Travel: Norfolk

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If you've never sampled Norfolk's small chain of Flying Kiwi Inns, start with The Crown Inn in East Rudham, an award-winning gastropub that lends urban cool to its village green setting.

Cosy in Downstairs, a beamed bar with open fires radiates feel good, while upstairs, fresh, subtly coloured bedrooms harbour a stylish print here, a cutting-edge bedspread there. We particularly rate No4's sloping-ceilinged charms.

Chill out Village life is one long stroll. Footpaths trail out to open countryside – that's if you make it past The Pink Shop's fatal blend of gifts and cakes.

Go explore In 15 minutes, you can be on the coast – the dramatic dunes of Holkham Bay are particularly exhilarating now. And heritage houses are scattered around, such as the 15th-century Oxburgh Hall, which tells tales of treacherous Tudors (

Eat and drink The Crown won Norfolk Dining Pub of the Year last year, and it's not resting on it laurels with imaginative dishes such as pistachio-crusted hake and white chocolate cheesecake with espresso sauce.

What it costs Doubles from £100 B&B; dinner and B&B, from £130. Visit crowninn

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