Great places to eat on the Norfolk Coast

Many of the pubs and restaurants on the Norfolk coast have different menus and operating procedures over the autumn of 2020 due to Covid protocols. It may be best to check first.

We started compiling this guide from our guests comments way back in 2008.  Since that time it has become the go-to ‘insider’ guide to the best pubs and restaurants on the North Norfolk coast.  Whether you are enjoying a stay at Magazine Wood or simply visiting our beautiful coastline, we hope you find it useful.

If you are considering eating out on the Norfolk Coast whether in a pub or restaurant 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.

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Best Pub Norfolk Coast award

Rose and Crown, Snettisham
01485 543172 Pub
(5 minute drive)

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 always very busy throughout the summer. A number of impressive awards hang off the walls. New chef in 2018 and offering pub meals and a restaurant menu with specials changing daily. Substantial garden with play area. Awarded the Good Pub Guide “UK Pub of the Year 2016”.

The Old Bank, Snettisham*
01485 544080 Restaurant/Bistro
(5 minute drive)

Aga and Lewis run this cosy unpretentious restaurant/bistro which is ‘lovely for a relaxed  intimate meal’ with a simple menu of imaginative and delicious food cooked by a talented chef and presented by a friendly and efficient team. Winner ‘Best local restaurant in the East of  England’ by the Good Food Guide. Generally you have to book a long way in advance to get a table.

best local restaurant in the East of  England for 2019
King William Pub Sedgeford

King William, Sedgeford
01485 571765  Pub
(3 minute drive, 20 minute walk)

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.

The Gin Trap, Ringstead
01485 525264 Pub
(5 minute drive, pretty 45 minute stroll)

Has had quite a big make-over in early 2020 under new ownership and still offers over 100 gins from around the world, The Gin Trap Inn certainly lives up to its name. The ‘unusual’ mix and match menu which takes in everything from a ‘chix’ sandwich to corn fritters and kimichi slaw gets mixed reviews. Great new garden area.

Norfolk Gin Pub Restaurant
Norfolk Michelin starred Restaurant

The Neptune, Old Hunstanton*
01485 532122 Restaurant
(10 minute drive)

This unpretentious restaurant a much deserved Michelin star and is now probably the best ‘foodie’ restaurant to visit on the Norfolk coast 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!

Duck Inn, Stanhoe*
01485 518330 Restaurant Bar
(10 minute drive)

For many years the go to gastro-pub with it’s imaginative food receiving loads of accolades. Certainly ‘more restaurant than pub in its style’. Since re-opening for Summer 2020  it has excellent comments about everything from the menu and food to the staff  and atmosphere. Booking essential.

Norfolk Dining Pub Restaurant
Best Norfolk Coast Restaurants

North Street Bistro, Burnham Market*

Holly and Dan, sadly moved onto new pastures at the end of 2019. We wish them and their new family well.

Socius, Burnham Market
01328 738307 Restaurant
(15 minute drive)

The atmosphere is welcoming, informal but stylish. The young 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.  Early booking essential.

Burnham Market Norfolk Coast Restaurant
Norfolk Dining Pub of the Year

The Orange Tree, Thornham
01485 512213 Pub. For our most recent feedback go to our Online Concierge.
(15 minute drive)

Great food and a lively atmosphere made this in past years one of the most successful gastro-pubs on the Norfolk coast picking up many awards along the way. The menu could include oysters, steaks and seafood with Asian, Indian, modern British or even fairground influences. On the final furlong of Anna’s Walk so a popular stop for  well deserved refreshments. A large outside gardens with play area.

Erics Fish and Chips, Drove Orchards, Thornham
01485 525886 Restaurant
(15 minute drive)

The smartest fish and chips on this part of the Norfolk 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. A sister restaurant is to open shortly in Holt.

Fish Restaurant Norfolk Coast
Thornham Norfolk Coast Pub Restaurant

Lifeboat Inn, Thornham
01485 512236 Pub
(15 minute drive)

This Norfolk stalwart has regained it’s 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. A short stroll from Holme Dunes beach so a great bet for a lunch-time sejourne.

