Find the perfect pit-stop for your day out in North Norfolk…
There are so many lovely locations that are perfect for long luxurious walks here in North Norfolk that you’re really spoiled for choice, but it’s important to keep well fed throughout the day.
Our best recommendation for a relaxing day out is to get up early, eat a heart breakfast and then head out for a couple of hours before escaping to a rustic, relaxed restaurant for a late lunch or afternoon tea. The standard for food and hospitality is superb across the board here in North Norfolk, so picking just a handful of restaurants to mention is rather difficult – but that doesn’t mean that we can’t try!
The following restaurants have received multiple awards over the years, not to mention garnering rave reviews from their diners:
This family run restaurant has been run for nearly 20 years now and offers a wide range of hearty wholesome food for lunch or dinner. There are only 50 covers at The Moorings and thanks to its roaring popularity with the locals and visitors, the whole restaurant it often booked up well in advance. The menu here is inspired by the local food that is offer throughout North Norfolk and prizes classic food combinations highly.
The Old Forge Seafood Restaurant
Tucked away in this 14th century coach station you’ll find one of the best sea food restaurants in Norfolk. Colin and Sarah run The Old Forge Seafood Restaurant which was awarded the AA Rosette between 2008-2015, their B&B has also received similar praise.
Sea food is purchased on a daily basis from local fishermen and served on their wide-reaching a la carte menu which has something for every taste.
Another family affair, the owners of The Pepperpot gave up their business of oven cleaning in Aylesbury to run this restaurant and have both built quite the reputation for hosting dinner at their homely restaurant The Pepperpot. 40 people can be accommodated in this cosy established which has been described as ‘like a houseparty, but without the effort’. On the menu are classic dishes such as Pork Rillettes, Boiullabaisse and Lamb Shank all prepared and presented with a trademark flourish
The two AA Rosette award winning restaurant The Grove has a historical heritage that goes back to the 18th Century, but it might interest you to know that the family that currently runs the successful business has been there since 1936. This completely independent establishment offers a wide range of accommodation options, but top of them all is the excellent fine-dining restaurant that is on site.
Looking for a decent pub in Fakenham?
Fakenham is home to a number of old pubs that are experiencing something of a renaissance at present.
Although many pubs in the country have been closing down left, right and centre, the pubs in Fakenham have stayed open in large part to the innovative experiences that they offer. Once a much more populous town, Fakenham’s business owners have had to adapt to the changing times and present the people of the town with a distinct experience.
Here’s a list of the Fakenham pubs that have reinvented themselves to great acclaim and much success. If you’d like to book at table at one of these establishments then it’s advised that you book well in advance as they’re hugely popular with the locals:
The owners of Fakenham’s most popular Fish’n’Chips restaurant have over 60 years of collective experience behind them and have been serving quality fried food from their Grade 2 Listed building for decades now. Jonathan, Andrew and Mark are passionate about doing food the right way, they transformed the listed pub into a high-end chip shop back in 2002 and have been keeping Fakenham and the surrounding villages happy ever since. If you’re staying in the area then you can order a delivery or, for the authentic experience, you can sit in with your food.
The Chequers Inn
Sometimes in order to achieve success in the pub world you don’t need to try anything new at all. The Chequers Inn offers exceptional service, a changing roster of quality ales and fresh food from local suppliers. The 17th-century premises has been carefully renovated over the years, keeping the original features intact whilst modernising other aspects in order to keep up with industry standards. Binham’s just a short walk away from Fakenham and this excellent pub is certainly worth the trip.
The Ordnance Arms
Once a humble traveller’s inn, there’s little doubt that the original architects of this building would have seen the pub being transformed into a Thai restaurant, yet here it stands! Should you wish to still drop in for a pint then you can still do so as the pub’s original features have been kept in tact, but it won’t be long until the smell of authentic, fresh Thai food draws you into the main restaurant. There’s also a takeaway option should you wish to take the lazy option.
The Dukes Head
Opened in 2003, The Dukes Ahead takes a similar approach to their food and drink. As far as road-side pubs go, it’s as traditional as they come with white-washed walls and exposed timber. Ask for the English menu and you’ll be presented with some true pub classics, but should you wish to taste something from a little further afield then you’ll be able to dive into an extensive and authentic menu of ‘Cantonese cuisine with a Malaysian influence‘ – certainly not be missed!