Gunton Arms, Thorpe Market, Norfolk
Situated in the large Georgian deer park which surrounds Gunton Hall, the building was formerly ‘Steward’s Farm’ and later Elderton Lodge, a coach house to Gunton Hall.
As a lodge it was regularly used by King Edward VII – at a time when he was the Prince of Wales – as a meeting place for liaisons with his mistress Lillie Langtry, a well-known beauty of the 1800s.
(North Norfolk News)
After an extensive restoration the building reopened as the Gunton Arms last October. It’s a wonderful pub in an extraordinary setting; herds of deer can be seen across the parkland from the beer garden.
The barman recommended the Green Jack Orange Wheat, which proved to be one of the nicest wheat beers I’ve tried, with a subtle marmalade flavour, very easy drinking. Also on were Adnams Bitter and Ghost Ship, and Woodfordes Wherry.
Nearby at Gunton Station, the Suffield Arms closed at the end of last year. Built in the late 19th century, the freehold was up for auction in February this year with a guide price of £150,000 – £170,000 but at the time of writing, there’s no news on the fate of this pub: