Travel Bites: The Grove Hotel & Restaurant, Cromer

If you follow Gingey Bites on instagram you'll know that I had a cheeky girls weekend away recently with a couple of fellow blogger friends. Charlotte and I are clearly the less organised of the three and it was Emily who found our beds for us. She did a great job - we stayed at The Grove in Cromer, Norfolk - a 4 star and very beautiful little hotel which has been run by the same family since 1936.

The Grove hotel in Cromer

The back of the Grove hotel in Cromer

We stayed in Merryweather, one of the cute chalet style rooms to the rear of the main house - maybe they put us there in case we drank too much wine and started misbehaving. Either way, it was a lovely set up, with two beds and the bathroom downstairs and me, up in the rafters on a mezzanine level. We were right next door to their vegetable plots and a glamping field and just a hop skip and jump from the indoor pool. We managed a dip in the pool on the Sunday morning but whilst the pool itself was nice, the changing room was a little dirty. More to do with the children in there than the cleanliness of the hotel I'm sure.

Merryweather suite at The Grove hotel
The Merryweather at The Grove in Cornwall

We knew full well that most of the weekend would revolve around fish and chips and copious amounts of cider and wine but we wanted one nice meal and so, after looking around at menus in the area we chose to stay at the hotel to eat. The Grove has 2 AA Rosettes and their menu is heavily influenced by what they can grow on their own estate plus lots of lovely locally sourced fish, seafood and meat. We sat in the gorgeous Georgian dining room for our meal.

The Grove restaurant in Cromer

To start, as you'd fully expect, all three of us went for the Cromer Crab and Garden Cucumber Tian. It was served with marie rose sauce, lemon oil & garden leaves and came with three deliciously smoked prawns. The crab was freshly caught that morning and tasted heavenly. We did all agree though, that a little more of the lemon oil was needed. 

Cromer Crab and Garden Cucumber Tian

For her main, Emily went for the Lobster Thermidor (pre-ordered), but I won't go into too much detail as I'm sure she'll want to cover it on her own blog. The presentation was lovely, with salad from The Grove's garden, more of the smoked prawns and new potatoes. 

Lobster Thermidor

Charlotte went for the Rack of Icarus Hines’ Norfolk Lamb (Icarus Hine's being the local butchers). It was served with herb & Dijon mustard mash, confit cherry tomatoes, red potatoes and edible flowers from the gardens. The presentation was truly stunning, such a pretty plate of food. She enjoyed the lamb but did say she's had better elsewhere. 

The Grove, Cromer. Rack of Icarus Hines’ Norfolk Lamb

So that leaves me - You know I love pork so I just had to go for the Garden Rosemary-crusted Pork Tenderloin - with sundried cherry & Grove garden apple bourbon sauce. Sadly I found the sauce a bit sweet for my palette. It was still a tasty dish but with the pork slightly dry, it did leave me a little disappointed if I'm honest. 

Garden Rosemary-crusted Pork Tenderloin at The Grove in Cromer

We drank some excellent wine - starting with a white rioja and moving onto this delicious and local Humbleyard Bacchus. If you ever see it, grab a bottle. It's incredible how good English wine is getting now.

Humbleyard Bacchus, English wine

For pudding, I went for the Blackcurrant & Beetroot Mousse - the girls weren't keen on it but I really enjoyed the richness of the beetroot in mousse form. The ginger shortbread was pretty good too. Emily & Charlotte went for the Lavender Treacle Tart (with vanilla ice cream) and the Lemon Meringue Parfait. They were both delish!  In total our meal cost around £45 a head for three courses and two bottles of wine shared between three.

Blackcurrant & Beetroot Mousse
Lemon Meringue Parfait.
Lavender Treacle Tart

Our room rate (£185) also included breakfast - so the following morning, with slightly sore heads, we went back to the Georgian dining room for round two. I had the rather interesting Breakfast Pork Pie and it was lovely - layered with egg, sausage, bacon and even beans! I still don't know how I managed to fit fish and chips in too!

Breakfast menu at The Grove, Cromer

We had a lovely time at The Grove and I'd definitely return there. The main house is gorgeous inside, decorated in keeping with the style of the building and I'd have loved to have seen the bedrooms there. I'm thinking a romantic weekend with a handsome man is needed. Just need to find someone to take me! I would recommend a visit to anyone looking for somewhere nice to stay in Cromer.

Summer gardens at The Grove, Cromer

*The Grove did not know that we were bloggers and that I was planning to review my stay. We paid for our room and all our drinks and meals. As always, my opinions are all my own*


  1. Great review, the food looks delicious. I would definitely pop in if I'm ever in the area! x

  2. looks a fantastic very pleasing on the eye!

  3. This looks lovely, I love nights away so will definitely keep this one in mind!

  4. I love Cromer! This looks like a lovely little place, I must check it out, if only for the food, it looks delicious

  5. Lovely comments, thank you ladies - yes it was a great sneaky find. All credit to Emily!

  6. What a beautiful house - the food looks delicious!


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