A great gastropub with beautiful rooms in a glorious rural location – what more could you ask for?
Blakeney Road Wiveton Blakeney Norfolk NR25 7TL 01263 740 101
The Wiveton Bell is our sort of place. Situated just a mile from the North Norfolk coast at Blakeney, it enjoys a fabulous location year-round. Its lights are a beacon of welcome on a dark winter’s night, while in summer both the pub and garden are a magnet for walkers, twitchers and everyone else enjoying this beautiful part of the country.
The best thing is it's got six irresistible rooms to tumble into once you've
exhausted the joys of its beamed bar and restaurant – four at the back and two at the front – all filled with all the things you need: big sprung beds with high quality linen, big flatscreen TVs with Freeview, DVD players (and a library of discs to choose from), lots to read, stylish shower rooms with REN aromatherapy toiletries. As an added bonus, you also get your own private entrance and outdoor sitting area. Rates include all sorts of room treats (including a small bottle of prosecco for you to feel properly pampered on arrival), tea and coffee, mineral water and juice, and a continental breakfast hamper, with fresh milk, warm croissants, local yoghurts, delivered to your room each morning along with a choice of newspaper. (The owners Bernie and Sandy also have a two-bedroom cottage for rent in nearby Blakeney – which is similarly equipped with king-sized beds, flatscreen TVs and satellite – if you prefer self-catering.)
Perhaps the nicest thing about the Bell, though is that Sandy and Bernie are keen to maintain it as a proper pub, somewhere locals and visitors stop by with their dogs for a pint – indeed a few tables in the front bar remain reserved for drinkers, however packed the pub gets. As such, it’s a thoroughly relaxing place to stay, encouraging an indolence you’ll find hard to shake off. They also don’t make you leave at the crack of dawn but encourage you to linger and enjoy the peace while you can – walking (there are lots of footpaths nearby), cycling, and of course eating – in the front bar, bright conservatory or outside in the extensive garden in summer. The food they serve is locally sourced, seasonal and usually delicious, and they have 2 AA rosettes to prove it. All in all it's a cosy, comfortable place to stay in a beautiful location.
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Six luxury rooms overlooking the village green.
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Double rooms £100–£150 a night – depending on season and whether midweek or weekend, and including continental breakfast.
- Dogs Welcome
- DVD Players
- Gardens & Grounds
- TVs with Freeview
- Getting Away from it All
- Pub with Rooms
Open all year.