The Gunton Arms

Thorpe Market, Norfolk

Ivor Braka has indulged his passion for art at his pub-with-rooms set in a deer park near the north Norfolk coast. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

Ivor Braka has indulged his passion for art at his pub-with-rooms set in a deer park near the north Norfolk coast. Arriving on a blustery day, our inspectors were blown away by Sol LeWitt’s white breeze-block pyramid sculpture, which is ‘beautiful to gaze at’, or to graze at if you are a deer. They received a warm welcome and a guided tour. Fires blazed in ‘two large, comfortable lounges’. Works on display ranged from Tracey Emin neons and Paula Rego prints to tasteful oil portraits in keeping with the antique furniture. Bedrooms (including one once used by Lillie Langtry, with a slipper bath) have been individually designed. ‘Ours was large, with views over the park from three front windows, antique Anglepoise lamps, blankets, no duvet.’ Braka’s partners, Simone and Stuart Tattersall, are front-of-house and (Mark Hix-trained) chef respectively. In three dining rooms, the menu uses locally sourced produce in such dishes as crab pasta and venison sausages. In the Elk Room, adorned with massive elk antlers, steaks are cooked over fire. It’s mighty, meaty, raunchy, rock and roll, and ‘unique and fascinating’.

Hotel details

Address

Cromer Road
Thorpe Market
Norfolk
NR11 8TZ
England

Telephone

01263 832010

Bedrooms

16. 4 in coach house on ground floor, 4 suites in converted barn house, 1 suitable for disabled.

Open

all year except 25 Dec, half day 31 Dec.

Facilities

3 restaurants, 3 lounges, bar, TVs in bar and lounges, set in privately owned 1,000-acre game estate, public rooms wheelchair accessible, adapted toilet.

Background music

in bar area.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

allowed in 5 bedrooms, public rooms, not in Elk Room.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.

Prices

per room B&B single £85–£310, double £95–£320. À la carte from £35. Min. 2-night stays on Sat.