Whilst attending an event in Norwich nearby we decided to stay in the area and pick this establishment based on the Tripadvisor reviews. We were warmly welcomed by the owner who provided me with a tour of the facilities before showing me to my room in the annex.
There is a spacious drawing room for guests to use with puzzles and books to keep you entertained during your stay. The location is very convenient for the city centre with ample free parking on site. There is also a pool for the summer.
Chris pointed out that our room was due for refurbishment in three weeks time as part of a rolling programme and the room was clean and tidy but rather dated with fussy decor, which I am sure the refurb will address. The bed was excellent, with quality bed linen, and we had an wonderful and peaceful nights sleep. The only slightly disappointment was the en-suite where the toilet had been placed in such a place that a 6ft 2 inch man hit his head when trying to use the toilet, and the shower delivering rather a small spray. There was only one bath sheet and one bath towel in the room for two people which meant that as a girl with longer hair I had to use a damp towel to dry my hair, I made Chris aware of this but housekeeping said this was policy. Chris didn't agree with this!
Breakfast was freshly cooked to order and very tasty. Unusually in my experience there was no buffet counter for cereals etc and we didn't realise if we wanted fruit etc we would need to ask for this in advance, meaning we just got a cooked breakfast and nothing else. Fruit juice is also provided rather than laid out and when I asked for a second glass, I was greeted with confused looks although this was eventually provided. Excellent quality local sauces and jams were provided, and be bought to take away. I also asked if there was gluten free bread available, and was told rather forcefully that I should have 'requested this in advance' although I was unaware of this having not stayed here before. The waitress did check with the kitchen and this was duly provided.
We didn't eat at this establishment due to our plans for the evening, but there is a well regarded restaurant on site and you are contacted shortly after booking to ask whether you would like to book a table for dinner.
Really lovely period building, with an enthusiastic and welcoming owner but I am not sure that the £130 a night price tag was a reflection of my experience. I would stay again, but at a slightly lower rate.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Old Rectory, Norwich's only AA 4* Gold 'Restaurant with Rooms' is a beautiful Georgian House, with adjoining Victorian Coach House, standing in an acre of mature secluded gardens on the eastern fringes of Norwich, overlooking the Yare valley and Thorpe Marshes nature reserve . We offer warm hospitality and friendly service in a welcoming and relaxing atmosphere. Every morning, you can enjoy a delicious breakfast, cooked to order and served to your table. Our menu features local sausages, bacon, ham and eggs, Chef's own toasted muesli, thick yoghurt with home-made fruit compote, and thick cut toast. Our Dining Room is open Tuesday to Saturday evenings (closed Sunday / Monday), with a daily changing 2 AA Rosette menu featuring freshly prepared, locally sourced, seasonal produce. The elegant intimate, Georgian panelled room has just six tables so be sure to book dinner in advance as we regret we cannot guarantee availability of a table, nor a particular time, where dinner reservations have not been made prior to arrival. The Old Rectory is 2 miles from Norwich railway station (services to London, Cambridge, the Norfolk Coast and intermediate stations) and the city centre with its Norman Castle and Cathedral, medieval churches, excellent shopping facilities and open air market. Norwich International Airport (flights to Manchester, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and international flights via the KLM hub at Amsterdam Schipol) is 5 miles. The Norfolk Broads National Park and the sandy beaches of the east coast are a short drive, and many historic houses, nature reserves, gardens etc are within easy reach. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Old Rectory Hotel Norwich
- Old Rectory Norwich
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