The Chequers Inn at Thornham
The Chequers Inn is a beautifully renovated former coaching inn on the north Norfolk coast. It combines rural charm with contemporary style and offers an eclectic menu showcasing high quality Norfolk produce.
Head chef Shayne Wood oversees a kitchen where all the food is made on site. There’s a menu to suit every taste, from seasonal a la carte to homemade pizzas, from street food to Norfolk tapas. The atmosphere is relaxed, with efficient and helpful staff who can’t do enough to help. The Chequers is dog friendly, too.
We particularly loved the Norfolk tapas. Dishes include trio of Norfolk pork (crispy pork belly, melt-in-the-mouth black pudding and bubble and squeak); beignets of Wells crab, chilli and spring onion; and goats’ cheese and cranberry bonbons with red onion marmalade. The pizzas also incorporate local produce: the ‘Orchard’ is topped with caramelised Thornham apple, smoked bacon and Binham Blue cheese. Two of the substantial main courses that deserve a mention are the roasted fillet of local pork and the breast of Norfolk duck accompanied by a vintage port and shallot sauce. If you have room for dessert, the velvet chocolate mousse with peanut butter ice cream and biscotti will hit the spot, as will the lighter buttermilk and Thornham honey panna cotta.
The Chequers Inn has two pavilions in its courtyard perfect for private or group dining and special occasions; the head chef will create a personalised banqueting menu if required.
As well as being a destination for food lovers, this rural pub makes an ideal base for anyone visiting Norfolk gems like Holkham Hall, Wells-next-the-Sea, Burnham Market and Sandringham. It has 11 stylish ensuite bedrooms that have recently been refurbished with a charming coastal theme.
By Tracy Macheta, Norfolk editor