WE DID IT!
We are really proud to have received another accolade. Being Top Rated in the LateRooms.coms Simply the Guest Awards is a fantastic recognition as it is the UK’s only hotel awards based purely on genuine guest reviews.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Following a lovely busy Christmas and New Year (with bookings already being taken for Christmas 2016), we would like to thank all our customers for their loyal support, as well as our staff for their hard work over the hectic Christmas period.
Congratulations to the ever engaging Foyster Family for snapping up the New Years Eve Champagne by winning this years’ annual picture quiz and to Mr. M. Parish for winning a free night B&B in our Grand Christmas Draw. Further prizes of a £50 restaurant voucher are won by Mr. M. Witley and a bottle of Champagne by Mrs. A. Davies.
The year ahead promises even more exciting times for the King William team, marking a fantastic 180 years of King William Hospitality with 11 years at the helm ourselves. Celebrations are on their way – watch this space. But first we kick off January with a variety of refurbishment projects for bedrooms and public bathrooms to maintain and improve our facilities.
In January we see the return of our popular reward vouchers where you will receive a £2.50 voucher for every £25 spent (to be used on your next visit within two weeks of the issue date). What better way to beat the January blues than a delicious meal in one of the four designated dining areas, whether cosying up in the bar, in front of the roaring log fire or unwinding with the family in the child-friendly gallery restaurant?
We hope to welcome you and your friends in support of the Astro Brain Tumour Fund at our Pie, Mash & Pudding Night on Wednesday 20 January. An excellent raffle will be held to raise further funds for this hard working charity. If you haven’t booked a table yet, please do so today for this very worthy cause.
As always, we look forward to welcoming you at The King William and hope you enjoy your visit.
Cheers to a Happy & Healthy 2016!
Very best wishes,
Nick & Lili
Bird Watching in Snettisham and Titchwell
Though Norfolk has many outstanding attributes, if we had to pick one as our absolute favourite, it would have to be the landscape. Largely unspoilt and boasting some of the most unique habitats in the country, Norfolk’s fields, beaches, marshes and lagoons help to make the county one of the most beautiful in Britain. With two of the county’s best RSPB reserves within easy reach of the King William, a day of spotting some great British birds is guaranteed to be a highlight of your trip to the region.
Snettisham and Titchwell
Snettisham and Titchwell Reserves are a must-see for anyone staying in the area. Taking in one of the most beautiful stretches of the north Norfolk Coast and large, muddy expanses of The Wash, the area that the reserves cover is incredibly important for wading birds, sea birds and other British species. Snettisham is free to visit while Titchwell charges just £5 per car for non-members, making both ideal destinations for a family day out and great places to start your adventure in the Norfolk countryside.
Both reserves boast a number of star species, with many easy to spot throughout the year. As Snettisham is located on the coast, it’s the perfect place to spot waders and other water loving birds. The pink-footed goose, the bar-tailed godwit, the avocet and the knot are all regular visitors to the reserve, with shelducks also easy to spot throughout the year. At Titchwell you’ll find a mixture of species, with the marsh harrier, the bittern, the bearded tit and the redshank some of the most exciting visitors to the area.
Visit any time of year
Both Snettisham and Titchwell offer a range of outstanding walking routes, as well as a network of hides and observation points. During big tides, Snettisham is especially popular as the rising water forces thousands of waders off of the mud flats and onto the land, providing a spectacular view for visitors to behold.
Exciting, invigorating and unforgettable, a day out at Fakenham Racecourse is a treat you’ll treasure for years to come. A unique part of Norfolk’s heritage and culture, a day at the races is something that we highly recommend to all of the guests we welcome at the King William.
If you’re planning a cosy stay in Norfolk this winter and are looking for a day out with a difference, Fakenham Racecourse is the perfect choice. Whether you’re travelling with your family, organising a weekend away with your better half or you’re coming to the region with friends, you’ll find plenty to keep you entertained at this much loved Norfolk attraction.
There has been almost continuous racing at Fakenham since the course first opened its doors way back in 1905. Though there were short interruptions during both World Wars, crowds have been enjoying the vibrant atmosphere, stunning setting and unique buzz for generations.Almost square in shape, the course at Fakenham is left-handed and has a circumference of around a mile. The steeplechase course is located to the outside of the hurdle course and features six fences per circuit. Today, crowds are still attracted to Fakenham in their thousands, with the course packed full of eager spectators on most race days. And with a wide choice of bars, restaurants and cafes available on site, it’s easy to make a full day out of your trip to the races.
Races are held at Fakenham Racecourse at regular intervals throughout the year. Most meetings take place in the afternoon, with hospitality available throughout the day. If a trip to Fakenham Racecourse is one of your main reasons for visiting the area, it’s a good idea to check the dates of upcoming races before you book your stay. Though with a number of events throughout Christmas and into the New Year, it should be easy to find a date that suits you perfectly.
As the team at Fakenham Racecourse are committed to welcoming all spectators, the course has a range of facilities for disabled visitors and those with limited mobility. Children under 17 can attend the races for free, though they must be accompanied by an adult during their visit.
