The small fishing and resort town of Sheringham is set on the north coast of the English county of Norfolk. The town’s beach, overlooking the North Sea, is lined with stalls selling traditional British seaside delicacies such as jellied eels, whelks and cockles. Sheringham’s rail station links it to the city of Norwich, with a journey time over the 30 miles of about an hour. Norwich has good road and rail links to London. Sheringham has a small selection of hotels and bed-and-breakfasts, all aimed at vacationers.
Set in a six-story building from the 1890s on Sheringham’s esplanade, most of the Burlington Hotel’s rooms have views across the beach and the North Sea. The hotel restaurant serves a traditional British menu, including homemade puddings. The Burlington is a few minutes’ walk from the Sheringham Golf Club, where the 18-hole seaside course was laid out in 1898. Subject to certain restrictions, visitors can play there. Nearby pubs include the Crown Inn, which overlooks the beach, and the family-friendly Lobster, which serves a selection of traditionally brewed ales.
Operated by the Stevens family since 1947, the 21-roomed Beaumaris Hotel is a five-minute walk from the seafront. The Beaumaris Restaurant serves a menu that includes fresh crab and locally caught fish in a room with French windows overlooking the hotel gardens. The Beaumaris is a few minutes’ walk from the terminus of the North Norfolk Railway, which runs restored steam trains on a scenic 10-mile track to the Georgian market town of Holt. The Windham Arms pub, which serves real ales and offers a menu that includes Greek dishes, is a five-minute walk from the hotel.
The Dales Country House Hotel
Located in the countryside on the edge of Sheringham, a three-minute drive from the town center, the Dales Country House Hotel occupies a 19th-century former rectory with original features that include an oak staircase and mullioned windows. The hotel’s four acres of gardens feature a tennis court, croquet lawn and pond. The on-site Upcher’s Restaurant offers a modern British and European menu and serves traditional English afternoon tea with finger sandwiches and homemade scones. Sheringham Park, with sea views from a gazebo tower, is a few minutes’ walk from the hotel.
Montague House, owned and managed by Fiona and Tom Carville, is a boutique bed-and-breakfast hotel set in the center of Sheringham, a few minutes’ walk from the beach. The three bedrooms have antique furnishings and, on arrival, guests are treated to fresh fruit and locally made chocolates. Breakfast, served on a terrace in fine weather, includes Fiona’s homemade jams and jellies. The Carvilles are also happy to make up packed lunches or picnic baskets. Nearby restaurants include Number 10, which serves a Mediterranean menu, and Dave’s, featuring traditional fish and chips.
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