Eating Out in West Norfolk
West Norfolk's food and drink industry is second to none and can range from a cup of cockles or good old fish and chips on Hunstanton Beach to a sumptuous dinner in a fine hotel. It is very common to find fresh local Norfolk produce at the root of the menus in the eating establishments here in West Norfolk.
West Norfolk pubs and restaurants offer a fantastic choice in food to suit all kinds of budgets. Among some of the best are The King William (Sedgeford), The Rose & Crown (Snettisham), Lord Nelson (Burnham Thorpe), Hoste Arms (Burnham), Heacham Manor Hotel (Heacham), Best Western Le Strange Arms Hotel (Old Hunstanton) and Bank House (Kings Lynn).
With views to the sea, the Best Western Le Strange Arms Hotel restaurant offers both daily table d'hôte and a la carte menus featuring, where possible, fresh local produce. The Oak Bar and Lounge which opens onto the patio, provides a relaxing setting for diners. Private dining and social events can be held in the Oak Room or Palace Suite. The Ancient Mariner Inn at Best Western Le Strange Arms Hotel is a traditional, popular village pub with beer gardens offering unrivalled views of the sea and beach. A wide range of quality food is available in the bars, family rooms, gardens and our comfortable Galley Restaurant. Featured in CAMRA "Good Beer Guide 2011".
Overlooking the original walled garden, the Garden Restaurant and Bar at Best Western Knights Hill Hotel & Spa is elegantly decorated and offers residents and non-residents a selection of traditional and classic dishes with a table d'hôte and a la carte choice, together with a selection of fine wines. The original carrstone and pantile stables, byres and grain store were originally the heart of a large Norfolk working farm. Now, after sympathetic restoration, they are the heart of the Farmers Arms Inn and Restaurant at Best Western Knights Hill Hotel & Spa. The extensive menu and daily specials board offer a wide choice of snacks and main meals and the popular carvery is available daily from 12noon - 2.30pm.
If you take good food seriously, then the Mulberry Restaurant at Heacham Manor is a must visit. Head Chef Neil Rutland consistently delivers an excellent menu chock full of tantalising dishes, all cooked to perfection.
Norfolk attractions also offer on site restaurants and cafes which are very good value for money.
The Restaurant and Terrace Coffee Shop at Sandringham’s Visitor Centre are open every day all year round, not just when Sandringham House is open, and parking is free. The Coffee Shop offers a wide range of hot and cold drinks, sandwiches and home-made scones and cakes as well as made-to-order hot filled rolls and toasted teacakes. The Restaurant serves lunch; whether it’s a bowl of home-made soup with a freshly-baked roll or a three-course lunch, everything is made in the kitchen from local produce – some of the vegetables are even grown in Sandringham’s kitchen gardens.
Pensthorpe's courtyard cafe serves great locally sourced, home-cooked food and a near restaurant service. All meals are cooked by Pensthorpe staff, freshly made to order on the premises. This is a great lunch venue even when you don't have time to visit the Reserve.
Norfolk Lavender's Tea Rooms are more low key but provide fresh Norfolk produce from the nearby Walsingham Farm Shop. Caithness Crystal has a lovely tea room for a spot of lunch. Why not see the glass blowing whilst you are there.
Park Farm in Snettisham has a lovely tea room offering good but simple fare. If you prefer you can bring your own picnic and enjoy this in their beautiful orchard.
Caithness Crystal has an air conditioned coffee shop, restaurant and gallery serving home cooked meals daily.
Another tea room well worth a visit is the one at Bircham Windmill which offers a wide range of Italian coffees and teas, light lunches, delicious homemade cakes and their famous clotted cream teas, with the bakery across the way to buy bread and cakes to take home for tea.
The Park House Hotel which provides accommodation and facilities for people with disabilities or mobility impairments also takes bookings for lunches and dinner by arrangement and is a very lovely dining venue.
The delightful Walpole Water Gardens has its own tea rooms as does the Bircham Windmill. What better way to enjoy a lovely summer's day than to enjoy a light lunch or afternoon tea whilst soaking up your pretty surroundings.
Even the RSPB reserves have somewhere to enjoy a light bite whilst out and about and getting closer to nature. Titchwell Marsh has a tea room selling a selection of hot and cold meals and snacks as well as pastries, drinks and cakes. All of thier bread and cakes are made locally and they have an exciting 'Daily Specials Board'. Open every day except Christmas Day and Boxing Day. In the winter they offer the most wonderfully welcoming home made soup in a cup. You can't get better than that when you are out in the cold trying to observe the winter bird life.
Holkham Estate offers a fantastic choice of places to eat or drink, from the Stables Café adjacent to Holkham Hall, the Rose Garden Café at the historic building, Ancient House, in Holkham Village, or our latest venture, the Beach Café with its idyllic location close to Wells beach. The Victoria Hotel at Holkham and The Globe Inn at Wells-next-the-Sea are perfect for a refreshing drink and a stylish place for lunch or dinner.
Oasis Sports & Leisure Centre in Hunstanton allows you to sit back and relax with a tasty snack and delicious hot drink in their recently refurbished Surfside Café as you take in the panoramic views across The Wash and the beautiful sunsets that you will only find along Norfolk’s east coast!