A stunning new private dining room built with English oak, Burgundian limestone and glass provided the backdrop for its official opening at the Bedingfeld Arms, Oxborough.
Joining owners Catkin and Stephen Parker, plus Swaffham architect Malcolm Whittley, South West Norfolk MP Elizabeth Truss cut the ribbon to celebrate the new building which will accommodate special events and dining opportunities.
Ms Truss said: “The Bedingfeld Arms already has a superb reputation for sourcing local produce, imaginative dining and a warm, welcoming atmosphere.
“This part of the UK really is a treasure trove of historic buildings, stunning landscapes accompanied by some fabulous food and culinary experiences so it is great to see investment in local businesses like the Bedingfeld Arms.”
The room, that has views towards the 16th-century church, will provide space for private events as well as an extra dining area.
The Bedingfeld Arms was built in 1783 as the coaching inn for the Bedingfeld family, still living at that time at Oxburgh Hall.
It was taken over by Stephen and Catkin Parker in 2012. A programme of refurbishment of the building has taken place and it now offers nine luxury b&b rooms attracting visitors from across the UK and abroad.
Local craftsmen John Goldsmith was responsible for the design and build of the magnificent oak-framed rooms with Mark Tasker selecting and preparing the wood from trees grown at the Foulden Latimer Estate, two miles away.
Shaun Fletcher, a local builder and electrician led the team to put it all together.