March 15, 2014
The Great Inns of Britain is delighted to announce that The Victoria Inn at Holkham has become a member of this long-established collection of independently owned country and coastal inns.
'This ten-room inn boasts refined, comfortable accommodation, first-rate food and a great location near to the beach … the verdict - nine out of ten'
Tom Chesshyre, The Cool Hotel Guide, The Times, 29/03/14
Situated at the gateway to Holkham Park and the National Nature Reserve, just a few minutes’ walk from Holkham beach on the North Norfolk coast, The Victoria Inn reopened in May last year, following a total refurbishment programme.
This classic English Inn is owned and run by the Holkham Estate home to the Earls of Leicester and Coke family. Holkham has been a leading agricultural estate since the 1800s when Thomas William Coke bought the site and the young Queen Victoria elevated him to the peerage in recognition of his contribution to farming in 1837. When the inn opened its doors the following year the name must have been inevitable - and it has remained to this day.
Ben Hunter-Watts, General Manager of The Victoria Inn commented:
“Following a major refurbishment programme in early 2013, The Victoria has been restored to a traditional country Inn. This led to us being approached by Jeanne Whittome, widow of Paul Whittome, the co-founder of The Great Inns of Britain and former proprietor of the esteemed Hoste Arms in Burnham Market. Jeanne felt that the new look ‘Vic’ would be an excellent fit with the Great Inns portfolio and introduced us to the current chairman, Simon Heaton. We are delighted to have joined the association, membership of which is by invitation of the current members and we’re looking forward to working with the other Great Inns’ Inn Keepers to uphold the best traditions of the independent British Inn amidst the proliferation of multiples and chain hotels.”
Simon Heaton, Chair of The Great Inns of Britain commented:
“With the Great Inns’ focus on independently owned properties run by Inn Keepers with a passionate belief in the values of traditional inn-keeping, The Victoria Inn is a perfect fit with our other members and a fantastic addition to the Great Inns collection.”
Each of The Vic’s 10 bedrooms, which are named after the shoot drives on the Holkham Estate, has a different colour theme and careful attention to design and detail delivers a blend of comfort and classic elegance. Antique furniture is combined with essential modern comforts, with lovely big beds, crisp linen, luxury drapes and beautiful en-suite bathrooms. There is a ground floor bedroom with disabled access and this features a wet room for ease of use. The Inn has a small number of dog-friendly rooms and 3 kennels available for four-legged guests.
The bright and airy dining area serves delicious, locally sourced food with many of the ingredients coming from the Holkham Estate and its tenant farmers. Menus reflect the best of British cookery, taking inspiration from names such as Elizabeth David, Simon Hopkinson and Fergus Henderson, whilst the Inn’s proximity to the coast provides guests with a fantastic choice of fresh fish including seasonal favourites such as mussels and crab which are all caught locally. In the summer months al-fresco dining is on offer in the courtyard and on the terrace, providing the perfect place to visit for lunch or supper.
The Great Inns of Britain is a unique collection of independent country inns offering a winning recipe of fabulous food, gorgeous rooms and glorious locations. Membership of the Great Inns of Britain is by invitation only from the existing members. The collection of independently owned Inns was first established in 1996 by Sir Thomas Ingilby, owner of The Boar’s Head in Ripley, North Yorkshire and the late Paul Whittome, former owner of The Hoste Arms at Burnham Market in Norfolk.