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Fritton Arms

UK England East Anglia Norfolk Great Yarmouth

  • Bar
  • Gardens & Grounds
  • Restaurant
  • Wifi
  • Walking
A dog friendly country pub at the heart of a lavish country estate, with rooms, great food and tremendous grounds and facilities.
Tucked away on the edge of the Norfolk Broads and Great Yarmouth, the Fritton Arms – and the lavish Smoerleytopn Estate it is part of – straddles the Norfolk-Suffolk border,  a country house-cum-country inn that serves excellent food, has eight rooms upstairs and also boasts a variety of alternative accommodation with a number of self-catering woodland and lakeside lodges – plus (from 2020) glamping too.

Originally from the 15th century and expanded in Georgian times, the Fritton Arms is deliciously comfortably and relaxed, with creaky floorboards, big fireplaces, random contemporary art and scatterings of books and magazines. The décor throughout is rustic yet contemporary, with squashy sofas in the lounge, comfy chairs around a big open fire in the bar, and stripped down pine tables mismatched with modish blue chairs in the restaurant. There’s a big outside terrace – lovely in summer – beyond which the lawn stretches down to the lakeside. The pub is just one part of the Somerleyton Estate, which is in part a private members’ club with loads of facilities and things to do – everything from boating, kayaking and SUP-ing on the lake, wild swimming in the lake or tamer stuff in a brand-new open-air heated pool, to a spot of tennis on a choice of grass or clay courts. If you’re staying at the Fritton Arms, yo have access to all this, which should make  it quite unlike any other country pub you have might ever stayed in.

There are eight rooms, in  including two family suites up in the eaves, three regular doubles and three larger doubles with king-sized beds, the best of which are the two dual-aspect rooms at the front of the house. They’re decorated in a country style with funky, contemporary touches, and come equipped with Freeview televisions, good wifi, tea- and coffee-making facilities, complimentary mineral water and homemade chocolates and biscuits; bathrooms are spacious and comfortable, with Cowshed toiletries in eco-friendly non-miniature sizes.

The menu in the restaurant is properly seasonal and local, much of it using produce and foraged ingredients from the estate; there's also a children's menu and breakfast choices include a really good Full English (also available in ‘half’ and ‘veggie’ versions), kippers from nearby Lowestoft and avocados and poached eggs on toast.

Dogs are welcome in all rooms and there are two family suites each with two double bedrooms, plus of course they have the lodges, which are ideal for families with an old-fashioned sense of adventure. They also have a children’s playground behind the pub, which includes a smaller swimming pool, and a spanking new adventure play area down by the lake, with rope walkways and a zip wire.

Price

Double rooms with breakfast £150–£160 a night between May and September, otherwise £110–£120 a night. Family rooms£140– £180 a night. They also offer DB&B deals from £195 per room (£150 low season). 

Rooms

Eight guest rooms in the pub, plus a number of woodland and lakeside lodges, self-catering properties and  glamping.

Location

Fritton Arms, Church Lane, Fritton, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk NR31 9HA

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