Part of the nearby Walsingham Farm Shop, this lovely restaurant and next-door fish'n'chip shop is well worth a day trip, combined with a wander around the village, famous for its religious shrines and history.
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.
Kids are very welcome throughout the pub; smaller portions are available; and Cocklestrand & Pollard rooms make ideal self-contained family accommodation.
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.
The Hero Burnham Overy Staithe, Norfolk, PE31 8JE
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The Hero Burnham Overy Staithe, Norfolk, PE31 8JE
Mastering the menu
Time to eat
Time at the bar
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 – firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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.
On the first Saturday monthly, two old Norfolk barns host over 50 stalls with music and cookery demos by the pond.
A great place to visit to find the best Norfolk food and drink from around the coast and further afield in the county. Beautifully laid out and a place you could spend a couple of hours buying lovely delicious things, particularly ready meals.
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.
Brilliant fresh fish and chips, cooked to order as they should be. Eat in and watch quay life or take a short walk down the flood bank and eat there, watching the goings-on of a working harbour.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Enjoy the Courtyard Cafe for a local lunch special or afternoon tea after a hearty wander around this richly-stocked wildlife reserve and landscaped lakeside gardens.
Simon Letzer, local fisherman, sells the freshest of shellfish, freshly-filled baguettes and other local seafood from his own boat, including crabs, lobster & whelks. Open April - October daytimes.
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.
Arable farmer Teddy Maufe’s real ale shop on his Holkham estate farmstead sells an amazing array of bottle-conditioned Norfolk real ales, many using his finest malting barley
Long-standing and very well-stocked fishmonger’s in Burnham Market selling wet fish, all manner of local seafood, fishy dishes and smoked produce too.
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.
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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.
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.
Suitable for both novices and seasoned sailors, Brancaster Staithe’s harbour lies to the south of Scolt Head Island and is the perfect setting for an assortment of water-sports activities.
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.
The Old Station Pottery and Bookshop based in the former railway station at Wells offers an eclectic mix of ceramics and second-hand books. All the ceramics are made on site in the studio and displayed among the books.
Located in Holkham village, here you'll find a varied and eclectic choice of day-to-day fashion and accessories blended with a good range of homeware.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In the heart of the village, Norfolk Living is a rambling lifestyle emporium, chock-full of stylish fabrics and unusual interior accessories, plus decorative stone ornaments and garden furniture, and fashion goods.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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