Eating & Drinking

This part of Norfolk is blessed with loads of great pubs and eateries to suit every pocket. Norfolk now offers probably the best eating outside London – but without London prices. Booking is recommended for most places from March to November, particularly at weekends. These are our favourites:

The Union Jack: (turn right out of Stoney Road and it’s 75 yards away). Award-winning real ale pub used by the locals. All visitors made very welcome by the owners, Trevor and Lesley, and the locals. But they don’t do food on a regular basis. 01485 601347. Recommended.

The Three Horseshoes: (past the Union Jack, then 1st left up Low Road, 5mins walk on your left). Reopened in 2015. Very busy and good pub food. Portions are generous so don’t order two fish & chips unless you’re very hungry! Friendly, helpful, medium price range and unpretentious. Closed Mon and Tues. 01485 600666. www.thethreehorseshoespub.co.uk Recommended.

Congham Hall: (200yards beyond the Three Horse Shoes on left). This is a fabulous special occasion restaurant. Definitely ‘fine dining’ and more formal. Great food, very friendly, excellent staff, usually busy but there will be no change out of £100 for two without wine. Afternoon tea – £20/head – is a real treat. We think it’s excellent and we only get great reports from our guests. You need to book. 01485 600250. www.conghamhallhotel.co.uk Recommended.

The Crown, Gayton: (8min drive). Good local pub with busy carvery using mainly locally-sourced produce. Sunday lunch is always busy and it’s good value. It’s OK for Thurs/Fri/Sat evenings – but go early. 01553 636547. www.gaytoncrown.com Mixed reports from our guests.

The Rose and Crown, Harpley: (10mins away). This is one of our current favourites offering really good food and excellent real ales. Locals very friendly. Always busy. 01485 521807. www.roseandcrownharpley.co.uk  Recommended by us and our guests.

The Dabbling Duck, Great Massingham: (10mins away). Popular gastro-pub patronised by locals and visitors. Nice atmosphere, real ales, food quality now consistent. We get good reports and the service is excellent. Local produce. Once a regular haunt of Princes William and Harry when visiting Grannie at Sandringham. 01485 520827. www.thedabblingduck.co.uk Recommended.

Market Bistro, King’s Lynn: (15mins away). Condé Naste Traveler rated this as one of the UK’s 14 best eateries in 2016 (the rest are in London)….and in the top 200 in the world! But their prices are definitely not world class. Local produce. Lucy and Richard Golding and their team richly deserve this singular honour. 01553 771483. www.marketbistro.co.uk Recommended.

The Duck, Stanhoe: (25mins away – but worth the drive). 2017 Good Food Guide Restaurant of the Year, East of England. Need we say more! We love this place – definitely our favourite. Great atmosphere, nice staff, real ale, very good food. Sit outside on a summer evening. It only reopened in March 2013 with new owners so it’s come a long way very quickly. Bistro style. Three courses for two people – around £60+ but worth every penny. Burnham Rd, Stanhoe, PE31 8QD, 01485 518330. www.duckinn.co.uk Highly Recommended.

The King’s Head, Bircham: (10mins away). Reasonably upmarket and mainly visitors. We’ve had some reasonable meals here but it lacks atmosphere. Prices similar to the Duck – but with table cloths. 01485 578265. www.the-kings-head-bircham.co.uk

The Ship, Brancaster: (25mins away) You are spoiled for choice on the coast road but this is a nice gastro-pub/hotel. Real ale, good food and reasonably priced. We often drop in for a drink here on the way back from swimming at Brancaster Beach. 01485 210333. www.shiphotelnorfolk.co.uk  Recommended.

The Hoste Arms, Burnham Market: Very popular, rambling, upmarket pub/hotel with a great reputation stretching back many years. We really enjoyed a big family meal here a couple of years ago and everyone thought it was good. Medium price range. 01328 738777. www.thehoste.com Recommended.

Rathkeller, King’s Lynn: bistro-style restaurant on the quay. Been once (Sept 2014) and the food was very good indeed (just over £50 for three of us – two courses and drinks). It’s new  so slightly lacking in atmosphere but the service was good and we liked it. 01553 773713. www.hansehouse.co.uk/services/therathskeller

Ffolkes Arms, Hillington: Re-opening in April 2017. It’s part of a small chain with a very good reputation. They’ve just spent £¾million on a revamp so we’re expecting great things.

Please give us your recommendations and we will add them to the list for future visitors.

Updated April 2017