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Celebrating our new Head Chef – Chris Marshall


The appointment of a new Head Chef at The King William IV Country Inn & Restaurant in Chris Marshall Head Chef at The King William IV, SedgefordSedgeford opens another exciting chapter in its culinary agenda.  Chris Marshall, 36, took on the role in early July after acting as sous-chef for three years. Building on the Inn’s excellent reputation for tasty, wholesome dishes, Chris is set to bring his innovative skills to the fore – introducing fresh flavours and quirky touches – keeping pace with all the latest food trends, hygiene and kitchen management.

Chris, who lives locally in Docking with his young family, has grown up around the kitchen and amongst a family with artistic tendencies – both his Grandmother and Father paint and he helped his Mother, in younger days, who managed the Refectory at Ely Cathedral. With an interest in cooking firmly established, Chris moved on to study catering at Cambridge Regional College. Before relocating to north-west Norfolk, Chris worked as sous-chef at Ely Golf Club followed by the position of Head Chef at the Lamb Hotel, Ely.

Owner of The King William, Nick Skerritt, is delighted to hand over the reins to Chris.

“We have established a superb reputation for our restaurant locally over the years, and I know Chris is keen to enhance this with his unique style.  Our vegetable and salad dishes have never tasted better. Our customers have a great deal to look forward to.”

Chris cites his ongoing interest in photography as a key factor in his imaginative approach to food presentation.

“I have helped to create many of the Inn’s current dishes and I do have my favourites – the smoked duck entrée, lamb noisettes and raspberry bavarois dessert – but I’m also wanting to blend this with my contemporary approach to flavour and appearance, hopefully to win some awards for my cooking and The King William in the near future – that’s what drives me. We have fantastic local suppliers and seasonal delicacies here in Norfolk which makes my cooking even more enjoyable.”

With his calm nature and modest determination, King William customers are guaranteed a feast for the eyes and taste buds when sampling Chris’s creations!

Check out for all the latest dining and accommodation news. To book a table and sample the Summer Menu call Reception on 01485 571765.



The Sedgeford Hoard

Norfolk has a very rich heritage and the historic village of Sedgeford dates back many centuries. During the Summer months the history can be relived at the Sedgeford Historical Archeological project  (SHARP) . One of the amazing finds over the past years is the famous Sedgeford Hoard. Its story can be found below.

Last Autumn I had the pleasure of being shown around the Lynn museum and there it was ‘our Sedgeford hoard’ for all to see. If you have the time during your stay please do go and visit the Lynn museum. This truly delightful museum tells the story of West Norfolk. Step back in time as you walk into a life size replica of Seahenge. This astonishing Bronze Age timber circle is the museum’s stunning centrepiece’ but there are many more collections to see.  The museum is open daily 10-5pm (closed on Mondays and Sundays). Entry is very reasonable and starts from £3.95 for an adult and £2.95 for a child. Family tickets and concession tickets are available.


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Norfolk’s best Horse events from April-June


For those who enjoy a spot of top quality horse racing, eventing or carriage driving, we really are spoilt here in Norfolk over the coming months. Whether you’re a keen amateur or aspiring competitor, the calendar of upcoming equestrian events provides fantastic, all-round entertainment for the whole family.

Horse Trials Burnham Market

Events kick off with Burnham Market International Horse Trials from 2 to 4 April – past competitors include Zara Phillips and other Team GB Olympians – and this year again some of the best event riders in the country will be in action in the dressage and show jumping arenas and testing their skills over Sussex Barn’s challenging cross country course. See your favourite athletes and enjoy over 50 trade stands and children’s activities – family day tickets start at £17 for 2 adults and up to 3 children on 2 & 3 April and £23 on the final day, children under 4 are free.

Get set for a superb day’s racing at Fakenham on Easter Monday and Tuesday, 5 May – not forgetting the stylish Ladies’ Day later in the month on 31st May. General admission to the course enclosure costs £10 and £15 for access to the Grandstand and Paddock – day membership costs £20 with children under 17 free when accompanied by an adult. Enjoy an array of refreshments, great shopping, a wonderful atmosphere and even a winning bet!

horse racing

There’s a plethora of country stalls and fun activities at the East Anglian Game & Country Fair at the Norfolk Showground, Norwich from 25 – 26 April. From falconry, dog shows, spectacular arena displays and cookery demonstrations – there truly is something for everyone.  Buy a family ticket for £36, 2 adults and 3 children (5 – 16 years).

The prestigious Houghton International Horse Trials take place from 28 to 31 May in the magnificent setting of Houghton Hall.  Welcoming over 700 horses each year, the event offers a further opportunity for all who love the sport to see a strong international line-up competing on home turf. With some 70 trade stands, it promises to be another brilliant day out – family day tickets start at £22.

At the end of June, enjoy all the skill, precision and expertise of horses and drivers at Sandringham Driving Trials from 26 to 28 June.  Entry is free on all three days and in the beautiful setting of Sandringham Park, it’s a thrilling and fascinating day out for all the family.


