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Eat in Norfolk

Places to eat and drink

We’re spoilt for choice with a Michelin starred restaurant, family pubs and a great cafe within walking distance of Bramley.  Here are some of our regular haunts and our honest thoughts on them.


The Lodge, Old Hunstanton

Recently renovated pub on the main road serving good solid pub grub with an extensive menu and lots of seafood specials.  Good choices for kids too.  You can eat at the bar, outside or in the restaurant.

Bar with Sky TV and pool table.

Open 12-2pm for lunch and 6.30-9pm for supper.

t:01485 532896


The Old Boat House Cafe, Old Hunstanton

t 01485 532931

Next to the Lifeboat station by the beach, Old Hunstanton.

A little beach cafe which serves a proper all day breakfast, tea, cakes and ice-creams.  Unpretentious and unhealthy but you are on holiday and it’s always served with a smile !

You can also hire beach huts by the day (£25) or week through the Cafe


The Ancient Mariners, Old Hunstanton

Overlooking the sea, this large traditional pub serves Real Ales and is featured in CAMRA ‘Good Beer Guide 2011’.  It has a quaint bar and a reasonable menu, particularly for kids.  There’s plenty of space outside where you can catch brilliant sunsets over The Wash after a day on the beach.

t: 01485 534411


The Neptune Restaurant, Old Hunstanton

Well regarded, Michelin starred former inn within walking distance of Bramley.  Kevin & Jackie Mangeolles cook ‘modern British food’ localled sourced and realistically priced with main at about £25.  We had a great meal here recently (May 2014) with an inspiring, delicious selection.

Worth booking ahead.

t: 01485 532122


The Orange Tree, Thornham

Big, traditional pub and restaurant which is always busy and buzzing.  Nicely presented food and a friendly welcome.  The pub won the ‘Great British Seafood Pub chef 2010’.

Definitely more restaurant than pub and punchily priced but we thought it was worth it.

t: 01485 512213


The Ship Hotel, Brancaster

Lots of fresh local seafood and meat on the menu although rather lacking in kids choices. Smartly renovated and part a group of local pubs belonging to Chris Coubrough a well know Kiwi chef who seems to have settled in Norfolk.  Good steaks at £20 and other mains from £13.  Also owns The Crown Hotel at Wells.

t 01485 210333


Chives Brasserie

11 High Street, Hunstanton

Small local brasserie in the middle of Hunstanton run by a local family.  Very Mediterranean based menu with decent pizza for £9, pastas at £10 and big portions.  Casual and sensibly priced.

t 01485 534771


Silk Road II

Chinese restaurant and takeaway, Main Road, Heacham (next to BP garage)

Good reliable local chinese and takeaway.

t 01485 572268


The Hoste Arms

The Green, Burnham Market, PE31 8HD

Very popular coaching inn in the heart of the village overlooking the green.  There’s a roaring fire and a great bar serving decent pub food.  It does get very busy.

t 01328 738777


The Victoria

Park Road, Holkham NR23 1RG

Stylishly restored pub on the edge of the estate with a colonial feel to it.  Good restaurant menu with meats from their estate and a Seafood Bar and Grill on Saturday and Sundays 12pm-6pm

t 01328 711008


The Globe Inn

The Buttlands, Wells-next-the-sea NR23 1EU

Restored pub in the centre of Wells.  If you’ve had the cockles and welks on the harbour wall you might want to wash them down with a pint here.

t 01328 710206


Further afield


The Old Fire Engine House, Ely

25 St Mary’s Street, Ely, CB7 4ER

We love this place.  It’s about an hour’s drive away but it’s worth a special trip or perhaps combining with a visit to Cambridge.  Established in 1968 by the present owners and housed in a beautiful Georgian house close to Ely Cathedral.  The restaurant cooks classic English dishes and local favorites and offers full seconds if you can manage them!  There’s an exceptional, sensibly priced wine list and a wonderful gallery which represents local artists.

t 01353 662582