Saturday, 13 May 2017 00:00

The Grove scoops national award

Written by  Chris Graveling
Rate this item
(1 Vote)
The Grove scoops national award

The Grove in Cromer, owned by three generations of the Graveling family for the past 81 years, is the winner of AA’s Bed and Breakfast with a Story for 2017-18.

Richard, Chris and Liz Graveling picked up the award at a gala lunch hosted by the five-star Landmark Hotel in London on Monday.

“We’re absolutely thrilled to win such a prestigious honour”, said Richard.  “The standard of entries was apparently very high so to come out on top is a real compliment.” 

The Grove has 16 bedrooms and six self-catering cottages, an indoor pool and three acres of gardens, with, most recently, the addition of the restaurant, which has been awarded two AA Rosettes for the past four years.  

The award was for Bed and Breakfast with a Story, and the Grove certainly has an interesting background.  Robert and Hilda Graveling were from farming stock and always fancied running a small holding of their own. In 1936, they sold their shop and house, and moved into The Grove, which had been largely built by the Gurney family, founders of Barclays Bank. 

Chris takes up the story: “According to Grandad, old Mr Barclay begged him to take it off his hands. The Grove had about eight acres at the time, and Grandad kept pigs, cows, goats and chickens, as well as farming the top field for arable crops. But the house was expensive to run, so they decided to let some of the spare rooms; apart from a couple of years for the war, when it was used as an army store, it hasn’t closed its doors, since.”

John and Ann took over in 1978 and their five children, Richard, Chris, Liz, Hannah and Ruth, formed a partnership in 2010.

“It’s strange to think back that despite us all having our own careers, we were all informally trained in hospitality from a very early age, we all worked at The Grove as teenagers, either in the kitchen, housekeeping or waiting,” Chris continues.  “And as soon as we were old enough to answer the phone, we were taking bookings. It’s a very natural thing for us.”

“The house is still steeped in the local community.  For example, we sponsor Cromer Cricket Club, who various family members have played for since the club began; and our crabs and lobsters come from the local fishermen, who have been fishing out of Cromer for generations. I recently heard a story about Grandad and the uncle of our crab fishermen going out on a boat and how they shared the fish out according to who could shout the loudest.”

The Grove sources meat from local butchers, farmed from places such as Gunton, Hevingham and Gressingham, all just a few miles away. “We also have a large kitchen garden which adds to our dishes, so some items on the plate are still growing hours before they are eaten.” Chris adds.

The Grove is ideal for a wonderful meal out, a private dining venue, a short romantic break, a holiday with the kids, or can even be booked exclusively.

The Grove Cromer is a proud business member of All Things Norfolk - please click on the image below to view their feature page.

grovecromerbotd.jpg

Last modified on Wednesday, 02 January 2019 18:48

Visit the following businesses

cache/resized/b956c51c189f0a1195ed211570bfc205.jpg
Clean Tech Carpet & Oven Cleaning
Professional cleaning of carpets, ovens, 3 piece suites, chairs, curtains as they hang in the window, stone, tile and wooden floors, windows, wheelie bins, conservatories. 
Explore
cache/resized/64934ad071f4c79313f59198ac6cd18e.jpg
Stuart Beard Photography
Passionate people photographer, based in Norwich  …  enthusiastic portrait photographer … Family portraits especially … Particularly fascinated by trying to capture the exuberance and joy of young children making sense of the world… ...
Explore
cache/resized/23c01dda05c6f84c1ad5465a83c35f15.jpg
S1 Builders Norfolk
S1 Builders Norfolk cater for all the requirements of an ever changing environment. We are a family run Norfolk business that caters for all types of works from new to old. Our tradesmen use all traditional methods and materials, alongside the ...
Explore
cache/resized/ac5d49955b44575b2fd020bafef8ead9.jpg
Diamond Life Holistic Centre
Balance your body, mind and soul with a range of holistic and organic therapies As a group of holistic therapists who are passionate about health, well-being and self development. We enjoy Creating health and well-being for all our clients.  ...
Explore
cache/resized/e1a8192ddc614be80f22d175f8db7027.png
Nettl of Norwich Central - Website Design from Wensum Print
In 2019, Wensum Print become a Nettl partner, meaning that we can now offer website design, hosting and SEO packages all from our studio in Norwich, Norfolk. Our web design team specialises in building creative, beautiful, functional – but most ...
Explore
cache/resized/d62b233ea2631640cdc53367f47a0d5e.jpg
Stuart Roy Norfolk Paintings
I am a painter based in North Norfolk producing a range of original acrylic paintings in a contemporary style. These come in a range of sizes and commissions are welcome. I have works in a variety of Galleries and am available for commissions. My ...
Explore
benefits banner

