There are a whole host of great places to enjoy a drink or a great meal just a short walk or drive away.
* Indicates particularly recommended by recent guests.
King William, Sedgeford. (3 minute drive, 20 minute walk) 01485 571765
This village pub has a well deserved reputation for good food and packs them in all year round. The King Willy's local loyal following adds to the atmosphere. Regularly changing specials board and we can totally recommend sharing an apple and cinnamon puff for pudding - amazing! Outside garden.
Rose and Crown, Snettisham* (5 minute drive) 01485 543172
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 is always very busy throughout the summer. A number of impressive awards hang off the walls. Pub meals and a restaurant menu with specials changing daily. Substantial garden with play area. Despite being slated by A.A.Gill in the Sunday Times in 2015 was awarded the Good Pub Guide "UK Pub of the Year 2016".
The Bank House, Snettisham (5 minute drive) 01485 544080
Small family run bistro which is open all day (except Mondays and Tuesdays) Lovely for an intimate and friendly meal with good food at non-scary prices and lovely hosts.
The Gin Trap, Ringstead (5 minute drive, pretty 45 minute stroll) 01485 525264
With over 100 gins from around the world, The Gin Trap certainly lives up to its name. Complimented by a tasty menu this is a great lunch option. We regularly walk there and back down the Peddars Way for a relaxed weekend afternoon.
The Neptune Old Hunstanton*(10 minute drive) Tel: 01485 532122
If you are a 'foodie' then this is now probably the best restaurant to visit on the Norfolk coast. Husband and wife team Kevin and Jacki Mangeolles with fabulous cooking and great attention to detail have won this unpretentious restaurant a much deserved Michelin star. The white table cloths and friendly, efficient service make this a special occasion spulrge. Dishes are subtle with delicious combinations (think beetroot tart , lobster salad, loin of veal, peanut butter mousse).You will need deep pockets but will be talking fondly about the Neptune for a long time to come. Advance booking is essential and definately don't eat anything the day before you go!
Duck Inn, Stanhoe* (10 minute drive) 01485 518330
The Duck is a firm favourite with our guests and seems to always get great reports for its imaginative food, buzzy atmosphere and friendly welcoming staff. Certainly more restaurant than pub in its style but getting it right as advance booking is absolutely essential. Sunday lunches get particular praise.
Shucks Yurt Restaurant, Drove Orchards, Thornham (15 minute drive) 01485 525889
Quirky and fun restaurant in a beautiful yurt which serves really good food. Very atmospheric and casual dining at its best. A firm local favourite.
The Orange Tree, Thornham (15 minute drive) 01485 512424
Great food, friendly staff and lively atmosphere has made this one of the most succesful Gastro-pubs on the coast. The menu could include oysters, steaks and seafood with asian, indian, modern british or even fairground influences. A large outside gardens with play area. Booking advisable. Norfolk Dining Pub of the Year 2017.
Erics Fish Bar Restaurant, Drove Orchards, Thornham (15 minute drive)
The smartest fish and chips on this part of the coast. Candle-lit canteen style restaurant with top-notch traditional fish and chips with a twist. The black garlic mayonnaise is amazing. No bookings and so fiercely busy during peak periods.
Lifeboat Inn, Thornham (15 minute drive) 01485 512236
This Norfolk stalwart is regaining its mojo under new ownership. An old coaching inn packed with character and local characters. Great for a walk on the beach and a summer lunch.
The Hoste, Burnham Market (15 min drive). The Grand-Daddy of them all and the biggest dining room on this part of the Norfolk coast and still continues to innovate.
White Horse, Brancaster Staithe* (15 minute drive) 01485 210262
A firm favourite with a lovely conservatory restaurant, sun deck terrace and adjoining dining area with spectacular sea views over Brancaster and Scolt head Island. Great seafood with also good bar choices including a delicious tapas menu.Good for lunch or dinner and perfect for an early evening drink at sunset. For diners early booking is advisable.
Titchwell Manor, Titchwell, Near Brancaster (15 minute drive) 01485 544080
Fine dining in quite formal setting. Emphasis on seafood with a menu that prides itself on being that bit different. The more relaxed and affordable Eating Rooms offer a more bistro/bar but still at the higher end.
Jolly Sailors, Brancaster Staithe (15 minute drive) 01485210314 A real Norfolk institution and offers everything from delicious hot-from-the-oven pizzas to local Brancaster mussels. Draws a substantail crowd on a fine summer days and a fair few muddy dogs. Relaxed with a capital R.
The Lodge, Old Hunstanton (15 minute drive) 01485 532896 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.
This is probably less than half the dining places within a 15 minutes drive. We have included the options which we have heard the most recent and best feedback about but don't let that stop you trying the rest and telling us about them!
The Victoria, Holkham (25 minute drive) 01328 713230
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.
French's Fish & Chips*(30 minute drive) 10 the Quay, Wells-Next-Sea. Midday to 10.30pm All summer. Rememberhow Fish & Chips used to tastewhen you were a child? They still do at French's award-winning chippy whohave been frying away since 1923. Get them wrapped and then a couple of minutes drive up to by the beach to eat them amongst the brightly painted hutsat sunset - perfect!
Byfords Cafe 01263 711400 Family-run upmarket deli with a real emphasis on delicious home-made food. Opened one of the original Norfolk cafés and isstill 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.
The Moorings, High Street, Blakeney* (40 minute drive) 01263 740054
Well worth a visit if you are exploring this quarter of Norfolk and want somewhere to stop off for dinner prior to returning to Magazine. Restaurant/Café format that 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. No garden. Booking essential at weekends.
Cookie's Crab Shed, Salthouse*(40 minute drive) 01263 740352 Stephen Fry described this part of the Norfolk 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 becomea victim of it's own success. Still worth a stop though if you are in the area. Open from 9am to 7pm, 7 days a week for most of the year. Great fresh fish and seafood including platters, salads, sandwiches plus hot and cold drinks (It's a BYO forbeer or wine) - all which may be taken away or eaten inside what is practically a shed or the garden overlooking the salt marshes. Do ring first to "reserve a table or you might find it more hectic than relaxing!"
Silk Road 2, Lavender Hill, Lynn Road, Heacham (5 minute drive) 01485 572268 Peking and Cantonese food prepared to a veryhigh standard. If you are looking for a good local chinese then make sure you book especially on weekends.
Northgate Indian, Hunstanton(10 minute drive) 01485 535005 Very goodIndian cuisine at this popular local restaurant particularly recommended for thalis and baltis. Gained many local awards. Booking at weekends advisable.
If you are considering eating out on the Norfolk Coast on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday lunch- We strongly recommend that you make a reservation at least 7 days in advance.We have incorporated guests of Magazine Wood "comments" as a useful guide. * Indicates particularly recommended.