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“Delightful, friendly and comfortable gourmet weekend”
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The Old Rectory
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Reviewed 31 January 2010

We have just had two very comfortable nights at The Old Rectory which is a small hotel specialising in quintessential English comfort and hospitality, with log fires and an elegant sitting room. The welcome was personal, and we felt like valued guests throughout. Tea offered in the sitting room with a log fire was welcome on a cold afternoon, and our quiet well appointed room a welcome retreat. The bed was very comfortable, and the bathroom immaculate. We had opted for a winter warmer package which included dinner each night. Menus are poured over in the sitting room over an appetiser, and the dinner itself was a culinary treat. The wines list also is carefully thought out and contained a small but excellent selection of good value wines from around the world. The only caution is that the hotel is a fair way from the city centre, but we did the walk from the city centre in just over half an hour in attempt to make room for our dinner on the second night.

  • Stayed: January 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 December 2009

My my my! My mum organized this trip to surprize my dad for his bday, with our friends, of whom the male did not know either. The staff were incredibly helpful in this little escapade and were happy to help to surprize our guys.

The entrace to this hotel was a tricky little bugger, so well hidden however, it was like finding the secret garden. Alot of work was put into the finer details and the place was just simply stunning. The food in the restaurant was amazing and the staff were so friendly. You could not beat the food in a michelin starred kitchen believe me. The drawing room was a good size, but cosy and each night the fire was lit, filling the room with suttle warmth.

Just down the road was the shopping centre which had all the major stores in one place, like a mini London. However, the hotel is not affected in anyway shape or form to the business of the town especially in the run up to xmas.

The rooms, although I found mine slightly disappointing (im a teenager and mum stuck me on budget room with my friend), of my parents were lovely and spacious with comfortable beds and a bath the size of a small jacuzzi (so jealous!!). Broadband access was available and the flatscreen TV's were good quality.

A fantastic stay and I was sad to leave. Would highly reccommend!

  • Stayed: December 2009, travelled with friends
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Thank Jo2217
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Reviewed 30 November 2009

WOW! An absolutely delightful hotel hidden away in beautiful grounds. From the moment we arrived we were made to feel incredibly welcome and nothing was too much trouble - including changing the bedding to hypo allergenic due to a feather allergy. The room we were allocated was very tastefully decorated, the bed extremely comfortable with quality bed linen and the bathroom big and spotlessly clean.
The main lounge is beautiful and in keeping with the Regency style and as the weather was cold the log fire was lit in the evening. The room also has wonderful big sofa's to relax on so that you can enjoy your pre dinner drink whilst brousing the evening meal menu.
The chef, James, is a very talented young man and the food was clearly amongst the best we have tasted in many years of travelling around the UK. I must say that it was a treat for me to have a seperate vegetarian menu to choose from. The combinations and textures that James created for the veggie dishes far exceeded my expectations and were absolutely delicious
Thank you Chris and your staff for making my birthday weekend so special - we cannot praise you highly enough. Looking forward to returning again when the weather is a lot warmer so that we can enjoy relaxing on the sun terrace and swimming in the pool.

  • Stayed: November 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 October 2009

The Old rectory is probably one of the nicest hotels I have ever stayed in. Nothing is too much trouble and we were made to feel extremely welcome. The bedroom was gorgeous and the bathroom one of the biggest I have seen in a hotel. The food is worth every penny - locally sourced and beautifully cooked. We were there on business and had access to FREE wireless internet!!! Very unusual in alot of the hotels we stay in.
Cannot praise it highly enough

  • Stayed: October 2009, travelled on business
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Reviewed 7 September 2009

We stayed here 24th/25th August expecting something special as indicated by trip advisor reviews - we were not disappointed - THEY ARE ALL TRUE.
The skill of the chef was exemplified by a controlled and balanced combination of flavours.
The house wines were excellent and not exorbinately priced.
BOOK WITH CONFIDENCE AND TAKE YOUR SWIMMING GEAR TO ENJOY THE LARGE 10FT DEEP POOL

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank darby_and_joanRugby
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Reviewed 26 July 2009

We booked the Old Rectory on the back of the excellent reviews on Trip Advisor and were not disappointed. We were met by the owner Chris who was extremely friendly and professional and after a chat he showed us to our room, which was Room I. This was very spacious with two wing chairs, a balcony and a large bathroom with a corner bath and shower. One just literally sank into the room and we could have stayed there for a long time and just luxuriated but that would not have done justice to the superb lounge, conservatory and the pool and terrace. The wonderful country house style of ambience that the Old Rectory exudes was only the start, for after an aperitif in the lounge we were led into the dining room for a really excellent three course meal which focused wherever it could on local produce. We had a superb crab tart, with an accompanying saffron dressing and followed this with halibut and local samphire and finished with a wonderful strawberry parfait. Not over fussy cooking just excellent country house fare with a focus on outstanding flavours rather than on complexity of presentation.The wine list was a little limited but what was there was of good value but it did cry out for more French wines such as a white Macon eg a Pouilly Fuisse or perhaps a Beaujolais cru eg a Fleurie, in the reds. But that is nit picking as the hotel is quite lovely and after our dinner we retired to a most comfortable nights rest. Breakfast was also a triumph with local bacon and ham on the menu, which provided the taste I remember as a child, quite delicious.The staff are all highly efficient and very friendly and again firt wonderfully with the concept of a small country house concept at high but not excessive prices. Yes a very good choice thanks to Trip Advisor and thanks to Chris and his excellent staff. One final point there are some lovely walks to be had from the hotel, either over the road and across the railway bridge and then down the River Yare or right along the Yarmouth Road to the local shops and a seat watching the boating on the river.

  • Stayed: July 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 July 2009

Very comfortable, especially the bed! Lovely big bathroom with bath and separate shower.
Friendly staff, and excellent food, and wine list not overpriced.
Good value, have paid much more for less good accommodation.

  • Stayed: June 2009, travelled as a couple
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Thank birdlife
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Additional Information about The Old Rectory

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: £119 - £154 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Old Rectory 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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