The Victoria Inn
News & Reviews
The Victoria continues to receive reviews from local and national press. Below are just a few examples of some recent quotes.
The Observer Magazine - 18th July 2021
‘The Ruff Guide - Hounds on Holiday’
“After leaving their paw prints on the vast sands of Holkham beach, or sniffing around the grounds of the Earl of Leicester’s ancestral pile, Holkham Hall, dogs can chow down a complimentary bag of treats while their owners dine in the dog-friendly restaurant. Dog beds included.”
Country & Town House - July/August 2021
‘200 Perfect Places to Stay’
“One of the great pleasures in life is walking on the beach at Holkham, an unspoilt and beautiful stretch of sand, memorably featured in the closing scenes of Shakespeare in Love. Behind it stands fabulous Holkham Hall and its 25,000-acre estate seat of the Earl of Leicester and rich in history, architecture and wildlife. Just a few minutes from the beach at the gates of Holkham Hall, stands the Earl’s gorgeous brick and flint inn, The Victoria, affectionately known as The Vic. It has never looked better: a series of lovely sitting rooms, bar and dining room with an airy conservatory extension where delicious, locally sourced, seasonal food is served. Heated by biomass with wood from the estate, and awarded Green Tourism Gold status, The Vic certainly has sustainability at its core. The bedrooms are lovely too, and The Victoria makes a wonderful base for exploring the local area. From the stunning panoramic landscape of the nearby Holkham National Nature Reserve to the old-fashioned beach huts at Wells-next-the-Sea, there’s plenty of great walking to do right there on the doorstep.”
SheerLuxe - April 2021
‘Late Summer Staycations To Start Planning Now’
“Located just a few minutes’ walk from the golden sands of Holkham beach and Holkham Hall, Victoria Inn is in an ideal location for discovering the country’s windswept coastline, seaside towns and villages. The 19th-century inn has 20 generous bedrooms spread over two houses, and a lovely brasserie-style restaurant. Victoria Inn is dog-friendly too - ideal if you want to explore walking routes in the area with your four-legged friend.”
The Mail on Sunday - April 2021
‘100 best places to eat and drink outside in England’
“Stunning on every level, and winner of a Green Tourism Award every year since 2017. Outside dining returns on April 12 - go for the hotdogs or skewers - and bang for buck on the wine list. Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough in New Zealand leaps out at me as a decent bet”
Reclaim Magazine - April 2021
“An imposing flint building close to the vast swathe of Holkham Beach, The Victoria you see today rose as a coaching inn opened in 1837 – though other inns had stood here before. The spectacular nearby coast is a wonderland of dunes, vast strands and tidal marshes full of wildlife, dotted with historic towns including chic Burnham Market and the medieval pilgrimage village of Walsingham.
The inn received a Green Tourism gold award in 2017. Heating comes from a biomass boiler using wood from the surrounding sustainably managed estate, all lighting is LED, while everything that can be recycled is – from bottles to batteries. Food waste is collected to produce green energy via anaerobic digestion. Talking of digestions, the vast majority of produce at the inn’s outstanding restaurant is local, including venison from the deer herd in Holkham Park.”
Cellophane Land - December 2020
‘The Victoria Inn, Holkham, Norfolk’ Article
“If you are looking for a traditional country weekend away amidst the most breathtaking nature, combined with the golden sands of one of England’s most beautiful beaches whist indulging in the most delicious fare, then look no further”. Click here to read the whole article.
BA High Life - Winter 2020-21
We were featured in the ‘Where to go for a greener stay’ article
“Holkham has ambitions to be ‘the UK’s most pioneering and sustainable rural estate’. In 2012, it resumed control of the 10,000 acre nature reserve and has already incresed biodiversity and bird populations by 50 per cent. Its popular Victoria Inn, located at the gates to the main Palladian hall, not far from the sandy beach, sources ingredients either from the estate or within a 50-mile radius. Estate vehicles are electrified and guests, who stay in unique lodges, are encouraged to record wildlife spots in a nature diary.”
