Eating Out in North Norfolk - local restaurants
Eating out in Norfolk can be a great experience. Norfolk’s unique and varied landscape, light soil and long coastline is reflected in a diverse selection of local food and organic food providing Cranmer Country Cottages self catering visitors with a gastronomic treat. You don’t have to travel far to experience some of the best seasonal local foods for a true taste of Norfolk. From Michellin starred gastronomic restaurants to the fresh local food for wholesome home cooking or a traditional treat of freshly fried fish and chips on the quayside at Wells.
The wealth of excellent local food and drink is a foodies delight and ranges from distinctive specialities, such as early summer asparagus, local mussels, Cromer crab, cider and Norfolk Black Turkey, quails eggs and everyday bread from locally milled flour, local cheese, beef, cider and beer. In winter the local butchers and restaurants are supplied with wonderful Norfolk wild game. These local foods, and more, are widely available direct from producers, available from roadside stalls close to Cranmer, Norfolk farmers markets and through shops and Norfolk pubs and local restaurants. Organic food is widely available and organic vegetables box deliveries can be arranged before your stay.
For fruit lovers there is a chance to pick your own or purchase direct from local growers in season. Pick your own can be great fun with children and many orchards are in beautiful locations.
These restaurants tend to be busy during the holiday season. Why not book a baby sitter and enjoy a meal in a great local Norfolk restaurant.
The Crown (East Rudham) 01485 528530 www.thecrowneastrudham.co.uk .
Our favorite local. Newly refurbished stylish pub overlooking the village green. Fab food, great atmosphere and child and allergy friendly. part of the small cluster of restaurants owned by celebrity chef Chris Coubrough. The Crown has a private dining room which seats 36 - ideal for celebrations and private parties. Cabbing distance from Cranmer 20 mins.
Morston Hall - Main Coast Road, Morston Hall (01263 741041) www.morstonhall.com
Morston Hall has a Michellin star and an excellent reputation for good quality formal dining at a reasonable price. App £36.00 for 3 courses. This restaurant gets very booked at weekends; it may be easier to get a table during the week. Advisable to book in advance of your holiday.
The Victoria Hotel – Park Road, Holkham (01328 710469) www.holkham.co.uk/victoria/
Recently refurbished hotel owned by the Coke family. A la Carte menu app £20.00 per head for 2 courses. Try Sunday lunch here followed by a walk on Holkham beach just at the end of Lady Ann’s Drive opposite. Child friendly at lunchtimes with swings and play area outside. 8 mile cycle ride from Cranmer along the roman road - great for lunch on a sunny day.
The Crown – The Buttlands, Wells (01328 710209) www.thecrownhotelwells.co.uk
Whether you eat casually in the bar, or more formally in the restaurant, every meal at The Crown is freshly prepared from the best ingredients. The Crown in Wells is a part of the cluster of local restaurants owned by Chris Coubrough.
The White Horse - Brancaster Staithe (20 minutes drive) 01485 210262 www.whitehorsebrancaster.co.uk/
Undistinguished from the road, but this pub/restaurant has been expanded recently and offers wonderful uninterrupted views across the marshes, good food using local produce.
The Kings Head Holt Rd Letheringsett 01263 712691 www.letheringsettkingshead.co.uk Following an extensive renovation, The Kings Head has now re-opened to offer traditional pub/restaurant atmosphere with a homely mix of period features and modern-day comfort. A great place to stop for coffee and croissants on the way to Holt or afternoon tea on the way back also brunch and of course dinner. This is the latest gastro pub in the small cluster of Norfolk restaurants ownwed by Chris Coubrough.
The Gin Trap Inn 6 High Street, Ringstead, Norfolk PE36 5JU(Tel: 01485 525264)www.gintrapinn.co.uk .The food is traditional and unashamedly British, with such menu items as homemade steak and kidney pie, local sausages, Norfolk pie and one of the best Ploughman's lunches. Expect to encounter the local oysters, mussels and samphire
The Old Forge Seafood Restaurant (Thursford) 01328 878345 www.seafoodnorthnorfolk.co.uk Predominately seafood on menu, all locally caught. Highly recommended by local food critics. Meat dish always available.
The Moorings (Blakeney) 01263 740054 www.blakeney-moorings.co.uk Fresh simple honest food - great local fish, shellfish, game in season, delicious meat and vegetarian dishes, puddings, and a well chosen wine list. Situated on the High Street, close to the quay.
Byfords Cafe, Winebar & Deli (Holt)01263 711400 www.byfords.org.uk Restaurant, cafe and delicatessen serving locally produced food in a cosy setting. Lunches, teas and dinner. Great for a leisurely sunday morning brunch.
The Corner House Restaurant and Bar (Wells-next-the-Sea)01328 710701 www.cornerhouseatwells.co.uk Stylish oyster bar & restaurant. Freshly prepared seafood, meat, rare breed beef, game & vegetarian dishes. Live music. Cocktails. Cask Ales.
