Take afternoon tea in the conservatory for a quieter dining experience, or grab a table in the Hoste's wood-panelled restaurant.
The important thing is that you’re relaxed: corduroy and cashmere will do very nicely. Splashes of field-green and Broads-blue will match the setting.
The Hoste over the road performs dining duties with several different areas serving lunch and dinner, including a wood-panelled restaurant, snug bar, conservatory, lounge, a lovely new Garden Room and charming Dining Lodge. There’s also a private dining room downstairs in the wine cellar. Head chef James O'Connor cherry picks the best local produce – Brancaster oysters, Gressingham duck and fish and crustaceans fresh from the Norfolk coast – to craft into creative country fare. The local suppliers are all listed on the tempting menu to reassure diners of the ingredients' local pedigree, and the Hoste has the world’s largest Aga residing in its kitchens – it was designed specially for the hotel and boasts built-in smokers and high-temperature planchas (most importantly, it means the food is very nice).
Drink where Lord Nelson used to (regularly) whet his whistle, in the Hoste’s cosy bar. You’re unlikely to see off-duty Continental conquerors here these days, but you will find expertly mixed cocktails, plenty of local ales, shelves full of books, a working fireplace and nut-brown leather seating. You can also request pre-dinner drinks in the Vine House’s elegant drawing room.
At the Hoste, breakfast is available 7.30am to 10.30am, lunch between 12 noon and 2.30pm, afternoon tea 3pm to 5.30pm and dinner 6pm to 9.30pm. Guests can graze on a selection of light dishes from 3pm to 6pm.