A Girly Weekend at the Grove Hotel & Restaurant, Cromer

I love a weekend away in a nice hotel. Recently I took one 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 beautiful 4 star 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 chalet style rooms at 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 another bed up on a mezzanine level. We were next door to their vegetable plot, a glamping field and 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

 

Most of the weekend revolved around fish, chips and copious amounts of cider but we wanted one nice meal and so, we chose to eat at the hotel one night. The Grove has 2 AA rosettes and their menu features produce grown on the estate plus lots of 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

 

I love pork so I went 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 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 excellent wine, starting with a white rioja and moving on to 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) included breakfast – so the following morning, with slightly sore heads, we went back to the Georgian dining room for round two. I had the Breakfast Pork Pie. It was lovely, layers of 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. 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*

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  1. 22nd June 2015 / 9:38 pm

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

  2. Anonymous
    23rd June 2015 / 5:19 am

    looks a fantastic place.food very pleasing on the eye!

  3. 23rd June 2015 / 6:26 am

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

  4. 23rd June 2015 / 7:55 am

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

  5. 23rd June 2015 / 9:50 am

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

  6. 23rd June 2015 / 12:02 pm

    What a beautiful house – the food looks delicious!

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