The Ancient Mariner, Hunstanton - pub details
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Wash and Tope Hotel, Hunstanton (1.2 miles), Waterside Bar, Hunstanton (1.2 miles), Honeystone, Hunstanton (1.3 miles), White Horse, Holme Next The Sea (1.6 miles), Gin Trap Inn, Ringstead (1.9 miles)
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|Basically this is a three-ish star hotel with a bar. It is rather dark and a typical eighties brick built bar, one or two pensioners were ordering something like chicken 'n'chips in a basket .A variety of the bigger brewers beers,Greene King, Greene King once off ( thank God!) Road to Rio ( well, that adventure by the England Football team fell short of epic),Adnams this 'n' that.Roughly five of these beers grace the bar, I had a half and left most of it, the antique shop opposite looked far more interesting.The best feature of the Ancient Mariner was the swift, attentive and friendly service. The bar staff outnumbered the punters!Loads of parking spaces witha silly ticketing system , adjacent to a beach, a few really tasteless yucky plastic signs outside.On balance a trip to the dentist with a huge bill is probably a better option for a lunchtimes entertainment.2/10. That's one for the beach and another for the expected arrival at any time of Gene Hunt.|
slerpy - 10 Jul 2014 20:12
|Second visit of the year (staying next door at the le Strange Arms).|
Much as I like the ambience of the Ancient Mariner, the bar menu is becoming increasingly pedestrian ... basically a mundane "chips- with-everything-fill-your-face-type-deal." It used to be so much more imaginative! Enjoyed a reasonable pasta dish on Friday night, but resorted to the Oak Bar in the hotel proper on Saturday, which was a bit better. Until very recently, the great thing about this place was that it could hold its own with the gastropubs of Thornham and all points east at a fraction of the cost.
Booze fine: location second to none; but there's more to seafood than fish and chips!!!
Firedrake - 22 Jul 2013 16:04
|Ate in the restaurant, rather than the bar, on Saturday. Very clean and less frenetic. Delicious Lemon Sole from the specials board. Staffing chaotic, however. Several staff around - all charming and polite - but I was never quite sure who was supposed to be looking after me and lost count of the number of times I had to chase up forgotten details such as wine amnd condiments. This was odd because the restaurant was virtually empty and seemed to have its own serving team.|
Nonetheless, it was still good value for money and - as always - I enjoyed the view as well as the food.
Firedrake - 10 Jun 2013 15:38
|Natwest: Glad you liked it ... but surely "being cut off" is what this part of the world is all about? It's why I visit/stay as often as I do!|
Ditchcrawler - 14 Feb 2013 20:28
|Second visit in february found the pub quiet and very cosy, with roaring log fire. One man and his dog plus us. Real Ales, Kronenbourg, Heineken, Adnams, Guinness, etc on tap. Friendly bar-staff. Food very good and 50% off vouchers available on the web or from local press. Previous visit in July was very different. Vibrant atmosphere, lots of parents and children outside, magnificent surroundings and views of the dunes at the bottom of the garden. Great birdwatching centre and hotel accommodation attached. Only problem is - free Wi-Fi is a joke. Simply doesnt work reliably. Given that the remoteness of this area means that there is poor or non-existent mobile phone reception means you could feel a bit cut-off. If Wi-Fi was sorted this is - 10/10 pub.|
NatWest - 7 Feb 2013 19:48
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