A deservedly-popular inn, dating back to the 17th century, but recently refurbished and a conservatory extension added. It was originally named after the mechanical traps used to catch game animals (and now illegal) - but the name now refers to 'gin' the drink. You'll find old beams, bare brickwork, bare wooden tables, open fires in cooler months, real ale and good food.
On this front, the kitchen sets high standards - producing nearly everything in-house from local, seasonal, ingredients; in crisp a Modern British style. You can eat in the bar or the romantic dining room, which is candlelit during the evening, and laid out with crisp white napery .
An early summer menu listed 'Pressed Ham Hock Terrine with Parsley Salad, Homemade Bread & Piccalilli'; 'Home-Cured Mackerel Fillet with White Wine Potato, Chive Salad, Bacon Lardons & Lemon Oil'; 'Caramelised Pear, Fresh Fig & Orange Salad with Endive & Pumpkin Seeds' and 'Six Thornham Oysters on ice with Shallot & Red Wine Vinegar Dressing' among the starters.
'Gin Trap Organic Beef Burger with Monterey Jack, Crispy Onion Rings & Hand-Cut Chips'; 'Fresh Beer-Battered Haddock Fillet with Hand-Cut Chips, Mashed Peas & Homemade Tartare Sauce'; 'Leek and Binham Blue Quiche with Wild Mushroom, Asparagus & Chive Butter Sauce' and 'Donald Russell Aged Rump Steak with Plum Tomato, Field Mushroom, Rocket, Parmesan Cheese & Hand-Cut Chips' listed among the mains.
If you still have room - or just feel like pud - you might be tempted by 'Vanilla Pannacotta with Strawberry Compote & Summer Berries'; 'Sticky Toffee Pudding with Caramel Sauce' or 'Roasted Spiced Plums with Madeira Zabaglione'. While those with a more savoury tooth should enjoy their selection of Local & British Farmhouse Cheeses.
- Food Style: Best Pubs for Food
- Lunch: Mon-Fri 12.00-14.00, Sat & Sun 12.00-14.30; mains from about £10
- Dinner: Mon-Thurs & Sun 18.00-21.00, Fri & Sat 18.00-21.30; mains from about £12.00
- Seats: 60
- Wine: a concise list, offers a good selection under the £20 mark, plus about half a dozen by the glass
- Children's portions: Children's Menu
- Nearest station: Kings Lynn Rail
- Directions: See the map on this page
- Parking: Yes
- Outside eating
- Rooms available
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Fri 28th September 2012 by David Taffs
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Cindy, Steve and Ben are so welcoming and helpful.
A really dog and child friendly pub/restaurant that serves excellent food, keeps good beer and offers interesting wines.
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