Norfolk Coast Pubs & Restaurants Guide 2023
The Independent Guide to the Best Pubs, Gastro-Pubs and Restaurants on the Norfolk Coast.
All the favourite places to eat-out and enjoy the best local food on the North Norfolk coast. We have incorporated recent diners’ “comments” as a useful guide and also give a review summary of establishments.
The LoveNorfolk review score is mainly drawn from local feedback so can be a little more prudent in it’s praise than places like TripAdvisor. Follow us on Instagram @lovenorfolk to find out about all the best places to go and BIG events on the Norfolk coast.
For 2024 we are also including details of pubs and restaurant with rooms with links to their preferred booking site.
We are always hungry for recommendations! We do try and include as much variety as possible so some places that may be popular but don’t go much beyond the standard oysters, burger, fish and chips, steaks, mussels, estate venison, Norfolk cheese format may not be duplicated here.
Rose and Crown
Snettisham, Hunstanton PE31 7LX
Recently The Good Food Guide’s UK Dining Pub of the Year. Still holds true to its long history as a coaching Inn with a traditional pub feel and warm hospitality. ‘Delicious food with a local slant’ and busy with a happy mix of locals and visitors offering pub meals and a restaurant menu with specials changing daily. Substantial garden with play area. Good Food Guide Reader Recommended 2023 – Favourite Country Pubs,
The Old Bank Restaurant M
10 Lynn Road Snettisham PE31 7LP
Aga and Lewis have created a reputation a great deal larger than their 20 cover restaurant. A passion for fresh, modern and imaginative’ food, using the very best local ingredients led to being named the Best Local Restaurant in Britain 2023 by the Good Food Guide and a listing in the 2023 Michelin Guide. Closed Monday & Tuesdays. The menu consists of either a 'long' or 'short' taster menu. Books weeks ahead.
The Gin Trap
Ringstead, Hunstanton PE36 5JU
With over 100 gins from around the world, The Gin Trap certainly lives up to its name. For the past couple of years under the stewardship of David Lamyman and has moved forward with a fresh new look including a great new outdoor garden. In 2024 still focused on a more upmarket menu but still with a strong emphasis on local ingredients. Fixed price Sunday lunch starts at £28.
The King William
Sedgeford, Hunstanton PE36 5LU
This village pub had a well-deserved reputation for good food and packs them in all year round. Regularly changing specials board. Changed hands in 2022 no major changes in format but slightly lost its way. Seems to be heading back to happier times in 2024.
The Neptune M
Old Hunstanton PE36 6HZ
This unpretentious restaurant run by Kevin and Jacki Mangeolles has a much deserved Michelin star and delights ‘foodies’ all year round. Dishes are subtle with delicious combinations (think beetroot tart, lobster ceviche, loin of veal, tonka bean pannacotta). You will need deep pockets but will be talking fondly about the Neptune for a long time to come. Taster menu available. Advance booking is essential!
Henry's of Hunstanton
15 The Green, Hunstanton PE36 5AH
Henry's of Hunstanton beat many local and national rivals to be named the third best restaurant in the UK at the 2023 Fish & Chip Awards. The 90-cover restaurant opened in 2019, right on the green and serves haddock, squid, prawns, sausages, veggie burgers, halloumi and more. Henry's is also known for the Ed Sheeran lookalike behind the counter. Head fryer Chris Marks-Burton, who runs the kitchen, was mobbed by fans at Wembley after being mistaken for the singer. Cod, chips and a choice of mushy peas, curry sauce or beans is from a refreshing £7.50. Open from 12pm to 8pm on Thursday, 12pm to 7pm Friday and Saturday and 12pm to 3pm Sunday.
Old Town Beach Cafe
50 Sea Lane, Old Hunstanton PE36 6JN
A walk along the beach at Old Hunstanton is not complete without dropping into the Old Town Beach Cafe opposite the lifeboat station. Indeed in former times this was the Lifeboat station but for the last 100 years or so a great little beach cafe. Changed hands in September 2022 but in the same family but with Evie and Serena Armstrong now at the helm. Offering a mouth wateringly tempting menu from bacon butties to beef bourguignon or you can just pop in for a frothy, milky coffee, scone or brownie! A particular emphasis on tasty vegan and gluten free offerings. Pet-Friendly and now open for longer in the winter months.
Old Hunstanton PE36 6HX
Upmarket bar with atmosphere and a good menu. This is where you go for that International final with a big screen and a really convivial crowd. Short walk to Old Hunstanton beach is another plus.
