Sense of place and seasonality are key factors when it comes to eating out in Norfolk. Whether it’s Cromer crab, Brancaster mussels, Holkham venison or Sharrington strawberries, there is no shortage of exceptional locally sourced ingredients to inspire the region’s chefs. Specialties in pubs and restaurants might focus on succulent asparagus in the spring, salt marsh samphire in the summer, or puddings based on crisp Norfolk apples and juicy plums in the fall. From cozy cafes with vintage teacups and homemade cakes or fire-heated pubs serving wherry beers to traditional fish and chips on the pier or a Michelin-starred fine dining spot, there are also places for all budgets.
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Owner and chef Galton Blackiston oversees the cuisine at this Michelin-starred restaurant and country house, Morston Hall, with a choice of indoor and conservatory dining areas. Expect imaginative and beautifully presented dishes served from a no-choice dinner menu of up to seven courses, which can start with pumpkin velouté with locally caught brown prawns or Stiffkey wild bass with whey butter sauce.
Contact: morstonhall. with
best table: In the winter garden, overlooking the garden
Wiveton Hall Cafe
It’s more about the location – next to the marshes in the quiet, pine-shaded grounds of Wiveton Hall – than the food at this quirky cafe. On nice days, the brightly colored chairs and tables fill up quickly. Fresh and reasonably priced dishes include salads, quiches, cakes and homemade pastries, using produce sourced from the on-site fruit farm and gardens. In summer it is open for pizza nights, made in the pizza oven.
Reservations: for entry only
The location of this restaurant, adjacent to the new Foundry Field parking lot, on the edge of Burnham Market, is initially off-putting. But there’s a huge demand for tables at this large, hangar-like restaurant, and you’ll need to be prepared to reserve high season tables months in advance. The idea is British tapas with shared dishes skillfully prepared of grilled pollock with celery velouté, traditional tomatoes with almond gazpacho or burrata with toasted hazelnut, followed by Socius chocolate bar or yogurt panna cotta.
Creake Abbey Café
It’s worth tracking down this small complex of cafes, retail stores and cafeteria a few miles south of Burnham Market, where hearty meals and teas are served by friendly staff in bright, airy surroundings. Full English breakfasts including locally sourced bacon, eggs and sausage are a highlight of the Creake Abbey menu, while lunch favorites include cold cuts, burgers, soups and tagines. Take-away menu offered daily.
Contact: creakeabbeycafe. with
Kevin and Jacki Mangeolles opened this intimate Michelin-starred restaurant with rooms in 2007. Housed in a former 18th-century coaching inn in Old Hunstanton, Kevin is in charge of the cuisine, with a more luxurious dinner menu and tasting menu, depending heavily on seasonal dishes. local produce including fish and seafood, game and lamb. The tasting menu may include hot scallop mousse and sauternes sauce, followed by suckling pig, traditional carrots, beans, cavolo nero.
the white horse
Seafood is the main attraction in the spacious dining rooms of this glass-fronted pub-restaurant. The White Horse’s coastal location is also special, with fabulous views directly over the garden and tidal marshes beyond. Subject to availability, main courses include tempura or natural oysters, grilled lobster and smoked salmon from Staithe Smokehouse. The swamp-grazed sirloin is also a specialty, as is the seafood platter to share.
This family-run hotel and restaurant also has local fish and chips restaurants and pizzerias in nearby Thornham, overseen by owner and chef Eric Snaith. Titchwell Manor offers a formal Conservatory restaurant overlooking the garden and more relaxed, dog-friendly dining rooms with a bar and terrace. The dinner menu might include oysters with mignonette sauce followed by venison loin with Jerusalem artichoke or beer-breaded fish and chips.
Contact: titchwellmanor. with
The old bistro bank
The limited but imaginative menu at this informal and friendly restaurant (family run by Aga and Lewis King) changes frequently with the seasonality. Options can include mackerel, beetroot and cod roe with blackberry, followed by Norfolk lamb, carrots and alliums. Follow this with chocolate, black cherries, malt and popcorn.
You’ll find chef Stuart Tattersall taking center stage in the Elk Room, where he cooks in front of an open fireplace. The walls of this guesthouse are decorated with impressive modern art and it also has elegant, art-filled rooms. The restaurant’s specialties include venison, which grazes on the neighboring property, and Aberdeen Angus beef, which hangs for 28 days. Side dishes include baked potatoes with goose fat. Please note that the Elk Room fire does not operate on a Sunday.
No. 1 Cromer
This fish and chips restaurant overlooking the pier and sea is owned by local chef Galton Blackiston (owner of the Michelin-starred Morston Hall, see above). Freshly breaded cod or haddock is traditionally served with chips and soft peas and is also available to go. Upstairs Restaurant at No 1 also serves fish and chips, along with popcorn and crab burgers. In the same building, Ice Cromer serves local ice cream.
Contact: no1cromer. with
Patron chef Richard Bainbridge oversees a young and talented team at Benedicts, including North Norfolk chef Ashley Williamson and restaurant manager Luara Santos. There’s no à la carte menu, with plenty of care, five- or eight-course dishes with wine pairings available, plus a three-course lunch menu. Expect garden radish pie, chalk trout with English peas and macadamia nuts and pistachio crème brûlée, served in a fresh, contemporary dining room downtown.
Contact: restaurantbenedicts. with
the dial house
Overlooking the main square of Norfolk’s market town, Reepham, 13 miles northwest of Norwich, this Grade II Georgian home has multiple dining areas – all with an elegant, vintage feel. Patron chef Andrew Jones offers his “bistronomy” concept focused on fine products rather than fine dining. Main courses include Swannington beef tartar or venison with ragout, plus vegetarian options and sticky toffee pudding or baked cream pie with raspberry ice cream to top it off.
If you crave some Middle Eastern flavors in an atmospheric setting at a reasonable price, head to this friendly Turkish restaurant in Norwich’s St Benedicts Street food court, where you’ll find a mouthwatering mezze of grilled halloumi, Crispy calamari and spicy sausage paired with marinated meat and vegetable dishes from the charcoal grill. Sweet desserts include sütlaç rice pudding and baklava.
Contact: hagglerestaurant. with
Roger Hickman’s Restaurant
In this modern wood-floored dining room in Old Norwich, modern British menus might include Cromer crab with quail egg, followed by duck with potato boulangère or turbot with oyster and raisins, then white chocolate panna cotta. A tasting menu, available for the entire table only, comes with an optional wine flight. The private dining room seats 16 people.
Contact: rogerhickmansrestaurant. with