Best Pubs and Top Restaurants Norfolk Coast 2022

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 area between Old Hunstanton and The Burnhams on the North Norfolk coast. Whether you are enjoying a stay at Magazine Wood or simply visiting our beautiful coastline in the areas around Hunstanton, Thornham, Brancaster and Burnham Market then these pubs and restaurants will usually be within a 15 minute drive. For a more comprehensive guide to pubs and restaurants across more of the Norfolk coast visit the LoveNorfolk Eating Out Guide 2022 here.

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 14 days in advance. We have incorporated guests of Magazine Wood “comments” as a useful guide.

🏆 😀 Indicates a recent major award winner and/or particularly recommended. 👍 TA ratings are the percentage of TripAdvisor reviews in 2021 which were excellent or very good. 🎈 indicates a new opening or change of ownership.

Rose and Crown 🏆😀

Old Church Rd, Snettisham, PE31 7LX (5 Minute Drive)

Style: Pub ££

TA Rating:👍 78% 

Former Good Food Guide’s Norfolk 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 always very busy with a happy mix of locals and visitors. Offers pub meals and a restaurant menu with specials changing daily. Substantial garden with play area. Good Pub Guide ‘Landlord of the Year ‘ 2021.

01485 541382

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The Old Bank 🏆😀

10 Lynn Road, Snettisham, Hunstanton PE31 7LX (5 Minute Drive)

Style: Restaurant £££+

TA Rating: 👍 98% 

Aga and Lewis run this cosy unpretentious top notch restaurant which is ‘lovely for a relaxed intimate meal’. Imaginative and delicious food cooked by a talented chef and presented by a friendly and efficient team. Winner ‘Best local restaurant’ by the Good Food Guide a couple of years ago. Choice of a ‘long’ or ‘short’ taster menu. Generally you have to book a long way in advance to get a table.  There new artisan bakery and bistro is next door.

01485 544080

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The Old Store

5 Pedlars Mews, Snettisham, Hunstanton PE31 7LX (5 Minute Drive)

Style: Bakery & Bistro £££

🎈 New Opening

Opened in 2022 and a new venture from the adjacent and much lauded Old Bank. An artisan bakery which offers a tasty breakfast menu alongside pasties, cakes and sandwiches.  Beautifully created and at night The Old Store becomes ‘a relaxed bistro with cocktails’ and a choice of cold mezze platters.  The seafood, charcuterie or veggie boards are priced at £25-15 making this a night out more than a casual drop-in. Wed-Sat until 10.30pm and Sundays 4pm.

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King William

Sedgeford, PE36 5LU (3 Minute Drive, 20 Minute Walk)

Style: Pub ££

🎈 Under New Ownership

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! Changed hands at the end of 2021 with big plans for the future. Outside garden.

01485 571765

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The Gin Trap Inn

High St, Ringstead, PE36 5JU (5 Minute Drive)

Style: Pub ££

TA Rating: 👍 94%  

The Gin Trap Inn certainly lives up to its name with over 100 gins behind the bar. A new focus on food is probably just what the coast needs but some will miss the very family friendly offering of old.. Watch this space. Great garden area.

01485 525264

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The Neptune  🏆😀

Old Hunstanton, Norfolk, PE36 6HZ (10 Minute Drive)

Style: Restaurant £££+

TA Rating: 👍 90% 

This unpretentious restaurant run by Kevin and Jacki Mangeolles has a much deserved Michelin star and is a great ‘foodie’ restaurant to visit on the Norfolk coast. Dishes are subtle with delicious combinations (think crab ravioli , mackerel in oyster mayonnaise, loin of rose veal, iced Hazelnut Nougat. You will need deep pockets but will be talking fondly about the Neptune for a long time to come. Advance booking is essential!

01485 532122

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The Orange Tree

High St, Thornham,  PE36 6LY (10 Minute Drive)

Style: Pub £££

TA Rating:👍 61% 

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.

01485 512213

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Erics Fish & Chips  🏆

Drove Orchards, Thornham  PE36 6LY (10 Minute Drive)

Style: Takeaway and Restaurant ££

TA Rating: 👍62% 

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 has opened in Holt.

01485 525886


Lifeboat Inn

Ship Lane, Thornham, PE36 6LT (10 Minute Drive)

Style: Pub ££

TA Rating: 👍 64%

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.

