If I was asked to recommend a good pub to visitors coming to Norfolk, I’d be hard pushed to pick just one. But if I was held at gunpoint with a cucumber at my chest, I’d probably pick The Gunton Arms, a stunning gastro-pub with rooms and where we’ve spent many happy family birthdays. Plus its large spacious dinning room is actually pretty baby and toddler friendly, despite what first impressions might give.
Just four miles from the North Norfolk coast and surrounded by an enormous historic and secluded deerpark, where stags and does roam and are often spotted ambling past the restaurant’s windows as stunned diners watch on.
The owner clearly has an eye for risqué art, which is a big talking point for patrons, with a range of works by Tracey Emin, Damien Hirst, Lucian Freud, Glenn Brown, Beatiz Milhazes and Albert Oehlen to name but a few.
Chef, Stuart Tattersall cooks using the best of Norfolk’s seasonal produce including venison from the deerpark and beef from the local herd at Blickling which are cooked over a large open fire in the Elk Room. The pub also has its own seafood, mussels and Cromer crab caught by local fishermen.
There’s also a surprisingly good vegetarian menu with lots of alluring specials.
How to get there: Gunton station, which connects to other rail networks via Norwich, is one mile away. Norwich Airport is 25 minutes away by car and there are flight connections to worldwide destinations via Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam, which is a 30 minute flight from Norwich.
The Gunton Arms, Cromer Road, Thorpe Market, Norwich NR11 8TZ
Telephone: 01263 832010