Swaffham’s Strattons Hotel unveils expansion plan

Vanessa Scott of Strattons Hotel

Vanessa Scott of Strattons Hotel - Credit: Matthew Usher

The multi-award winning Strattons Hotel in Swaffham has unveiled plans for a £150,000 barn conversion in its grounds.

The scheme, currently being considered by Breckland council planners, will allow the hotel's successful CoCoes cafe to move into the new space and create more room on the site for events such as conferences.

Vanessa Scott, who runs the family business with her husband Les and their daughter Hannah and her husband Dominic Hughes, said: 'CoCoes has become incredibly popular with its all day service, picking up a lot of traffic heading to north Norfolk.

'People appreciate the fact they can come in here for breakfast any time of the day. It is really good quality - we use rare breed pork - and it is something they look on as a treat.'

She said CoCoes had simply outgrown its present location and there was a desperate need to be able to look after more people.

Mrs Scott, a past winner of the EDP Tourism Awards outstanding achievement accolade, said the growth of the tourist trade into the Brecks meant they were also seeing more walkers, runners and cyclists using the cafe as a stop-off.