- A feature from the April 2016 issue of Suffolk Norfolk Life magazine
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- Food, Reviews
Nestled in the beautiful north Norfolk countryside and just a couple of miles from the historic coastal town of Cromer, you will find Northrepps Cottage sitting perfectly within its picturesque grounds, says Charlie Roadley-Battin
The hotel dates back to the 18th century and has been tastefully and lovingly restored in recent years, and is now in the safe hands of husband and wife team Jonathan and Laura Gardiner, who together have over 30 years’ experience in the hospitality trade.
We were warmly greeted by Lucy, the operations manager, who gave us a brief tour of this quaint brick and flint building, before showing us to Humphrey’s bar, which was large but cosy with comfy sofas, and decorating the walls interesting black and white photography of the history of Northrepps.
We sat for a while and enjoyed an aperitif whilst perusing the mouth watering menu. Repton’s restaurant was contemporary and stylish, but also managed to retain some lovely period features including a very pretty leaded window. For the past month or so, we have both been boringly watching our waistlines, so feeling quite virtuous thought to hell with the diet and enjoy!
We began with appetisers of chargrilled breads, balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil – oh so good. My husband decided to start with the potted estate wild mushrooms with winter truffle oil and deep fried camembert with raisin jam, which was beautifully presented and apparently tasted divine, whilst I opted for the Brancaster mussels, steamed in white wine and cream and served with oven baked bread.