The White Horse – Brancaster Staithe, Norfolk

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A mysterious grey-blue sea, a vast flat sky, a jigsaw of muddy tidal creeks and saltmarsh, dotted with little boats, and Scolt Head Island in the distance. The view from The White Horse is elating, and the inn itself is the perfect match for its coastal setting, with an informal conservatory dining room and deck terrace beyond. Sit here and gaze at the view, eating buttery local samphire or asparagus in your fingers, alongside Cromer crab, lobster, oysters or whatever happens to be fresh that day. Indeed, if the tide and season are right, you’ll see local fishermen bringing home their catch, or Cyril and Ben, the local ‘mussel men’, cleaning and netting their molluscs, grown and harvested at the bottom of the garden and delivered to the kitchen door. The 15 Nantucket-style bedrooms are divided between those in the main house and those in the flint-fronted annexe that snakes towards the water, with a ‘living’ roof, thick in summer with sedum, thrift and wild herbs.

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Clamber aboard Laura May and get close to nature across Brancaster Bay to explore the magical natural beauty of Scolt Head Island.


Brancaster Oysters & Mussels harvested by their neighbour village fishermen Ben & Cyril – Fran, Head Chef, seafood platter to share is to die for whilst sitting on the deck terrace with a glass or two of English sparkling.


Seafood from The Fish Shed across the road and our own Brancaster Brewery bottled ales available at the bar.


It is said that Admiral Lord Nelson learnt to sail in the tidal creeks that can be seen from the hotel.

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