The Globe Inn (Wells-next-the-Sea)01328 710206 www.holkham.co.uk/globe Pub/restaurant owned by Holkham Estate. Simple home-cooked food available as bar meals or snacks, childrens’ meals, using local and seasonal ingredients.
The Walpole Arms Itteringham (near Aylsham) 01263 587258 www.thewalpolearms.co.uk. Multi-award winning food and drink served in 18th Century oak-beamed bar and romantic restaurant - in summer garden & terrace.
The King’s Head (Great Bircham)01485 578265 www.the-kings-head-bircham.co.uk Stylish award winning hotel restaurant, innovative and unfussy menus. Young Norfolk chef who uses local seasonal fresh produce.
The Ostrich Inn South Creake (App. 5 minutes drive) 01328 823320 www.ostrichinn.net
Grade II listed 17th Century Inn. Good food, families welcome, Beer garden.
The Jolly farmers 01328 738185 (App. 5 minutes drive) www.jollyfarmers-northcreake.co.uk
North Creake. Good food with an interesting menu – traditional pub atmosphere. Family friendly. On the Burnham market road – next village to south Creake
The Lord Nelson Burnham Thorpe (15 minutes drive) 01328 738241 www.nelsonslocal.co.uk
Full of tradition – this was Nelson’s local until he held his farewell party there in 1796. Thoroughly recommended and very cosy in winter.
The Hoste Arms Burnham Market (10 minutes drive) 01328 738257 www.hostearms.co.uk
‘Chelsea by Sea’ – a picturesque upmarket village with pub to match. Trendy establishment with good food and atmosphere.
The Lifeboat Inn Sea Lane, Thornham (20 minutes drive) 01485 512236 www.maypolehotels.com/lifeboatinn
17th century main building facing the marshes, with large conservatory at rear. Very good reputation for food.
The Three Horseshoes Warham (15 minutes drive) 01328 710547 www.warham.biz/3horseshoes
Traditional Norfolk pub with gas lighting and good local food. Real beer.
Fish & Chips
The Norfolk Riddle Restaurant and Fish & Chip Shop (Tel: 01328 821903) Stylish restaurant serving delicious farmhouse fare freshly cooked from local produce. Eat in or takeaway. Relaxed dining with log fire in winter and alfresco dining on the terrace in the summer. Children & family groups welcome. Chips cooked in local beef lard (takeaway 10 minutes from Cranmer).
Frenches Fish & Chips Wells-Next-the-Sea on the quayside – be prepared to queue, but worth it though! Wander along the sea wall and eat fish and chips as the sun goes down over the harbour.
Drifters Fish & chips Oak St Fakenham Good quality fish & chips. Pleasant restaurant and takeaway.
Farmers Markets and Local Food Shopping
Abbey Farm Organics, Flitcham, Norfolk www.abbeyfarm.co.uk
Larners of Holt www.bakersandlarners.co.uk
Department store with a good selection of fine wines
Blakeney Delicatessen 30 High Street, Blakeney Tel : 01263 740939 www.blakeneydeli.co.uk
Wells Delicatessen 15 The Quay, Wells-next-the-Sea Tel : 01328 711171 www.wellsdeli.co.uk
Picnic Fayre The Old Forge Cley next the Sea Tel : 01263 740587 www.picnic-fayre.co.uk
Award-winning delicatessen with bread and cakes
Rutlands Butchers www.rutland-butchers.co.uk
Arthur Howell Butcher
53 Staithe Street, Wells Tel : 01328 710228
Market Place, Burnham Market Tel : 01328 738230
Local meat and game from a traditional butchers
Locally reared pork
Godwick's Turkeys, Tittleshall, Kings Lynn www.godwick.co.uk
Free range Norfolk turkeys for Christmas
Gurney’s Fish Shop Market Place, Burnham Market Tel : 01328 738967 www.gurneysfishshop.co.uk
Small fish shop with fresh local fish.
North Norfolk Fish Company Old Stable Yard, Holt Tel : 01263 711913 www.northnorfolkfish.co.uk
Fresh and smoked fish.
Cley Smokehouse Tel : 01263 740282 www.cleysmokehouse.com
Kippers, bloaters, smoked salmon, potted shrimps, mackerel and more!
Grooms Bakery Market Place, Burnham, Tel : 01328 738289 www.groomsbakery.co.uk
Byfords Shirehall Plain, Holt Tel : 01263 714816 www.byfords.org.uk
Delicatessen and bakery with a cafe.
Benbow & Sons High Street, Holt Tel : 01263 714003
Traditional grocers with some local fruit and veg.
Letheringsett Mill Nr Holt Tel : 01263 713153 www.letheringsettwatermill.co.uk
Back to the Garden Brecks Farm, A148 west of Letheringsett Tel : 01263 715996 www.back-to-the-garden.co.uk
Organic meat, fruit, vegetables and bread
Wiveton Hall Farm Between Cley and Blakeney Tel : 01263 740525 www.wivetonhall.co.uk
PYO fruit and veg and locally reared pork