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The Chequers Inn

Norfolk, United Kingdom

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The Premises 

Every now and then we want to open the perfect pub – preferably on the coast, with help-yourself sloe gin, heart-and-hearth-warming hospitality and characterful, historic architecture. The Chequers Inn beat us to it. Rooms make the most of the building’s birthday (1499), with nooks and crannies a-go-go; crackling fires, freestanding bath tubs, winsome views and blissful king-size beds complete the rural idyll. It would be rude and remiss not to mention the totally brilliant chef, who captures the taste of Norfolk in the restaurant. Got a dog? Bring them too. (You’ll be in the dog-house forever, otherwise.)

The Chequers Inn

High Street Thornam Norfolk, PF36 6LYUnited Kingdom


Compliments of the House 

Espa bath products and a goodie bag starring treats from the hotel's kitchen. GoldSmiths also get a G&T each on arrival

At the Hotel 

CHECK-OUT: 11am. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Rates usually include breakfast (pastries or porridge, plus kippers, a full English or eggs Benedict). Guests staying on the dinner, bed and breakfast rate will get £30 to spend towards dinner for each guest, per night (excluding drinks).


Garden, two Pavilions for alfresco private dining, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: TV, cafetière with fresh coffee, free bottled water, Espa bath products, hairdryer.


Bring trousers and skirts with forgiving waistlines; you’ll want to make the most of the excellent food and drink on offer here. Add a waxed jacket and Wellington boots to perfect that rural-roamer look.


The building shows its birthday (1499, if you don’t mind) with characterful nooks and crannies a-plenty; don’t expect identikit rooms or lashings of space.
Gin-lovers, rejoice: each room has a diminutive decanter of berry-bright sloe gin and two matching glasses; there’s also a stash of home-made cookies. (You won’t be charged a jot for dipping into either).


Please tell us if you are celebrating a special occasion, have any dietary, health or bedding requirements. Guests staying on the dinner, bed and breakfast rate will get £30 to spend towards dinner for each guest, per night (excluding drinks).


The Better and Best rooms live up to their name: they each have an enticing standalone bath tub and a cosy sitting area designed for snuggly days and nights. For added romance, book one of the characterful rooms tucked away in the eaves; pretend you’re an off-duty scullery maid or kitchen boy (with added mod cons and the master’s gin decanter).

Food & Drink 

Unforgettable Features 

The restaurant is in a bright, laid-back room with a pub-like atmosphere. The kitchen is helmed by head chef Jordan Bayes, formally of fellow Smith stay Tuddenham Mill. His menu tours the fields and waters of the Norfolk’s Royal Coast, with most of the produce coming from local suppliers. Meats from the Holkham Estate grace the kitchen’s Josper grill, and ingredients like Norfolk lavender add a local finish to the cocktails. Try the Thornham oysters to start, then follow with dishes like flame-grilled Holkham venison with Wherry beer and chilli, house-smoked duck with bay leaf and onions, and charred mackerel with mead and honey.

Liquid Bliss 

The spick and span, traditional pub-style bar boasts all the requisite cosiness and British bonhomie, plus a robust selection of local ales, artisanal Norfolk gin and other liquid lures. Settle in.

Experience the Extraordinary 

Settle in with a book and a glass of wine by the fire; refuse to move for at least two hours (unless it’s for more wine/pizza). Pootle around pretty Thornham village, shop for antiques at the Burnhams (Burnham Market, Burnham Overy Staithe and Burnham Thorpe), go for a brisk walk through Holme Dunes, admire your near neighbour, All Saints’ Church, or stomp around historic Walsingham Abbey. Find out what the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh have been up to at Sandringham. Reward all your exploring by cantering through a selection of Norfolk tapas at the restaurant, or hibernate in your room and enjoy the latest boxset on the smart TV (add a tot of sloe gin from your decanter if you’re thirsty). Walkers are spoiled for choice: work up an appetite for a pub lunch by strolling down through Thornham to the iconic Coal Barn out on the marshes – and stop for a drink at the Lifeboat Inn (sister to the Chequers Inn), on the way. There are lovely beach walks to be had at Holkham or Brancaster. At Holkham, you can park on Lady Anne’s Drive and walk for miles along the beach in either direction. Don’t miss the lovely North Norfolk Heritage Coastal Path. This long-distance walking route leads from Holme-next-the-Sea to Cromer – a 44-mile stretch encompassing sandy dunes, saltwater marshes and cliffs renowned for their fossils. For longer inland hikes, explore the numerous woodland walks on the Sandringham estate, Wolferton Cliffs, Shouldham Warren and Dersingham Bog. If you’re with your pooch, they will love all of the above (getting them to agree to come home will be less lovely). Take a trip by boat to see the seals at Blakeney Point, discover seabirds at Titchwell or discover how farming has changed dramatically at Holkham Hall.


The hotel is sitting pretty in the tiny village of Thornham (home to around 400 residents), on the north Norfolk Coast, an area rich in natural beauty and historic gravitas.


Norwich Airport is 40 kilometres away from the hotel (an hour’s drive). International travellers can pick from London Heathrow or London Gatwick, which are both around three hours away by car.


The closest station is King’s Lynn, around 40 minutes away by car. Services connect London King’s Cross to King’s Lynn in less than two hours.


The Chequers Inn is perched on the High Street in Thornham village, next to All Saints’ Church. Take the A149 coastal road; you’ll find the hotel between Hunstanton and Brancaster. King’s Lynn is the closest town, 20 minutes away. The hotel has on-site parking.


High Street Thornam Norfolk, PF36 6LYUnited Kingdom

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