It's my mother's 70th birthday at the end of June (and dd2's second on the same day, but that's not the important one here). She wants a Small Do, featuring her two daughters and their partners and her four grandchildren; and my sister and I would rather like to see if we can arrange this not at their house (especially as my sister's family will have to stay overnight). Can anyone recommend a nice hotel, near Norwich where my parents live, where we could eat and the others could stay overnight?
It really would help family relations enormously to get away from the parental home !
Be wary too, some of these hotels do the same as a lot of hotels in Bath, which is that they'll only accept 2 night bookings at weekends, it's very annoying. Bristol hotels empty at the weekend and discount their rooms, Bath ones fill up with Londoners, up the price and insist on 2 night bookings. So check when you're ringing.
The FT did a review of The Kings Head at the weekend. You need to subscribe or have a 15 day free trial to read it, but general gist was v.v. good food, refurbished hotel a la Shrager, with a ghost of Hyacinth Bucket. Website is here
For (in there words) a "break from the gastocracy, the Hare Arms Inn at Stow Bardolph is a fine family pub"
The Victoria at Holkham is apparently lovely but it's not close to Norwich - over thirty miles away, I'd say - and Diss is about twenty miles, but there is a good train service from Diss to Norwich. Near Norwich, I don't know The Beeches but the Sprowston Manor Marriott in just North of Norwich on the outskirts and is nice (put up a lot of family there during our wedding), and the Maid's Head has been tarted up quite a lot recently. Also there are hotels near the airport which might be better value.