Morston Hall

Holt, Norfolk

Thirty years after they first welcomed guests to their knapped-flint former farmhouse on the edge of the marshes, Tracy and Galton Blackiston preside over a thriving hotel with Michelin-starred kitchen. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

Thirty years after they first welcomed guests to their knapped-flint former farmhouse on the edge of the marshes, Tracy and Galton Blackiston preside over a thriving hotel with Michelin-starred kitchen. From his first catering venture, a stall in Rye market, Galton moved on to work at Miller Howe in Windermere for the late John Tovey, whose ‘Tonight at 8.30’ extravaganzas set a new style for fine dining. At Morston guests enjoy canapés in a lounge or alfresco, before a seven-course dinner of local and home-grown produce. A menu might run from butternut squash velouté to Bungay raw-milk cream and blackcurrant, via Stiffkey sea bass with whey butter sauce, and slow-braised belly pork. ‘The food was out of this world,’ a happy reader writes. House bedrooms – a contemporary take on the country house look – are named after local stately homes, such as dog-friendly, dual-aspect Sandringham. In a garden pavilion, suites have a separate seating area and a terrace. Breakfast on freshly squeezed pink grapefruit juice, local apple juice, smoked kipper or a full English with kidneys and boudin noir. ‘A fantastic place.’

Hotel details

Address

Morston
Holt
Norfolk
NR25 7AA
England

Telephone

01263 741041

Bedrooms

13. 6 on ground floor, 100 yds from house, in garden pavilion, 1 (in main house) suitable for disabled.

Open

all year except Jan.

Facilities

reading lounge, sun lounge, conservatory, restaurant, in-room TV (Freeview), civil wedding licence, 3-acre garden (pond, croquet), restaurant wheelchair accessible, adapted toilet.

Background music

none.

Children

all ages welcomed, over-3s £50 a night.

Dogs

allowed in bedrooms (£10 a night), some public rooms, not in restaurant.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.

Prices

per person D,B&B doubles from £190, singles from £260. Tasting menu £100.

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Comments about Morston Hall

We had a delicious dinner here to celebrate our wedding with our close family. The service is impecable and the food is very high quality with great attention to detail. - ER - September 2018
Amazingly gorgeous. Drama of dinner played out in fine style. Excellent wine list. Excellent breakfast too. Bedroom also excellent, with sheets and blankets. But lighting in bathroom severe. Expensive but worth it. - John Barnes - September 2017
My third visit. I expect good food in Michelin-star restaurants but Morston Hall has surpassed even two-star restaurants in my opinion. By far the best for seasonal local ingredients, and with knowledge and understanding of flavours needed to put together the seven-course tasting menu. Galton Blackiston, Greg Anderson and all the staff are friendly and enthusiastic about every aspect of your stay. - Ray Kirby - April 2017
All the staff are lovely and helpful. No lift: seniors might be more comfortable in one of the newer rooms, ground floor near the car park. A muddy walk down to Morston Qua gives a good appetite for your next meal. We enjoyed their 25-year celebration - Minda Alexander - March 2017

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Last updated: October, 2019. Information from the 2020 Good Hotel Guide