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“Beautiful location”
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The Gunton Arms
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
38 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Beautiful location”
Reviewed 27 August 2013 via mobile

Such a beautiful building in quiet grounds. Rooms were stunning and the food was great. Lots of outside space so lovely in the summer. Great mixture of art on the walls including Damien hurst and Tracy emin.

  • Stayed August 2013
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Norfolk
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Reviewed 26 August 2013

Beautiful setting but very disappointed in the food choice, quality and service. The presentation of the food was poor. They had run out of a particular starter and delivered an incorrect main course. Won't be going back to eat.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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2 Thank Mekhall
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Norwich
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Reviewed 22 August 2013

We were so excited to be going to the Gunton Arms for our 1st wedding anniversary celebrations. My wife and I booked a table for a Sunday evening, aware that the first beer and music festival was happening. This was a bonus, with a great band and a good atmosphere created outside!

We ate our meal before heading out to see the band and finish our wine looking out over the beautiful deer park. I had the sardines special, and my wife the Beets and Binham blue starter. Both were good, tasted fresh and rustic. For mains, I had lamb (slightly anaemic and just "alright") and my wife the Seabass and Lobster. The lobster was beautifully cooked, but unfortunately most of the Samphire that accompanied her dish was inedible as the "stalks" had still been left on. They couldn't even be cut let alone chewed! A real shame as Samphire is one of her favourites. Seabass was nicely cooked.

Desserts (Eton Mess and Blue Berry Cheesecake) were both amazing however, and we both felt by far the highlight of the meal!

3 courses, a bottle of red, an Adnams and an Aspall set us back about £85. Setting made up for the slight disappointment of the meal but the service could also do with improvement. Twice my wife's food was nearly served into her lap as plates were hastily set down on the table with not even a smile!

I'd suggest The Black Boys in Aylsham if your in the area. Perfect food every time and personable staff members.. a more reasonable cost too!

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank Butlerswharf
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UK
Level 6 Contributor
79 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 August 2013

We were spending a week in Cromer and looking for somewhere for dinner for my birthday. This fell on a Monday and we were really struggling to find a pub serving food, it appears that Norfolk people don't eat on a Monday!

We had a drive out and spotted the sign for the Gunton Arms and decided to head towards it. First impressions were amazing, driving up the gravel drive to the iron gates, the evenings menu (dated to show it was changed daily, and it was as we visited again later in the week and it wasn't the same menu) displayed on the gate between the car park and the pub. We entered the grounds to see a herd of deer roaming over the fields which stretched in every direction (1000 acres apparently) and a beautiful stone pub on he edge of the grounds.

The pub itself is rustic, delightful. We were booked on to the last table for the evening (I'd estimate the place seats 40-50, and it was Monday remember) and returned at 8pm for dinner at 8.30pm.

We had a drink in the bar, a very reasonably priced glass of wine and a pint of Wherry and then went through to the restaurant where we couldn't believe our eyes. The chef was cooking on the open fire in front of everyone.

I had the dressed crab as a starter, a whole crab, really didn't actually need a main course! Hubby had the mackerel from the specials board which was a full mackerel fillet. We both then ordered the 10oz sirloin steak with roast potatoes which we watched the chef cook on the fire. Hubby ordered a portion of carrots, I went with the mixed leaf salad (delicious, a tiny amount of salt and lemon juice to bring out the flavour, never experienced that before, will definitely be copying it) and then hubby also asked if a portion of peas would be possible. The waitress was very accommodating saying she'd go to the local shop if necessary!

The sirloin steak was probably the best steak either of us had ever had and generally I'll only eat fillet as I'm not a fan but it was tasty, cooked perfectly rare but still warm all the way through.

It would be so easy for this place to be stuffy but the friendly staff prevent that. When husband went to find the loo the chef (just about to cook our meal) actually walked through with him to show him where they were!

The bill was about £85 including three glasses of wine and two pints, so not cheap but actually very good value as the quality and overall experience with the staff made it worth every penny.

We popped back in for a drink late afternoon the following day and sat out in the beer garden watching the deer.

In our whole experience there I have only one complaint. They were fully booked when we wanted to dine with them again on the Thursday evening!

Thoroughly recommend this place!

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank TravellinggirlUK
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London, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
85 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 180 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 August 2013

Some might say that this is “just” a pub with rooms. But in fact, it is so much more.

Yes, it is a pub. But how many pubs have artwork by Tracy Emin above the bar and by Damien Hirst in the ladies’ loo? Yes, it is a restaurant, but how many restaurants have a huge open fire where sumptuous steaks and beef ribs are cooked before your very eyes?

The rooms are thoughtfully decorated and the attention to detail (deliciously comfortable bed, dreamy pillows and huge fluffy towels) would put many far more expensive establishments to shame. It also has two delightful, cosy lounges and a sunny roof terrace for the sole use of the residents of its eight rooms.

Even if Emin and Hirst are not to your taste (and I’m not sure they are to mine), you have to admire the audacity of the place and the fact that it has managed to retain its accessibility in terms of both cost and clientele.

From the locals we spoke to, we discovered that the restaurant is widely regarded as one of the very best in the region and our own experience bore that out. We did not intend to eat here on all three nights of our stay, but once we sampled the quality of the food it seemed pointless to look any further for a good meal.

Other pluses: good wifi, a gorgeous setting in a deer park, and well situated for both the Norfolk Broads and the coast.

So why a score of 4 and not 5? Well, I’m a very harsh critic and to me 5 means perfection. So what are the imperfections here? Well, I tend to take a refusal to put a television in a 21st century hotel room as a moral judgement on my behaviour. Call me a peasant but it so happens that I enjoy watching the early morning news and weather before I get up and, yes, I know there’s an ever-so-trendy Roberts radio in the room, but even as an avid radio listener I like a bit of telly first thing.

And the other thing is that the rooms are really quite noisy until closing time. But then again, don’t forget this is a pub with rooms. Whatever you do, don’t let little things like these put you off.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank Amazonian
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Manchester
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34 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 August 2013

Situated on the edge of a deer park this quirky inn has a cosy, comfy unique feel and setting. Make sure to check out the great artwork collection (especially in the toilets).

The food is wonderful and if a vegetarian be sure to ask to see the extensive and delicious vegetarian menu. We were lucky enough to visit during the recent warm weather and enjoyed eating outside with beautiful views across the park - be sure to be there for sun set its stunning.

The bar can get very busy as this is a locals venue as well as visitors but this only adds to the great atmosphere.

The staff were all very friendly and really helpful. There was even a large cosy dog bed and water bowl in our room for Stanley our 6 month old dachshund who loved his stay. He was allowed to dine with us in the evening, share a pint in the bar and laze with us over breakfast.

Thank you Gunton Arms we only wished we had stayed longer.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Norwich, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 August 2013

We have now enjoyed a few wonderful nights at the Gunton Arms, situated in a deer park it is a very pretty location with spectacular views, all the rooms are decorated with care, the beds as sooooo comfortable. Cow shed products in the gorgeous bathrooms are great. In addition it is dog friendly supplying your companion with a comfortable tweed bed and bowls in the room.

The pub and restaurant are very good with welcoming staff and interesting art works to enjoy. The Michelin pub of the year award was well deserved

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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: The Gunton Arms
Address: The Gunton Arms Cromer Road, Thorpe Market NR11 8TZ, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > East Anglia > Norfolk > Thorpe Market
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Thorpe Market
Number of rooms: 8
Also Known As:
The Gunton Arms Hotel Thorpe Market
The Gunton Arms Thorpe Market, Norfolk

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