The Crown Inn , Smallburgh

We were looking for somewhere to stay while we enjoyed a midweek break in Norfolk when I read about the Crown Inn. This was a bed & breakfast in a pub on the Yarmouth Road in the small village of Smallburgh. When I continued to read about this place it became very appealing indeed.

Firstly the location which was only a thirty minute drive from either Cromer , Yarmouth & Norwich with other sightseeing ideas like Wroxham even closer. Secondly the room available was a suite which meant you would have a separate living room. Thirdly as it was in a pub where they served food in the evening we wouldn’t have to go anywhere other than downstairs in their dining room.

When we arrived on the monday we were given a nice friendly welcome from owner Linda and bar manager Jess before escorting upstairs to our room. This had a nice sized bedroom with separate lounge & shower room. It also included tea & coffee facilities. Once unpacked we went downstairs and asked if their was anywhere close by where we could stretch our legs to which they gave us a few options.



The breakfast menu was small but the standard of the food was very high. You had a choice of Tea , Coffee & Orange Juice followed by Porridge , Granola & Cornflakes. Then you could either have a breakfast muffin or the Full English breakfast along with toast , jam & marmalade. They do also try their very best to accommodate if you have any dietary requirements. We opted mainly for the cooked breakfast which was excellent and also tried the granola , cornflakes & muffin which were also a delight and does in fact set you up nicely for your day ahead.



Apart from the monday evening which is the only time food is not available we enjoyed some fantastic pub grub which was just what was required after a long day. The menu consisted of four starters a good selection of main courses and a delightful choice of desserts which are on the board. I would highly recommend asking what is homemade at the pub as it was delicious.


We enjoyed a fantastic selection of starters including Prawn & Crayfish Salad , Soup , Falafel & Nachos.



The main courses were good old fashioned pub food but were absolutely delicious. The Hunter’s Chicken , Homemade Steak & Ale Pie , Rump Steak , Scampi & Chicken Burger were amazing and accompanied by either chips , mash , peas , salad or a selection of vegetables. This really was heavenly pub food done well.



As a dessert lover myself I couldn’t wait to try theirs and I’m delighted to say I wasn’t disappointed in the slightest. The homemade Crumble , Syrup Sponge , Chocolate Cake and Treacle Tart were fabulous and served with either cream , custard or ice cream.


From here you could then finish of the evening by enjoying a selection of local drinks in the bar or in the peace and tranquillity of the garden. There was always a great atmosphere and where all the locals were very friendly and offer some good local knowledge. I would recommend popping in even if your not staying as the young team of staff led by Jess will make you feel very welcome.

So after a fabulous four night stay it was time to say goodbye. I can’t thank everyone highly enough for making us feel very welcome. From breakfast to evening meal and in the bar it’s been an absolute pleasure to meet you all. I would definitely recommend a visit as this place is in a great location. The road it’s on is quite busy but personally didn’t bother us at all.

Thank You Linda , Jess and all the team for a delightful stay and look forward to seeing you all again someday.


By Lloyd Stevens

I'm a big Foodie and love Fine Dining in AA Rosette and Michelin Star restaurants also enjoy good Pub Food especially Desserts . I been living in Hornchurch for 20yrs now and this year celebrate my 25th Wedding Anniversary to my wife Jane . We do enjoy our holidays with Italy & San Diego as our favourite destinations I've decided to focus more on my Foodie life due to over 3 years ago being struck down with nerve damage and recently spondylosis I do enjoy my sport and follow Chelsea , Juventus & San Diego Padres

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