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Top 9: Wine, Dine & Stay

14 September 2016

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Sometimes a break is all about the food; it’s not about how far you’ve travelled. It’s about getting together with friends or a partner, to really savour the taste and aroma of a glorious meal (with wine) usually involving tasty local produce. And enjoying a delicious meal out is usually best rounded off with just a short walk to your room!

We’ve rounded up the best ‘restaurants with rooms’ for convenience and comfort at its best!

Top image: food in the café at Byfords Posh B&B

1. THE OLD RECTORY

First up is Norwich’s only 4 star GOLD, 2 rosette restaurant with rooms: The Old Rectory. Enjoy fine dining with seasonal menus created by their talented chef, and a holiday in their wonderful guest rooms. Located in the Main House or their separate Old Coach House, the rooms are all kitted out with deluxe features that will make you never want to leave!

 

2. THE LODDON SWAN

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For a stay outside of Norwich take a peek at the gorgeous South Norfolk market town of Loddon; not too far outside Norwich, this is perfect countryside location in the Broads. The Loddon Swan’s 1 AA rosette restaurant serves up modern British and grill dishes using locally sourced ingredients and offers a great range of meat, fish and vegetarian meals. Meanwhile their luxury B&B rooms are just as appealing; light, airy and beautifully decorated, they all have king or super king size beds and numerous added touches which make for an excellent break away.

 

3. BYFORDS POSH B&B

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You’ll struggle to find a more quaint and picturesque town than Holt, where Byford’s is situated. Holt is a Georgian market town in North Norfolk (23 miles from Norwich).  Byford’s is  widely believed to be the oldest house in Holt, and it’s just as delightful as you’d imagine! They have 16 wonderfully decorated rooms available - awarded a 5 star GOLD rating - with luxury touches, plus the added bonus of a lovely deli and café to enjoy a spot of lunch in as well!

 

4. THE FRITTON ARMS

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This is a great spot for a peaceful stay in the countryside – set on the banks of Fritton Lake, The Fritton Arms serves up delicious, locally sourced food (sourced from the Estate’s ‘larder’ of tasty local produce) including Norfolk Horn Lamb, Venison, Somerleyton Welsh Black Beef and Pike from Fritton Lake – is your mouth watering yet? Top it all off with a stay in one of their nine tastefully furnished and comfortable rooms. Perfect! And in case you are interested in a spot of foraging, The Fritton Arms has two 2-night Foraging Breaks coming up (7 Oct & 4 Nov) where guests are taken out by an expert bushcraft mentor to explore the rich landscapes and wealth of flora & fauna of the Somerleyton Estate.

 

5. THE MAIDS HEAD HOTEL  

History, elegance and a great restaurant, all rolled into one fantastic city-centre hotel! Enjoy comfortable en-suite rooms located in a beautiful building which dates back to the 13th century (with plenty of history – take a look at our blog post) and enjoy dinner at their WinePress restaurant. Their head chef, Marcin Pomierny,  won 'Chef of the Year' at the Norfolk Food & Drink Awards on Tuesday evening! The restaurant is an oenophile’s dream with 40 wines by the glass (many very rare!) and delicious plates.

 

 

6. THE ASSEMBLY HOUSE

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This amazing Georgian building, located in the very heart of Norwich, houses 11 stylish, individually decorated rooms all with their own touch of luxury – six of the rooms even have their own secret gardens! Also in this listed building is their dining room, the perfect and elegant location to enjoy a fabulous traditional Champagne Afternoon Tea (people travel for mile for this), lunch or pre-theate supper. 

 

7. BARNHAM BROOM HOTEL, GOLF & SPA

Enjoy dinner in their award-winning Brasserie restaurant where you can sample scrumptious local produce, give Sunday Lunch a go or opt for Afternoon Tea in their cosy lounge area or their Valley Bar. Afterwards retire to a gorgeous room; they have a range of break offers available – from romantic breaks to a ‘Best of Barnham’ luxury stay, there’s something for everyone to enjoy! Barnham Broom is only 12 miles from Norwich and set in glorious countryside surrounds – even more lovely in autumn. 


 

 

8. SPROWSTON MANOR - A MARRIOTT HOTEL & COUNTRY CLUB

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Sprowston Manor is the place to go for a great leisure break; not only do they have AA 4 star accommodation but also a great restaurant: Restaurant 1559’s creative dishes using locally-sourced produce and fine wines.

 

9. WAVENEY RIVER CENTRE

A little less glamorous than some of our other picks but equally appealing if you like to spend your short break in a less formal atmosphere. Whether you’re camping, trying one of their ‘Escape Pods’ or plumping for a spacious holiday lodge or cottage (the whole site is eco-friendly), compliment your stay with a meal at their onsite Waveney Inn restaurant. They serve up a range of dishes in 3 size options (small, medium and large) – but we warn you, if you opt for a smaller size you’ll regret it once you’ve tasted it! 

 


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