Briarfields Hotel, Titchwell
Cosy snugs, stunning views and fantastic food, it's a great place to eat, sleep and explore the North Norfolk Coast.
Set just off the main coast road in the pretty North Norfolk village of Titchwell, this traditional stone clad hotel and restaurant offers a range of accommodation, cosy snug areas for drinks and a large restaurant with magnificent views over the garden and nature reserve beyond.
Kids are catered for brilliantly – plenty of green space, board games and a wooden play area which is far enough away for them to be seen but not heard.
You’re welcomed by two comfy sofas and a wood burner – perfect for collapsing in after a long beach walk. The cosy snug room has low wooden beams and a large fireplace and is a great place to hide away with a book or a board game. If you’re feeling more sociable, grab a booth or sofa in the main bar. The large airy dining room can accomodate up to 140 dinner guests perfect for weddings (licensed venue and in house events planner available) or it can be cleverly divided for smaller events.
In the summer – you can sit out on the large deck for Afternoon Tea or stay and watch the sunset over the RSPB marshes with tapas and glass of fizz – ooooh romantic!
THE SCOFF & QUOFF
With a menu bursting with local delights, this was the bit I had been most looking forward to. I’m not a food critic by any stretch but I do know what’s good and ladies and gents – this menu was full of creative yumminess.
Mr O had the Tuscan beef pastry parcels, with pea puree, wild mushrooms and pancotta. He likened it to the best Cornish pasty he’d ever eaten, not quite sure that was what the Chef was after but it’s a glowing compliment all the same.
I had the Cromer crab and prawn tian which looked almost too pretty to eat. Of course I did and it was gorgeous. For my main course I had the pan fried sea bream fillet with parmentier potatoes, samphire (can’t get enough of this in the summer), cherry vine tomatoes and parsley butter. Look at those colours – a visual masterpeice that tasted as good as it looked. Mr O had the Roast Chicken which was homely, voluminous and ticked all the right roast buttons.
We stayed at Briarfields the night before we commenced our five day North Norfolk Coastal Path walk, I mention this now as it completely justifies my three course over indulgence. Dessert was a white chocolate cheesecake with mango sauce for me and a glazed lemon tart with raspberry sauce and crème fraiche for him – fabulous.
Night cap? Go on then, you’ve twisted my arm and the new Tawney Orange Gin from our Muddy Award winning ‘What a Hoot’ – was a great way to end to the evening.
The rooms are divided between the main building and the courtyard/garden area – a lovely suntrap by the way and a nice place to relax and enjoy the last few hours of sun. A selection of rooms have their own parking bays outside with sliding patio doors, making it ideal for guests with dogs or mobility issues.
Our deluxe bedroom was incredibly spacious (can accomodate z-bed for child) with a very comfortable king size bed and high spec linen. The decor was safe with its neutral tones, classic wood and leather combo, which would neither raise an eyebrow or cause offence. The Juliette-style balcony overlooked the marshland and flooded the room with natural light. All of which I found incredibly relaxing and soothing.
The bathroom was huge with a walk-in rainfall shower, modern bath and twin sinks. Plus complimentry products from Wells based local producer – The Natural Soap Company.
There are family rooms available which can easily sleep up to five people – a big Muddy tick from me as a mum of three!
OUT & ABOUT
Lots to do locally – sailing, cycling and miles of coastline to explore. If you want to read about my North Norfolk Coastal Path adventure, click here and get all my Muddy recommended eats/drinks along the way.
You’re very close to the beautiful Brancaster beach. I have many happy memories of splashing in the channel that gets left behind the sand bar when the tide goes out – making this a great family beach. Holkham Estate is also not far with it’s boating lake, new ropes course and beautiful grounds to explore.
It’s also worth checking out Briarfields event page for literary festivals, dining experiences, car rallies and wedding fairs.