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One of a small group of Norfolk pubs and hotels run by locally renowned Kiwi chef Chris Coubrough, this old coaching inn is situated on Wells’ secluded green (The Buttlands) and does duty as a
watering hole and serious restaurant. The global wine list has an excellent New World contingent and plenty by the glass, while beer lovers can drink ales from the well-regarded new microbrewery,
Jo C’s Norfolk Ales (Chris’s wife is the brewer): try Old Bustard Bitter or Norfolk Kiwi, made with New Zealand hops. Food-wise, Norfolk produce meets the world larder as the kitchen sends out
plates of char-grilled quail with Asian coleslaw, roast hake on pearl barley risotto, New York beef rib with hand-cut chips, and peanut butter parfait with chocolate sauce. Ciabattas are also
available at lunchtime, and Tuesday night is seafood night.
The Crown Hotel in Wells-next-the-Sea is one of the luxury hotels in coastal Norfolk owned by The Flying Kiwi Inns. They are known for serving some excellent food as the restaurants have New Zealand Master Chef Chris Coubrough at the helm. My husband Paulo and I had these places in our sights and we finally decided on an overnight stay and dinner at The Crown Hotel. This charming former coaching inn overlooks The Buttlands, with its spacious village green and majestic trees. Picture perfect...Dinner was in the formal dining room and we were given a nice table in the corner by the fireplace. The wine list...
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