days awayPosted: September 12, 2011
It was our wedding anniversary on Friday, so we decided to spend a few days away and headed for the north norfolk coast. Apart from the Teesdale hills and the Dorset coast, North Norfolk is about my favourite part of the UK.
We had stayed at the superb The Orange Tree in Thornham in March for one of JC’s landmark birthdays and had a fabulous time. The food is outstanding, the pub environment convivial, service faultless and the rooms lovely.
It was very tempting to go back as it is so absolutely faultless. We have had nice food at The Ship in Brancaster but not stayed there so we thought we would book in for Thursday night.
We checked in and headed off for a nice quiet walk along the beach at Brancaster. We often drive to Holkham Beach for a tonk about with the dogs, it never seems to get crowded there but Brancaster has become a firm favourite as you generally end up with it to yourself. Not disappointed this time either, we were there with only a fisherman and his son as the evening sun decided to make an appearance.
The food at The Ship was a little disappointing compared to the sunday lunches that we had enjoyed there, the service left us without the milk we had requested for making tea and they forgot the dog bed, blanket and biscuits promised for the additional charge. That said, the room was nice and the wine was wonderful so we still enjoyed ourselves (since checking out, The Ship have very kindly emailed to say they have refunded us the charge for the dog because the facilities were forgotten).
On Friday we ‘ discovered’ the joys of (and spent a lot of time relaxing on) the beach at Wells-Next-the Sea. We took the papers, some magazines and settled onto a rug in the sand dunes in the sun. Wonderful! And what a view; open sea in one direction and the quaint colourful and stilted beach huts in the other.
We finished the day with a bit of shopping in Burnham Market before heading off to check in to our next hotel for the weekend………..