The Hero Pub with rooms in Burnham Overy Staithe, Norfolk

Prices from:
£95 per night

David Hancock says:

  • Roadside pub reinvented in 2016
  • Harry & Rowan – Midas touch
  • Rustic-chic interior; nautical nod
  • Seasonal food; local goodies
  • Cosy rooms have harbour views
  • Coast path passes front door

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The Hero Burnham Overy Staithe, Norfolk, PE31 8JE

The personal touch

Having made a huge success of the Anchor Inn at Morston, 20-minutes drive east along the coast road, young Harry Farrow and Rowan Glennie snapped up this faded roadside pub in 2016. They have since breathed new life into the place, with a local interior designer creating a fresh and contemporary country-style interior, which fits perfectly with the coastal location. There’s more than a nod to the pub’s nautical heritage, with local marsh and seascape artwork on cool blue and aubergine painted walls, rustic wood floors, cushioned settles, candles in ceramic Norfolk Gin bottles on big scrubbed tables, and two blazing wood-burning stoves in the rustic-chic bar. The vaulted oak-beamed dining area is a tad smarter, with upholstered wall benches and an eclectic mix of chairs at simple wooden tables and a bold blue statement wall lined with bold artwork, and offers a quieter place to eat away from the hubbub of the bar. Food is modern-rustic and draws on the rich local larder of top-notch ingredients, especially fish and seafood, available along the coast. There’s something for everyone on the seasonally inspired menus and the three comfortable rooms are the icing on cake at this foodie pub with rooms close to Burnham Market, magnificent beaches and the North Norfolk coast path.

Sticky fingers

Kids are very welcome throughout the pub; smaller portions are available; and Cocklestrand & Pollard rooms make ideal self-contained family accommodation.

Muddy paws

Your dog will be welcomed in the bar following a walk along the coast path (just yards away) and your pooch will find bowls of water and treats on the bar. Cocklestrand room is dog friendly (£10 a night).


There are picnic benches on the front terrace.


What’s the Damage?

2 doubles/twin & 1 Suite: £95 – £170

What Else?

  • Credit cards accepted
  • Alfresco dining
  • Private dining
  • Disabled access to bar & dining area
  • Parking & Bike Rack



The Hero Burnham Overy Staithe, Norfolk, PE31 8JE

Do not disturb

Three very comfortable rooms are tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the bar in a smartly renovated side extension. Cocklestrand and Pollard are located on the ground floor, while the spacious Gun Hill suite is upstairs with its own private entrance and a courtyard area with table and chairs. All have been stylishly decorated with a calming nautical palette, king-size beds topped with the crisp linen and down, local artwork on the walls, Nespresso machines and fresh coffee, decent teas and homemade honey shortbread. Cocklestrand and Pollard have great tiled shower rooms; Gun Hill suite has a huge bathroom with bath and separate walk-in shower – expect to find slippers, bathrobes and a generous supply of Aesop toiletries. All enjoy unrivalled views across Burnham Overy harbour. The Hero is a brilliant bolthole for exploring this beautiful coastal area – you’ll find the coast path across the road and a footpath from the harbour takes you across wild salt marsh to magnificent Burnham Overy beach.


What’s the Damage?

2 doubles/twin & 1 Suite: £95 – £170

What Else?

  • Credit cards accepted
  • Alfresco dining
  • Private dining
  • Disabled access to bar & dining area
  • Parking & Bike Rack


Eat & Drink

The Hero Burnham Overy Staithe, Norfolk, PE31 8JE

Mastering the menu

(Starters: £6-£8.50; Main Courses: £14-£22; Desserts £7-£9; Sunday roasts £16)

Co-owner/executive chef Harry Farrow and head chef Zac Hewitt are passionate about sourcing quality local and seasonal ingredients for their weekly changing printed menus and daily chalkboard specials. Mussels come from John Brown in Brancaster, crabs are delivered daily from Cromer, Gurney’s fish shop in Burnham Market supply fresh fish, prime Norfolk steaks are sourced from Arthur Howells butchers in Wells-next-the-Sea, venison and game is shot on the Holkham Estate just along the road, and Johnny Cubitt grows the fantastic salads and vegetable on his smallholding in Blakeney. This may translate to starters of crab bruschetta with tomatoes, smashed avocado and lemon crème fraiche, seared scallops with Jerusalem artichokes and crispy ham, and smoked shark, clams, potato, pea and cream chowder. The chalkboard may also list a seasonal pumpkin and apple soup, monkfish, heritage tomatoes, pak choi and clams with a Vermouth and lemon sauce. Classics on the menu include Norfolk ale battered haddock and chunky chips, rib-eye steak with slow-cooked tomato sauce, lunchtime Welsh rarebit and Game Dog (pheasant & black pudding sausage), and puddings chocolate and walnut tart with crème fraiche ice cream and poached pickled pears. To quaff, there’s ale from Adnams and Woodforde’s, a raft of gins, including Archangel Gin distilled in nearby Walsingham, cocktails of the week, and decent list of wines to delve into.

