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Sculthorpe Mill

Fakenham, Norfolk

A beautiful country pub in the heart of the Norfolk countryside

Named by the Sunday Times the Best Hotel in the East of England, Sculthorpe Mill is the brainchild of Siobhan and Caitriona Peyton, the sisters of TV food critic and brewpub entrepreneur Oliver Peyton.

Deploying the latest in design, they have converted this 18th Century watermill on the River Wensum into a characterful pub in the heart of the Norfolk countryside – and in the kitchen head chef Elliot Ketley shines the spotlight on local produce.

Cromer crab or asparagus in season might be followed by Dexter beef from a nearby farm or venison shot by one of the regulars, while desserts can feature a Bramley apple crumble or Baron Bigod Suffolk brie.

The local theme extends to bar, too, with Brancaster oysters, a mixed fish fry-up and Staithe Smokehouse kiln-smoked salmon with pickled cucumber and Guinness bread on a tempting menu.

There’s an interesting wine list, and it’s the pub that’s the beating heart of this operation, offering a welcome for all (including the dog) whether it’s a morning coffee, an after-work pint of Greene King ale or that big celebration. 

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