The Gunton Arms

The Gunton Arms

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#1 of 1 inn in Thorpe Market
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Free parking
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Billiards
Highchairs available
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The Gunton Arms hotel garners appreciation for its unique fusion of a hunting lodge and art gallery aesthetic, complete with a praised Elk Room dining experience and serene accommodations. While its eclectic atmosphere and attentive service earn plaudits, some guests note the prices as steep for both dining and stay. The hotel's cleanliness and picturesque parkland setting, home to a deer herd, are frequently highlighted in reviews. However, there are occasional remarks about the need for better room upkeep and the overbearing volume of the lively music.
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Bee Gee wrote a review Aug 2020
Norwich, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I visited The Gunton Arms today with an elderly relative.
The staff were absolutely superb in accommodating their mobility needs and were polite and patient.
The setting of The Gunton Arms is on the edge of a deer park with grass and trees as far as the eye can see. Whilst located directly off the main road, it’s quiet, peaceful and a definite hidden gem.
The pub itself has a magnificent traditional interior with decor in keeping and likely from across the country estate. The Elk Room is home to a huge ornate pair of antlers above an open grill.
The menu is typical of a gastro pub and definitely hits the mark with field to farm and utilising local produce. There were local seafood specials and the core menu was awash with locally produced food.
Our party opted for the roast chicken platter and we were absolutely not disappointed.
It was marketed as for serving 2-3, however we struggled even with healthy appetites! It was a whole roast chicken served with goose fat potatoes, seasonal vegetables, stuffing and accompaniments. It was presented well on a board and looked extremely appetising. Plates weren’t cleared, but that’s definitely only because we were full!
The dessert options are varying in tastes and use classic British ingredients. The strawberry and white chocolate cheesecake was perfect in portion size, wasn’t too sweet and was light as a feather.
The ambiance was nice and relaxing and the staff super friendly and pleasant. Nothing was too much.
All in all, this is a fantastic venue with a great ethos to local food, a great understanding of how to host and set in a fantastic location.
With current government guidelines around social distancing in a post COVID world, they’ve adapted to this brilliantly. There was a host at the door explaining their process and tables were suitably spread. They’ve seized the opportunity to increase their covers and have set up a covered outdoor seating area in a modern, yet picturesque tent blending in the with the surrounds nicely.
There’s a host of fantastic artwork by well known artists including Damien Hirst and Tracey Emmin providing a fantastic balance between the old and new.
Without doubt, this is one the true hidden gems of the North Norfolk coastline.
Thanks so much for your hospitality.
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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ozz1BurgessHill wrote a review Mar 2020
Burgess Hill
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We popped into the Gunton Arms for the first time for lunch with our rescue dog Pluto and the staff couldn’t have been more welcoming. Dogs are allowed in the main bar or the superb dining room at the back which has plenty of space for pooches between tables so people don’t have to step over them which is so often the problem in many places. The dog was fussed, fed treats, given water and had a great time......and to be honest so did we. The food is magnificent, all served in wonderful surroundings with beautiful sunny views over the deer park from our table. Yes it is a little bit more expensive than most places but in my mind you certainly get what you pay for and can’t wait to return when next on holiday.
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Date of stay: March 2020
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Sophie T wrote a review Jul 2021
Leicester, United Kingdom
3.0 of 5 bubbles
What nobody tells you about The Gunton Arms is the owners penchant for the vile.
I haven't stayed anywhere like it and hope to never be in a position where I have to again.

The Pub and rooms are all made to look grimy, dirty and tired, although "tired" is light terminology, the place is uncomfortably shabby. Not Shabby Chic, shabby tatty.

We had no expectation of this hotel and the exterior in the wonderful parkland belies the moody at best interior. The curtains have tide marks, the paintwork the staining of 1000's of cigarettes and the radiators give away many layers of coats. The rugs are threadbare and the furniture in the room salvaged from the grasps of a dumpster.

The art, of which the place is renowned, did nothing to lift the spirits with images of a woman vomiting into a sink, a man clearly ill lying on a sofa with a throw, B&W photographs of a woman being held aloft in bondage the list goes is exhaustive and exhausting. Not for little eyes and indeed for my middle aged ones, unnecessary and gratuitous.

Staff all wore their own clothes and we in various states of dress, a simple black uniform would at least identified who was who.

Service was ok ish. Our Tomahawk steak was full of gristle and they graciously only charged us for half of it (!!!). We requested an additional tea bag for the pot at breakfast and this was delivered by a member of staff holding it aloft by the piece of paper at the end of the string and walking with it, dangling solitary, across the dining room. Quite laughable in the scheme of things.

