Norfolk's best places to eat

Food and Drink, Pet friendly

Posted by Ruth on 17th June 2020

Norfolk food

Norfolk is a coastal county with a rich fishing heritage, where you’ll also find miles upon miles of fields and marshes under a giant sky. It’s a brilliant destination if you love to eat, offering so much local produce for you to sample on a foodie tour of this wonderful county.

Whether you’re visiting North Norfolk, South Norfolk or the thriving city of Norwich, you can sample the freshest seafood, locally sourced meats, delicious fruit and vegetables and award-winning beers and wines. From fine-dining restaurants which have been recognised with a Michelin star, to humble pubs and cafes, there is so much choice when looking for the best places to eat in Norfolk.

To help you choose your next meal, we’ve taken a look at the best restaurants and best pubs in Norfolk, alongside other good places to eat, to put together our list of the finest places to eat in Norfolk. And if you’re looking for a cosy cottage where you can doze off the feast, take a look at our collection of high-quality Norfolk cottages below.

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🍽 Michelin-starred restaurants
🍽 Seafood restaurants
🍽 Gastropubs
🍽 Italian restaurants
🍽 Indian restaurants
🍽 Dog-friendly places to eat
🍽 Restaurants with views
🍽 Special mentions

Michelin-starred restaurants in Norfolk

The Neptune, Old Hunstanton | £££

The Neptune InnPhoto credit: Instagram @berkeleysqb

The proud holders of one Michelin star, this North Norfolk inn is praised by the Michelin Guide for its “skilfully crafted, unfussy dishes [which] allow the natural flavours of the top-quality local produce to shine”. Head chef Kevin uses the best seasonal ingredients to produce The Neptune’s highly acclaimed food, with stand-out dishes including Norfolk quail, fried sprouts, truffle and pickled sultanas, and wild turbot, brown shrimps, baked leeks, courgette and gnocchi. Book in for the tasting menu or go a la carte – either way, you won’t be disappointed.

Stay nearby: Sleepy Gull, Hunstanton | sleeps 6

Morston Hall, Morston | £££

Morston HallPhoto credit: Instagram @cannell999

The second of only two Michelin-star restaurants in Norfolk, Morston Hall is a modern British restaurant housed in a beautiful 17th-century country house in North Norfolk. Arrive for drinks and canapes in the lovely lounge and then be seated for a seven-course feast where local ingredients are the star of the show. The menu changes daily but often showcases Stiffkey sea bass, Kings Lynn shrimp and Bungay raw cream. If you can, get a seat in the conservatory which offers beautiful views over the garden to complement the food.

Stay nearby: Hillview - Blakeney | sleeps 5

Seafood restaurants in Norfolk

The White Horse, Brancaster Staithe | ££

The White HorsePhoto credit: Instagram @whitehorsebranc

Positioned a stone’s throw from the tidal marshes of North Norfolk, The White Horse has the pick of the county’s freshest maritime produce making it one of the best seafood restaurants in Norfolk. The village fishermen bring in daily hauls from the lobster pots, oyster beds and saltmarshes ready for you to enjoy at this fantastic restaurant. It’s especially brilliant in summer where you can enjoy the views from the spectacular outdoor seating area and feast on lobster fresh from the BBQ.   

Stay nearby: Thompsons, Brancaster Staithe | sleeps 4 + 2 dogs

Rocky Bottoms, West Runton | ££

Rocky BottomsPhoto credit: Instagram @rockybottoms1

Specialising in crab and lobster, Rocky Bottoms is a stylish seafood restaurant perched on the North Norfolk coast and housed inside a former brick kiln. Chef Richard heads out in his faithful fishing boat to source Norfolk’s freshest crustaceans which he then boils ready to serve the restaurant’s loyal customers. This laid-back establishment is the perfect place for soaking up the relaxed seaside vibes and tucking into some of the county’s tastiest seafood.

