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The Gunton Arms, Thorpe Market

Pub set in a deer park 18 miles north of Norwich, 4 miles from the sea. Irresistibly cool destination for all, from arty celebs to laid back locals having a pint.

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In 2011 art dealer Ivor Braka launched the Gunton Arms, a top dining gastropub with a warm, traditional feel. Local seasonal food is central to the pub’s ethos and head chefs Stuart and Simone Tattersall (who used to work with Mark Hix in London) have retained a Michelin Bib Gourmand for the past six years. Surrounded by a 1,000-acre historic deer park the Gunton is famed for its Elk Room open fire on which all steaks and chops are seared to perfection.

A night at the Gunton is like gatecrashing a raffish shooting party hosted by Tracey Emin. If you’re a slightly dishevelled Helena Bonham Carter kinda gal you’ll be right at home. It’s THE place for big boozy winter feasts under huge fossilised elk horns (dug up from an Irish peat bog) and summer days lounging about with pints of ice cold cider in the deer park ordering all day bar snacks. We recommend Oxford Sauce with EVERYTHING.

The food is epic, the art is phenomenal (Paul Rego, Lucian Freud, Damien Hirst…nothing like a bit of YBA erotica behind the bar) and you can stay the night in super chic Robert Kime-designed rooms starting at £95.00 a night. We love a majestic rib of beef to share (it’s £62.00 but feeds an army) and the sea buckthorn posset with seaweed biscuits for pudding. So pretty and completely delicious. Like Jay Rayner said in The Guardian “I want to go back to the Gunton Arms. I want to go back soon.” Just how we feel!


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The Gunton Arms, Cromer Road, Thorpe Market, Norfolk NR11 8TZ
01263 832010

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