Morston Hall

César award in 2010

‘We are forever grateful that we found this great hotel in the Guide,’ say trusted correspondents returning to Tracy and Galton Blackiston’s restaurant-with-rooms. In 1992, Galton Blackiston was persuaded by Delia Smith to open a hotel in his native Norfolk; by 1999 he had a Michelin star. The former 17th-century farmhouse stands in ‘fabulous’ gardens in a coastal Norfolk village. The bedrooms are in the main house and a pavilion in the grounds. A house room had ‘a comfortable bed, a tea-maker and a Nespresso machine’. Pavilion rooms have underfloor heating, an outdoor terrace; a large bath and a walk-in shower. At 7.30 pm, guests assemble for drinks and canapés before a daily-changing, seven-course dinner in the dining room or conservatory. There is no choice (dietary requirements catered for). ‘Portions are always small enough that we could enjoy it all without feeling full.’ Typical dishes: quail Scotch egg; cock-a-leekie; showcase of rabbit; long-shore cod, girolles; confit loin of lamb. Breakfast is ‘simply delicious’. Packed lunches are available for those wishing to explore the luminous landscape of salt marsh and dunes.
  • 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.
A collection of military vehicles.
Bean's Boat Trips
Take boat trips across the marshes to see seals.

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Morston Hall

MORSTON Norfolk England NR25 7AA


01263 741041

Further Information


13. 6 in garden pavilion on ground floor.


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


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

Background music



all ages welcomed.


Welcomed in bedrooms (£5 per night), not in rooms where food is served.

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Amex, MasterCard, Visa.


[2015] per person D,B&B £155–£200. Set dinner £66, Sunday lunch £37. 1-night bookings sometimes refused Sat.