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The best Norfolk restaurants

Julie Smith 25 April 2023

With a long stretch of coastline that’s renowned for its wonderful seafood and rural countryside farms growing an array of seasonal fruit and vegetables, Norfolk has become a top destination for foodies in recent years. You can stock up on produce at local markets, farm shops and delicatessens, head to a specialist food festival or venture out to a Norfolk restaurant to get a tasty meal cooked for you. 

If you fancy eating out during your next Norfolk getaway, you’ll find everything from seaside shacks selling fresh Cromer crab to quaint country pubs and some excellent fine dining restaurants. 

Below you'll find some of the best Norfolk restaurants to try, and if you're looking for a cosy place to stay while you're in the area, why not browse our collection of Norfolk cottages?

The Recruiting Sergeant, Norfolk Broads

The Recruiting Sergeant

With a lovely location in the Norfolk Broads close to Wroxham Barns and the Bure Valley Railway, The Recruiting Sergeant makes the perfect place to stop for a meal after a scenic riverside walk. It’s a traditional Norfolk pub with food that’s on the fancy side with lots of local meat and seafood featured on the menu in a variety of different cuisines.

  • Price: £££
  • Typical dishes: Char siu glazed iberico pork loin chop with Cantonese pork balls; baked Cromer crab thermidor with Tenderstem broccoli                       
  • Stay nearby: Sloley Old Stables | Sleeps: 4 guests plus 1 dog  

Liquor and Loaded, Kings Lynn

BBQ food and King's Lynn

If you’re looking for something a little bit different, Liquor and Loaded specialises in American-style BBQ food with heaven and hell seating sections, strong cocktails and a lively atmosphere. Food portions here are large with heaped meat platters and belly-busting burgers so it’s one to try once you’ve worked up an appetite.

  • Price: ££
  • Typical dishes: Maple Jack BBQ burger; three-meat platter with skin-on fries 
  • Stay nearby: Thorpland House | Sleeps: 8 guests plus 2 dogs

Morston Hall, Blakeney

A sumptuous seven-course tasting menu that changes daily is the speciality of this 17th-century country house restaurant near Blakeney. Afternoon tea can also be enjoyed in a sun lounge that overlooks Morston Hall’s gorgeous gardens, and a four-course lunch is served in the restaurant each Sunday. 

  • Price: £££££
  • Typical dishes: Butternut squash velouté with King’s Lynn brown shrimps; wild Stiffkey sea bass with whey butter sauce  
  • Stay nearby: One Brightwell Close | Sleeps: 8 guests plus 1 dog

The White Horse, Brancaster

White horse Brancaster

This award-winning Norfolk restaurant has an idyllic location looking out to sea from the coastal marshlands at Brancaster Staithe. Guests can choose to eat in either the more formal restaurant or dine in a dog-friendly bar and terrace. The White Horse specialises in serving local seafood including oysters and lobster and also has its own in-house smokehouse.   

  • Price: ££££
  • Typical dishes: Seafood platter to share; Tom Large’s Brancaster Bay mussels
  • Stay nearby: Plunketts Cottages | Sleeps: 6 guests plus 1 dog

Socius, Burnham Market

Fine dining

This light and bright open-plan restaurant serves a selection of small sharing plates for a sociable tapas-style dining experience with family or friends. The menu at Socius changes daily to reflect the seasonal produce available and special cocktails are available to complement the dishes.

  •  Price: £££
  •  Typical dishes: Goats cheese with beetroot, chimichurri and candied walnut; tuna tartare with chilli, ginger and wontons  
  •  Stay nearby: Briargate 38 | Sleeps: 6 guests plus 1 dog

Wells Crab House, Wells-next-the-Sea

Cromer crab

This small, family-run restaurant has just twelve tables available and prides itself on an intimate and informal dining experience. Seafood including Cromer crabs, lobsters, mussels and oysters are supplied fresh from the sea by local fishermen to Wells Crab House and the delicious fare can also be taken away to enjoy at home.  

  • Price: £££
  • Typical dishes: Frary’s Wells dressed crab or Billy Ward’s garlic buttered lobster with a choice of potato side; lemon crumbed bream fillet with lemon aioli and caper berries
  •  Where to stay: Jicklings Quayside | Sleeps: 4 guests

The Ferry Inn, Stokesby

Chocolate brownies and the River Bure

The Ferry Inn is a traditional 19th-century English country pub with log beams and roaring log fires that’s located alongside the winding River Bure in the Norfolk Broads. The menu is full of traditional home-cooked pub classics. The Stokesby Village Shop is also located at The Ferry Inn pub and you can buy wonderful handmade chocolates from here.