Bircham Stores Cafe
32 Lynn Rd, Great Bircham, King's Lynn PE31 6RJ
This little gem is an upmarket deli on the borders of Sandringham which offers a cornucopia of treats and artisan foods. A well kept secret is that Mark Orton also runs this as a delightful Café with indoor and outdoor eating areas offering delicious and well priced food. On many Fridays they also host street food evenings with a different country each week. The Sunday Brunch from 9am to 1pm is also popular.
High St, Thornham PE36 6LX
The name is deceptive as this is really a very popular eatery with fab breakfasts and delicious lunches and afternoon teas. Always busy and complimented by a great deli and lifestyle shop. Eat outside in the summer in this bustling, vibrant venue with a strong local following.
Thornham Hunstanton PE36 6LT
A Norfolk institution, packed with character and local characters. A good bet for a lunch by the coast. Worth a detour if you are are spending an hour or two doing Anna's Walk.
The Orange Tree
Thornham Hunstanton PE36 6LY
Pub with a strong reputation for food and very popular with visitors to this part of the world. Menu often draws its inspiration from Asian and even fairground themes. Has extensive alfresco dining options on a sunny day.
Erics Fish and Chips
Thornham Hunstanton PE36 6LS & Holt, NR25 6BD
The poshest fish and chips on this part of the coast. Canteen style restaurant with cod, chips and mushy peas from £14 . The black garlic mayonnaise is amazing. No bookings and so fiercely busy but fun during peak periods.
East Coast Gelato Ice Cream Parlour
Drove Orchards, Thornham, Hunstanton PE36 6LS
East Coast Gelato, award-winning Norfolk gelato maker, uses only the best ingredients to prepare and present amazing authentic Italian Gelato. Flavours on offer include passion fruit ripple, lemon meringue pie, bubblegum, carrot cake, coconut and strawberry - made from Sharrington strawberries. There are also cakes, special desserts and fudge!
Titchwell Manor M
Titchwell, Hunstanton PE31 8BB
Emphasis on seafood with a menu that prides itself on being that bit different. Choose between the more formal 'Conservatory' restaurant and more relaxed 'Eating rooms' . You will also find sisters restaurants Eric's Pizza and Eric's Fish and Chips are just down the road.
Brancaster Staithe Hunstanton PE31 8BJ
A real Norfolk institution and offers everything from delicious hot-from-the-oven pizzas to local Brancaster mussels. Has a Ramsay heading up the kitchen but fortunately not Gordon! Draws a substantial crowd to its large garden on a fine summer days and a fair few muddy dogs. Sadly the popular walk-in only for dining tables was lost during Covid but still can be a good 'no reservation' bet.
White Horse M
Brancaster Staithe Hunstanton PE31 8BY
A firm favourite with a traditional pub bar at the front (with cocktails) and a lovely conservatory restaurant at the rear. The sun deck terrace and adjoining dining area has spectacular sea views over Brancaster and Scolt head Island. Great seafood with also good bar choices. Staff are friendly and happy to go the extra mile. Good for lunch or dinner and perfect for an early evening drink at sunset. For diners early booking is advisable.
Burnham Market Norfolk PE31 8LG
The atmosphere at this award-winning establishment is very metropolitan. The friendly team behind this venture have personality and an enthusiasm for good food. They have created an interesting menu which can be enjoyed tapas style or through the traditional three of four courses well presented dishes especially the Sticky King Prawns and the salmon with fennel. The 'absolute go-to' restaurant in Burnham Market in 2023. Early booking essential. Don't take a jacket if you want to hang it on your chair!
The Hoste Inn
Burnham Market Norfolk PE31 8HD
The Grand-Daddy of them all and the biggest dining room on this part of the Norfolk coast. Changed hands a few years ago and much has changed but now under new ownership and finally regaining its mojo. 2023 guests comments praise the lovely staff and much improved menu..
Acre at the White House
Burnham Market Norfolk PE31 8JY
Burnham Market’s newest restaurant, opened in 2021 is part of the White House which is a beautiful property in parklands just a few minutes drive from the village. Enjoy a delicious candlelit dinner on some weekends in this small intimate restaurant with friendly and efficient service. Menu is simple, classic and seasonal with lots to tempt. Selection of good wines all served with a smile. Call for available tables.
