Morston Hall

César award in 2010

'This very well-run restaurant-with-rooms works smoothly, unobtrusively and without hitch.' There is much praise this year from regular correspondents for Tracy and Galton Blackiston's Jacobean flint-and-brick mansion on the north Norfolk coast. Other comments: 'A lovely atmosphere and high-quality cooking'; 'Galton Blackiston is a brilliant chef.' Guests gather at 7.30 pm for drinks and canapés in two candlelit lounges. Dinner is a no-choice four-course menu (allergies and dislikes catered for), taken at a single sitting at 8 pm. 'Fresh local ingredients are allowed to shine; a starter of sage, roasted celeriac with truffle was simple, brilliant.' Bedrooms in the main building are decorated in country house style. 'Our spacious room was well equipped and had lovely views over the garden; a superb bathroom.' Suites in the pavilion have a more modern style: 'No trendy touches, just good taste enhanced by thoughtful extras.' Breakfast has a 'delicious warm beignet to start, an excellent full English; very good home-made bread and a good croissant meant a long walk was needed'. (David Hampshire, Richard and Jill Burridge, Wolfgang Stroebe)
  • 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/New Year, 1-29 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

all major cards.

Prices

per person D,B&B £170-£195. Set dinner £65. 1-night bookings sometimes refused Sat.