  • Price: ££
  • Typical dishes: Cod and chips; chicken, ham and leek pie
  • Where to stay: Reedham Riverside | Sleeps: 4 guests plus 2 dogs

Benedicts, Norwich

Fine dining

This Norwich bistro-style restaurant is run by leading Norfolk chef Richard Bainbridge who has previously won The Great British Menu and worked for Michel Roux. Set five-course and eight-course tasting menus are available at Benedicts which highlight a range of local Norfolk produce with optional wine flights to accompany the food.

  • Price: ££££
  • Typical dishes: Norfolk venison, liquorice, pickled elderberries, venison ragu tartlet; barbecued Brancaster mussels, primo cabbage, wild garlic vinegar
  • Where to stay: Lime Kiln Farm | Sleeps: 8 guests plus 1 dog

The Neptune, Hunstanton

Wine glasses on a table

One of the finest Norfolk restaurants around, The Neptune has held a Michelin star since 2009. The 18th-century coaching inn is located close to the famously striped cliffs in Old Hunstanton with great views over the beautiful Norfolk coastline. Diners can choose between tasting and a la carte menus which make use of the region’s best seasonal ingredients.   

The Mulberry, Thetford

Duck dish

Located on the edge of Thetford Forest, The Mulberry serves a range of Mediterranean-style food in an elegant and intimate setting. The service at this restaurant is excellent and the main dining room leads onto a lovely conservatory that looks out onto a walled garden with a mulberry tree.

  • Price: £££
  • Typical dishes: Butternut squash risotto; coq au vin
  • Where to stay: Romulus | Sleeps: 2 guests

Marmalade’s Bistro, Sheringham

Delicious meal

A cosy 30-seat bistro restaurant in the seaside town of Sheringham, Marmalade’s is run by a husband and wife team and serves a selection of classic British dishes with some local Norfolk seafood on the menu as well. Ingredients are sourced from local Norfolk suppliers for the regularly changed seasonal dishes.

  • Price: £££
  • Typical dishes: Slow cooked rump of Felthorpe lamb, local sirloin steak with hand-cut chips
  • Where to stay: Curlew Cottage | Sleeps: 6 guests plus 1 dog

Bure River Cottage Restaurant

River Bure and a skate wing dish

The Bure River Cottage Restaurant in the Norfolk Broads specialises in serving locally caught fish and seafood so you’ll find no meat on the menu and is located in the pretty village of Horning close to the banks of the River Bure. Availability depends on the catch of the day and it’s all served in a light and bright modern dining room that has views out over the river.

  • Price: £££
  • Typical dishes: Pan-fried local skate wing with capers and black butter; roast hake fillet with crab, cockles and samphire
  • Where to stay: Lackford Cottage | Sleeps: 2 guests plus 1 dog

The Old Bank, Snettisham

The Old Bank

The Old Bank is a 20-seat bistro restaurant, located in the peaceful coastal village of Snettisham near Heacham and Hunstanton. Guests can choose to dine on either shorter or longer set menus that use local Norfolk produce in the cosy and romantic dining room.

  • Price: ££££
  • Typical dishes: Norfolk lamb with carrot and alliums, Jerusalem artichoke with leek and hazelnuts 
  • Where to stay: Walnut Cottage - Norfolk | Sleeps: 5 guests plus 1 dog

Meadowsweet, Holt

Oyster, jalopenos and citrus

Located in a Grade II-listed house in the charming Georgian market town of Holt, Meadowsweet serves just one tasting menu in their small and intimate restaurant. Many of the ingredients featured on the menu are sourced in Holt before being transformed into expertly crafted, delicate dishes by owner Greg Anderson who was previously head chef at Morston Hall.

  • Price: £££££
  • Typical dishes: Oyster, jalopeno and citrus; wild sea bass and green tomato; salted caramel and oscietra caviar
  • Where to stay: The Old Print Shop | Sleeps: 2 guests

Plan your Norfolk getaway

If you fancy visiting Norfolk, you’ll find historic houses, beautiful beaches and gorgeous country walks to whet your appetite for a meal at one of these excellent eateries. 

Whether you prefer to stay in a charming seaside town or a picturesque rural village, you’ll find lots of lovely cottages dotted throughout Norfolk where you can rest your head after days of exploring. 

Browse our full range of Norfolk cottages to find your perfect base.

Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information at the time of writing, please ensure you check carefully before making any decisions based on the contents within this article.

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