Bank House in the Press
Despite having been in business for under four years, we are delighted with the approval we have received from the major independent guides, the press and consumer websites. Here are some excerpts.
The Good Hotel Guide 2013
"Once a Georgian merchant's house, later the first bank of a founding father of Barclay's, this listed building stands on the quayside of a historic town. It has been rescued after years of neglect by Jeannette and Anthony Goodrich. 'They have done a good job, retaining original features while providing every facility we could need,' say visitors this year. 'Our very reasonably priced room was one of the biggest we've ever stayed in; the bathroom alone was larger than many doubles elsewhere.' There is no residents' lounge, but guests may sit in the large reception area, the smaller bar, and the old banking hall where tall armchairs face a quiet square. This is one of three dining areas; in summer, meals may also be taken under a sunshade sail on a riverside terrace. Chef Stuart Deuchars cooks classic English dishes (perhaps chicken liver parfait, spicy pear chutney) as well as more eclectic choices (pan-fried red mullet, Asian broth). 'Our evening meal was excellent, with efficient, friendly service.' The Goodriches also own The Rose & Crown, Snettisham (see entry). (Robert and Shirley Lyne, and others)"
We are also listed in the Good Food Guide
Charming Small Hotels
"This is the sister hotel of a recent addition to our collection - the Rose and Crown in Snettisham. It's just as quirky and historic as its sibling. Careful design - exposed beams, sconce lights, old prints - brings out the history of the building, but this place is far from old fashioned. Traffic-light bright chairs decorate the terrace outside, whilst inside the armchairs are bright green and magenta. Rooms are bright, airy and modern. Most have river views. The brasserie and bar are relaxed and welcoming, made up of a number of different areas from which you can choose according to how formal you're feeling. We think that the most sympathetic area is the former counting house - all dark, polished wood and original flooring. Dishes vary from the standard (burgers) to the exotic, and are prepared using local ingredients whenever possible. Bank House is brilliantly situated for the nearby Corn Exchange and Arts Centre, and pre-and post-theatre dining can be arranged on request."
The AA – Three stars, one rosette
"This Grade II listed, 18th-century town house is situated on the quay side in the heart of King's Lynn's historical quarter. Bedrooms are individually decorated and have high quality fabrics and furnishings along with a range of useful facilities. Public rooms include the Counting House coffee shop, a wine bar and brasserie restaurant, as well as a residents' lounge."
Time Out UK Breaks
"This handsome 18th-century townhouse and former bank in the heart of historic King's Lynn faces across the Purfleet towards the Custom House on one side and the Ouse on the other. It has an appealing riverside terrace as well as a bar, brasserie and dining room that are intimate without being intimidating, and serve probably the best food in King's Lynn. Owner Jeanette Goodrich has designed 11 guest rooms with lovely fabrics and old finds that ensure each has its own character; all have very comfortable beds and Wi-Fi."
The Guardian - Sally Shalam October 2010
Sally loved Bank House and King's Lynn, but had a few criticisms which we have taken on board – we were very new when she came to see us! "The food is something to shout about, though. Twice-baked goat's cheese soufflé, and smoky slices of salmon with an unctuous smear of horseradish-tinged crème fraiche, then "handsome and generous" roasted cod with chorizo stew, and melt-in-the-mouth slow-roast lamb shoulder on a bed of minted peas with potato gratin. Seriously good – at ludicrously low prices – and so, too, is breakfast" "We explore the bounties of King's Lynn and cannot fathom why it isn't stuffed with tourists."
Lonely Planet – they got the number of rooms wrong but otherwise I'd agree with them!
"This outstanding B&B ticks in all the right boxes: history, location, atmosphere, comfort and welcome. Overlooking the water, the 18th-century former bank is now an elegantly furnished town house with five luxurious rooms, mixing original features and modern furnishings. There's also a lovely, modern brasserie (mains £8 to £16) serving seriously good food made from locally sourced ingredients. Our independent authors have visited Bank House and selected this as one of our recommended hotels and hostels in King's Lynn."
Tripadvisor - 4 or 4 1/2 out of 5
And of course there's Tripadvisor which most of the time gets us pretty good reviews though there is the odd moment of madness. Take a look and if you have something nice to say and can be bothered let them know!
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