Time to eat

Breakfast: 8.30am – 11am
Lunch: 12 noon – 3pm
Dinner 6pm – 9pm.

Time at the bar

9am – 11pm

What’s the Damage?

2 doubles/twin & 1 Suite: £95 – £170

What Else?

  • Credit cards accepted
  • Alfresco dining
  • Private dining
  • Disabled access to bar & dining area
  • Parking & Bike Rack


Food Trail

Take it back home
Tour the brewery that brewed your favourite pint, visit the shop on the farm that reared your delicious Sunday roast beef, and seek out the roadside stalls selling the local crab and samphire on the inn’s menu, the Food Trail features the local artisan producers and suppliers where you can buy to enjoy at home.

Change of scenery
Looking for a pub for lunch following a country walk, a different venue for dinner, or a good café for coffee, light lunch or afternoon tea, then the best in the area are listed below. If you find a new and exciting eatery in the area that’s worthy of a mention on the Food Trail, then please to do let us know –

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Deepdale Christmas Market, Burnham Deepdale PE31 8FB

Early December sees over 90 stalls in the market and the local church in Burnham Deepdale, where you can buy the best festive gifts and food & drink, replete with entertainment and other Christmassy activities.


Samphire and Seafood Stalls NR25 7PG

As you drive the coast road in these parts, keep your eyes peeled for little stalls outside houses selling freshly-caught fish, shellfish (especially Brancaster mussels and Stewkey Blues cockles from Stiffkey) and crisp salty marsh samphire in the summer months.


Back To The Garden, Letheringsett, Holt NR25 7JJ

Award-winning farm shop and cafe in a stunning renovated barn, with high quality produce, including Soil Association-quality meat counter, organic veggies and a delicatessen and of course excellent home-made meals.


North Norfolk Food Festival, Holkham Park NR23 1AB

A celebration in early September of all that is best about food grown, reared, caught, made or sold in north Norfolk. The best local producers attend, offering plenty of tastings and samples to tempt.


The Duck Inn, Burnham Road, Stanhoe PE31 8QD

Ben Handley cooks inspiring local produce and his wife Sarah runs the front of house. An Elgoods pub, stopping for a half is also encouraged. There's a delightfully short menu (+ specials) and a ducklings menu for little ones too.


The Three Horseshoes, The Street, Warham NR23 1NL

Step back in time with local cider and ales straight from the barrel and speciality home-made pies such as wild game, rabbit, beef & Stilton. Close to the salt marshes and the Peddar's Way so a good stop off for cyclists and nature lovers.


The Albatros, The Quay, Wells-next-the-Sea NR23 1AT

After your fish and chips, go over to The Albatross, an old dutch cargo sailing ship, moored up at the quay, and now a bar and pancake restaurant, for a pint of Woodforde's Wherry or a delicious dessert.


Thornham Deli, Main Road, Thornham PE36 6LX

While in Thornham, this is a great deli with a cafe on the side, run by Jeanne Whittome (of Hoste Arms fame). Picnic hampers, themed foodie evenings, amazing home wares and boutique fashion too.


Whin Hill Cider, Stearman

Using the apple crops from their Stanhoe orchards, the Jarvis's cider press barn is just off the main car park in Wells, producing interesting varietal and bottle-conditioned cider and perry plus single apple juices.


Drove Orchards, Thornham PE36 6LS

Amazing fruit farm, home to over 150 varieties of apple, including 100 from East Anglia, and other tasty fruit and vegetables such as nuts, artichokes and salads. The two eating options are a rustic cafe-restaurant and a new proper fish'n'chip restaurant & take-away, Eric's, which is run by local chef Eric Snaith of Titchwell Manor.


Wiveton Hall Café and Fruit Farm, Wiveton NR25 7TE

Outside Wiveton to the north off the A149 coast road is this a hidden Norfolk gem, full of Jacobean architecture, charming walled gardens and productive fruit farming in the grounds. PYO or buy berries and other crops in the shop. But main attraction is the farm café with beautiful views and fabulous rustic ingredient-led cooking.


The Jolly Sailors, Main Road, Brancaster, Staithe, PE31 8BP

Sister place to The White Horse, a near-perfect family place we agree. Muddy boots, dogs and children are all welcome at The Jolly Sailors. Great pub grub including fantastic home-made pizzas, real ale and 40 different rums on offer behind the bar.

Out & About

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Seal Trips, Morston NR25 7AA

Watching seals at home in their natural environment on Blakeney Point (also a well-known breeding ground for waders and terns), is a popular boating excursion. Boats leave from Morston Quay and the trip lasts for one hour, but if weather conditions are favourable, boats will land on Blakeney Point for an additional 30-60 minutes.


