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The Old Coach House
101 High Street, Thornham PE36 6LY, England   |  
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Ranked #4 of 5 Thornham B&B and Inns
Fareham
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“Refreshingly Good”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

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.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Bangkok, Thailand
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3 hotel reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2013 via mobile

Looks good from the front then all yuk from there... Atmosphere non-welcoming, customer service non-existent...
Party of four, we ask about vegetarian menu, assured that there is... We are led into a room and there an ugly little dog welcomes us and attempts to 'greet'... We are sat at sticky table then wait an age for someone, anyone... Vegetarian menu is, let's say limited, service is Sooo slow and almost begrudging, food arrives, looks less than good, the vegetarian Lasagne is minimalist on the vegetable front however 2 pieces of celery are recognisable, not by taste but by sight. The food is dire and the service is less than poor... The wine was absolutely the correct accompaniment for the food as that also was dire. We were staying very close by and would have returned because we wished to patronise all the local eateries... It's a long time since I've been this disappointed... (All fellow diners agreed)

Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
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Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

Having eaten here many times, I can thoroughly recommend the menu here, the quality of which has vastly improved since Marco Pierre White's company took over and, I'm pleased to say, the prices have not significantly gone up.
My steak the other night was perfectly cooked with a nice peppercorn sauce. My only criticism would be of the chips which were not crunchy enough for me having been finished in too cool oil, it would seem, and the fact that the stalk was still in the mushroom (that's me being ultra picky!). Oh, and 9pm is reeeeeeally early to stop food, even by British standards, but always pleasant service, a good choice of well-kept beers and spirits and a reasonable wine list. The pizzas, nowadays, are also superb!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Lower Whitley, United Kingdom
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

Have just had a three night stay here and found the whole experience very nice. As dog people we are always delighted to find anywhere that will accept us and our pooch. A quick guide from our perspective is:
Rooms: A touch shabby chic, everything worked although the shower was a little mouldy.
Parking: plenty
Food: Brilliant breakfast, good portions and fab cereal / fruit bar.
Dinner was a bit disappointing. I had the scallops for starters which were cooked well but
the strange mush and dried bacon it came with was acrid and unpalatable. Main course
was seafood linguini which did not pack a punch. My partner had fish chowder which again
was not a great tasting dish followed by a reasonable lasagne. The lasagne portion was
child size and why do restaurants put a couple of green leaves on the side and call it a
salad? If you say salad, make salad. We decided to eat out after the first night although
there was a free bottle of wine on offer for 2nd night diners. Check out our reviews on The Orange Tree and The Lifeboat Inns
Beer: Well kept and very tasty.
Staff: Efficient and busy people who seemed to cope with the pub when busy.
Dog Friendly: Perfect for us and quite a few other guests as well I think.
Location: Thornham is an attractive village with good dog walks within 250 metres of the pub.
Yes the pub is on the main road through the village but we had no problems with street
noise and we slept with the window open facing the street.
Ambiance: Very pleasant and very comfortable place to enjoy a pint or two.
Would we stay again: Definitely.

Room Tip: Room 2 gets a bit of noise from the bar below so you might want to request a quiet room. I say this...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Northampton, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

This is a pub that offers bed & breakfast plus bar food, so I'm not sure why it is being listed as a hotel. We only ate here. The beer was well looked after, the food was good and we enjoyed the pizzas in particular. We had heard that Marco Pierre White had become financially involved with this establishment, but fortunately this has not led to gastronomic food nor astronomical prices - yet. The staff were friendly and we would certainly go again.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rushden, United Kingdom
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509 reviews 509 reviews
58 hotel reviews
Reviews in 191 cities Reviews in 191 cities
441 helpful votes 441 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

You are nearly there.....beautiful rooms(we stayed in room 9 at the very top of the building)a cracking setting,great bar and restaurant area,plenty of tea/chocolate/coffee in the room,a great nights sleep as well as a breakfast to die for but...............what happened to the shower room????It was a mouldy mess.The mould in between the blue tiles,black,was very off putting and would take 30 minutes to steam off.The shower too was a bit of a disappointment too as there was not much room either and with such a great bedroom with beams on the ceiling and well furnished,you fit a cheap nasty shower curtain?This place deserves credit though as it is a little treasure,very relaxed,staff were excellent and very very helpful,especially the gentleman who greeted us in the bar(young lad with a beard)I would stay again in a flash.......but please if you read this....address the mould??Stayed October 19th 2013

Room Tip: Room 9 is up a few stairs so ask for a groundfloor room if unable to walk far.This place is a cracke...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Leek, United Kingdom
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12 hotel reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

Just stayed one night at The Old Coach House before going onto a seven day holiday in a cottage. We were given room 8 which is an attic room, the room itself was nice, comfy bed etc but the bathroom was a disgrace, broken tiles in the shower , could hardly use the sink as it was in a corner where the eaves sloped, toilet needs to be cleaned under the rim! This needs to be addressed. Overall, I would stay there again but in a different room, everyone was very friendly, the evening meal and breakfast superb. Did not know whether to mark to Hotel average or good but have to say good as everthing apart from the bathroom was good!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about The Old Coach House

Address: 101 High Street, Thornham PE36 6LY, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > East Anglia > Norfolk > Thornham
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Thornham
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 12
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