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The Old Rectory Restaurant with Rooms
Certificate of Excellence
Reading, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“What a find - a real gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2008

I must say - this is one place I'd certainly go back to as it was a real joy to stay there and I'm so pleased that Chris booked us a table in advance despite my concerns at not having any idea what the food was like beforehand.

It has to be one of the best meals I've had. From their own marinated salmon, through the main courses and onto desserts, everything was just perfect. The menu is varied, the wine list well thought out - not massive but a good mix - and it was a real treat to eat there.

Chris is a great host and he runs a very tight ship - everything is in the right place, service is friendly and thoughtful and it's a lovely location in all respects.

It's just outside the centre of Norwich so not somewhere just to step outside the door and then hey, you're in the middle of it all, but it's not far if you have a car or don't mind paying for a taxi.

To be honest though, I really don't see the need to go outside the place as not only is the food out of this world, but it's very reasonably priced too.

Chris is very helpful - he's a walking library of all facts and figures not only on Norwich but also the whole area. We didn't get the chance to test him on general knowledge, but I'd certainly plump for him on my pub quiz team if he's in the area. Just another thing that makes staying there much more enjoyable than the "chains" we have now in every city/town.

  • Liked — Service, Food, Room
  • Disliked — Small car park - hey, I had to think of something!
  • Stayed September 2008, travelled as a couple
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Thank David M
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2008

I was travelling with work in East Anglia and booked the Old Rectory to escape the usual chain hotels aimed at business travellers.

I cannot think of a single thing to fault the hotel. The welcome was very warm and I was made to feel completely at home despite travelling on my own. The room was fabulous: very comfortable, tastefully furnished and with a digital flat screen television. The bathroom was spotlessly clean with a huge walk in power shower, decent 'freeby' soaps and a bath robe. The food in the restaurant was beautifully cooked: proscuitto and parmesan starter and a delicious duck breast for a main. Breakfast was equally fab: home-made muesli and a top quality full English breakfast.

In summary: charming staff, lovely hotel in a peaceful setting, great hotel, delicious food and very good value. Thoroughly recommend it!

  • Liked — Really comfortable bed
  • Disliked — Nothing!
  • Stayed September 2008, travelled on business
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1 Thank Jimbo7777
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E Anglia
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33 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2008

I cannot understand the person who was angry not to be able to book a single night only.
This is a superb hotel, where you feel part of a house-party enjoying great food and wine. This is not the hotel to book if you intend to use it just as a bedroom!
The sense of occasion is enhanced by the spectacular drawing room and beautiful restaurant. Rooms are chic and are there to be enjoyed.
The chef is first-class and uses top quality local suppliers.
The staff are friendly and professional and there is always a great welcome from Chris, the host.

  • Liked — boutique nature and great food and wine
  • Stayed January 2008, travelled as a couple
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Thank SteffyEAnglia
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Sevenoaks
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18 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2008

Having read all the reviews, i tried to book a room for 1 night on the 13 th sept ( saturday night ). I was told the hotel wouldnt accept a 1 night booking as it meant that the hotel would then struggle to sell the room for friday night ( the 12 th ). The only way they would take a saturday night only booking, was if someone had booked only friday night and were checking out saturday. Would you like to leave your name and number and we can call you if we decide to make a room availiable to you ....? My reply was, No Thankyou. Im attending a wedding and i need a confirmed booking. I dont want to find out a week before the wedding that i dont have a room, and then i cant get another one somwhere else. Have you got a room i can have? Yes i have a room and no you cant have it. I told him that In reality his suggestion of calling me if one becomes availiable is of no help at all. I will stay somwhere else then. Yes ok , well its our hotel and thats the way we want it. Weve been here 14 years and its the way we want to conduct our business. Good luck then youll never ever get mine with that attitude. I hate it when people treat you like they are doing you a favor. In fact im doing you a favor by paying you money in return for accomodation!

I wished him a good day and that was the end of the conversation. It might be rated No 1, and clearly i wont be staying there, however thats not the attitude i expect of any hotel.

Certainly for booking thats a 1 out of 10 from me, and it makes me wonder what else they cant do.

In total contrast, i phoned the Norfolk Mead Hotel and they couldnt have been more helpfull, so thats where im staying.

Stayed August 2008
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10 Thank SevenoaksFamily4
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UK
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47 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2008

Enjoyed a 4 night stay here in July, based on the reviews on Trip Advisor.

The location is relaxing and beautiful with a variety of mature trees. The rooms are well balanced with the modern bathrooms and TV fitting well into architecture that is 150 years old. The food is excellent, we ate in on 2 nights and the food is fresh, imaginative and very well executed, the sample menu on their site gives a good idea.
A cup of tea or a pre dinner drink by the pool is a delight.
Most of all the hospitality of Chris and the staff make this a wonderful place to stay.

  • Stayed July 2008, travelled on business
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1 Thank towerridge
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Toronto
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153 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 426 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2008

My wife and I recently stayed two nights at this boutique property at the edge of Norwich. The property is nicely sited with well cared for mature gardens. The main building is elegant, the epitome of relaxation, and very charming, not to forget the staff who are each super. Chris is an excellent host and provides a high level of ‘personal touch’ to your visit [restaurant tips, driving directions, hiking trails, etc] if you wish. Our room (#1 of 8) was spacious, well appointed, clean and very comfortable. The bathroom was modern and spacious with a bath/shower.

While the Old Rectory many not be for a family with children, it certainly is a very romantic spot for couples looking to find rest and relaxation in what we found to be a most underrated part of the U.K.> for North Americans, imagine staying at your well to do aunt or uncles’ fabulous Georgian home complete with staff to help out.

The Old Rectory has very good dining room. Service is pleasant and effective. Thought normally leery of fixed price menus, if we had any regret it was that we only took one of our two evening meals at the establishment. The dining room itself is bright and very pleasant. The food, particularly the fish we ate, is well prepared and worthy of the 2 AA rosettes. We were disappointed to have missed the afternoon tea served complete with scones from the kitchen which, we heard from another guest, was top drawer. The English breakfast, included in the room rate, is prepared to order and also first rate.

We would certainly highly recommend this establishment to those visiting Norwich or local residents looking to escape the rest of the city without driving a long distance.

  • Liked — Great inegrated package of super service, good accomodation, wonderful cuisine in a relaxed environment
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed July 2008, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank YYZGuy99
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Norway
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209 reviews
177 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 274 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2008

This wonderful building and its owners and staff really make you feel welcome. We stayed 2 nights and had a spacious and very comfortable room with a large bathroom. Common areas are inviting and well maintained and the food was a very nice surprise. We had dinner there both nights and the service, menu and food was excellent both times. Hot breakfast is made to order and just as good as you should expect of a hotel like this. Strongly recommended!

  • Stayed July 2008, travelled as a couple
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Helpful?
Thank PFP
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Property: The Old Rectory Restaurant with Rooms
Address: 103 Yarmouth Road, Thorpe St Andrew, Norwich NR7 OHF, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > East Anglia > Norfolk > Norwich > Thorpe St Andrew
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Thorpe St Andrew
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — The Old Rectory Restaurant with Rooms 4*
Number of rooms: 8
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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