Bookings via their preferred partners
Burnham Overy Staithe, Burnham Market PE31 8JE
The Hero is a place we are very fond of with a lovely atmosphere with lots of bustle but many think that the 2023 menu choices are a little 'underwhelming'. Outside tables in the summer can be busy in this lovely marine town with pretty harbour.
Bookings via their preferred partners
Burnham Thorpe, Burnham Market King's Lynn PE31 8HL
The pub which has the strongest connections to Nelson, a former resident of this pretty Norfolk village reopened as a Woodfordes brewery pub. It has been extended with a complete make-over to all aspects of the building and a substantial extension. Mixed reviews on the food offering but in 2024 may be finally finding it's feet.. Whether the infamous pub tipple 'Nelson's Blood' returns remains to be seen.
Sculthorpe Mill M
Lynn Road, Sculthorpe, Fakenham, NR21 9QG
This striking former mill dates back to 1757. It has been lovingly restored by sisters Siobhan and Caitriona Peyton, who have created a chic dining pub with a riverside terrace. The menu offers well-judged, flavoursome cooking, with plenty of vegetarian options. Executive Chef Elliot Ketley is passionate about food and delivering the very best in local produce to their customers. From his time as Executive Chef for Soho House Group London and The Blue Barn Group in California, Elliot follows the seasons earnestly to celebrate the best the area has to offer.
The Carpenters Arms
57 High St, Wighton, Wells-next-the-Sea NR23 1PF
Andy & Izzy have brought a new influence to this popular pub with a happy mix of locals and visitors. Perch on a Massey Ferguson tractor seat while you peruse a menu that caters to most tastes, from a chicken tikka to halibut with celeriac. The prices will make you feel that you are not quite so close to the Norfolk coast.
Holkham Wells-next-sea NR23 1RG
Once again being run as part of the Holkham Hall Estate and just a few steps from the beautiful beach at Holkham Bay which makes it a popular choice for a spot of lunch in the large gardens. An imaginative menu which breaks away from the fish & chips/burger/ribs/curry formula that sadly dominates so many of it's rivals offerings down the coast. Local ingredients include seafood and meat from the estate. Food metres rather than miles! Very large garden and gets very busy in the summer but priority is given to hotel guests so don't think you can just wander in.
Wells Crab House
Wells-next-the-Sea NR23 1BA
Spanking fresh fish, newly lifted from the nearby harbour, and those little personal touches that matter are just a couple of the reasons Kelly and Scott Dougal won the Food Awards Best Seafood Restaurant in England. Expect to find everything from lobster and crab to scallops, mackerel & skate – whatever they can get from local fishermen. The restaurant is just a stone throw from the quay at Well so makes a great lunchtime choice with the beach also a short stroll away.
French's Fish and Chips
10 The Quay, Wells-Next- Sea NR23 1AH
Midday to 10.30pm All summer. Remember how Fish & Chips used to taste when you were a child? They still do at this award-winning chippy which William French started after returning from the war in 1921. Get them wrapped and then a couple of minutes drive up to by the beach to eat them amongst the brightly painted huts at sunset - perfect! Finalist National Fish & Chip Awards 2023.
Norwich Rd, Edgefield, Melton Constable NR24 2RL
You will have little doubt that you have arrived at the Pigs. A decidedly 'porky' theme runs through the decor and the menu at this cracking country pub, There are local real ales on draught, quiz nights, all sorts of traditional pub games and good honest food with a strong Norfolk accent. Meat is from ethically sound Norfolk farms and butchers, game comes from local shoots and fresh fish is delivered direct from the coast. The result is a gutsy menu that spans everything from beef dripping and toast to allotment fruit crumble with clotted cream.
37 Norwich Road Holt Norfolk NR25 6SA
Many years ago as Yetmans this was one of the counties favourite restaurants. Back once again as a restaurant but now Meadowseet with ex-Morston chef Greg Anderson and Rebecca Williams at the helm. Rave reviews throughout 2023 and tables still book out months ahead. Fresh taster menu changes regularly and is a culinary treat. Opens Wednesday through to Saturday. A Michelin star now means big deposits/penalties on tables.
Holt Market Square NR25 6BG
This is where, the Wilson family started literally living above the shop - an upmarket deli with a real emphasis on delicious home-made food. Today they have establishments dotted all around the county. One of the original Norfolk cafés and is still something of a local institution. Very popular lunchtime venue especially when shopping in Holt but booking is absolutely essential at weekends if you don't want to wait forever.