March 2015 – What’s on at The King William



italian nightThe King William adds exciting, international flavour to its dining with a special Italian evening on Wednesday, 11 March. Enjoy a glass of sparkling Prosecco as an aperitif, followed by a tempting selection of pasta dishes served buffet style – spaghetti, penne, tagliatelle and much more with mouth-watering sauces, salad and garlic bread. Round off your meal with a traditional Italian dessert – tiramisu, pana cotta or zabaglione ice cream – all for the fabulous price of £15 per person. If you fancy sampling some Mediterranean delights, please reserve your table by calling 01485 571765.

professionalphotos.mckenna 011The Inn opens its doors all day on Sunday, 15 March to celebrate Mother’s Day – food is served between midday and 9pm. There’s the full A La Carte menu to enjoy as well as tasty Daily Specials and Sunday roasts. It promises to be a busy day – make sure you book early and treat your lovely Mum.

For a relaxing lunch or supper during the week or winding down at the weekend, pop in and try the King William’s new Spring/Summer menu brimming with delicious, seasonal ingredients and the finest local produce – vegetarian and children’s dishes are available. Eat out in the Inn’s pretty Pergola and garden in the warmer weather and bring the dog along – dogs are welcome in the bar too on a lead. Don’t forget the Inn’s handy Takeaway Menu offered throughout the week.

Please note that as at Monday, 30 March dinner will be starting at the earlier time of 6pm every day. 

See for more information on upcoming events, in-house art exhibitions and dining and accommodation offers. Follow us on Facebook, or Twitter for instant updates. Visit our Calendar for nearby events.





Winter is coming…… stock up your wine cellar with first class wines

Wine, dine and stock up your wine cellar for the festive season –

Special Event Wednesday 26 November

Wine and fire

Start the festive season in style with an evening of fine dining and wine tasting at The King William on Wednesday, 26 November. This special event includes a three course supper for just £25,00 with complimentary wines to sample, and purchase at great prices ready for the Christmas holidays. Master of Wine, Mark Lynton, from Lynton Wines brings his wine selection and expertise to the evening. To book your table call 01485 571765 – and room if you wish – ask for our special accommodation deals for the event.

Cosy log fires and comfy sofas await – not forgetting excellent Real Ales and fine wines – The King Will again features in next year’s national Good Beer Guide. Please visit the website for updates on all events at the Inn, accommodation and dining offers – or please call in to discuss your Christmas party or special celebration.

Easter Colouring Competition Winners 2013

Easter Colouring 2013



We are delighted to announce the lucky winners of The King William Easter Colouring Competition 2013. Thank you to all budding young artists for taking part. The number of colouring pages to judge was immense and proved a tough job on our panel of judges.


Congratulations to Emily C. who has been voted best over 6 year old colourer, and to Olivia K. for best under 6 colourer. Your fabulous work was unanimously selected by our panel of judges and is displayed in the King William for all to enjoy.


Very well done to Olivia, (see photograph)  who proudly shows her winning entry & prize of an Easter basket full of chocolate & Easter crafts goodies.


Soft Seating Area in the bar





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How delightful to see how popular our newly created soft seating area in the bar already is. It was  a challenge to photograph these seats unoccupied but here they are. Come and check out our comfortable leather seats and sofa’s and relax with the daily newspaper, local news bulletins and/or glossy magazines while enjoying your cappuccino or pre dinner drink.


Winner Mother’s Day Draw 2013 Norfolk

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Mother’s Day Draw 2013

Thank you to all amazing mums who entered our Mother’s Day Draw on Sunday 10th March 2013. We are delighted to announce that the lucky winner of a £75 restaurant voucher is
Mrs. L.Tomlinson from Kings Lynn Norfolk! We look forward to welcoming you and the family soon.

More chances to win
Not a winner this time? Look out for our many opportunities to win fabulous prizes. You can enter our draw to win a free night stay for 2 including award winning breakfast by liking us on Facebook and/or visiting our website. Each time you have lunch or dinner with us you can enter our ‘Thank You’ draw to win a £25 restaurant voucher. Then simply look out for our announcements of the Winners – its easy.

Easter Breaks in beautiful Norfolk

We are ready for Easter, are you?

Easter Short Breaks – Book Now!

Colourful Easter 2013With Easter falling early this year you can still take advantage of our great value Winter short break prices.

Valid until 31 March (Easter Sunday). Holidaying later? No worries
we also have excellent 3 nights offers for you from 1 April.


Easter Breaks – 3 night Short Break incl. Breakfast
3 nights double room from only £235 (from 1 April £270)
3 nights superior double room from only £260 (from 1 April £295)
3 nights standard family room from only £310 (from 1 April £345)

Add on a great Dinner Deal to your room booking
3 courses for only £20* pppn valid until end March 2013
3 courses for only £25* pppn from 1 April
* Supplement applies on certain dishes.