In search of gin in North Norfolk

The Gin Trap Inn, Ringstead, Norfolk

Back at the beginning of the year, during one of our Sunday drives with Boris the Defender, we took a detour to Hunstanton passing The Gin Trap Inn in Ringstead, Norfolk.  One of those spur of the moment, “let’s book a short break” thoughts happened (trust me, those moments don’t happen often) and so a couple of weeks ago we found ourselves staying at said Inn for a couple of nights, eager to sample a tiny number of the 120 gins that are available as well as explore a little bit of our favourite county.

Having not really touched gin since the 80s and reading about Norfolk’s recent love affair with gin (and most probably many other places too), I ordered my first g&t a hour or so after check in.  The Gin Trap Inn certainly know their gins and suggested a refreshing Edinburgh Pomegranate and Rose for my re-introduction to the tipple – it went down very well and now, thanks to The Gin Trap Inn, I am a gin convert!

The Gin Trap Inn Norfolk accommodation
A fantastic place to stay, our room was cozy, romantic and extremely comfortable with a spacious en-suite housing a luxurious deep Victorian bath (with a sky light above to view the stars) as well as roomy separate shower cubicle, we couldn’t ask for a lovelier place to stay.  The restaurant meal was superb, and the “gin tasting boards” the following evening, where we picked three gins each from a catalogue of the current selection, accompanied by two Fever Tree tonics, made for a relaxing evening spent in the outdoor garden at the back of the Inn.
The Gin Trap Inn Norfolk gin
Apart from drinking gin, our other aim  was to drive the North Norfolk coast road from Hunstanton to Great Yarmouth in one day.
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We started out well stopping off at some delightful places like Thornham (the deli is amazing, perfect for presents, eats and great coffee, there’s even an outdoor gym in the playing fields), Brancaster (fantastic for leisurely beach walks), Cley (pronounced: Clie, like Pie), Stiffkey (a pretty General Stores that’s full of wonderful finds) and Holt (a lovely small town with plenty of unique shops).  By the time we’d reached Mundesley, ready for a (very) late lunch and finding no-where open to serve us, we gave up and headed back, via Sheringham.  Our next mini break will be in Suffolk, so we can drive the Great Yarmouth to Mundesley stretch to complete the journey.

panoramic view Cley-next-the-Sea Norfolk
view towards Cley-next-the-Sea

The following day we headed out to Burnham Market, a place we’ve often visited briefly or driven through, and stayed for a tiny shopping spree and wonderful lunch at The Hoste before heading back home.

Of course I couldn’t come away without bring a little bit of sewing to do.  This time, something to clip to my own bag – a lucky black cat bag charm, it’ll help me remember our lovely Norfolk holiday.
Ellie's Treasures black cat bag charm

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