Sunday, 12 February 2012

Breakfast included: The Gin Trap Inn, Norfolk

The surroundings: The Gin Trap Inn is a former AA Pub of the Year - a gorgeous village inn with thick stone walls, low beamed ceiling, chunky wood tables and loyal locals. There's a hint of hush when a stranger walks in but the reception is friendly and the glances more curious than intimidating.

Buffet: the breakfast spread is simple but ample, and when it comes to pub-with-rooms breakfast the main event is not fruit salad and yoghurt. Nevertheless compote, dried fruit and fresh were on offer alongside cereals, although it's a shame the latter wasn't from an East Anglian producer.

Hot stuff: There was local provenance, however, on the menu. I started with porridge - which always tastes better when someone else makes it and this was no exception. Just sloppy enough and a modest enough portion to leave room for the second course, well third if you count the fruit amuse bouche...

Next came the local bit - Norfolk ham with boiled eggs - perfectly cooked with a dark, glossy yolk and just-firm white. It was well received by my companion, while my brioche French toast dipped in vanilla egg and honey was equally delicious. The toast was spongy, hot and glistened with honey. The fresh fruit element was limited to a meagre raspberry and blackberry but that was my only complaint.

A cracking breakfast before hitting a breezy Hunstanton Beach to blow away the cobwebs.

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