Swaffham’s Strattons Hotel has won the heart of the editor of the 2019 Good Hotel Guide – and the title of Editor’s Romantic Choice. Owner Vanessa Scott said “We are thrilled to have been honoured in this way. In nearly 30 years of business we have stuck to our principles of providing quality, without sacrifice to the environment, and creating a unique and special environment where we hope guests can relax and be happy”
The Good Hotel Guide is a leading independent guide to hotels in Great Britain and Ireland and winning an award is something of a coup; hotels cannot buy their entry as they do in rival guides, say the publishers.
And the 14-room boutique venue had another reason to celebrate as it was one of only two selected Norfolk restaurants to be included in Truth, Love & Clean Cutlery: A Guide to the Truly Good Restaurants and Food Experiences of the United Kingdom.
The people behind this rather longwinded title aim to identify those restaurants and food experiences that go above and beyond great food and wine in the ethical and sustainable ways with which they run their business.
Renowned UK writer and Times restaurant critic Giles Coren and Australian food writer Jill Dupleix head up a handpicked editorial team of experienced food writers.
Strattons has operated a green policy since opening in 1990 sourcing good quality local foods and minimising waste, the use of natural resources and energy consumption, working with the community and encouraging more responsible behaviour by all its stakeholders.
Meanwhile the other Norfolk entry in the book, Market Bistro in King’s Lynn, was runner-up in the Best Restaurant category in this year’s Observer Food Monthly Awards. “It’s crazy to open a national newspaper supplement and see a photo of one of our dishes. The team are thrilled and we’re really grateful to everyone who voted,” said owner Lucy Golding.
Panel member Nigel Slater describes the awards as honouring the “humbling, generous-hearted work that is often done quietly, passionately and often out of the limelight.”