Overlooking King’s Staithe Square and the Great Ouse River in the fascinating, historic centre of King’s Lynn, Bank House is a glorious Georgian merchant’s townhouse. It was here in the 1780s that Joseph Gurney, later a founder of Barclays, set up his first bank, and in 2008 owners Anthony and Jeannette Goodrich opened their stylish, relaxed and exceptionally good value hotel. Upstairs, 12 chic, individually decorated bedrooms comfortably blend old and new with antique furniture and modern art. Downstairs, the brasserie restaurant occupies Gurney’s purpose-built Counting House, now a buzzing local favourite serving highly recommended food. The adjacent bar, once the Bank Manager’s office, is open all day for tea, coffee and cakes, as well as drinks and cocktails. There’s also a large sunny room with sofas and comfy seating, as well as the Billiards Room and the Boardroom, ideal for private parties. If it’s warm, the riverside terrace offers the chance for al fresco drinks. Doubles from £115.
Name to Know: Deputy manager Paula Jackman, who knows all about King’s Lynn. Ask her about True’s Yard Museum, which tells the history of the town’s fisherfolk.
See: Ask to see our stunning cellars, the same from the days when ships drew up on the quayside outside Bank House with barrels of wines to store. The cellars are a unique venue available for private parties.
Eat: The seafood sharing platter. Perfect with a glass of chilled white wine on the terrace watching the sunset over the river. Or if the weather’s not quite right, by the fire in the bar.
Buy: A walking tour of historic King’s Lynn with a guide and discover the history and stunning architecture of this fascinating town.
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