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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.

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…”

Facebook Review - July 2018
A double celebration on a summer’s evening, reviewed by Elisa Bray.
“Wow wow wow! We had the most amazing meal at The Victoria last night to celebrate our wedding anniversary and my husband’s birthday. I chose the pork Milanese, delicious! My husband and son both had cut of the day, sirloin, cooked to perfection, and our daughter had a massive piece of fish and chips. Puddings were also delicious, lemon syllabub and choc brownies, Mmmm! The staff are lovely and our table was positioned perfectly with amazing views. I would recommend a meal at The Victoria. Our special occasions were treated with perfection, including a unique rendition of Happy Birthday for my husband!”

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…”

TripAdvisor - May 2018
The Victoria is awarded a 2018 Certificate of Excellence
The TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence honours select accommodations, attractions and restaurants that consistently demonstrate a commitment to hospitality excellence. The Victoria is proud to hold this accolade and has received positive feedback on social media that the certificate is “well deserved”.

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.”

North Norfolk News - March 2018
Reviewed by Jessica Long of Archant, Norfolk Inn was named ‘Wonderful Place to Stay’ in national UK Heritage awards.
“The Victoria at Holkham won the ‘Wonderful Places to Stay’ category at the awards which celebrates the high-quality experiences enjoyed by visitors to a wide range of heritage attractions”

The Telegraph - February 2018
The Victoria was mentioned as one of 27 pet-friendly hotels in Britain that your dog will love as much as you will.
“Guests can have their canine companions stay in their rooms, and the hotel will provide bowls od dog treats.”

The Telegraph - February 2018
From honeymoon to mini-moon, The Victoria was featured as one of the 50 most romantic UK hotels for UK newlyweds.
“One of the most popular bedrooms is the sun-filled Crabbe Castle Pit in soothing blue-greys, with large sash windows…With miles of soft-sand beaches backed by hushed pine forest and atmospheric marshland, the Norfolk coast is a place where romantic solitude is guaranteed.”

TripAdvisor - 2017
Reviewed and rated 5 stars by Pierre S:
“Each room was individual, very elegantly decorated, thoughtfully stocked with dog beds and treats and human comforts too. The inn is large, cool and airy for the summer, the main dining area quiet, inside bar area cosy and the inside terrace and bar great for lunch individually or as a group, with the dogs in tow and plenty of secure play area for kids to use… all of the staff at the Victoria could not have been more welcoming and helpful, allowing us to treat ourselves to a fantastic and memorable special family occasion none of us will ever forget, and it stayed sunny all the time, just perfect.”

TripAdvisor - May 2017
Reviewed and rated 5 stars by Tess:
“A Fairytale! Charming and Welcoming to People and Their Dogs. I was totally delighted with every aspect of this Inn. The rooms were exceptionally comfortable with heated towel bars, fine linens, tea and fresh milk in the rooms. Very peaceful and lovely. The dining was wonderful. Simple, well-prepared classics. What delighted me the most was the presence of kind, well-behaved dogs. They were so welcome and part of life. My husband enjoyed the birding right on the property.”

Brides Magazine - February 2017
Olivia de Courcy lists the best UK destinations for Valentine’s Day. She described The Victoria as “a true home-from-home…spend your afternoon strolling along the sand before sitting down for a romantic, locally sourced meal.”

KL Magazine - 2017
In a special Dining Out edition, the article features a recipe for Confit Duck Leg with Savoy cabbage, lentils and bacon from The Victoria’s menu along with recommendations by the chef. It reads “the main attraction is undoubtedly the food served in the restaurant…superb local dishes in a breathtaking local setting.”

The Times - November 2016
The Victoria featured as part of 50 great winter weekends. Tom Chesshyre writes:
“The new rooms, in muted colours, double the size of the Victoria Inn. The restaurant in the main building - which dates from 1837 - serves hearty dishes featuring beef, lamb and, in the winter, game from the family shoot, and venison from Holkham Estate. Relax by the fire in one of the two lounges.”

The Telegraph - September 2016
Reviewed by Sophie Butler, Destination Expert for The Telegraph. Sophie writes:
“Affectionately known as The Vic, this 19th century inn lies equidistant between a vast, sandy beach and the parkland surrounding Holkham Hall. Smart rooms and food which relies on estate produce, plus the distinctly Downton atmosphere, makes this an excellent base for exploring North Norfolk.”

North Norfolk Living Magazine - Autumn 2016
The Victoria featured as part of the Little Living section. Hattie Goodley writes:
“The Victoria Inn, Holkham has a great children’s menu catering for very small ones….There are also mini adult portions for those more adventurous kids!... As a healthy bonus, a free portion of vegetables is available with each children’s meal.”

Norfolk On My Mind - May 2016
The Victoria featured as part of the Restaurant Guide. Lucy Ohsten writes:
“The appeal of The Victoria Inn is clear – honest good manners, respect for people and animals, a passion for Norfolk and all its wonderful produce and a great deal of skill and dedication to bring it all together.”

Conde Nast Traveller – January 2016
As part of the Best of British honeymoon section, Leo Bear writes:
“For coastal high jinx, the Victoria Inn – a stone’s throw from the wide-open sands of Holkham Beach – comes up trumps… This devilishly handsome hideaway has recently been revamped and is the essence of British romance.”

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