Stay nearby: Herring Cottage, Sheringham | sleeps 4 + 1 dog

Gastropubs in Norfolk

The Gunton Arms, Thorpe Market | ££

The Gunton ArmsPhoto credit: Instagram @guntonarms

A must-visit for carnivores, The Gunton Arms specialises in cooking hefty hunks of meat over a large open fire in the Elk Room – so called due to the presence of a huge pair of fossilised antlers that are mounted on the wall. This popular gastropub is situated within a large deer park near Cromer and regularly serves its own venison. Whether you opt for a meal from the meaty menu or just want to nibble on a bar snack while sipping something nice from the extensive wine list and admiring the art collection, it’s an atmospheric place to dine out in Norfolk.

Stay nearby: Little Green, Thorpe Market | sleeps 4

The Duck Inn, Stanhoe | ££

The Duck InnPhoto credit: Instagram @duckinnstanhoe

An award-winning gastropub, The Duck Inn is nestled in the North Norfolk countryside and showcases the very best local produce including Brancaster crab, Norfolk mussels and Holkham beef. The menu’s star is the ‘Mr H’ scotch quail’s eggs, but if you’re looking for Norfolk’s best Sunday lunch, this place is a sure bet. Tuck into local meat, duck fat potatoes, Yorkshire puddings and boozy gravy – although make sure you save a little room, as the dessert menu is just as tempting.

Stay nearby: Pond Cottage, Stanhoe | sleeps 4 + 2 dogs

Italian restaurants in Norfolk

Saporita, Norwich | £

SaporitaPhoto credit: Instagram @saporitapaninopizza

Found in Norwich’s historic St Andrews area, Saporita is an unassuming yet highly popular Italian restaurant which appropriately translates to “tasty”. The menu is packed with Mediterranean classics including focaccia, ciabatta and pizza by the slice – which are all great for a waterside picnic at the nearby River Wensum. The paninis are crammed with authentic ingredients like salame Milano, parma ham and bresaola, although there are plenty of vegan and veggie options too. And you can’t leave without trying the Saporita speciality – an ultra-indulgent tiramisu.

Stay nearby: Lavender Cottage, Hainford | sleeps 2 + 1 dog

Il Calabrese, Holt | ££

Il CalabresePhoto credit: Instagram @ilcalabreseholt

This relaxed café and wine bar in Holt was opened in dedication to the owner’s Calabrese mother, Concetta, and offers a delicious fusion of traditional Italian dishes and local Norfolk produce. The mouthwatering pizza is made using Concetta’s own recipe and topped with Italian cheeses and meats, while the sourdough focaccia is made in Norfolk. Tucked away in the picturesque Franklyns Yard, this charming eatery is perfect for a rich espresso after perusing the boutiques, a romantic meal with your loved one or a delicious glass of Italian wine with friends.

Stay nearby: Jazmine Cottage, Holt | sleeps 4 + 2 dogs

Indian restaurants in Norfolk

Namaste India, Norwich | ££

Namaste IndiaPhoto credit: Instagram @tabbyfortea

Hugely popular with locals, Namaste India offers a wide range of traditional Indian dishes with a focus on health and nutrition. And while everyone is catered for, it’s one of the best vegan restaurants in Norfolk, as many of the dishes are plant-based and gluten-free too. The whole menu is delicious, but you can’t leave without sampling the dosas – a crispy crepe-style dish made with a rice and lentil batter, stuffed with spiced vegetables and served with a cooling coconut chutney.

Stay nearby: Brundall Boathouse, Norwich (8mls E) | sleeps 2

New Saffron, Thetford | ££

New SaffronPhoto credit: Instagram @suewood_sw_diary

New Saffron is a family restaurant serving Indian and Bangladeshi food in the heart of Norfolk. The mouthwatering menu is available to eat in or take away and contains everything from traditional tandoori and masala dishes to more unusual specialities like khata and korai curries. And as well as offering tasty Indian food, this restaurant prides itself on exceptional customer service so you’re guaranteed a brilliant dining experience. It’s a small restaurant, so book early if you want to bag a table!

