The Lodge Old Hunstanton - Smuggler, Soldiers and great food to boot
Just take a look at this pub? Isn’t she handsome? Built in 1542, The Lodge has an incredible history, with tales of smugglers during the 18th century; it even doubled as a home for British solders during WWII.
The Lodge raced to the finish line with the Best Bar trophy in its hands during last year’s Muddy Stiletto Awards and, having finally managed to visit, I can see why.
Located in Old Hunstanton village, The Lodge is a large pub, restaurant and hotel, with several sections meaning you can find a nook to suit. There’s a large bar with plenty of high stools for sipping a local brew whilst waiting for your party to arrive, a cosy lounge area – with sofa seating, humungous armchairs that made the children look like tiny and a fire place – and a conservatory with large windows looking out onto the garden, which comes into its own in the summer months.
We began our evening with a drink in the conservatory, staring out in pride at the rather large sign telling guests that it won Best Bar last year (and why not?!).
Moving into the lounge area (despite being evenly matched three adults to three children, staying away from formal diners is always wise!), we were comfortably in sight of the fire and began to read the comprehensive menu with its mix of sharer plates, classic pub grub and stone baked pizzas. From Norfolk Crab to Norfolk Pork, there’s plenty of fresh, local produce on the list, too, as well as a separate menu for children.
Food envy arrived at the same time as my friend’s Norfolk mussels, which were served in a creamy garlic sauce with crusty bread.
My Grilled Norfolk Dapple Polenta with aubergine and potato gratin was light, hearty and surprisingly tasty.
All three kids went for pizza (predictably), with clean plates all round.
The Lodge has a great wine list, too, with some great reds to warm up on a cold winter’s day and some lovely whites to try in the sunshine.
THE MUDDY VERDICT:
Families, groups of friends, dog-lovers. The staff were super friendly and accommodating – our waiter easily tolerated our noisy tribe with smiles and colouring books/crayons.
Those looking for a fine dining experience, it’s more informal than that.
Starters: between £6.25 and £7.95; mains: between £12.50 and £17.50; desserts: between £2 and £8.
Old Hunstanton Road, Old Hunstanton, Norfolk, PE36 6HX. Tel: 01485 532896. thelodgehunstanton.co.uk