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Mill on the Wensum is named as best place to stay

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The 18th century Sculthorpe Mill has been named by the Sunday Times as the Best Place to Stay in the East just three months after opening, and owners Siobhan and Caitriona Peyton couldn’t be more thrilled.

Surrounded by lush fields, trout laden rivers, the best of Norfolk bird and wildlife, Sculthorpe Mill is a haven for those looking to escape and enjoy the very best of what the Norfolk countryside has to offer.

Since opening in July, the Peyton sisters, who have lived in Pockthorpe, East Rudham, for over 20 years, have created a welcoming pub with rooms that puts the spotlight on the best Norfolk has to offer with a menu bursting with local produce.

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sculthorpe mill (52251101)

As well as its six-bedroom accommodation, now ranked the best in the East by the Sunday Times, there’s an expanded pub area at the very heart of the Mill, two dining rooms, a private events suite, and an al-fresco garden kitchen.

Siobhan and Caitriona have hospitality in their blood. The two sisters, along with their brother Oliver Peyton, who is food critic and judge on The Great British Menu, have been behind some of the UK’s most innovative restaurants including the then ground-breaking, Atlantic Bar and Grill, Mash micro-breweries, The National Dining Rooms at the National Gallery and, most recently Peyton and Byrne, British bakeries.

The sisters have been thrilled with the response since opening, and this accolade is a testament to their hard work and vision.

Siobhan said: “Having only opened a few months ago, we couldn’t be more thrilled to have received this accolade and recognition. This is without doubt a testament to our great team, the amazing produce from our local suppliers and, of course, the warm-hearted, enthusiastic support we’ve received from the local community.”

Caitriona added: “We love the Mill and appreciate how lucky we are to have this beautiful rural location with its great gardens and the joy of the River Wensum.

"We have many exciting plans in the pipeline and will be investing in and nurturing this iconic building. This accolade supports our vision and will give us a springboard to continue to develop a pub with rooms that can be truly enjoyed by everyone.”

The full list Sunday Times Best Places to Stay List can be found at https://www.thetimes.co.uk/best-places-to-stay

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