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The Bank House, King’s Lynn

Muddy says: Set on the quayside, in the heart of the historic King’s Lynn, this Grade II Georgian town house hotel oozes character and history. Recently named one of the UK’s Top Ten Pubs in the The Good Pub Guide 2019 – it’s a Muddy visit when in West Norfolk!

georgian red brick building

Nestled in the corner of King’s Square, The Bank House is the perfect place to stay if you’re looking for quirky grandeur in West Norfolk. Lots of new bars, restaurants and events are popping up in this historic town, putting it back on the map as a tourist destination.

Once one of England’s most important ports, its rich past has left a wonderful heritage of buildings, museums and stories to be discovered. As you walk along the cobbled streets, the Bank House draws you in, particularly at night with its warm glow. There’s a reason King’s Lynn is used for so many film locations – it’s like stepping into a Dickens novel.

night time view of bank house hotel and docks, glowing lights

The property has had many reincarnations. It started life as a merchant’s house, was home to artic explorer Captain Samuel Gurney Cresswell, has been a shipbrokers, lawyers and since 2007, a beautiful hotel with 12 bedrooms, a restaurant and a bar.

Sumptuous and cosy, we love the eclectic mix of wooden floors (some with dents still visible from the counting house days) and panelling, fireplaces and period paintings with bold furnishings and statement pieces.

The downstairs is divided into a stylish bar (impressive wine list and 67 gins), several eating areas and a boardroom suitable for private dine/parties/corporate meetings. The barrel roof vaults below extend down to the river where wine imported from the continent would have been stored before being shipped on to Cambridge, Ely or the North. If walls could talk!

restuarant with wooden floor, tables. candles , fireplace with mirror on mantle

The menu offers modern brasserie food (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and the Bank House Afternoon Tea is certainly worth a mention. Situated just around the corner from the King’s Lynn Corn Exchange, it’s perfectly located for pre and post theatre dinner and not forgetting Sunday lunch, where the joint is ceremoniously delivered to your table to be carved.

hotel bedroom with bed, sofas, bright cushions

The 12 stunning bedrooms have been individually decorated with great style, mixing old and new. There are Designer’s Guild fabrics and antique furniture, Regency cartoons and modern paintings, state of the art bathrooms and Georgian panelling. Most rooms have river views while others look out onto King’s Lynn’s iconic Custom House.

The Bank House also offers an outside catering and bar service for events from small private dinner parties to weddings and corporate events. They can supply china, glass and cutlery and mobile kitchen equipment if necessary and can even arrange the hire of a suitable local venue for you.

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