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The Lodge, Old Hunstanton

Muddy says: An impressive site to behold as you drive along the coast road into the quaint village of Old Hunstanton. The Lodge is bursting with history, warmth and character.

Since 1542, The Lodge has been a hideout for Smugglers, a retreat for wealthy Londoners and a First World War army billet.

Night time in North Norfolk can be eerily quiet and dark and this is the type of place that beckons you with it’s warm and inviting glow. Once inside you won’t be disappointed – there’s a cosy lounge area with an open fire, big sofas and armchairs – perfect for warming up after a walk on the beach.

If you don’t get lulled by the sofa/fire combo, the large bar/restaurant/conservatory is a great place for informal dining perfect for groups and families. The menu is extensive and offers something for everyone including a great kid’s menu – not a nugget in site. Traditional pub classics, slightly more gastro culinary options plus sharing platters and stone baked pizzas. Oh and fresh cake!

The formal restaurant and private dining area is perfect for special occasions and a lovely date night venue. Tastefully decorated with high ceilings, beautiful drapes and chandeliers – it’s just a little bit special.

A large conservatory leads onto a reasonable sized garden which comes into it’s own in the summer months. There’s a great wooden play area opposite the pub and plenty of parking behind.

The beach is a mere pebble’s throw away and you’ll find lots to do in the area – great walks for the grown ups, amusements (in Hunstanton) for the kids and some of the best stretches of coastline in Norfolk to explore.

There are 16 rooms ranging from standard to rather gorgeous – roll top bath with a sea view anyone? The Courtyard rooms have wood burning stoves, access to a pretty outside area and are dog friendly. The Attic loft suites can accommodate families of up to five which is a hard to find these days and therefore gets a big Muddy thumbs up from us.

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