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The Marsham Arms

Muddy says: The Marsham Arms menu is full of timeless pub classics but it’s the experimental Specials Menu which makes this family run Inn with rooms a ‘Muddy Must ‘visit.

The Marsham Arms is located seven miles outside Norwich en route to the pretty market town of Holt and the North Norfolk coast. Perfect distance for an ‘escape from the city’ lunch or a post beach day (can’t be bothered to make tea) dinner stop off!

Recently refurbished, the décor is simple and warm with lots of lovely nods to the history of the pub and surrounding area. Too many pubs lose their soul by modernising to death but the owners, Nigel and Jean Bradley have absolutely remembered not to alienate their bread and butter customers.

This is very much a foodie pub – breakfast rolls, lunch specials, themed nights and an extensive dinner menu. There are three main dining rooms – the cosy lounge with booths, the larger function room (available for weddings, conferences etc) and the light and airy Garden room. Plus there’s a little alfresco area for summer evening drinks.

A  30 mile food footprint and almost everything is made fresh in-house – Head Chef James Mortimer is this place’s secret weapon! The traditional grub is done incredibly well but it’s the culinary delights on the Specials Menu that elevates this pub to gastro status without some of the less appealing clichés and prices.

There are 16 bedrooms available ranging from family garden rooms to superior suites and my favourite, a penthouse in the pub’s eaves with views across the beautiful Norfolk countryside. Well behaved dogs are welcome and some rooms have wheelchair access.


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