Eastern Daily Press - May 2020
‘Athlete raises £5,050 for NHS workers with six-week cycle challenge’
“A professional athlete from the Holkham Estate completed a six-week cycle challenge and raised £5,050 to thank NHS workers. Sam Proctor, 30, raised the money for the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King’s Lynn Charitable Fund, and the challenge ran for six consecutive Sundays…His mammoth efforts also secured an additional 3,600 meals for a further six weeks…Mr Proctor said: “A truly amazing £5,050 was donated during the challenge. Thank you to everyone for their support and donations through this great journey.”
The hospital’s head of staff engagement Amanda Jane Weir said: “The meals being delivered to the hospital have really boosted morale and Sam’s challenge is fantastic.”
Eastern Daily Press - April 2020
‘Holkham Estate’s 2000 meals to NHS Heroes at Lynn Hospital’
“Volunteers and staff at the Holkham estate in north Norfolk have delivered 2000 meals to NHS heroes at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn and those in need in the last three weeks. The Helping Hands For Hungry Heroes scheme is based at the Victoria Inn, which has kept its kitchen open during the coronavirus crisis to allow the team to prepare meals on-site, which they then deliver….The Victoria Inn’s managing director Ben Hunter Watts said: “The energy and passion of the team and the support of our suppliers is remarkable, as is the amazing work of the NHS staff we are feeding.”
Conde Nast Traveller - March 2020
We were featured in a round-up titled ‘Our Favourite Sustainable Hotels In The UK’
“The front-of-house appeal of The Victoria is its grandeur – an imposing flint building just back from the swathes of Holkham beach, fitted out in a smartly traditional way with scrubbed-pine antiques and plenty of plaid. The inn’s wonderful restaurant serves local organic food with all game coming straight from the estate (even some vegans now acknowledge that regenerative agriculture including cattle may be a better long-term sustainable option than modern veganism). The shop sells a range of locally crafted products made from natural materials and behind the scenes the no-expense-spared biomass boiler heats the whole property and its water using wood from the estate forestry team (biomass boilers in areas without a steady wood supply can create more emissions than they save).”
Platinum Magazine - March 2020
‘Britain’s Poshest Pubs’ Feature
Eagle-eyed viewers might have recognised the grand driveway in The Duchess, starring Keira Knightley, actually belonged to Holkham Hall. Though we have yet to find a way of staying at the palatial house itself, we have found the next best thing - The Victoria Inn. Sitting at the gates to Holkham Hall, the residence of the Earl of Leicester, an just a few minutes walk from Holkham Beach, this picture-perfect inn is a cut above the rest. Serving fish fresh from the north Norfolk coast, beef from the Holkham Estate and wild game from the family shoot, the restaurant epitomises high end gastronomy. Upstairs the country-luxe bedrooms are sumptuous, stylish and spacious. It’s the ideal place to return to after a brisk beach walk.”
The Telegraph - December 2019
Article on ‘The 50 best family-friendly country hotels in the UK’
“This 19th-century inn lies equidistant between North Norfolk’s most beautiful vast sandy beach and the parkland surrounding Holkham Hall, where you’ll find a vast adventure playground to delight, and acres of land to cycle around.”
The Telegraph - December 2019
Featured in ’12 stays of Christmas’
“When you stay at The Victoria Inn over Christmas you don’t just get friendly staff in tweed waistcoats, cosy bedrooms and hearty food, you get proximity to 3,000 acres of frosty parkland on a crisp morning, north Norfolk’s most beautiful sandy beach on a blustery afternoon, and the chance to explore Holkham Hall with a candlelit tour in the evening - all alongside food fairs, opera, nativity shows and nature walks elsewhere on the estate - especially atmospheric during the winter when local wildlife such as fallow deer and pink-footed geese can be spotted.”
