Best Pubs and Top Restaurants Norfolk Coast 2024

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 2024 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. LoveNorfolk Rating Good ❤❤❤ Great ❤❤❤❤ Exceptional ❤❤❤❤❤

Rose and Crown 🏆👍

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

LoveNorfolk Rating: ❤❤❤❤

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 Food Guide Recommended 2023

01485 541382

The Old Bank 🏆👍

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

LoveNorfolk Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

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

The Old Store

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

LoveNorfolk Rating: ❤❤❤❤

Opened in 2022 and a new venture from the adjacent and much lauded Old Bank. An artisan bakery and breakfast cafe which offers a tasty breakfast menu alongside pasties, cakes and sandwiches. The pastries must be experienced to be believed!

Walk-in No Reservations

King William

Sedgeford, PE36 5LU (3 Minute Drive, 15 Minute Walk)

LoveNorfolk Rating: ❤❤❤

The King William village pub has  been taken over by the award-winning Coaching Inns and completed a swanky refurbishment. New menu is not only a little bit different but also offers better value on the coast.  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. Outside garden and log fires in winter. Oh and if it’s your birthday enjoy the meal on them!

01485 571765

The Gin Trap Inn

High St, Ringstead, PE36 5JU (5 Minute Drive, 40 minute walk)

LoveNorfolk Rating: ❤❤❤

The Gin Trap Inn certainly lives up to its name with over 100 gins behind the bar. Two menus, ‘bar’ and ‘a la carte’ for casual and more formal meals. Good wine list and you can easily stride out from Magazine Wood for a good lunch.

01485 525264

The Nest Farmhouse Restaurant

Docking, King’s Lynn PE31 8FP (5 minute Drive)

LoveNorfolk Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

A relative stones throw from Magazine Wood and another spot with commanding views over the Norfolk Coast. This buzzy bar restaurant atmosphere in a beautiful setting has really hit the ground running. Nest has always let its food be the star of the show – and so it should when it’s this good. Don’t expect fuss or frills, but perfected, elevated and thoughtful cooking from a team who know exactly what they’re doing. Hopefully you are lucky enough to get a table.


The Neptune  👍

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

LoveNorfolk Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

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

The Orange Tree

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

LoveNorfolk Rating: ❤❤❤❤

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

Erics Fish & Chips

Drove Orchards, Thornham  PE36 6LY (10 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 has opened in Holt.

01485 525886

Lifeboat Inn

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

LoveNorfolk Rating: ❤❤❤

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

The Duck Inn

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

LoveNorfolk Rating ❤❤❤

Sadly, Ben and Sarah moved last year. Reopened after a swift refurbishment with Jeremy and Rachael at the helm, formerly chef and manager at Number 29 in Burnham Market. Menu could include Carpaccio of beef (£14) to halibut in a roast chicken sauce £30. Hopefully will continue to be a destination restaurant.

01485 518330

Socius 🏆👍

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

LoveNorfolk Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

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 designed the menu in the form of snacks and plates to share tapas style such as the burrata, cured salmon, sticky prawns and aged rump picanha steak The ‘go-to’ Norfolk Coast restaurant in 2023. Early booking essential.


The Acre @TWH

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

LoveNorfolk Rating: ❤❤❤

Locals love this fresh new dining experience at the White House which is just outside Burnham Market. Since 2023, 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

Titchwell Manor

Titchwell,  PE31 8BB  (15 Minute Drive)

LoveNorfolk Rating: ❤❤❤❤

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

The White Horse 👍

Brancaster Staithe, PE31 8BY (15 Minute Drive)

LoveNorfolk Rating: ❤❤❤❤

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. Imaginative menu has a strong emphasis on seafood with a nod to world cuisine. Service is friendly and staff happy to go the extra mile. Lovely for an early evening drink at sunset. For diners early booking is advisable.

01485 210262

Jolly Sailors

Brancaster Staithe, PE31 8BJ (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. 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

The Ship

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

LoveNorfolk Rating: ❤❤❤

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

The Lodge

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

LoveNorfolk Rating: ❤❤❤

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

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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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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