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Seven reasons to visit The White Horse in Blakeney

By Sarah Groves, also posted in News on

[caption id="attachment_9631" align="alignleft" width="200" caption="Francis Guildea and the team at The White Horse"]Francis Guildea and the team at The White Horse[/caption] There are, of course, more than 7 brilliant reasons to visit this jewel of a pub on the North Norfolk Coast, but here are the chosen ones. 1. Meet Francis Guildea Former General Manager of The Crown and The Swan Hotel in Southwold, Francis knows just what it takes to run a good restaurant and hotel. He is also fascinated by interior design, and in only 5 months of being at The White Horse has completely refurbished the bar, restaurant and lounge. Talk to him about horse racing (he's Irish, it's in his blood) but make sure you know your fetlock from your stifle. [caption id="attachment_9634" align="alignright" width="200" caption="The White Horse Cataplana"]The White Horse Cataplana[/caption] 2. Tuck into the best of North Norfolk food and Adnams Southwold Beer Francis gave his talented Chefs, Jack Watts and Ben Stubbs, just four guiding principles for creating the menus at The White Horse. 1) Use only the best North Norfolk ingredients 2) Use them when they are in season 3) Ensure they are sustainable 4) Add a bit of fun and theatre into the presentation where possible. Being situated right on the coast means that seafood features heavily on the menu, but you'll also notice a Mediterranean touch to the dishes reflecting Francis's and his wife Sarah's love for this style of cooking. Drink is of the highest calibre too, even if we do say so ourselves, as Adnams beer is on the bar, and the wines are supplied by us, too. [caption id="attachment_9636" align="alignleft" width="200" caption="View from the first floor"]View from the first floor[/caption] 3. Enjoy one of the the best views in Blakeney For the best view, book a stay in Room 1, which looks down the high street directly on to the Quay. From here you can (occasionally) watch hapless motorists trying to rescue their cars after high tides have invaded the car park. With a comfy armchair situated in front of the bay window, it's a perfect retreat for birdwatchers as it offers lovely views over the creek and marshes beyond. 4. Walk along the North Norfolk Coast Wild flowers, birds and native wildlife abound along this stretch of coast. It's a great base for birdwatchers and nature lovers to enjoy. Blakeney itself is a beautiful village with narrow streets, flint-clad cottages and a wealth of history. A visit to the Medieval Guildhall is a must. [caption id="attachment_9637" align="aligncenter" width="405" caption="View of Blakeney"]View of Blakeney[/caption] 5. Visit the seals Grey sealBoats no longer sail directly from Blakeney, but drive a few miles along the coast to Morston Quay (owned by the National Trust) and you can join a boat trip to Blakeney Point and watch the seals as they play in the water and rest on the sandbanks. Top tip: bring your waterproofs and wear sturdy shoes as things can get a bit muddy and wet. Oh, and don't forget your camera and binoculars. Freshly baked biscuits6. Tuck into home made biscuits You'll find biscuits in your room, and unlimited supplies of popcorn in the bar. There's no danger of going hungry here. After all that walking, you deserve it… 7. Listen to live music Every month you can enjoy live music. Coming up next month is female vocalist Toni Warne. Look out for who's playing next on the White Horse website. You can view pictures taken last weekend at The White Horse on Flickr.  


Sarah Groves