Stay nearby: Kingfisher Hut, Thetford (8mls E) | sleeps 2 + 1 dog

Dog-friendly places to eat in Norfolk

The Orange Tree, Thornham | ££

The Orange TreePhoto credit: Instagram @orangetreethornham

As well as offering some of the best pub food in Norfolk, The Orange Tree is one of the best places to dine out with your dog. It doesn’t just tolerate four-legged diners but welcomes them inside with their own canine cuisine menu, where they can choose between a meaty dinner or a little Scooby snack. Human diners will be just as delighted with the menu, which contains pub classics made a little more high-end, and features plenty of local produce.

Stay nearby: Lilac Cottage, Thornham | sleeps 6 + 1 dog

The Golden Fleece, Wells-next-the-Sea | ££

The Golden FleecePhoto credit: Instagram @thegoldenfleece_wells

This friendly pub is a stone’s throw from the coast at Wells-next-the-Sea, making it a perfect place to call into after a long dog walk by the sea. Dogs are welcomed with a bowl of water and a tasty dog treat which they can tuck into while humans peruse the menu. It’s packed with pub classics but the real highlight is the homemade pizzas which are best enjoyed with a cold beer while you take in the beautiful coastal views.

Stay nearby: Curlew Cottage, Wells-next-the-Sea | sleeps 6 + 2 dogs

Restaurants with views in Norfolk

Stoke Mill, Stoke Holy Cross | £££

Stoke MillPhoto credit: Instagram @stokemill

If you’re looking for fine dining with a view, look no further than Stoke Mill. Featured in the Michelin Guide, this is one of the top restaurants in Norfolk and has beautiful views of the River Tas from its position in a former mill. It’s the perfect setting for a romantic meal with a la carte, tasting menus and a menu du jour all showing off Norfolk’s delicious local and organic produce to perfection. The dedication to flaunting the region’s terroir extends to the wine list too, where you’ll find a couple of gems from Norfolk’s finest vineyards.

Stay nearby: Lime Kiln Farm, Stoke Holy Cross | sleeps 8 + 1 dog

Filby Bridge Restaurant, Filby | ££

Filby BridgePhoto credit: Instagram @filbybridgerestaurant

Filby Bridge is one of the best restaurants to dine in if you want to soak up those tranquil Broads views, as the dining room overlooks Filby & Little Ormesby Broad just north of Great Yarmouth. The restaurant has a traditional atmosphere which extends to its menu, featuring classic dishes like prawn cocktails, roast beef and mixed grills. It’s a great choice for a special meal with the whole family, and even better when combined with a relaxing waterside walk in the Broads.

Stay nearby: Nutshell, Repps-with-Bastwick | sleeps 4

Special mentions

Wiveton Farm Café, Wiveton | ££

Wiveton Farm CafePhoto credit: Instagram @wivetonhall

This foodie haven isn’t just a place to eat but a destination in its own right, combining a café, farm and gift shop, pick-your-own fruit farm, walled kitchen gardens and an art gallery alongside plenty of events. The café, which you may recognise from the BBC’s Normal for Norfolk, offers wonderful views across the marshes and has a mouthwatering menu packed with local produce. The quality of the food, quirky atmosphere and breathtaking location make it one of the best places to eat in North Norfolk.

Stay nearby: Curlew Cottage – Norfolk, Cley | sleeps 4

Norwich Market, Norwich | £

Norwich MarketPhoto credit: Instagram @paulievens64

While it isn’t a restaurant as such, every foodie worth their salt needs to visit Norwich Market. The myriad stalls, organised in tiny lanes and packed together under a multi-coloured striped roof, are the best and most unpretentious places to find authentic Norfolk cuisine. Pick up freshly landed fish, local cheese and fresh fruit and veg to take home, or eat your way around the globe at the various street food stalls. Bao buns, churros, falafel, mushy peas and baklava – it’s all here and a testament to this welcoming and multi-cultural city.

Stay nearby: The Stables, Mulbarton | sleeps 2 + 2 dogs

Is your stomach rumbling in anticipation of a gastronomic tour of Norfolk? We have a wide range of holiday cottages all over this amazing county, where you can relax and unwind after a holiday’s worth of foodie adventures. Take a look at our full collection below. 

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.