I have just returned from a three night stay at Beechwood. The food was excellent - imaginative and well prepared. The wine list whilst short, was sufficient and reasonably priced.
The staff were all very good.
But, and it is a big BUT, I was not prepared for the rather dim bedrooms, with their dark brown furniture and heavy and somber curtains, counterpanes and bed head hangings - they were rather gloomy. In fact they whole hotel, including the bar and public rooms were on the dark side with lots of dark brown leather and wood - all lit by 15 watt bulbs! The bar was empty by 10 p.m.
The dining room was a little better, once you got used to the many large photos of Agatha Christie peering down at you from the walls.
Whilst the hotel obviously appeals to older clientele - 60/70/80, even a 90 year old - the bathrooms do not reflect this, Very Victorian, with nice showers and free standing bathes, but not a hand hold in sight - all style, no practicality.
The location is regrettable. Walk a couple of hundred yards one way along an uninspiring local road, to the town centre. North Walsham was looking rather tired and neglected before the credit crunch. There was some activity round the fish and chip shop. From the litter round the town Cross - a sort of bandstand - the chippie obviously does good business. It is not a tourist centre.
Walk half a mile along the same road in the opposite direction and you come to a sort of by-pass - and that's it! You do need a car to escape North Walsham.
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