Cheerful Chequers, beloved by locals and visitors alike, is thriving. General Manager Ewen takes the helm and all is smooth sailing — with some of the best seafood you’ll find in this lovely part of the world. Thornham is a pretty little village nestled along the coast, close to spectacular scenery and nature reserves, where Chequers gleams with its whitewashed walls and red pantiles. Inside, the fireplace glows and crackles, fresh flowers sit on scrubbed tables and the menu beckons. Our tempura of Brancaster mussels with tartar espuma and chilli vinegar (part of their Norfolk tapas range) was bursting with delicate flavours, but you might try slow-cooked crispy belly of pork with cider potato fondant, black cabbage, black pudding bonbon and grain mustard velouté. Pizzas are a treat too (crispy duck caught our eye) and there’s private dining in the all-weather Pavilions outside. Rooms (most in the main building, two in a separate cottage) are stylish and spoiling — with sloe gin and homemade biscuits. Breakfasts are splendid, setting you up for a day of walking and exploring. Both Sandringham and Holkham Hall are close.