous since we were there last. Food was always a joy both for the eyes and the palate. The gardens are getting more and more fabulous.

    Wolfgang Stroebe, 27/05/2014

  • A thoroughly enjoyable two-night stay. A very comfortable country hotel with a lovely atmosphere and high-quality cooking. Our “special” rate of £150 pp per night for D,B&B was, given the quality of the accommodation and the food, good value for money. Our room in the main house was spacious and well equipped, with lovely views over the garden. The staff were friendly and very efficient. Breakfast started with a delicious warm beignet, followed by an excellent full English. Home-made bread and a very good croissant meant that a long walk was needed! Dinner was a four course no-choice meal, though guests were able to advise of dislikes or allergies. Very good use made of seasonal ingredients.

    Richard and Jill Burridge, 28/11/2012

  • Our third visit. A well-run restaurant-with-rooms. It works smoothly, unobtrusively and without a hitch. We like the welcome pack for dogs and the reasonable charge of £5 per nigh. We like the comfortable, well-equipped rooms: no trendy touches, just good taste and thoughtful little touches. We like the no-choice menu where fresh local ingredients are allowed to shine. We like a interesting wine list, full of good ideas and reasonably priced. We like the breakfast, though the portion of fruit salad barely filled a spoon.

    David Hampshire, 30/08/2012

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Local attractions

Holkham Hall
One of the finest stately homes in Norfolk.
Muckleburgh
A collection of military vehicles.
Bean's Boat Trips
Take boat trips across the marshes to see seals.

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Contact Details

Morston Hall

Morston, Holt MORSTON Norfolk England NR25 7AA

Telephone

01263 741041

Further Information

Bedrooms

13, 6 in garden pavilion on ground floor.

Open

all year except Christmas, Jan, restaurant closed midday except Sun.

Facilities

hall, lounge, sunroom, conservatory, restaurant, free Wi-Fi, 31/2-acre garden (pond, croquet).

Background music

none.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

not allowed in public rooms.

Credit cards

Amex, MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

per person D,B&B £180-£195. Set dinner £67. 1-night bookings sometimes refused Sat.