Wiveton, Holt NR25 7TE
Described by Delia Smith as her favourite place to lunch and also gained popularity though the 'Normal for Norfolk' TV series. Focus is on wholesome food with a changing seasonal lunch menu. Popular with families due to the expansive gardens with a Giant Maize in the summer. Historical Tour with Desmond MacCarthy available throughout the summer. No reservations for breakfast or lunch.
High Street, Blakeney NR25 7NA
This lovely family-run restaurant prides itself on delivering fresh simple honest food - "fantastic local fish", shellfish, game in season, delicious meat and vegetarian dishes, dreamy puddings, and a well chosen wine list. A Strong local following ensures that booking is essential especially at weekends.
Cromer Rd, West Runton, Cromer NR27 9QA
Rocky Bottoms is a delightfully quirky restaurant, complete with crab hut lovingly restored by a local fishing family. Great views and many outside tables. You will find everything from Brancaster oysters, mussels, popcorn cockles, lobster, crab, fish and chips and surf and turf. They also have a deli style shop that does great hampers. Walk ins only.
The Parlour, Warham Road, Binham, NR21 0DQ
Set in a beautiful 17th century converted barn made of stone from the ruins of the adjacent Priory. The Parlour at Binham serves delicious breakfasts, lunches and afternoon tea. Open six days a week, Tuesday to Friday 10am - 4pm. Weekends 9am - 4pm. All the food is freshly made on-site every day, with many ingredients sourced from local suppliers. The milk is fresh from their our own dairy.
Morston Hall M
The Street, Morston, Holt NR25 7AA
Culinary accolades including a long-standing and well-deserved Michelin star abound for this country house restaurant directly on the coast . Proprietor Galton Blackiston pops up on the telly from time-to-time. Large conservatory dining rooms, cosy lounges overlook well-tended lawns. Top notch cooking which comprises a seven-course taster menu (dietary requirements are accommodated). Dinner is served at a single sitting at 7.00pm, lunch is served on Saturday and Sunday only.
Salthouse, Holt NR25 7XA
Upbeat and welcoming pub with uninterrupted views over the salt marshes, the Dun Cow holds an impressive position on the North Norfolk Coast. The menu is bold with bags of freshness and flavour. In winter the wood burner gives a lovely cosy ambiance and the staff are friendly and attentive.
Cookie's Crab Shed
Salthouse Holt NR25 7AJ
Stephen Fry described this part of our coast, and Cookie's in particular as his favourite place in the British Isles. A bit of a shame as some think it may have become a victim of its own success. Still worth a stop if you are in the area. Open 9-7, Thurs-Mon for most of the year. Great fresh seafood including salads, sandwiches plus hot+cold drinks (It's a BYO for beer/wine) - all to take away or eat inside what is practically a shed or the garden overlooking the salt marshes. Do reserve a table or you might find it more hectic than relaxing!"
The Gunton Arms, Norwich NR11 8TZ
This charming inn overlooks the 1,000 acre Gunton Estate deer park. The Gunton Arms was originally a shooting lodge, which served as a second house to Gunton Hall and was notorious for hanky-panky weekends (Lillie Langtry, the famous mistress of the Prince of Wales, was a frequent guest in the 1890s). Nowadays you can enjoy a tasty homemade snack over a game of pool or darts in the bar or make for a gnarled wood table by the fireplace in the flag-floored Elk Room. Dishes are fiercely seasonal and Stuart Tattersall cooks from local ingredients and seasonal produce. Venison from the deer park and beef from the local herd at Blickling are cooked over a large open fire in the Elk Room. The Gunton Arms also has its own seafood, mussels and Cromer crab are caught by local fishermen.
Warehouse, Tap Room & Restaurant
Garage Ln, Setchey, King's Lynn PE33 0BE
Not so much a meal out but a day out! The Warehouse Restaurant offers tasty no-nonsense food, great Sunday lunches, a Taproom for local ales and a cool bar with a good selection of hot and cold drinks. Just next door you will find an Antiques and collectables showroom spanning 15,000 square feet, with room to display up to 100 dealers’ collections through a combination of floor and cabinet space. This is also home to Britain’s biggest beer shop with more than 150,000 bottles and over 5,000 different UK ales, world beers, ciders, whiskies, spirits, wines and more! Not Forgetting a lovely pre-loved bookshop with a large selection of rare and antiquarian to non-fiction, fiction and children's books. Open until 3pm weekdays and through the evening on weekends. Events including beer festivals.