The Observer Magazine - November 2019
‘Britain’s Top Ten Coastal Retreats’ feature
Walkers in search of wind, sky and expanses of sandy beach have a rare treat in store at Holkham Bay and there is nowhere better to stay than the Victoria Inn, right on the doorstep. Set off on your rambles after a hearty breakfast at the relaxed inn, which is part of the Holkham Estate. No car is needed as you nip across the main road and walk down Lady Anne’s Drive to the dunes of Holkham Beach, an absolute wonder and one of the most popular in the UK.
Pick up refreshments in the award-winning, sustainability-driven Lookout Cafe and visitor centre adjacent to the wetlands and walk through the pine woods to Wells or take a Thermos and watch the sunset from one of the secluded benches overlooking the dunes. If your timing is right, you might see riders galloping across the bay. You can pick up the Norfolk Coast Path from here, but there is much to see in the salt marshes and grazing marshes of the Holkham National Nature Reserve, England’s largest. A birdwatcher’s dream, this special reserve is also home to rare butterflies and orchid valleys.
Back at the Victoria, some of the smart heritage decor bedrooms have views out to sea, as does the orangery dining room that serves hearty portions of locally sourced dishes, including lobster and crab. The Victoria is dog friendly - your pooch can accompany you for walks in Holkham Hall’s 3,000-acre estate or sit fireside with you as you enjoy complimentary nightcaps in the snug residents’ drawing room.”
Scotland on Sunday - January 2019
Valerie James reviews her stay at The Victoria Inn, with a focus on the food.
“Breakfast, lunch, and dinner take place in the bar or the conservatory restaurant with its views to the marshes and the sea, where dogs are again welcome. The produce is seasonal and the emphasis is on good food from the estate. Menus offer fish, of course, including crab and lobster, and the estate-reared pork, beef and game dishes, and can include beef casserole and Lobster Thermidor. Portions are generous, but there is also a take on healthy eating, with dishes such as Lady Leicester’s warm autumn salad, while the children’s menu has side dishes of vegetables free of charge, which, if they are finished, qualify for a free fruit salad. Breakfasts (local kippers) and bar snacks are also hearty. The wine list is extensive and not challenging in price.”
Elle - November 2018
The Victoria Inn was featured in a two-page spread talking autumn in the UK being all about country weekends: long walks, roaring fires and good food.
“If you’re feeling a little hemmed in by urban life, the big skies and sprawling beaches of rural north Norfolk will provide a calming antidote… The Victoria is a 19th-century coaching inn that stands guard on the perimeter of the Holkham estate. Its bar/restaurant does a roaring trade in hearty, locally sourced dinners, with meat from the estate’s herds, vegetables from its walled garden and fish fresh off the boat. It has a cosy feel, with dark wooden floors, open fires and flickering candles; the 20 bedrooms are traditional without being stuffy…”
The Times - June 2018
Great pubs with rooms in the country, by the coast by Tom Chesshyre.
“This old inn on the edge of the Holkham estate feels almost as though it was its own beach - and it’s one of the most beautiful in Britain…The Victoria has 20 smart rooms in muted colours, including a good selection of family rooms. After seeing the beach, do fit in a visit to Holkham Hall, famous for its fine marble entrance hall and art collection…”
UK Heritage Awards - March 2018
The Victoria wins prestigious 2018 national award.
The competition is arranged by Visit Heritage, the UK’s leading heritage, tourism and destination marketing company. The Victoria at Holkham is delighted to announce that is has been crowned the winner of the ‘Wonderful Places to Stay’ category. Thirteen categories had winners including nine UK Heritage Awards and four hotel awards.
The judges’ principle comment was that “The Victoria at Holkham was still an example of an all-round wonderful place to stay. The Victoria Inn’s location couldn’t be better; less than a mile from England’s best beach, views over Holkham National Nature Reserve and with brilliant access to Holkham Hall. The 20 bedrooms are named after shooting drives on the Holkham Estate and beef and lamb from the estate, along with game from the shoot when in season, feature on the menu.”