On Friday night myself and Rose from The Pleasure Forecast were invited to stay and eat at The Grove. It’s beautiful guest house in Cromer that’s just a short walk to the beach. We had a fantastic time and were treated to some superb food. Not to mention getting one of the most peaceful night’s sleep I’ve had in a long time.
Let’s tackle the food first because The Grove has its own restaurant, meaning that non-residents are more than welcome. Rose and I started our evening in the lounge by the fire, a perfect way to spend some time chatting and drinking a great Tempranillo. It was here, snuggled on a sofa, that we ordered our food. We were taken to our table just before the starters were served.
To start I had the pheasant terrine. Beautifully gamey with delicious sourdough and a lovely sweet relish to balance it all out.
For my main course I had the Snap, Quackle and Pop (Gressingham) Duck. I was torn between that and the lamb shank but the cool name just sold this to me. Rose and I did spend some time wondering how to get quackle into our day-to-day speech.
It was confit of duck which is something I tend to steer clear of normally (all that fat!) but I know it’s delicious and I couldn’t resist. I’m so glad I have no will power because this was one of the most delicious meals I’ve ever had. It came out crackling and it turned out that it had a small dusting of popping candy on top. It was a great touch, not too much to affect the flavour but the texture was brilliant.
The duck itself was crisp on the outside and beautifully juicy on the inside. It came with smoked paprika mash, wilted spinach and a lovely jus. A fantastic main course that I thoroughly enjoyed (evidenced by the fact that I finished way before anyone else…).
I’m not normally fussed about desserts as I tend to prefer savoury food but when I saw the gluten free brownie with lemon curd ice cream, I knew I had to have it. More for the ice cream than anything. That fudge brownie was one of the best desserts I’ve ever had! That’s not me overreacting, it was wonderful. I’m tempted to ask head chef Charlie to supply me with brownies on a weekly basis but I can’t imagine that would be good for my waistline.
If you do one thing this winter/spring, head to The Grove and have three courses of brownie (or just one for dessert, up to you).
Rose and I got to stay in the Orchard Rooms. These are beautiful cabin-style buildings that are set a little way from the main house. I was in Gladstone and Rose in Honey Pippin. All the Orchard Rooms are warm, homely and beautifully decorated. They can accommodate families of all sizes, especially when the interconnecting doors are opened and the upstairs beds pulled out.
My bed from the upstairs vantage point. I don’t know whether to be embarrassed or not by all the technology surrounding my sleeping spot…
There’s a kettle, tea and coffee in the rooms so you don’t have to go without your morning cuppa. I spent some time in the morning listening to the bird song while doing a little bit of blogging and drinking tea. It was a lovely way to spend a Saturday morning.
This is another of the Orchard Rooms. Ready for a new guest so slightly tidier than my room…
The style inside the house is a little more traditional and there are rooms of all shapes and sizes.
There are also self-catering cottages on site in case you want your own space and need a base from which to explore Norfolk.
For breakfast there was the option of toast, cereal or a cooked breakfast. They seem very flexible and I opted for some scrambled eggs on sourdough toast with a slice of bacon. There was also tea, coffee and fruit juice on offer too.
I feel like this is a good selection without being too much. I’ve found in some hotels that there can be too much choice that leads me to having fruit, crossiants and eggs for breakfast just so I can get a bit of everything…
- I helped myself to the free WiFi – good enough to watch some YouTube videos and get some work done. Something that can’t be said for a lot of hotels I’ve visited.
- There’s also a swimming pool which was great for a pre-dinner dip. Ask at reception for towels if you don’t want to use your own.
- Every room has a TV
- Underfloor heating in the Orchard Rooms
- Big lounge with a woodburner and board games
- Gardens to explore with a path to the coast
- Table tennis table
- Children’s play area
The local area
Cromer is a beautiful seaside town. In the summer it’s great for the beach, arcades and events that happen up and down the coast. In the winter, though, you’re treated to crisp sunshiney days that are perfect for long walks. Cromer is full of little shops too so you can spend an afternoon or two treating yourself to a little shopping. You’re also in easy reach of beautiful places like Norwich (50 minute drive), Sheringham (15 minutes), Mundesley (20 Minutes), Holt (20 minutes) and Aylsham (20 minutes). There are also buses and trains to most of these places too.
We decided to go for a walk along the coastal path leading from one corner of The Grove’s lovely gardens. It took us to the cliff top and Cromer lighthouse. We then walked down to the beach, through town and back. A lovely little two mile stroll in the sunshine.
The Grove Guest House
95 Overstrand Road
Tel: 01263 512412
To see more photos of The Grove Guest House Cromer, take a look at our Flickr.