The Gin Trap Inn – Ringstead, Norfolk
In the pretty village of Ringstead this charming 17th-century coaching inn has been welcoming guests for 350 years. A stone’s throw away from the scenic north Norfolk coast – a designated area of outstanding natural beauty – it’s perfectly positioned for exploring the region’s best sights, from Holkham Hall and the dunes of Holkham beach to the crab huts of Brancaster Staithe. Known for its flavour-packed seasonal food and sun trap garden, diners can delight in its ingredient-led menu – a celebration of local produce, much of which is foraged from the coast. The inn’s history can be felt in the bar’s low black beams and gin-trap light fittings, a contrast to the soft pastels of the bright and airy conservatory dining space. Ten uniquely designed rooms and suites have glorious freestanding cast iron baths, and far-reaching countryside views. For more space and privacy, choose from three two-bedroom cottages. Overnight guests also have the benefit of the chef’s utterly indulgent signature breakfast of bagels topped with house made 88 per cent chocolate spread, roast bananas and maple syrup… heaven!
Doubles from £120
+44 (0)1485 525264; thegintrapinn.co.uk