Best restaurants in Norfolk
Celebrated for its seafood, the Norfolk coast offers everything in the way of food from gourmet restaurants and foodie pubs to beach cafés and sustainable fish and chips. However, gastronomic delights can be found inland too with many rural inns serving traditional rustic fair. Whether you're searching for an affordable family meal to get a break from dinners in the caravan or a deluxe three-course romantic bonanza, Norfolk has the restaurant for you. We’ve compiled this list of the best restaurants in Norfolk for you to get to grips with the local delicacies and the range of fantastic food on offer.
1. The Ship Inn, Mundesley
More of a restaurant than a pub, The Ship prides itself in using only the finest, freshest ingredients, sourced locally, to create seasonal menus. The Ship Inn overlooks the stunning sands of Mundesley Beach on the North Norfolk coast, and is the perfect destination for eating, drinking and relaxing. This 300-year-old pub is one of the oldest on the Norfolk coast and has the traditional hospitality to match. Dogs are also welcomed to dine with customers in the bar and restaurant where you can enjoy the cosy, coastal atmosphere together. *images are representative only and are not of the specific establishments
This 300-year-old pub is one of the oldest on the Norfolk coast and has the traditional hospitality to match. Dogs are also welcomed to dine with customers in the bar and restaurant where you can enjoy the cosy, coastal atmosphere together.
*images are representative only and are not of the specific establishments
2. Wells Crab House
Wells Crab House is a seafood restaurant on the North Norfolk coast. They offer a monthly menu of beautiful seasonal dishes though the specialties of Crab, Lobster and Oysters never change. This restaurant is a hit with the locals and visitors alike as a great place to go for a sea food platter often with a creative twist.
Wells Crab House also has changing specials and they offer a vegetarian and meat option on their menus for those with a more land-cased diet! This small, intimate outpost has limited seating to its recommended you book well in advance before your visit.
3. No1 Cromer
This fantastic fish and chip shop, situated on Cromer’s traditional seafront offers unrivalled views of the sea and Cromer pier and mouth-watering fresh seafood. Regarded as the best fish and chip shop in town, locally sourced produce is at the heart of No1’s menu. Rated in the Times newspaper as the 6th best place to eat by the sea, we believe that it’s really a top 5!
No1 Cromer is also home to ‘Upstairs at No1’, a restaurant serving modern British food, alongside the fish and chip restaurant from Michelin Star Chef, Galton Blackiston whose ethos is providing quality food at affordable prices for all the family. No1 is open for eating in and takeaway between 12pm and 8pm, 7 days a week. Tables are available on a first come first served basis but queues can reach up to an hour long such is the popularity of this special place, so it’s best to try and avoid peak times if you want to experience one of the best restaurants in Norfolk.
4. The Lifeboat Inn, Hunstanton
The Lifeboat Inn is situated just minutes from the stunning sandy beaches on the Norfolk Coast and has been receiving guests since the 16th-century. Once you step inside The Lifeboat Inn, you’ll feel every bit of this 500-year-old heritage thanks to the traditional décor and wooden beams.
The menu takes full advantage of the proximity to the sea, serving fresh local seafood as well as hearty traditional fair. From superb breakfasts, to warming soups and ploughman’s lunches, there’ll be something on the menu to satisfy everyone. With stunning surroundings on the edge of Holme Dunes National Nature Reserve, a visit to The Lifeboat Inn will feel all the better after a long walk on the North Norfolk Coast.
5. HMS Hinchinbrook, Great Yarmouth
Known as one of the best restaurants in Great Yarmouth, HMS Hinchinbrook offers great food at reasonable prices. The restaurant also has a top-notch range of drinks to enjoy after a long day out and about at Great Yarmouth’s many attractions.
The menu of HMS Hinchinbrook is ideal for British cuisine lovers with classics such as haddock, fish and chips and grilled seafood. Everything is very reasonably priced and there is also a great kids’ menu on offer for the little ones. If you’re in Great Yarmouth for a day trip or even longer then make sure you drop by the HMS Hinchinbrook for the friendly atmosphere and homely interior at this restaurant.