The Beechwood Hotel
The Beechwood Hotel is an attractive country house hotel on the edge of the market town of North Walsham, Norfolk. The award-winning fine-dining restaurant seats up to 60. It offers breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner to residents and non-residents alike.
The hotel has an interesting history: from the 1930s to the mid-1960s it was a private house owned by two doctors who were close friends of the crime writer Agatha Christie. Indeed, she spent a lot of time here and used to disappear off to the summerhouse to write. There are Agatha Christie memorabilia and photographs in the hotel. The connection has also inspired the owners to put on murder mystery evenings with a delicious three-course evening meal.
Chef Steven Norgate is passionate about Norfolk produce and sources most ingredients from within ten miles. These include Morston mussels, Cromer crabs, Sheringham lobsters and outstanding 21-day-aged beef.
The dinner menu might include a starter such as ham hock terrine from Norfolk rare-breed butcher Tavern Tasty, served with pea puree, tomato chutney, sourdough crisps, capers, rocket and a mustard dressing. Next you might choose the Bunwell Estate venison with local, seasonal vegetables. To finish, we highly recommend the sticky toffee pudding or the Belgian chocolate trio.
There is always at least one vegetarian option, too: for example, a rosti potato pancake filled with goats’ curd, wild mushrooms, cauliflower puree and onion marmalade served with apple and rocket salad.
Whether you go to the Beechwood Hotel for lunch, afternoon tea, dinner or a special occasion meal, you won’t be disappointed. With polite and attentive staff, elegant surroundings and food by one of the best chefs in the area, it is most definitely one of the gems in Norfolk’s crown!
By Tracy Macheta, Norfolk editor