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A relaxing retreat at Barnham Broom Hotel

Just ten miles from the heart of Norwich, nestled away in the beautiful Norfolk countryside is the Barnham Broom Hotel.

Set in 300 acres of pristine landscape and home to two of Norfolk’s finest golf courses, this hotel offers more than just a break away.

With 46 recently refurbished hotel rooms, top leisure facilities (including a state of the art gym and a spa), Barnham Broom Hotel gives you everything you need for the ultimate relaxing break away.

We were kindly invited along for just that, starting off with a round of Traditional Afternoon Tea after our arrival.

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This included a selection of elegant finger sandwiches, plain and raisin scones served with Strawberry Jam and Cornish Clotted Cream a selection of Homemade Cakes and Tarts, plus tea and coffee.

This is served in the lounge area which overlooks the beautiful Golf Course. On this particular day the heavens decided to open, however, the comforting food certainly cheered us up.

I decided to take my younger brother Jason with my on this occasion, I am sure he wont mind me saying it was his first ‘Afternoon Tea’ experience, he commented “I can really see the appeal of this now,” as he worked his way through the majority of the tasty treats!

As we reminisced about our childhood, we remembered the times we’d visit hotels, and in particular, the ones with swimming pools! So after the food had settled, we were keen to check out the leisure facilities.

After numerous laps, I realised how ‘old’ we’d become. Usually we would be having splashing fights and causing havoc to other swimmers, but we took the mature approach and resisted this time. Upon finishing our laps, we then headed to the sauna to talk about the ways of the world.

After all the swimming, we were pretty exhausted, so we headed back to ‘The Hill Suite’ a newly refurbished room that comes complete with a semi-partitioned sleeping area and en-suite facilities, including complimentary Molton Brown toiletries (my favourite).

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I have to also add, they even had my favourite Paddy & Scott’s coffee on offer, so this room was pretty perfect!

Whilst I relaxed for an hour or so on the sofa watching TV, Jason took a nap in the giant Queen Size Bed.

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Dinner soon came round and we headed down to the Brasserie and were seated in a cool rounded booth. Low lighting and a full restaurant created a wonderful atmosphere.

Jason has not long ago become a vegetarian, however, there were plenty of options for him to choose from.

He started with the Deep Fried Halloumi served with smoked tomato chutney, pitta bread and mixed leaves whilst I opted for a healthy Buffalo Mozzarella salad with pumpkin, pomegranate and pine nuts with a mild chilli dressing.  Whilst waiting for our starter, the friendly waiter approached us with warm crusty bread. The starter was served promptly, but didn’t last very long. The salad was really flavourful and Jason commented the Halloumi was an interesting option for a veggie like himself.

For the main even I had a craving for Tuna, so I was tempted by the Chargrilled Tuna with roasted Mediterranean vegetables and a tomato and black olive sauce, the sauce was the perfect accompaniment and the salty olives really went well with the Tuna Steak. Jason had the Salmon Fillet with hand cut chips, which were delicious, as I couldn’t resist pinching one off his plate!

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As the meal came to an end Jason was not defeated and ordered a selection of local cheeses to round things off, whilst I gave into my sweet tooth and selected the Passion fruit Crème Brulee which was amazing to say the least.

After a good nights sleep, the sun finally decided to make an appearance, so we headed down for breakfast in the sunny Brasserie. I personally am not much of a breakfast fan, so whilst I stuck to my coffee and fresh fruit, Jason tucked into the vegetarian breakfast.

We decided to take advantage of the gym facilities before heading home; after all we had a lot of food to burn off! It was one of the hi-tech gyms I have been in for a while, with state of the art equipment and a view overlooking the pool.

After a good session (and a nice long shower) it was time to leave, however I am pleased to report feeling very content and relaxed.

Barnham Broom is the perfect base for relaxing and exploring the stunning landscape of the Norfolk Broads and the long sandy coastline of East Anglia as well as visiting some of the region’s stunning heritage sites.

Whether you like an active break or a relaxing one it has something for everyone.

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