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September at The King William

NNRW-Logo-with-dateAs the sun starts to set on summer, September is the perfect time to enjoy a drink in our beautiful garden or be wined and dined in our popular restaurant. Awarded TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence, The King William IV Country Inn and Restaurant will be taking part in North Norfolk Restaurant Week. From the 26th September to the 9th October we’ll be part of North Norfolk’s biggest dining event. So join us for a culinary celebration of the county’s favourite food spots and tuck into two courses for just £15 or 3 courses for £20. We’ve put together a special menu exclusively for the event, with 4 different dishes to choose from for each course. Booking is advised and the offer excludes Friday evenings, Saturdays and Sunday lunch.

SUMMER HIGHLIGHT: The King William Hosts Carris Trophy Golf Talent!
Golfers3The Carris Trophy (British Boys Championship) was held on the manicured golf links of hunstanton Golf Club from 19/7 to 22/7. With 160 of the best young golfers from the UK, France, Germany, Sweden, Denmark and Belgium competing for the prestigious Carris Trophy over 4 days, the quality of golf produced by these young golfers was truly outstanding.

The King William was delighted to host 3 aspiring young golfers during their time at Hunstanton. Pleasingly, all three players made the ‘cut’ with the top 60 players progressing to the 3rd and 4th days. From Lille, France we welcomed Mathieu Caron and his father Christoph. With scores of 74, 76, 78 and 74 Mathieu finished a highly creditable 50th. In 15th position was a young Englishman from Swindon, Jake Bolton, with his father Mark. Jake shot 71, 77, 71, 70 and was delighted to hear that he had been selected for England’s forthcoming Under 18’s Tour to Canada. Congratulations Jake.

Topping the lot young Oscar Teiffel from Gothenberg, Sweden, started the final round in joint first position and ended the tournament in third place. On his bag was his younger brother whilst his father Peter walked all 4 rounds – sometimes in the presence of Nick and our elder Labrador, Max. A fantastic performance by Oscar with scores of 71, 69, 68 and 72 leaving him on 8 Under Par for the Tournament.

It was an absolute pleasure to hoste three such talented and modest young golfers (and their dad’s) . I hope that one day we can welcome them back to The King William and Hunstanton GC. Names to look out for !!

 

The plight of the whales in Hunstanton

Since January 2016, more than 30 sperm whales have washed up on the beaches of northern and eastern England, causing scientists to look more closely at their behaviour, their habitat and anything that could be damaging them.

Sperm whales
dead sperm whaleThe sperm whale is a truly incredibly creature. Able to grow up to whopping 20.5 metres in length, the creatures are the biggest toothed predator on earth. The sperm whale is also the second deepest diving mammal on the planet and is able to reach depths of 2,250m. Sperm whales can be found in oceans around the world, however only adult male whales venture into the cooler waters found in higher latitudes. In general, sperm whales stick to deep off shore waters, favouring depths of over 1000m.

Why are sperm whales beaching in Norfolk?
Scientists don’t know for sure why sperm whales have begun to wash up on the county’s shoreline. One theory is that all of the whales have come from a single bachelor pod that took a wrong turn in the North Sea, an area where adult males are known to live in relatively large numbers. If this is the case, the recent spate of sperm whales beaching on Norfolk’s shores may soon come to an end. However, scientists fear that the beachings could be the result of a series of whale pods becoming disorientated and finding themselves suddenly in shallower waters. This could point to a more fundamental problem with the whales’ natural environment and could mean that the sad beachings will continue in the future.

How can we help the whales?
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If you, like many people in Norfolk, have been moved by the plight of the whales, there are lots of different ways to help these magnificent creatures. One thing that many environmental agencies and charities are asking is that the public not damage the carcases in any way. In the past, trophy hunters have cut teeth and bones from deceased whales in order to make ghoulish souvenirs. Not only does this make it harder for scientists to work out why the whales died, it is also upsetting for those working hard to help the whales. You can also help by supporting the BDMLR with your donation. The British Divers Marine Life Rescue. is an organisation dedicated to the rescue and well-being of all marine animals in distress around the UK. Visit their website on http://www.bdmlr.org.uk
MARINE ANIMAL RESCUE HOTLINE: 01825 765546 during office hours.
(07787 433412 out of office hours)

 

February at The King William

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First a very big THANK YOU! to all of you who supported our Pie & Mash evening. We welcomed 99 diners through our door and it was a brilliant evening with great atmosphere, excellent raffle prizes and wonderful food. Most importantly a fabulous £1356, 48 was raised for the Astro Brain Tumour Fund.

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Shrove Tuesday 9 February
No need to dive into your own kitchen on Britains famous Pancake day. Sweet & Savoury pancakes will be available for lunch 12-2pm and dinner 6.30–9pm

KW HT&A Feb 2016

Romance is on the menu
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, why not treat your loved one to a special candlelit evening combining a delicious menu that’s guaranteed to set the mood for love? Available from Friday 12th to Sunday 14th February inclusive , you’ll start the night with a selection of mouth-watering canapés on arrival, followed by a choice of fresh local oysters, chicken mousse crostini or roasted butternut squash salad for starters. Be tempted to add a glass of fizz to accompany your meal! For the main event, it’s barbecued ribeye steak, grilled salmon fillet or Mediterranean vegetable risotto, offering something for every discerning diner. As for desserts, there are three naughty-but-nice delights to take your fancy, from strawberry heart macaroon and Belgian chocolate torte, to an assiette of apple desserts to share.

How could you resist? The perfect setting to celebrate a special anniversary (or pop the question, perhaps!), the Valentine’s menu is priced £27.50 per person (booking essential).

For the ultimate indulgence, stay the night in one of our award-winning luxury guest bedrooms! The exclusive Valentine’s accommodation package includes a demi bottle of Champagne on arrival, romantic dinner complete with red rose, plus Champagne breakfast the following morning (£85 per person based on two people sharing). Surprise your partner by calling 01485 571765 to book your room and/or table today .

January at The King William

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.Foyster Family3

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

 

 

 

 

December at The King William IV

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 Wine and fireEve 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:
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Monday 6pm – 11pm
Tuesday to Saturday 11.30 – 11pm
Sunday 12 – 10.30pm
FOOD SERVED
Monday 6.30pm-9pm,
Tuesday to Saturday 12-2pm & 6.30pm-9pm,
Sunday 12 – 2.30pm & 6.30pm – 9pm

CHRISTMAS DAY
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

November at The King William IV

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 innAA.Dinner award, 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 aIMG_20150428_184523ll 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!

 

 

Celebrating our new Head Chef – Chris Marshall

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 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 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.

 

 

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 www.thekingwilliamsedgeford.co.uk 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.