Reviewed in Feast issue 43 – February 2020
Where conservation is key…
Where in Norfolk can we find The Berney?
Is it on the Barton Hall Estate?
The Berney is in a fantastic village called Barton Bendish, which I like to describe as quintessentially English. And, yes, Barton Hall is to be found in the village.
How would you best describe the pub?
The pub is a gastro pub serving delicious food. Our lunch menu is very traditional in that it has favourite dishes such as haddock and chips, gammon and chicken club sandwich to name but a few. Whilst we don’t have AA Rosettes at this point, we believe that the dishes on our dinner service menu are of a 2 Rosette standard and include dishes like pan fried sea trout and daube of beef. We have a tagline of ‘Inspired Food, Relaxed Atmosphere’. This is because, whilst we serve fantastic food, we want people to be able to relax and enjoy their visit, without the ‘stuffy’ atmosphere that may be associated with a fine dining establishment.
And the restaurant? We hear you’re big on locally sourced produce?
The most locally sourced produce is game and vegetables, both of which come from the estate. We have things like potted pheasant, pheasant casserole and venison sausages, and we put pigeon on, plus any other game that the estate can produce for us.
Can you cater for vegans?
Of course, we cater for vegetarians and vegans and the team of chefs are happy to write specific menus for our guests if they want us to.
Who’s the head chef?
Rob Stayte is our head chef and he is very talented indeed.
How many rooms are at The Berney and how would you describe the accommodation?
We have eight rooms in total, three in the pub itself – one of which is a beautiful suite with roll top bath and a super king size bed – and then a further five outside. One is a stunning suite called The Old Forge which is, as it’s described, in the old blacksmith’s building. There are then a further four converted from the old stables block.
Is it a cosy place to go to in the winter?
It really is a very cosy place to be. We have a log fire in the bar and we also do have a snug with a wood burner.
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner – is The Berney a good place to go for a romantic dinner and an overnight stay?
With our cosy bar and snug areas and dimmed lighting, The Berney really does provide an exceptionally romantic place to come for Valentine’s Day. In fact, we have an offer on for Valentine’s Day which is detailed on our website.
We understand The Berney is involved in a conservation project? Tell us more…
Yes, grey ‘English’ partridges have a Red List conservation status (RSPB), meaning they need urgent conservation action. The estate has worked hard to ensure that these unassuming and rare birds thrive, and The Berney wanted to honour them by naming the main restaurant area ‘The Grey Partridge Room’, after The Grey Partridge Project. Since the inception of the project in 2009, when 41 breeding pairs were counted and were surviving against all odds, it has promoted a holistic approach to increasing grey partridge numbers on the estate.
We hear The Berney has had a recent refurbishment?
Yes, The Berney was refurbished about 18 months ago, so it is full of authentic charm but with a contemporary twist.
- The Berney Country Pub, Hotel & Restaurant.
Church Road, Barton Bendish, King’s Lynn PE33 9GF
Tel: 01366 347 995