Strattons

Swaffham, Norfolk

Walk up a narrow lane between a kebab shop and a barber’s in this market town, on a sunny afternoon, and you may be surprised to find people enjoying tea on the lawn in front of a Palladian villa. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

Walk up a narrow lane between a kebab shop and a barber’s in this market town, on a sunny afternoon, and you may be surprised to find people enjoying tea on the lawn in front of a Palladian villa. Strattons is full of surprises, combining a hotel with a deli, restaurant and housewares shop. ‘The hotel has charm.’ The outré tastes of owners Les and Vanessa Scott are everywhere in evidence. Your bedroom might have a Jacobean four-poster, a freestanding copper bath, a jungle mural or mermaid mosaic, a chandelier or bowler-hat lampshades. Breakfast, including home-made sausages, kedgeree and ‘perfect’ poached eggs, is served in CoCoes deli, ‘an accomplished place with a happy, bustly feeling’ at the hotel gate. Throughout the day there are quiches, tapas, legendarily good fishcakes, ‘generous’ salads and home-baked cakes. New this year is Afterfive restaurant, launched by Vanessa Scott with chef Julia Heatherton, drawing on local specialist suppliers for such dishes as kiln-roast salmon risotto, ox cheek with bacon and sage, or ‘mega salad’. Take care when you sit down in the lounge lest you extinguish one of the house cats.

Hotel details

Address

4 Ash Close
Swaffham
Norfolk
PE37 7NH
England

Telephone

01760 723845

Bedrooms

14. 6 in annexes, 1 on ground floor (via entrance steps).

Open

all year except 1 week at Christmas.

Facilities

drawing room, reading room, restaurant, in-room TV (Freeview), terrace, café/deli, 1-acre garden, café wheelchair accessible.

Background music

all day in public areas.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

allowed in some bedrooms (£10 per day), lounges, not in restaurant.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.

Prices

per room B&B single £99–£234, double £159–£256. À la carte £30. 1-night bookings refused weekends, 3-night min. bank holidays.