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The Lord Rosebery B&B
94 Rosebery Road
Tel: 07702 480451
Affordable luxury accommodation in walking distance of city amenities with a thoughtful food hamper and full English available, above a refurbished Victorian pub packed with character and friendly locals.
Where can you find it?
The Lord Rosebery can be found down a quiet residential street just off St Clement’s Hill. Having been fully refurbished it remains true to its fine Victorian roots. Its location is surprisingly central for its reasonable cost; just a 20 minute walk to the busy city centre and less than three miles to the airport and only two miles to the train and bus stations.
What to expect
On arrival there’s a small car park with reserved spaces for resident guests. Go in the main door to the pub where a friendly bar tender will book you in whilst offering you a drink at the solid ash carved bar. The four en suite rooms and executive suite are upstairs but despite it clearly being a popular pub with the locals and a thriving hub of activity until 11pm, no noise escalates to the rooms at all and you can expect a peaceful night’s sleep. The accommodation has its own side door entrance so you don’t even have to set foot in the pub if it’s not your thing.
The owners, David and Rita Turnbull, know what they’re doing when it comes to pubs and accommodation. They own The Blue Boar in Sprowston and the hugely popular London style bar, The Lawyer in Wensum Street. Their complete refurbishment of the Victorian rooms has combined period features such as hash windows with all the comfort of modern luxury furnishings. You can expect a deluxe bed with lavish duvet and pillows and all the extras you need an effortless stay including iron and ironing board, hair dryer and fridge. The executive suite has a lounge dining room and fully equipped kitchen too.
Bed and Breakfast
At the moment the pub doesn’t offer evening meals (although this should be available soon) but the staff couldn’t be more amenable providing plates and cutlery if you wish to order take away food to eat in which I thought was a nice gesture for a B&B. The breakfast is a lovely idea to overcome this current lack of chef – you get your own continental hamper in the room; a generous assortment of orange juice, fruit, yoghurt, croissants, muffins and fresh milk. What’s more if you gobble all this and still feel hungry you are more than welcome to journey the 5 minutes to their sister pub, The Blue Boar, for a full English free of charge. You can’t say fairer than that!
The Lord Rosebery is exceptional on all levels. A great place to stay the night in comfort; luxurious and close to the city, but without the big price tag. I’d book your room now before the rush as once this little hideaway is discovered I think it will be highly in demand.
Rooms are usually around £55-£60 for a night and can be reserved directly or via booking.com where offers are often available. The executive suite is around £90 but ideal if you wish to have facilities for cooking a meal too.