01485 512236

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Chequers Inn

High St, Thornham, Hunstanton PE36 6LY (10 Minute Drive)

Style: Restaurant £££

TA Rating: 👍 66%

This cosy pub dates back to the 16th Century and the star of the show is very much the food, although in 2021 there was grumbles over the service.  Chef Patron Lee Bye has been  awarded 2 AA rosettes for his imaginative and tasty food that relies on local produce and sometimes a Josper grill. Outside you will find cool dining pavilions which are perfect for a party.

01485 512229

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The Duck Inn  🏆😀

Burnham Rd, Stanhoe, King’s Lynn PE31 8QD

Style: Restaurant £££

TA Rating: 👍 89%

Chef Ben Hadley gastro-pub at Stanhoe just outside Burnham Market with it’s imaginative food continues to receive loads of accolades. Certainly ‘more restaurant than pub in style’. Excellent comments in 2022 about everything from the menu and food to the staff and atmosphere. Sunday Times food critic Giles Coren said he ‘had nowhere to go for superlatives…the food here was properly good’. Booking essential.

01485 518330

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Socius 🏆😀

Foundry Pl, Burnham Market, PE31 8LG (15 Minute Drive)

Style: Restaurant £££+

TA Rating: 👍 95%

The atmosphere is welcoming, informal but stylish. The friendly young team behind this venture have personality and Dan and Natalie have ‘a real enthusiasm for good food’. They have created a delicious menu which can be enjoyed tapas style or through the traditional three of four courses well presented dishes especially the burrata, cured salmon and sticky lamb belly. The ‘go-to’ Norfolk Coast restaurant in 2021. Early booking essential.


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The Acre @TWH

Sussex Farm Lane, Burnham Market PE31 8JY (15 Minute Drive)

Style: Restaurant ££

🎈 New Opening

Locals love this fresh new dining experience at the White House which is just outside Burnham Market. For 2022, the restaurant is open most Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings ‘Seasonally changing menus, based on the best and freshest local produce – a considered wine list and a relaxing, peaceful setting’. Staff are friendly and efficient and the food by head chef Nick Parker is accomplished. If you are looking to eat out around Burnham Market then this should be on your list.

07785 439727

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29 Twenty Nine

Market Place, Burnham Market PE31 8HF (15 Minute Drive)

Style: Bar/Restaurant/Event £££+

TA Rating:👍 66%

Former shop relaunched in 2018 as a Londonesque restaurant with wide-framed canvasses of Hollywood stars and open-barrel chrome men’s loos. Breakfast, lunch & dinner service is most popular with visitors and the hostile put-downs to any subsequent online criticism is ‘hilariously jaw-dropping’, For better service stick to the bottom floor. £36 open-fire cooked sirloin and the donut burger with dirty mayo is ’awesome’. May encounter live bands/wedding parties on some nights. Summer pizza menu to eat-in or takeaway.  Advance table bookers must pay a  £15 per person deposit which is rigorously applied.

01328 738498

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Titchwell Manor

Titchwell,  PE31 8BB  (15 Minute Drive)

Style: Restaurant £££+

TA Rating: 👍 79%

There is where the home fire’s burn for local chef  Eric Snaith.  The Conservatory is more formal with delicious dishes and a strong emphasis on local, quality and fresh ingredients  so expect to see seafood and meat from local estates as well as artisan cheeses. The Eating Room is more relaxed.

01485 210221

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The White Horse

Brancaster Staithe, PE31 8BY (15 Minute Drive)

Style: Restaurant £££

TA Rating: 👍 86%

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. The menu has a strong emphasis on seafood. Service is friendly but can be ‘a bit frustrating’. Lovely for an early evening drink at sunset. For diners early booking is advisable.

01485 210262

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Jolly Sailors

Brancaster Staithe, PE31 8BJ (15 Minute Drive)

Style: Pub ££

TA Rating: 👍 77%

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. Pre-Covid this was the only place on the coast that didn’t take booking so you just bowled up to get your table. Sadly this hasn’t yet returned which was one of the ‘lovely things about the Jolly’.

01485 210314

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The Ship

Main Rd, Brancaster PE31 8AP (15 Minute Drive)

Style: Pub ££

TA Rating: 👍 70%

Since changing hands seems to be on the up with a focus on good pub food delivered with panache. Expect to find shell-on prawns, lobster and chips, whole crab and Cumberland sausages on the menu along with a warm welcome..

01485 210333

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The Lodge

Old Hunstanton Rd, PE36 6HX (15 Minute Drive)

Style: Pub ££

TA Rating: 👍 86%

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.

01485 532896

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For a more general guide to Norfolk Coast places to eat or to reserve a table online Go to LoveNorfolk

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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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