My wife and I spent a week in North Norfolk on a bird watching trip and after much checking of reviews on TripAdvisor and prices on various booking agencies, we took a chance on The Old Coach House, appearing to offer the best mix of price, quality and comfort for our requirements. It is a strange area as accommodation and restaurants are far from cheap and we found no down-market options, even if we wanted to stay in one. In an area of relatively sparse population, it seemed to us that tourism must be an important income source.
There is a big car park with rear and side access to the premises, so we did not have far to carry our luggage. Our welcome was friendly and we were immediately shown to our room, which was adequate, clean and comfortable. I personally felt that the decor could be made more interesting but once we populated the spaces with our belongings, it became more "comfy". The weather outside was cold but we were kept warm by the two central heating radiators, which we set at barely more than half strength and that proved more than enough. There was an electric fan heater available if we needed yet more heat!
The bathroom was windowless but clean and well lit with a wall mounted fan heater and an effective extractor fan. There was plenty of shelving for toiletries etc.
When a restaurant is on site, we like to try it on our first night and such was our delight at the standard of food and service, that we did not trouble to go in search of other eating places for the duration of our 4 night stay. The menu and blackboard specials offered many choices and we were pleased to discover that several of the dishes were almost certainly in-house creations rather than upmarket pre-packed, frozen offerings that are so common these days. The food was good and many locals choose to eat there as well as residents.
Although he doesn't put his name to the place, we were told that the establishment's owner is celebrity chef: Marco Pierre White and that added credence to our observations. As it happens, he also owns a sister hostelry around the corner called The Lifeboat Inn.
Breakfasts were good, served promptly and as always, with a smile.
We stayed without the pleasure of the company of our dog as we wanted to visit places that he would not be allowed. Next time, he will be with us. We chose The Old Coach House with this in mind.
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