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AA Notable Wine List 2016 - 2017
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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Razor-sharp modern cooking on the alluring north Norfolk coast

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At a glance

Vegetarian menu
Tasting menu
Wines by the glass

On the edge of the Blakeney National Nature Reserve in coastal North Norfolk, Morston is a flint-knapped 17th-century country house with commanding views of the briny – a heaven-sent location for sourcing prime produce from land and sea. Inside, it’s a supremely civilised set-up, run for a quarter of a century with personable warmth and easy-going charm by chef-patron Galton Blackiston and wife Tracy. The conservatory dining room looks the part in delicate vernal green with fresh flowers abounding, and polished service ensures the evening runs like a well-choreographed routine. After aperitifs at seven, guests take their seats for the eight o'clock show that is the 7-course tasting menu. A finely-honed appetiser of plump Brancaster mussels in perry sauce with lovage and pommes soufflés sets the tone, and what follows is a succession of pin-sharp contemporary dishes: a miso-glazed chicken wing arrives with a confit egg yolk, cauliflower purée and mushrooms, then salsify ribbons come swathed in a velvety Vacherin Mont d’Or cheese sauce with shaved truffle. There’s meticulous attention to detail too in a fish course of monkfish roasted on the bone and matched with raspberry vinegar jus singing with liquorice, lime, mint and dill. As for meat, Middlewhite suckling pig is helped along by burnt apple purée, kohlrabi and rich sauce Robert. A pre-dessert of apple marigold herb sorbet heralds the finale: a beguiling dark chocolate tart with red wine gel, white chocolate ice cream and 25-year-old balsamic. The pre-selected wine flight bears all the hallmarks of thoughtful selection based on testing and tasting, and is well worth the extra layout.

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Opening hours

  • Closed: 3 days at Christmas, January
  • Closed for lunch: Monday to Saturday
  • Lunch served from: 12.15
  • Lunch served until: close
  • Dinner served from: 7.15
  • Dinner served until: close

Chef

  • Chef: Galton Blackiston, Greg Anderson

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines under £30: 10
  • Wines over £30: 140
  • Wines by the glass: 15

Price guide

  • Tasting menu from75
  • Credit cards accepted

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome

Facilities

  • Seats: 50
  • On-site parking available

Additional information

  • Seats: 50

Getting here

On A149 (coast road) between Blakeney and Stiffkey

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