The quiet chaos inside is in completely contrary to the glory of the parkland and deer roaming outside of the doors, the spot is idyllic.
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Date of stay: May 2021
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andrew s wrote a review Feb 2020
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Table booked in November 2019 for a Saturday in February 2020 and we specifically requested a table in the main dining room where the steaks are cooked over the fire. Arrived early and were told no tables available in the main dining area, so were shown to a dim and drafty backroom and then told we would need to vacate table within 2 hrs, as they had re-booked our table for another party! Not sure why this was not stated to us back in November when we had booked? As we were there to celebrate a friends birthday, we were expecting to utilise the table all night, even more so as the bar area was packed (and very noisy and maybe trying a little to hard to be 'hip'?). Starters arrived and all bar 2 of the 5 starters were edible and not exactly vfm. 3 of our party ordered steaks/venison cooked over the fire and not one of us was asked how we would like cooked. One was so raw in the middle it had to be sent back. Steaks arrived with rock hard and very dry roast potatoes and nothing else. Winter greens had to be ordered separately and very unimpressive meagre portions they were, when they did arrive. The ladies wanted Prosecco with their meals, but only unedifying Cava was on offer. No times for deserts, as our table had to be re-set for the next party. £225 for a rushed below average meal was not a great way to celebrate a birthday. Shame, as we have eaten there on a few occasions, but we will not be returning in a hurry or recommend to anyone either.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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SunSeeker002 wrote a review Aug 2021
Brighton, United Kingdom
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed here for 1 night and the only choice of room was a Barn Suite, a hefty
£ 300 for the night with breakfast, we didn't realise this wouldn't be attached to the main house so we headed off for breakfast in the morning in the rain, no umbrellas available in the Suite which would have been a nice touch. Needs a bit more attention to detail ie. Tea/Coffee facilities - flask for milk but no milk in it & no sweetener, very poor reception for radio stations so no point in having Roberts radio in room. However, lovely comfy big bed and great pillows/linen.
Having looked at the rooms on the website I would stay again but in one of the less expensive rooms in the main house. Value for money very poor for £ 300.
Sorry Gunton Arms.
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Date of stay: August 2021
2.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Stick to main house
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D R wrote a review Oct 2020
3.0 of 5 bubbles
We visited the Gunton Arms for Sunday lunch with family after hearing good things about it and reading reviews in various press articles. Its an attractive building in a nice setting and is comfortably furnished and decorated. We arrived at 12.30pm and were shown promptly to our table in the Elk Room. Unfortunately the room was very cold with a constant chilly draught which spoiled the whole meal. When we asked if something could be done about the temperature we were told that the reason it was cold was because they had to leave the outside door in the bar open to serve tables which they had set up in an outdoor marquee. We were offered another table in the same room which would frankly have been just as cold. A minimal attempt was made to reduce the draught by partially drawing a curtain but frankly it was still like sitting in a wind tunnel.
The food was ok with a nice pork belly starter followed by a shoulder of lamb but our guests found the roast potatoes accompanying their food undercooked and the lamb curry special was distinctly average. Puddings were good.
We had heard a lot about this venue and were looking forward to visiting it but, despite living locally, we won't be making the effort to go there again. I feel the venue is arrogantly trading off a reputation it currently does not warrant.
Disappointing.
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Date of stay: October 2020
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James A wrote a review Feb 2020
Mistley, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
If you want to walk in a vast deer park, stay in a lovely room and eat superior food at a reasonable price go to the Gunton Arms. We stayed here for my wife's birthday in January and it was great. Meat cooked over an open hearth is their speciality including the local bambi but there is something for everyone even including vegans. Great bar packed with drinkers and diners on a grey Saturday afternoon. This place has class, style and truly outstanding artwork adorns all the public areas. Highly recommended!
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Date of stay: January 2020
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: Try one of the suites
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Georgia Allatt wrote a review Sept 2020
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Just wanted to thank Matthew with the cool docs for being so lovely to me and my boyfriend with a naughty 10 month old Labrador the other day. He was the perfect balance of helpful but not overbearing and made us feel really welcome and gave us everything we needed. Also may I add that for a starter, steak, a lobster, two glasses of wine, a dessert and two espressos for approx £100 honestly is such good value for money. We were astounded by the quality of the food and the price. I’ve always loved the Gunton Arms and they never fail to impress me. 10/10 would recommend to a friend.
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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MAH M wrote a review Jan 2022
London, United Kingdom
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Heard a lot about this place so our expectations were high.

In summary, it was average.

We stayed overnight and dined.

The decor/artwork is very interesting, the grounds are stunning, but this place is tired and frankly scruffy.

