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
+44 (0)1553 660492; thebankhouse.co.uk
King’s Lynn’s fascinating old town; cobbled streets, ancient hidden squares, stunning Georgian townhouses and the iconic Custom House, reflecting the town’s grand past as a key member of the Hanseatic League and one of Britain’s foremost ports.
Delicious fresh Brancaster mussels, delivered to us by the fishermen, sometimes still in their waders, from the North Norfolk coast up the road
King’s Lynn’s fabulous Farmers Market sells great local produce. Just around the corner from Bank House on the second Saturday of every month, with a Craft and Collectables market every fourth Saturday
CLAIM TO FAME
Bank House was built by a Georgian wine merchant importing wine from the continent and storing it in the amazing cellars that stretch under the house, before sending it off down river to the Cambridge Colleges and Bishops of Bury and Ely. The house later became one of the first branches what went on to be Barclays Bank.
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