Colin and Sarah appeared twice on BBC1 National Television News demonstrating seafood dishes and more recently featured in a "Cutting Edge" documentary on Channel 4.
The Old Forge is a 14th Century former coaching
station with forge and is steeped in history. It was a resting
place for pilgrims journeying to nearby Walsingham Abbey and has
a figurine placed on the wall which is a sign that the building
has been blessed spiritually. It is mentioned in "A
The Old Forge has been completely refurbished
and taken back to its original style of York Stone floors
and bar, beams and a warm welcoming atmosphere. The original
iron hooks are still in the restaurant where the horses
were tied ready to be shod.
Colin and Sarah, his wife, are both
experienced in the field of first class accommodation
and cuisine. Colin, the chef proprietor, trained in France
and has worked in Inn on the Park and Grosvenor House
Hotel in London.
Fresh seafood is the speciality and
Colin has invented many of his own dishes which are immensely
popular with local regulars who dine at the restaurant.
Simple touches such as using the exquisite shrimps from
The Wash topped on succulent pieces of fish make such
a difference to food. Local crayfish tails cooked with
different spices, many of which are grown in the garden
and lobster cooked in its own juices are a must. Lobster,
crabs and oysters are purchased daily from the infamous
fishermen on the coast at Blakeney and Wells next the
Sea and prepared with many of Colin's secret recipes.
Steak and lamb shank is available for your non-fishey friends.
There is a special A La Carte Menu on offer for the Thursford Christmas Spectacular and special B&B Rates.