Georgian bar-brasserie with plenty of history and character, airy rooms, real ales and imaginative food from breakfast onwards; bedrooms
Good Pub Guide Recommended
This is a splendid quayside spot and the Corn Exchange theatre and arts centre is just five minutes away. Usefully open all day, the various stylish rooms are busy with customers popping in and out for drinks and meals. The elegant bar (once the bank manager's office the building was Barclays Bank's first opening in 1780) has sofas and armchairs, a log fire with fender seating and Adnams Broadside and Southwold and Wychwood Hobgoblin on handpump, 26 wines by the glass, ten whiskies and cocktails; background music. The restaurant has fine antique chairs and tables on bare boards, an airy brasserie has sofas and armchairs around low tables and a big brick fireplace, and two other areas (one with fine panelling, the other with a half-size billiards table) have more open fires. The atmosphere throughout is bustling and welcoming and service is helpful and courteous. An outside area is flanked by magnificent wrought-iron gates, with firepits for warmth on chillier evenings, and the riverside terrace (lovely sunsets) has an open-air bar. Sister pub is the Rose & Crown in Snettisham.
Good Pub Guide Food
Modern brasserie food using tip top local produce includes sandwiches, gin-cured salmon gravadlax with cucumber salsa, five-spice pork terrine with sweet and sour oranges, sharing platters, spelt risotto with roast pepper, rocket, harissa and grilled halloumi, steak burger with toppings, barbecue sauce and fries, pork T-bone in ginger and molasses marinade with cabbage salad and sweet potato fries, red mullet fillet with chive gnocchi and romesco sauce, and puddings such as lemon tart with berry compote and raspberry sorbet and orange and apricot bread and butter pudding with crème anglaise; they also offer breakfasts (7-10am; 7.30-midday Sun).
What They Say
Bank House is stylish but relaxed, a Grade II* listed Georgian townhouse on the quayside, in the heart of historic King’s Lynn, with buzzy Counting House bar, three other dining areas, west facing riverside terrace and twelve super-comfortable bedrooms.
Owned and run by Jeannette and Anthony Goodrich, who also own The Rose & Crown, Snettisham, Good Pub Guide UK Pub of the Year 2015, it has become established as the cool place to eat, drink and stay in King’s Lynn. The seasonally changing menu includes pub classics as well as more exotic dishes, using the wonderful fresh produce of the area.
The bar stocks three ales on tap, bottled beers, 19 wines by the glass, a full cocktail menu and 24 different gins!
King’s Lynn is an undiscovered gem of historical and architectural interest and just an hour and 40 minutes from London by train, perfect for a weekend break.
Good Pub Guide Information
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