I stayed for two nights in early December when birdwatching in North Norfolk (not a natural time to holiday in North Norfolk unless you are into geese!). From the time I phoned to make my booking I had a good feeling. There was a nice response to my questions and I felt that they wanted guests. When I arrived, I discovered that I had been talking to Dan, who was also chief barman.
When I arrived - pretty cold after a day on the marshes - I got an immediate warm welcome from Dan and an offer to carry my bags. My room, number five, was a good size with a double bed, a sofa to watch the tv and a decent bathroom with shower. The room was great for a cold dark winter stay, but in the summer guests might feel that they lack light because it only has a small side window and a skylight - but that meant it was cosy in December. The whole inn was warm but not overly hot.
Good choice of beers. With my evening meal I bought a bottle of house medoc (v.good value) and asked for half to be kept for my second evening. No problem. While eating alone, I was brought, by Dan, a copy of the local parish magazine which had a good article about local bird migration. This is service - taking note of the guest's interests.
The choice of food was not enormous, but a wide enough range with lots of local produce and I enjoyed my meals on both evenings.
Breakfast on my first morning was delayed because the chef had gone ill. A good test of a place is the way they handle problems. Jenny (in charge of breakfasts), explained the situation,told me that a replacement chef was on the way, estimated the time and was totally up front, realistic and apologetic in appropriate measures. Great... she didn't bluster or cover up, and I felt for her rather than thinking "I want my breakfast." Anyway an 8.15 walk over the marshes for 45 minutes sharpened the appetite for a jolly good full English.
This is a good country pub of quality, nit an upmarket hotel. It does its thing well. It is nicely decorated, is warm in winter, and has decent food and a good selection of wines and beers. The real bonus is the staff who care for their guests and have the ability to use their initiative and make you feel really welcome. I'll certainly stay again.
- Also Known As:
- White Horse Hotel, Blakeney Hotel Blakeney
- White Horse Hotel, Blakeney Norfolk