The Dial House is a luxury bistro restaurant with rooms. A special place tucked away in the heart of the Norfolk countryside. Perfectly situated 30 minutes away from both the North Norfolk coastline and the Norfolk broads national park. Eight luxury bedrooms, magnificent breakfasts, hand-crafted afternoon teas, spa treatments, delicious a la carte dinners and an in house retail wing which means ‘everything’s for sale’. Sister of Farmyard restaurant, Norwich. Both awarded two rosettes and feature in The Michelin Guide.
Owned and run by Chef Andrew Jones and his wife, ex TV Director Hannah Springham, the luxury bistro restaurant runs on the principle of celebrating the best produce the county has to offer, cooked simply and using their Bertha charcoal oven wherever possible.
The Dial House offers a knowledgeable, approachable and enthusiastic service style. We are always keen to create a unique event, invent a special dish or undertake an individual request. If we can do something to enhance your experience here we’d like to try and make it a reality.
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ABOUT THE DIAL HOUSE
‘A hidden gem in one of Norfolk’s least spoilt, rural market towns, off the beaten track but also a central base for touring Norwich, the Broads and the heritage coast. Eight fabulous rooms plus cosy dining areas and a very competent and elegant restaurant makes this Georgian-themed guesthouse an exciting find.
Overlooking the historic market square in the centre of Reepham, a small town in deepest, rural Norfolk. With its cluster of independent shops (butchers, florist, grocers), medieval flint-built church and traditional pub, this spot has a real old-fashioned charm and feels a world away from the busy Norfolk coast to the north and buzzing city of Norwich to the south – although both are within an easy 30-minute drive.
The mellow, red-brick exterior of this characterful, three-storey Georgian house bears the date 1728 as well as a large, square sundial from which its name derives.’
Sophie Butler – The Telegraph
The Natural History Room
With Swedish botanist Linnaeus revolutionising taxonomy in his book Systema Naturae published in 1735, there was much enthusiasm to classify the natural world. Grand Tour travellers who collected fossils, shells, illustrations and elaborate taxidermy displayed their exotic ‘curiosities’ and collections in formal settings, the viewing of which became standard after dinner entertainment. In 1753 the British Museum opened its doors.
The Parisian Garrett
The most popular destination on the Grand Tour was Paris, chiefly for its ease of getting there as the crossing was fast from Dover to Calais and the roads to Paris were good. Someone of lesser means may opt for lodging in a habitable attic Garrett, a small living space at the top of one’s house, often with sloping ceilings. There he might find faded florals, a rooftop attic view and of course, French accoutrements. Must-see destinations included The Arc de Triomphe, built by Napoleon in 1806 to commemorate a military victory, the iconic art institution that is the Louvre, the cathedral of Notre Dame and the magnificent palace of Versailles.
Orientalism describes a term used to encompass interest in The East, Middle East, South Asia and East Asia. Trade was in full flow to and from the East prompting a vogue for all things Oriental, both in style and decoration. Wealthy women’s bedrooms became adorned with a European fantasy of China including the use of chinoiserie wallpaper (a French word roughly translated as Chinese-esque) lacquerware, porcelain, fretwork and famille rose ceramics. Completed in 1822, George IV’s Royal Pavilion at Brighton and the dramatic Pagoda building at Kew are two glorious representatives of Georgian Orientalism.
The Dial House
Our luxury bedrooms tell the tale of Georgian passions, interests and discoveries. Book a night at The Raj, meet contemporary notables in The Print Room, marvel at the weird and wonderful cabinet of curiosities and test your knowledge of Natural History classification. How about a night in an Italian Palace or a stay in a Parisian Garret? The luxury “Grand Tour” bedrooms are anything but ordinary. Take yourself back to Georgian times in one of 8 Georgian-themed luxury bedrooms. These boutique rooms include weird and wonderful curiosities, enormous bath tubs, marble bathrooms, drench showers, state of the art sound systems and vinyl record players. If you book a night directly via our website or by calling us then you may enjoy a complimentary cream tea during your stay. Each room is also equipped with a fridge containing fresh milk and water and tea and coffee making facilities.