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The Rose & Crown, Snettisham

Muddy says: The Good Food Guide’s Norfolk Dining Pub of the Year 2020, you won’t find much better when it comes to idyllic country pubs with great food and rooms.

white washed pub with roses around the door

Dating back to the 14th Century, The Rose & Crown was built to service the builders working on the neighbouring church and has been wetting the local’s whistle ever since – Amen to that!

700 years later and it has become very much a destination pub and it’s not hard to see why. Choose between one of the three bars, garden room, formal restaurant or conservatory, each with it’s own charm including low beamed ceilings, twisting passages, hidden snugs, pamment floors and log fires.

beamed ceiling bar with wood burner in ingle nook fireplace

It’s the type of pub where you could easily lose a whole weekend and with 16 stylish bedrooms, you can. It’s a great base to explore the North Norfolk coastline and definitely sits at the top end of B&B with its stylish coastal themed bedrooms, crisp white linen, fluffy towels and Molton Brown toiletries. For a small extra charge, children and well behaved dogs can stay in the same room.

bedroom with pale blue walkks, white bedding, stripey cushions

I loved the fabulous bold print wallpapers and quirky objets – injecting a little modern personality into this picture perfect, rose clad village pub. The light and airy conservatory is an excellent addition, coming into its own in the summer when the doors open onto the pretty walled garden. South facing, it’s a fabulous sun trap – perfect for enjoying a jug of Pimms and letting the kids run wild in the pirate themed play area. Named The Good Hotel Guide Editor’s Choice Family Hotel 2019, R&C is perfect for family get togethers and Sunday lunches (booking essential).

dining room, tables and chairs, geometric blue wall paper

Norfolk eateries are spoiled for choice when it comes to local produce and you can expect to see fresh mussels, oysters and samphire from Brancaster, asparagus and strawberries from local farmers, herbs from the allotments of Snettisham and game from the gentlemen in wellies in the back bar!

The Rose & Crown’s famous Great British Breakfast is open to non residents and if  you need a night off from cooking, they also offer a takeaway menu.

Still very much at the heart of the village, there’s a real community buzz. But don’t worry, visitors are very welcome and if you’re lucky, you might get to ‘mardle’ with the locals over a pint of the locally brewed Woodforde’s Wherry.

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