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The Gunton Arms – Thorpe Market, Norfolk
East Anglia

Art dealer Ivor Braka’s recreation of a particularly delightful 19th-century coaching inn, with the huge help of interior designer Robert Kime, has been wowing guests ever since it opened in 2011. ‘In the words of Dolly Parton,’ Ivor says ruefully, ‘it took a lot of money to look this cheap.’ The look is helped by the quirkiness of the gabled flint building itself, which sits inside vast, deer-filled Gunton Park. Chef Stuart Tattersall presides over delicious, imaginative dishes, including grills on an open fire, while guests tuck in at sharing tables. There’s a divine residents’ sitting room decorated with paintings by seriously famous artists, courtesy of Ivor. Indeed, the whole place is filled with edgy, sexy art: Tracey Emin, Damien Hirst, you name it. As for the 16 bedrooms, they are enchanting. If you stay in Ellis, look twice at the old prints to the left of the dressing table – but not if you objected to Tracey Emin’s naughty plates above the bar.

Nota Bene

Lillie Langtry, actress and famous beauty, is said to have had assignations with King Edward VII while staying here in the 1890s, when it was the second house to Gunton Hall. Locals still talk about the legendary wild parties.

SEE

Visit Houghton Hall’s unique art exhibitions currently showing Henry Moore until the end of September. Past exhibitors include Damien Hirst, Richard Long and James Turrell.

EAT

Rocky Bottoms in West Runton is a friendly fresh seafood shack with panoramic views over the coast.

BUY

Made in Cley Gallery and Studios, a long standing high quality pottery based in Cley Next The Sea creating beautiful ceramics which we adorn our own tables with here at the pub.


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