The Gunton Arms
Formerly a country house hotel and shooting lodge where King Edward VII enjoyed liaisons with his mistress Lillie Langtry in the late 1800s, The Gunton Arms was converted into a pub with 12 bedrooms in October 2011.
It is owned by London art dealer Ivor Braka in partnership with Stuart and Simone Tattersall, who both used to work for the celebrated chef Mark Hix. Art lovers will appreciate the extensive display of original works by artists including Tracey Emin, Damien Hirst and Lucian Freud.
Head chef Stuart sources local ingredients and seasonal produce, enthusiastically cooking venison (from the deer park), beef and pork over a large open fire in the Elk Room (look out for the huge antlers over the fireplace). The meat is served with the likes of goose fat roast potatoes, Bramley apple, Béarnaise sauce and rowanberry jelly.
As well as bar snacks and sandwiches, the dishes on the main menu include ingredients such as Weybourne crab, Blythburgh pork, Gunton venison sausages and local Binham Blue cheese. Desserts are reassuringly indulgent: rice pudding with crab-apple jelly, Victoria plum and almond tart, or “a shot” of sloe gin jelly. A private dining room is available for parties of up to 12 people and provides a quieter, more private environment for birthdays, anniversaries and other celebrations.
By Tracy Macheta, Norfolk editor
Photos: The Gunton Arms