Chris’ Blog

Now we’re even more dog friendly!

Relax! The Crown Hotel is about to become even more dog friendly than before!
From Tuesday 1st March 2016, dogs will be permitted to accompany their owners in The Chancery Room (the dining room immediately to your left as you walk into the hotel) as well as the two front bars (The Smoke Room and The Panel Room).

Furthermore, two of the five new ‘Copper Bath’ rooms currently being furnished in the […]

5 New Reasons to Visit Norfolk

We've just finished renovating the old cottage behind the main hotel to provide five new exquisite, luxury bedrooms. The rooms are finished to an extremely high standard. PLease peruse the images below or visit the individual rooms for more information.

In shock and awe at the EDP Food & Drink Awards

I was very humbled recently to be chosen as the recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award at the Eastern Daily Press Food & Drink Awards 2014.

To say I was shocked is the understatement of the year. I was completely and utterly stunned. But once I’d recovered from temporary speechlessness my next emotion was one of great pride.

I’d travelled to the awards at the Royal Norfolk Showground with my good friend […]

Hectic and happy times at Holkham

The last weekend in August saw the fifth staging of the North Norfolk Food & Drink Festival and I’m immensely proud at what this superb event has become.

More than 11,500 people came to Holkham Hall over the two days of the festival this year and I think I can safely say it is going from strength to strength.

Fortunately, the threatened rain showers never really materialised on the Saturday and Sunday […]

Tuscany, ti amo…

Every great hotel needs a great wine list – and that means keeping on top of developments in the world of viticulture via a top wine aficionado.

My font of all knowledge when it comes to wine is Jamie Aram – the man I turn to in order to ensure the cellars of The Crown and The Ship are stocked with a fantastic range of quality wines to suit every palate […]

To bee or not to bee? Chris sets off on the honey grail…

Ok, so I’ve gone into apiary. My good friend Arthur Howell has been mithering me for ages to keep bees. He’s been doing it for years and his father did it before him.

After years of listening to Arthur telling me I’m mad not to try and produce my own honey I’ve finally seen the light and decided to have a go.

Arthur has kindly given me one of his hives (coincidentally […]

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