Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Breakfast included: The Hoste Arms, Norfolk

Surroundings: The Hoste Arms is possibly North Norfolk’s most famous, or failing that, that written-about pub. For starters, it’s in the impossibly pretty Georgian village of Burnham Market, secondly it serves cracking food and ales, and thirdly it welcomes dogs.

The perfect pub facade of vintage cream with ivy drapery and sash windows is just the tip of the iceberg. Behind it are annexes of bedrooms, a restaurant across several rooms, a spa and a Moroccan-themed garden restaurant. The place is heaving at weekends, but breakfast is a calm-before-the-storm when you can spread the newspapers, or extensive choice of magazines, over a table and lounge over a hearty spread.

Buffet: The buffet offers an enticing choice of continental goodies, while the hot stuff is sensibly made to order. There’s huge bowls of cereals including a delightful, wholesome muesli, stewed fruit, fresh fruit salad, shots of banana and orange smoothie and a huge glass vat of freshly squeezed orange juice. The thick yoghurt was offset perfectly by sharp mango or raspberry coulis, and the croissants and pain au chocolat were flaky, fresh and irressistable.

Hot stuff: The porridge was a smooth, hot and creamy, which I followed with toast -n mercifully thick sliced, hot and delivered after the porridge as ordered. The pick-and-mix fry-up looked superb, with bacon cooked just right, local sausages nicely browned (both from Perfick Pork’s Great Ryburgh farm) and substantial mushrooms.

The scrambled egg was a rich dark yellow and came on a thick wedge of toast with locally smoked salmon from Paul Letzer. All top marks and perfect fodder for a day walking the nearby Norfolk Coast Path.

Details: The Hoste Arms, The Green, Burnham Market, Norfolk, PE31 8HD; tel.
01328 738 777;

Also in Norfolk: The Deepdale Cafe in Burnham Deepdale and Byfords in Holt

1 comment:

  1. The Corrected details are now:

    The Hoste
    The Green
    Burnham Market
    PE31 8HD
    United Kingdom
    Phone Number : 01328 738777
    E-Mail :