The bar was good with great choice of drinks, but it had huge tv hanging from the wall running sports programmes throughout the evening. No worries if that’s your bag, but the Gunton Arms does not position itself as a sports bar (far from it).m and it does not charge sports bar prices.

The Elk room was very nice, but the other two dining rooms/areas really are soulless and lack ambience.

One noticeable aspect was that the place just did not appear well cared for, it looks a bit tired, but worse was that one of the resident areas had a sofa that was absolutely filthy, honestly, dirty beyond belief and if you are out for a decent evening in your glad rags then you wouldn’t want to be sitting in there.

The food was a mixed bag, we had to return one of the mains (Halibut) because it was terribly over done.

These things happen of course, but in effect we ended up dining alone because by the time the dish was returned my wife had finished her meal. Basic error and not at all the type of service you would expect from an apparently ‘high end’ establishment.

Our room was lovely, no complaints at all.

Breakfast was again disappointing. Full English with poached eggs. Both eggs were over cooked (dry yokes) whilst the tomato and mushroom were clap cold and the bacon clearly not cooked to order (left heated somewhere).

We are sure The Gunton Arms has earned its reputation, but for us it was a disappointment and perhaps it is living off of that reputation and failing to deliver a high quality experience.
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Ruthie82 wrote a review Jan 2020
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Attended this years NYE party at a cost of £27.50 a ticket with friends. All I can say is what a terrible night. The music on arrival was ok for the 1st hour but the same monotone songs continued to play while we waited and waited for the band to play. 11.15 band still not playing. All I can say is thank god we didn't wait any longer and decided to leave. I’d save your money and opt for Jools Holland at home if I were you. It’s clear the band thought they were way too important to play for the guests who had paid good money for the evening and clear no staff were overly bothered about this either. Over priced drinks & over priced below average entertainment.
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Jacqueline M asked a question Jan 2020
Kings Lynn851 contributions241 helpful votes
Is Guiness on tap?
Answer from 873carle
Rotherham, United Kingdom37 contributions9 helpful votes
I believe it is
Nozzer789 asked a question Aug 2019
Stevenage, United Kingdom32 contributions25 helpful votes
Are dogs allowed in the Elk Room or is that the restaurant?
Answer from derby2017
Potter Heigham, United Kingdom19 contributions6 helpful votes
Dogs are allowed in all of the food areas except the Elk room. We always sit in the room next door and are given a large table to accommodate our hounds.
Tam1980 asked a question Jun 2016
Norwich, Norfolk2 helpful votes
are children welcome at the Gunton Arms?
Answer from Cat M
Bristol, United Kingdom50 contributions36 helpful votes
Kids are welcome, but (as I did) you might find yourself trying to explain the art to a ten year old. The art is not the pretty wall-flower variety, but at least it has a pulse..or some of it did (taxidermy), and some of it might raise the pulse
Denise M asked a question Sept 2015
Norwich, United Kingdom34 contributions5 helpful votes
Do you do Sunday lunch or is it just the standard menu shown on the website?
Answer from BrianViv
Norwich, United Kingdom64 contributions31 helpful votes
If you want the standard local pub cheap experience then the Gunton Arms is not for you but if you would enjoy a special experience surrounded by millions of £s worth of modern art set in 1000 acres of parkland then you need to visit Good luck and enjoy
Jennifer N asked a question Apr 2015
Brentwood, United Kingdom
Are dogs allowed in the bar
Answer from macy220400
Lincolnshire, United Kingdom58 contributions12 helpful votes
Yes
Julie S wrote a tip 03 Jul
Woodford, United Kingdom163 contributions81 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Reserve in advance if you want the roast pork."
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David R wrote a tip Jun 2024
32 contributions20 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Don't sit too close to the fire in the elk room "
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LeeBKHerts wrote a tip May 2024
Herts130 contributions103 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Book well in advance if you can but always worth a try on the off chance."
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Nicola P wrote a tip Mar 2024
Derby, United Kingdom87 contributions40 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"I think booking is a good idea, we would have been ok but there weren’t many free tables. "
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Idididitidid wrote a tip Mar 2024
8 contributions8 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"Pavk boots because everywhere is muddy and lots of pothols full of water . Car parking was poor and needs more lighting"
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Which popular attractions are close to The Gunton Arms?
Nearby attractions include Felbrigg Hall (7.2 km), KartTrak Cromer (6.5 km), and Amazona Zoo (7.5 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Gunton Arms?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
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Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
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Yes, free parking is available to guests.
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Conveniently located restaurants include Beechwood Hotel & Restaurant, Foundry Arms, and Vernon Arms.
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Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
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Many travellers enjoy visiting Felbrigg Hall (7.2 km).
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