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.
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.
To start, as you'd fully expect, all three of us went for the . 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For pudding, I went for the
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.
*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*