What’s Stable Court like?
For budget dog-friendly accommodation in North Norfolk, look no further than Stable Court. Since 2018, it has been run by the team at The Blue Bell pub nearby. While they are in the process of renovating the rooms, stays here are a real bargain. It may not be of 5* standard yet but this quirky stable conversion is clean and comfortable – and the pub food is fabulous.
How dog-friendly is Stable Court?
It’s great. Dogs stay for free at Stable Court but you will need to pack your own food, bowls and beds. Pets are welcome at The Blue Bell, too – there are treats on the bar and they can join you either there or in the garden. Just watch out for the chickens roaming around at the bottom!
There is plenty of green space surrounding Stable Court, which is ideal for early morning and late night ablutions. Ernie loved exploring the communal gardens and the lawn by the car park (keep reading to see just how big it is!) but be aware that neither area is secure so dogs must remain on lead at all times.
Tell me more about Stable Court
Reserve one of the eight rooms available – there’s one single, two twins, three doubles, one king and a family room. Check-in takes place at The Blue Bell, 100 yards up the road, where you will be given a keycode for your room. There’s plenty of parking just outside, too.
As the main block used to be a stable, many of the rooms are accessed off a light and airy corridor. Ours – Room 4 – was one of them. As the king room was on the first floor of the block, we had a large hallway and our own private staircase. Upstairs, we were taken aback to find the surprisingly large room flooded with light from a beautiful semi-circular feature window.
As Stable Court bills itself as budget accommodation, we weren’t expecting much. However, we were pleasantly surprised to find tea and coffee-making facilities, local magazines and a handy welcome folder. There was also a TV, WiFi, plenty of storage and a dining area, making the room more like a studio. The only thing that could do with improvement was the creaky old bathroom – but a sign on the wall acknowledged this so I’m sure it will be updated soon.
What’s the food like at Stable Court?
Excellent. The Blue Bell is run by a young, creative team who are always coming up with inventive dishes. When we visited, we were blown away by the tasty local asparagus served with cheesy grits and truffled corn (above). The curried cauliflower steak was also delicious. To tide you over between dishes, try the homemade bread – we shared a portion of tasty beer bread for just £1.
Cromer crab is also popular, as are the wood-fired pizzas on Sunday nights, but it’s not just the food that’s local – many of the ales are from Norfolk breweries. For £10, Stable Court guests can also enjoy breakfast at the pub, but this must be booked in advance.
Are there resident dogs at Stable Court?
No, but we came across several other hounds in the bar who were a mix of regulars and holidaying pooches.
Where are the best dog walks near Stable Court?
Langham itself is a lovely place to take a stroll. Very little traffic passes through the village so it’s great for dog-walking. In fact, the most noise you’ll hear will probably be when the nearby church bells ring.
Bird lovers should head to nearby Blakeney, where you can see the likes of ringed plovers and avocets on a three-mile coastal walk. Unusually, many of the birds here nest on the groundso do be careful not to disturb them. Click here for more advice on walking your dog in the area.
North Norfolk is famed for its beaches, however, so pencil in time to visit one or two. Holkham, which backs on to a pine forest, is the most famous but many of the region’s beaches are dog-friendly all year round. For more inspiration when it comes to things to see and do, check out our Ruff Guide to North Norfolk.
What Ernie loved about Stable Court
Keeping an eye on other guests from the feature window, exploring the grounds, the fuss from staff and other customers
What I loved about Stable Court
The peaceful location, the stylish room conversion, the creative, locally-sourced cuisine at the pub
How to book Stable Court
Stays at The Blue Bell start from £45 per night – on our visit, we paid £70 for the king room. For more information, call 01328 830630 or visit the pub website to see details of all the rooms available.