The Hoste, Burnham Market
01328 738777 Restaurant Bar
(15 minute drive)

The Grand-Daddy of them all and the biggest dining room on this part of the Norfolk coast and still tries to innovate despite competition becoming much stiffer in Burnham Market of late. Recently changed hands again although nothing much to report since then.

Oldest Norfolk Pub & Restaurants
Norfolk Restaurant Bar Coast

Twenty 9, Burnham Market
01328 738498 Restaurant Bar. For our most recent feedback go to our Online Concierge.
(15 minute drive)

Burnham Market’s newest restaurant, opened in 2018 with much praise for the refurbishment of this beautiful Georgian House over three floors. A buzzy atmosphere and open-fire cooked steaks are the ‘highlight of the menu’ .  Responses on TripAdviosr  to some guests also garner some interest.

White Horse, Brancaster Staithe
01485 210262 Restaurant Bar
(15 minute drive)

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’. Perfect for an early evening drink at sunset. For diners early booking is advisable.

Best Norfolk Pubs Restaurants
Norfolk Top Restaurants by the Coast

Titchwell Manor, Titchwell
01485 210221 Restaurant Bar
(15 minute drive)

Emphasis at this restaurant on seafood with a menu that prides itself on being that bit different. They also now have outlets locally for Erics Fish and Chips and Erics Pizza offering both takeaway and eat in options that can also be ordered online.

Jolly Sailors, Brancaster Staithe
01485 210314 Pub
(15 minute drive)

This pub is a real Norfolk institution and offers everything from delicious hot-from-the-oven pizzas to local Brancaster mussels. Draws a substantial crowd on a fine summer days and a fair few muddy dogs. ‘Relaxed with a capital R’.

Good places to eat Brancaster Norfolk Coast
Old Hunstanton Norfolk Best Places to eat

The Lodge, Old Hunstanton
01485 532896 Pub
(15 minute drive)

Upmarket pub with ‘real atmosphere and a good menu’. This is where you go for a sporting international with a big screen and a really convivial crowd.

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This is probably less than half the good places to go for food 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!

And further afield…

The Victoria, Holkham
01328 713230 Pub
(25 minute drive)

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.

Norfolk Pub Restaurant by the sea
Best Fish and Chip restaurants Norfolk Coast

French’s Fish & Chips, The Quay, Wells-Next-Sea*
(30 minute drive)

French’s award-winning chippy have 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 huts at sunset – perfect!

Byfords Cafe, Holt
01263 711400
(30 minute drive)

Family-run upmarket deli with a real emphasis on delicious home-made food. Opened 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.

Top Norfolk Restaurant
Good Restaurant North Norfolk

The Moorings, High Street, Blakeney*
01263 740054
(40 minute drive)

Well worth a visit if you are exploring this quarter of Norfolk. 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*
01263 740352
(40 minute drive)

Great fresh fish and seafood including platters, salads, sandwiches plus hot and cold drinks (It’s a BYO for beer or wine) – all which may be taken away or eaten inside what is practically a shed or the garden overlooking the salt marshes. Open from 9am to 7pm, 7 days a week for most of the year. Do ring first to reserve a table or you might find it more hectic than relaxing!

Restaurant Fish Sea Norfolk
Best Norfolk Chinese Restaurants

Silk Road 2, Lavender Hill, Lynn Road, Heacham
01485 572268
(5 minute drive)

Peking and Cantonese food prepared to a very high standard. If you are looking for a good local Chinese then make sure you book especially on weekends.

Northgate Indian, Hunstanton
01485 535005
(10 minute drive)

Very good Indian cuisine at this popular local restaurant particularly recommended for their authentic meat and vegetarian thalis . Gained many local awards. Booking at weekends advisable.

Best Norfolk Coast Indian Restaurants

For Sample Menus or to Reserve a Table Online Go HERE

Magazine Wood has been named as one of the:

“Top 10 Hotels to Visit in Norfolk in 2019”

Eastern Daily Press, January 2019

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