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“The best food in Norfolk”, declares a fan of this personally run Jacobean mansion on the coast, and we would certainly agree about its premier-league status. TV chef/proprietor Galton Blackiston is a champion of local produce, using the best from land and sea for inspired food that ticks all the Michelin boxes. At first glance it might seem limited – a multi-course dinner menu, one sitting, no choice – but the results are spectacular. After nibbling on a quail Scotch egg, sharpen your appetite with a tasting of cock-a-leekie soup before sampling a ‘showcase of locally farmed rabbit’ (rack, saddle and ravioli) with carrot and cumin purée, chestnuts, pickled celeriac and Armagnac jus. Fish might be represented by longshore cod with girolles, pork crackling and warm egg yolk dressing, while dessert could bring lemongrass pannacotta with ginger syrup and roasted pineapple. With superlative wines generously recommended, this is “luxury at a price” – but well worth it.
Good friends of ours moved to North Norfolk last year and when we planned a weekend visit, the first thing I asked our host was "How close are you to Morston Hall?" I know of Morston Hall from seeing chef/patron Galton Blackiston on various TV shows and I just love his approach to cooking. He is extremely big on seasonality and using the fantastic produce of his home county, Norfolk. And he just seems like a really lovely guy!Morston Hall has been owned by Blackiston and his wife for 22 years and for 15 of those they have held a Michelin star. It is a boutique hotel and they regularly run cookery classes...
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