We returned yesterday from our stay at The Lodge and dearly wished we could have stayed longer. While there, we were so enchanted that we actually enquired about the possibility of staying another night, but in the end (alas!) we couldn't find anyone to feed our cat for any longer, so had to come home!
This was our third trip to the North Norfolk Coast, and both trips previously have been wonderful, but the Lodge Inn is just the perfect base to explore from, particularly, if like us you are reliant on public transport. We travelled by train to King's Lynn, and it was quick, cheap and easy to get the coast hopper bus to the hotel in Old Hunstanton. We were especially delighted when we arrived, with our cumbersome cases, to discover the bus stop is right on the hotel's doorstep.
We had paid for a superior room and it really was a haven of calm after a long travel and after long days walking and exploring. That said, all the other rooms looked beautiful as well.
We decided to have lunch straight away, when we arrived, and just about managed to eat outside in the pleasant outdoor eating area before the weather turned. On this Bank holiday, Easter Monday, the bar and restaurant area were packed, and it was happily buzzy with a mixture of couples, families, and very happy dogs! The staff were always on top of things and super-friendly and professional in spite of the busy-ness and our lunch of chicken Caesar salads came promptly and was delicious, with epically good soft-boiled eggs with vivid sunset bright yolks.
It was only a five minute walk to the beach, which was still beautiful even in the wind and drizzle. On other days, it was a short bus journey to the incredible Titichwell Reserve, Holkham Bay and Hall and Wells-next-the-Sea.
Breakfast every day was incredible, with really good choice. Breakfast was served in the restaurant, but in the evenings, it was equally nice to eat in the bar area. I personally liked to see how child and dog-friendly the hotel and bar were, but if you wanted to be away from dogs, there are dog-free areas. We had originally intended to eat in lots of different places, but the food was so good at The Lodge, we only are somewhere else one night (and I wish we'd not bothered to be honest!). Highlights were the whole lemon sole we both had off the catch of the day, my seared salmon with perfect bearnaise and the impeccable poached eggs at breakfast every day!
Both my husband and I have backgrounds in customer service so we particularly appreciated the professionalism, good cheer and kindness of all of the staff at the hotel, restaurant and bar. We both know how tiring customer service can be and how under-appreciated one can feel sometimes, so to see and experience a team as friendly, considerate and efficient as the team at the Lodge was a proper joy. Thank you *so much*. Not a weak link anywhere, and your efforts elevated the hotel as a whole.
Another word about the food. I am currently working as a private chef/caterer, so it's always nice to have someone else cooking for me (!), but I have rarely had fish cooked as well and as consistently as I did here. So fresh and beautiful! I think the catch of the day option off the specials menu is well worth going for!
Thank you again. We had such a wonderful stay,
Penny and Nathan Pearce
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled in the heart of the old village, The Lodge in Old Hunstanton Norfolk offers a relaxed and casual experience - perfectly combining the traditional with the contemporary. Conveniently situated only 500 yards from Old Hunstanton beach, coastal walks and Old Hunstanton Golf Course. The food is simply sumptuous, our specials blackboard changes daily - with an emphasis on fresh fish and locally sourced produce. For the ultimate treat, try our homemade puddings. Dine in the bar, outside in the veranda garden or enjoy the friendly atmosphere of the dining room. The bar offers a great selection of wines and real ales. We have 16 beautiful, well appointed accommodation rooms , which are simply fantastic, and 5 luxury self-contained cottages . "The Loft" and "The Attic" rooms are superior accommodation suites with sea views across rooftops. Our Courtyard rooms are individually special. Most of the rooms have super king size beds, and all accommodation is equipped to a high standard, with flat screen televisions, modern en-suites and warm, fluffy bath towels ... more less
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- The Hotel Old Hunstanton
- The Lodge Inn Old Hunstanton, Norfolk