Related items

  • Latest News from The Grove Cromer
    As we head into winter, we are running a series of accommodation offers including offering one night's free accommodation on our Superior Rooms before Christmas, and our Pamper Package; with one full body massage and dinner, bed and breakfast, as well as, our Sunday Is The New Saturday offer, which is a great deal for Sunday nights.
     
    Our autumn menu, with warming dishes featuring lots of Norfolk produce, supplemented by our fruit and veg garden is going down a treat, and Christmas party bookings are coming in.
  • NWT is Charity of the year for North Norfolk District Council

    North Norfolk District Council’s Chairman has invited Norfolk Wildlife Trust to be his Charity of the Year, with money raised supporting conservation grazing and family learning.

    Dr Clive Stockton has a personal life-long association with nature and wished to support a charity that specifically works to conserve the fragile habitats of Norfolk and raise awareness of the importance of wildlife.

    Funds raised by NNDC will be used in two key areas of NWT’s work across Norfolk: to support conservation grazing with rare native breeds and to extend engagement with young children in Sure Start centres.

    Conservation grazing with native breed cattle, sheep and ponies protects important areas for wildlife. Without regular grazing, many of our rare and fragile habitats and the species they support would be at risk of being overwhelmed by more dominant plants. NNDC has already shown its own commitment to conservation grazing through the establishment of its Bagot goat herd, 15 of which are on long-term loan to NWT in the Brecks.

  • Flying the (Blue) Flags for North Norfolk’s fabulous beaches

    It’s official: North Norfolk continues to have some of the best beaches in the country.

    The beaches in Cromer, East Runton, Mundesley, Sea Palling, Sheringham and West Runton have all been awarded prestigious Blue Flags for another year – and that means the 45-mile North Norfolk coastline is home to half of all the Blue Flag beaches in the east of England.

    The awards are given out only to those beaches that have the highest quality of water, facilities, environmental education and management, with superb levels of cleanliness and safety. It means the hundreds of thousands of residents and visitors who visit North Norfolk’s beaches each year can be sure they are enjoying top-notch destinations.

    North Norfolk is the only district in the county that has been awarded any Blue Flags this year.

  • North Norfolk Gin Company Launches Exciting New Flavour
    The family behind North Norfolk based gin distillery have announced that they have added an exciting new flavour to their WhataHoot range.
     
    ‘Tawny Orange’ is a full-strength hand distilled premium gin which blends the distillery’s secret recipe of botanicals with zesty oranges to create a delicious gin with a zingy twist. Made with real fruit and with no artificial flavours or additives, this exciting new product was officially launched at the Kings Lynn Gin Festival on the 15th and 16th March and is now available on-line and in stockists throughout Norfolk.
     
    Founded by husband and wife team, Jason and Nicky Crown, with their son Ethan, WhataHoot is one of Norfolk’s newest distilleries. Their Signature Dry Gin was launched at the Norwich Food & Drink Festival in June 2018, since which time they have seen their bottles flying off the shelves.
     
  • Popular North Norfolk District Council herd welcomes its newest members

    The number of kids born as part of North Norfolk District Council’s Bagot goat-breeding programme has hit a final tally of 12.

    The dozen baby animals are all doing well and are enjoying life with their new friends as the herd prepares for another busy summer of habitat management.

    The goats have also become a tourist attraction, and the 12 baby Bagots are sure to prove a hit with the public when they head to Cromer later this year.

    The latest additions to the popular herd were a bit wobbly on their feet to start with but the adorable kids are now settling well into Norfolk life, and they will be the stars of a forthcoming slot on BBC Radio 4’s Farming Today programme.