The Victoria

Holkham, Norfolk:

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I’ll start by quoting this review:

Popular with the Chelsea-tractor set, the Victoria Hotel is part of the Holkam Estate & close to Holkham Hall (home to the Earl of Leicester & a favourite haunt of various royals, notably Charles & Camilla). The interior is a mix of 19th century British colonial styles, but the menu is more reflective of the surrounding slice of traditional English countryside. A classical menu is supported by interesting innovations & uses produce grown, if not on the estate, then locally, including game shot on the Earl’s range. Dishes are complimented by a healthy range of global wines.

which says it all. It’s all about the food and the airs and graces. It’s included here because it’s a pub, just, but it’s well on the way to being a restaurant, and not a cheap one either. It’s nicely decorated, the staff and beer are fine, but it has no soul.

The Hoste Arms

Burnham Market, Norfolk:

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Burnham Market is nice. A little too nice. You could imagine shops selling nothing but olives here, that’s what it’s like: comfortable, middle-class, well off.

The Hoste Arms is yet another hotel that feels like upmarket pub. From the street the bar is very pub-like, and as you go futher back it feels more like a hotel. The staff were friendly, the beer good, and there’s nice space out the front to sit, drink, and play spot-the-AMG. Prices, surprisingly, OK too.

The Golden Lion Hotel


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Overlooking the sea front, this is an actual hotel, but felt sufficiently pub-like for inclusion. sadly, it’s not that nice feeling: the bar feels like a standard chain-pub family feedbag (as did the menu), and this was, I think, the only place we went in all week with no ale. We also had to have plastic glasses, which is a blasphemy in itself. Staff were OK, but it was dissapointing overall: cracking location in a nice town, but could do better.

The Kings Arms

Blakeney, Norfolk:

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This one didn’t hit the spot for some reason. It was by no means awful, just a little uninspiring: It’s a traditional pub, in a nice place, though arguably the Blakeney Hotel just up the road is a better place for a drink, and actually a bit cheaper for drinks, though not a pub by a wide margin, hence not included here.

It was just a little tatty- something I usually don’t mind, to be fair, and drinks a little bit expensive.