Royal West Norfolk Golf Club, Brancaster PE31 8AX

The Royal West Norfolk Golf Club at Brancaster is a superb links course on the North Norfolk Coast. Visitors are welcome, although numbers are limited. There’s an excellent pro shop and traditional club house, too. Elsewhere, there are courses at Cromer, Fakenham, Hunstanton and Sheringham.


Racing at Fakenham, Fakenham NR21 7NY

This is a popular National Hunt racecourse situated to the south of Holkham and Wells-next-the-Sea. The course was established in 1905 and its racing season is between October and May.



Artemis Homes & Antiques, Blakeney NR25 7NQ

Everything from sideboards and sofas to tables and tea sets can be found at this antique and home-furnishings shop in the picturesque North Norfolk village of Blakeney. Themes range from Arts & Crafts to Art Nouveau and Art Deco.


Flint Gallery, Blakeney NR25 7NQ

Situated close to the quay in Blakeney, this charming gallery is home to an impressive range of contemporary art, including wildlife sculpture, original paintings, designer jewellery and ceramics.


Holt NR25 6BW

This timeless little market town is a shopper's paradise. Explore its back alleys and you'll find an assortment of galleries, delis, boutiques and individual shops. The Mews Antiques Emporium is crammed with goodies.


Burnham Market PE31 8HD

Dubbed Chelsea-on-Sea, Burnham Market has over 30 independent shops and distinctive retailers specialising in contemporary art, stylish accessories for home and garden and fashionable clothes shops for all tastes and requirements.

Places to visit


Blickling Hall, Blickling, Aylsham NR11 6NF

Catching sight of Blickling Hall for the first time takes your breath away. The turreted Jacobean mansion stands proud in the Norfolk landscape and surrounding it is a beautiful 500-acre park. Blickling, near Aylsham, is widely believed to be the birthplace of Anne Boleyn.


Pensthorpe Nature Reserve & Gardens, Fakenham NR21 0LN

If you love nature, wildlife and the great outdoors, then this is just the place to head for. Situated near Fakenham, Pensthorpe is a magical mix of superb nature trails, beautiful gardens and fascinating wildlife. Bisected by the River Wensum, the park covers 700 acres.


Norfolk Lavender, Heacham PE31 7JE

Down the road from Brancaster, at Heacham, near Hunstanton, you'll find the home of Norfolk Lavender, where you can see the world-famous lavender gardens, the lavender oil distillery and the national lavender collection and herb garden. The gift shop has a wide range of Norfolk Lavender products and plants.


Houghton Hall, Houghton PE31 6UE

This magnificent grand Palladian mansion lies in picturesque parkland near King's Lynn. It's the home of Sir Robert Walpole, Britain's first Prime Minister, and has imposing state rooms, an impressive collection of model soldiers and a restored walled garden.


Sandringham PE35 6EN

Situated north of King's Lynn, Sandringham is where members of the Royal Family traditionally spend Christmas. The Grade-II-listed house and gardens, surrounded by a vast estate of 20,000 acres, is open to visitors.


Titchwell Nature Reserve, Titchwell PE31 8BB

Titchwell Marsh is one of the RSPB's most visited reserves. Follow several nature trails to spot ducks, waders, geese and seabirds. There are also avocets and terns, bitterns and marsh harriers and a visitor centre, where you can learn more about your surroundings.


King's Lynn PE30 1HX

Originally called Bishop’s Lynn, King’s Lynn is a classic seaport and market town with a rich and varied history of some 1,000 years. The town’s quaint streets are packed with period buildings and ancient landmarks. Look out for the handsome Custom House.

The North Norfolk Coast has been described as a long way from anywhere and that is certainly the impression it gives, especially when you stroll its many miles of desolate beaches. The region offers enormous scope for all kinds of walking – long, short and medium.

The North Norfolk Coast Cycleway between King’s Lynn and Cromer is an established favourite, appealing to locals and visitors alike. North far from Burnham Overy Staithe, at Dalegate Market, Burnham Deepdale (PE31 8FB), you can hire bikes, trailers and child seats.

North Norfolk has a full diary of festivals and events. One of the best-known annual fixtures is the Norfolk and Norwich
Festival in May, one of the largest arts festivals in the country. The North Norfolk Food and Drink Festival at Holkham Hall in August is a celebration of all that is good about local produce.

Getting there

Location, Location, Location

By Road: Beside the A149 coast road between Wells-next-the-Sea and Hunstanton

By Rail: Nearest railway station is King’s Lynn, 23 miles south west of Burnham Overy Staithe


Wells Road, Burnham Overy Staithe, Norfolk, PE31 8JE

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