The Saracen’s Head

Wide Norfolk countryside stretches out on either side of this ‘very special’ place. More

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The Saracen’s Head
Wall Road
NR11 7LZ
01263 768909

Hotel information




all year except 24–27 Dec, 2 weeks late Feb/early Mar, restaurant closed Sun evening, Mon in Nov–Apr.


lounge, bar, restaurant, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), courtyard, 1-acre garden, unsuitable for disabled.

Background music

in bar and dining rooms.


all ages welcomed.


allowed in bedrooms, back bar, not in restaurant.

Credit cards

MasterCard, Visa.


[2017] per room B&B £110, D,B&B £175. À la carte £36.

Good Hotel Guide Review

Wide Norfolk countryside stretches out on either side of this ‘very special’ place. Ivy-covered and Tuscan-inspired, the Georgian inn is owned and run by Janie and Tim Elwes in a ‘beautifully rural setting’. (‘We’re in the middle of nowhere,’ the owners proudly admit. ‘Turn on the satnav,’ guests advise.) Parasols open over tables in the courtyard on sunny days; when the weather turns cold, a fire is lit in the large open fireplace. Inside and out, ‘the staff are friendly and efficient’; a ‘lovely, relaxed atmosphere’ reigns. Simple, homely bedrooms are ‘quiet and spacious’, and supplied with ground coffee for the cafetière, plus handmade Norfolk toiletries in the bathroom. A family room sleeps four. In the kitchen, chef Mark Sayers uses produce as local as it gets: meat from nearby Aylsham; fish freshly caught just up the coast; eggs from free-range hens in the next village. Typical offerings on the blackboard menu: Cromer crab, pink grapefruit salad, Parmesan crisp; roast wild duck breast, braised red cabbage, apples. The coast and the Broads are easily reached; National Trust houses and gardens at Blickling and Felbrigg are within a 20-minute drive. (J and JA)


The Saracen’s Head
Wall Road
NR11 7LZ

Guest comments

'Such a lovely venue/building/views/atmosphere; very, very special. The food and service were faultless and coffee at breakfast the best ever! SatNav was useful as the setting is beautifully rural. The proprietors run a tight ship in a relaxed manner. ' - Judith and John Albutt - October, 2015
'We had a comfortable stay. It is quiet, the rooms are spacious, with a big bathrooms and plenty of storage. The staff are friendly and efficient. The restaurant was extremely popular. Generous portions. The cod and duck were good, but vegetables could be variable ' - A M - July, 2014

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