4. Plus self-catering cottage.
all year, except 26 Dec, 3 weeks Jan, 1 week May, 1 week Nov, Mon.
2 bar areas, restaurant, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), unsuitable for disabled.
in restaurant in evening.
not under 10.
Amex, MasterCard, Visa.
per room B&B £155–£180, D,B&B £260–£295. Set menus £60–£78. 1-night bookings sometimes refused weekends.
Good Hotel Guide Review
The creeper-covered, red brick building appears modest from the outside, but there are ‘excellent dinners’ within: Kevin and Jacki Mangoelles’s restaurant-with-rooms has a ‘well-deserved’ Michelin star. Minutes from sandy Old Hunstanton beach, the 18th-century coaching inn has been updated with an unpretentious coastal air: there are Lloyd Loom chairs on varnished floorboards; a seascape painting above an open fire. Sit down to dinner at a table laid with ‘modern, elegant china and glass’ – the chef/patron’s menus are short and appealing (‘no lengthy dissertations on ingredients’). Characteristic dishes: sake-poached salmon, oyster mayonnaise, apple, rocket; dry-aged Dexter beef sirloin, spinach, spaetzle, carrot and ginger purée. The hostess is ‘also a wine buff’ – ask for drink recommendations. The bedrooms aren’t huge, but they’re ‘spotless, with plenty of storage’; extra touches include an espresso machine, ‘delicious’ home-made biscuits, fresh milk. Don’t roost in your room, anyway – after a breakfast of home-baked croissants and good cooked dishes, head to Victorian ‘Sunny Hunny’ Hunstanton, or admire classical statuary at Palladian Holkham Hall.
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