Galton Blackiston is a bit of a local hero up here in North Norfolk and it’s his fabulous Michelin starred restaurant Morston Hall which brought him his rightful fame. Galton is a regular at the BBC Good Food Shows so we’ve often spoken about North Norfolk and how I really should visit the hall. I’ve heard such wonderful things from all that have been so was delighted when my sister booked an afternoon tea there for my birthday earlier this year.
Morston is a seaside village on the North Norfolk coast, well-known for the seal trips that set sail from the quay, a great pub called The Anchor and Morston Hall. Morston Hall is the only Michelin starred restaurant in the area and has a fantastic reputation for its luxury, use of seasonal and local ingredients and the highest quality food, drink and service.
Sadly Galton wasn’t there to say hello, but we were sent his best regards and were delighted to be offered some rather lovely birthday champagne! There was a great selection of teas, I went for the darjeeling which was perfect for the sunny afternoon.
A beautiful tiered cake stand arrived with our afternoon tea.
Crustless finger sandwiches made with soft, delicious bread, were filled with smoked salmon, cucumber and cream cheese and egg mayonnaise.
We then moved on to the rich fruit cake, followed by pretty summer meringues topped with a refreshingly fruity cream and fresh blueberry.
Perfect scones were accompanied with salted butter, clotted cream and fantastic Morston Hall made strawberry jam.
We were then brought little cheesecakes in jars which had popping candy to create a fun, unexpected mouth feel alongside the creamy, buttery biscuit crumble of the cheesecake. Bite size coffee macaroons were light, chewy and full of coffee flavour.
To finish we all loved this beautiful passion fruit tart, with perfectly crisp pastry, which was a refreshing way to end the meal.
After tea we took a tour of the hall and gardens from our charming waiter.
We were delighted with the whole experience at Morston Hall – the quality of service and food was outstanding and it’s really made me want to eat a lunch or dinner there. If you do visit, there is a handy Coast Hopper bus which services the North Norfolk coast which I’d highly recommend so no-one has to drive. If fine dining isn’t your thing, Galton has recently opened a fantastic fish and chip shop in Cromer too – keep a look out for a future post on that!
Let me know if you’ve eaten at Morston Hall – what was your experience like?