The White Horse, Norfolk

The famous White Horse at Brancaster Staithe is one of North Norfolk’s most treasured gems. With its panoramic view of the ragged tidal marshes, Scolt Head Island, and on the horizon the distant sea, it is a remarkably beautiful place.

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In the summer, the wooden decked terrace provides a perfect spot to admire the coastline and soak up the sun, but in the winter months, the misty, eery landscape is equally scenic when viewed from the warmth of the conservatory restaurant. The Norfolk coastal path runs along the bottom of the garden, making it a popular place for refreshing walks with dogs in tow, but you may prefer to enjoy all of this from the balcony of Room number 11, affectionately known as the ‘Room at the Top’. A comfortable and spacious, split level bedroom, a night here is a real treat, and deeply relaxing.

As you might expect, The White Horse has been decorated with a coastal theme, and the intimate lighting in the restaurant is pretty at night. The outdoor lights that lead the way to the bedrooms that run down to the marshland also serve to give the restaurant a truly magical feel. I was served some of the largest Oysters I’ve ever seen, and also tried a few in the ‘tempura style’ which were delicious with sweet chili sauce. The juicy Skrei Cod was a delight, served with Brancaster Mussels and saffron potatoes with greens. Another favourite was the Stone Bass-meaty and full of flavour, the ‘Marsh Pig’ chorizo, squid and black garlic providing a perfect accompaniment. If you haven’t been to North Norfolk, it’s a must see, and The White Horse should be at the  very top of your list if you like great food in stunning surroundings.

To book a stay at the White Horse, call 01485 210262 or visit

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