Known as one of the friendliest and most welcoming courses in the country, Fakenham makes a great day out whether you’re a seasoned punter or a complete novice.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and The King William IV in Sedgeford is celebrating in style with the restaurant’s ever-popular pre-Christmas parties. The kitchen is gearing up for a busy few weeks with a fully-booked Christmas Day lunch and delicious three-course New Year’s Eve menu with only a few tables left. Your favourites from the à la carte menu and popular Sunday roasts are still available throughout December, so why not delight in a hearty home-cooked meal to keep the cold at bay? There’s really no better time to explore the beautiful Norfolk coast, with its empty beaches, abundance of wildlife and picturesque country walks. And upon your return, head to the bar for a heart-warming glass of mulled wine!
The past year has been absolutely amazing – it has all gone rather quickly. The King William keeps growing year on year and 2016 promises to be even more exciting. We can’t wait to kick off the New Year, but first it’s time to relax and fully enjoy the festive season.
Nick, Lili & all the team wish you all a fabulous Christmas & Happy New Year
Normal opening Times during December & Boxing Day:
Monday 6pm – 11pm
Tuesday to Saturday 11.30 – 11pm
Sunday 12 – 10.30pm
Tuesday to Saturday 12-2pm & 6.30pm-9pm,
Sunday 12 – 2.30pm & 6.30pm – 9pm
Bar 12 – 5pm,
Lunch 12 – 2.30pm Reservations only
NEW YEARS EVE
Bar 11.30 – 1am
Lunch 12 – 2pm
Dinner 7.30pm – 9.30pm Reservations only
NEW YEARS DAY
Bar 12 – 11pm
Lunch 12 – 2pm
Dinner 6.30pm – 9pm
We love Christmas at The King William. One of our highlights in the Norfolk festive season is undoubtedly the Thursford Christmas Spectacular. One of the largest and most impressive shows of its kind in Europe, the event is one that no lover of Christmas should be without.
What is the Thursford Christmas Spectacular? The pretty village of Thursford, just half an hour from The King William, is home to this annual festive show featuring a cast of 130 singers, dancers and musicians, many of whom have performed in the West End. A three-hour extravaganza, the Thursford Christmas Spectacular has it all. From solo singers and heart warming carols to huge show-stopping choruses and chart topping favourites, there’s guaranteed to be something for everyone at this magnificent celebration of the festive season. What’s more, as the spectacle takes place in a theatre surrounded by mechanical organs, fairground carousels and other festive features, the audience will be transported into the seasonal spirit from the moment they arrive.
Attending the Thursford Christmas Spectacular Though many of the tickets for the show sell out early in the year, there are often some seats to be had right up until the last performance. This year, the extravaganza kicks off on the 11th November and runs through to the 23rd December. Many days feature two performances, giving everyone plenty of chances to see this impressive festive feature. For tickets call the booking office on 01328 878477 or visit the website www.thursford.com
Making the most of your trip to the Thursford Christmas Spectacular If you really want to make the most of your theatre trip, why not book yourself a night or two at The King William? From exploring local sights and attractions to enjoying a bracing walk along the stunning Norfolk Coast, there’s plenty to do in this captivating corner of England throughout the winter months. With our cosy rooms, roaring fire and warm welcome, The King William IV is your perfect base for unforgettable Christmas outings.
November at The King William IV Sedgeford, Country Inn & Restaurant
The festive season marks a very exciting time for the team at The King William IV country inn, with an action-packed events calendar guaranteed to make your Christmas one to remember. Newly appointed head chef Chris Marshall has been busy planning his mouth-watering pre-Christmas party menu, uniting rich, seasonal flavours and first-class presentation, while the restaurant has recently been awarded an AA Dinner Award for its outstanding cuisine. The perfect setting for a special dinner celebration, the party menu is available for up to 60 guests with free entry into The King Will’s Grand Christmas Draw… Be in with a chance of winning a night’s bed & breakfast for two, a £50 restaurant voucher or a bottle of Jacques Bardelot Brut Champagne! Enjoy two courses for £20.95 or three courses for £25.95, whether bringing the family, the office or catching up with old friends.
Combining cosy log fires and an extensive winter menu boasting tasty, hearty dishes, you can escape the cold and be sure of the warmest of Norfolk welcomes. This season, it’s all about delicious, heart-warming game pies, meaty suet puddings and, of course, pots of steaming mussels. What’s more, reward vouchers are issued throughout November and January… For every £25 spent, you will receive a £2.50 voucher to be used on your next visit.
Enjoy some wonderful Beaujolais Nouveau, by legendary wine maker Georges Duboeuf , available from approx. 25 November. Gather in the bar on Monday Evenings for the fun quiz or call in on Tuesday evenings for our great value Curry Night. Curry & a pint for only £10.
And if you’re still looking for a thoughtful Christmas present for someone special, a King Will dining or accommodation Gift Voucher is sure to make them smile on Christmas morning!
THE KING WILLIAM IV, SEDGEFORD, CELEBRATES NEW HEAD CHEF
The appointment of a new Head Chef at The King William IV Country Inn & Restaurant in Sedgeford 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 www.thekingwilliamsedgeford.co.uk for all the latest dining and accommodation news. To book a table and sample the Summer Menu call Reception on 01485 571765.
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) http://www.sharp.org.uk/ . 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.
NORFOLK’s BEST HORSE EVENTS 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.
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!
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.