The Globe Inn Pub with rooms in Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk

Prices from:
£110 per night

David Hancock says:

  • Stroll from Quay; beside green
  • Spruced up interior; seaside feel
  • Menus champion local produce
  • Stylish, individual bedrooms
  • Kids and dogs very welcome
  • Norfolk Coast Path on the doorstep

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Overview

The Globe Inn Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk, NR23 1EU

The personal touch

The Globe is an old coaching inn that overlooks a pretty, leafy Georgian square known as The Buttlands, just inland from the Quay in the quaint seaside town of Wells-next-the-Sea. It remains delightfully informal and pubby despite being spruced up and extended over the past five years by hands-on owners Antonia and Stephen Bournes. Big round tables take pride of place in the broad bay windows of the simply adorned front bar with its gleaming handpumps – locals and holidaymakers are drawn in for pints of Adnams and Woodforde’s ales – evocative local photographs on plain walls, and wood-burning stoves, which belt out heat on cold winter days. Bare boards flow into the rear dining area and a seaside feel prevails as befits its location – think, soft pastel hues, local artwork, jazzy cushioned wall benches, cosy private nooks, and a stylish, contemporary look. Posh underground loos (note the glass-fronted cellar on the way), a fabulous sunny courtyard with pizza oven, a modern pub menu that brims with local produce, and 19 super-smart bedrooms complete the very pleasing picture. If there’s no room at the inn, why not take over Spicer’s holiday house (no dogs) across The Buttlands with family or a group of friends, and book the Beach Hut on Wells beach, which comes complete with buckets, spades, deck chairs and picnic blankets.

Muddy paws

With the coast path almost passing the front door, the Globe loves dogs and welcomes them in the bar (bowls & treats) and seven of the bedrooms – £15 per pooch per night with bed, bowl, treats and towels.

Sticky fingers

The pub is family heaven being so close to the beach – kids have their own menu (fresh food) and they will find shelves of books, games and toys in the bar. Most rooms have room for extra beds (£30 per night) but families should book one of the three spacious apart-hotel suites replete with kitchen and dining areas.

Alfresco

Make the most of the sunny courtyard on warmer days with its collection of brightly painted picnic benches, posh blue brollies and overflowing planters. The wood-fired pizza draws a hungry crowd at weekends and holidays, so be sure to arrive early to bag a bench. Alternatively, enjoy a quiet pint sitting on one of the front benches overlooking the Buttlands.

What’s the Damage?

19 doubles/twin: £110 – £200

What Else?

  • All credit cards (except Amex)
  • Alfresco dining
  • Private dining (cosy nooks)
  • Disabled access to bar, dining area & Sea Coral room is fully equipped for the disabled
  • Parking (limited) at the front of the inn and around the edge of the green; pay car parks nearby

Gongs

Best Independent Hotel Norfolk Tourism Awards

Sleep

The Globe Inn Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk, NR23 1EU

Do not disturb

The nineteen very individual and beautifully refurbished bedrooms are split between the inn and the newly developed Courtyard Wing, which opened in July 2018 and the twelve spanking new rooms have proved a hit with guests. They include two spacious superior rooms, five easy access ground floor rooms, one ultra-cosy single with big rain shower, and three apart-hotel suites with cooking and dining areas – perfect for families with young children. Rooms are named after the striking (and expensive) statement wallpapers behind the super-comfortable Mattisons beds, with Kingfisher and Imperial Pheasant being the large and airy superior rooms with colourful headboards on super king beds, rich fabrics and huge tiled bathrooms with double sinks, bath and separate walk-in showers. All are equipped and furnished with style, imagination and attention to detail, and a nod to the Globe’s seaside location. Expect coffee machines, sweets and homemade biscuits, fresh flowers, smart TVs, up-to-date local magazines, thick towels and Duck Island toiletries in smart bathrooms, and a super private rooftop terrace for residents to share. Rooms enjoy views across the green, the rooftops to St Nicholas’s Church, or the courtyard. Spicer’s, a beautifully renovated holiday house across The Buttlands, sleep eight in four en suite bedrooms and makes the ideal seaside bolthole for families or a group of friends.

 

What’s the Damage?

19 doubles/twin: £110 – £200

What Else?

  • All credit cards (except Amex)
  • Alfresco dining
  • Private dining (cosy nooks)
  • Disabled access to bar, dining area & Sea Coral room is fully equipped for the disabled
  • Parking (limited) at the front of the inn and around the edge of the green; pay car parks nearby

Gongs

Best Independent Hotel Norfolk Tourism Awards

Eat & Drink

The Globe Inn Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk, NR23 1EU

Mastering the menu

(Starters: £6-£8; Main Courses: £13.50-£24; Desserts £6.95)

Chef Paul North makes good use of the abundant seasonal produce to be found along the coast, say crab and lobster landed at Wells quay by Andrew Frary, smoked salmon from Cley Smokehouse, local cheeses and asparagus, venison and game from local Estates, and delicious beef from cattle fattened on the salt mashes. The printed menu lists a good range of classic pub favourites. Tuck into thick-cut Norfolk ham and homemade piccalilli sandwiches, freshly battered haddock with hand-cut chips and homemade tartare sauce, and the Globe venison and beef burger the onion rings, red onion marmalade and fries. Imaginative evening dishes champion the best seasonal local produce – sea bass with ratatouille, fondant potato, spinach and brown shrimp salsa, duo of Norfolk lamb, braised shoulder and cutlet, with red wine jus – or look to the daily chalkboard for delicious dishes of the day, perhaps game pie (hare, venison, pheasant, pigeon) with vegetables and gravy, and herb-crusted cod with confit garlic potato cake, spinach and saffron aioli. Leave room, if you can, for sticky date and ginger puddings with Lakenham Dairy rum and raisin ice cream. Wines are first class and include 18 by the glass.

Time to Eat

Breakfast: 8am – 10am

Lunch: 12 noon – 2.30pm (3pm Saturday & Sunday)

Dinner: 6pm – 9pm

Time at the bar

8am – 11pm

What’s the Damage?

19 doubles/twin: £110 – £200

What Else?

  • All credit cards (except Amex)
  • Alfresco dining
  • Private dining (cosy nooks)
  • Disabled access to bar, dining area & Sea Coral room is fully equipped for the disabled
  • Parking (limited) at the front of the inn and around the edge of the green; pay car parks nearby

Gongs

Best Independent Hotel Norfolk Tourism Awards

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 – gabrielle@innplaces.co.uk.

1 Inn Location - The Globe Inn

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Cellar by the Quay, Wells-next-the-Sea NR23 1FA

This traditional wine shop with knowledgeable staff works perfectly with the fish and chip shop. Chris suggests buying some cold New Zealand sauvignon blanc from here and then team it up with your takeaway lunch, before heading out to the flood bank.

4

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.

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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.

9

The Dun Cow, Salthouse NR25 7XA

This lovely hostelry on the coast road is being revitalised with passion and interest. Don't miss the Gray family's beef reared outside the windows on Salthouse marshes and the famous local Morston mussels.

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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.

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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.

13

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.

15

Quayside and Rockpool Crabbing NR25 7NE

More for entertainment value to amuse big and little kids than fishy harvest, throw your bacon baited lines (no hooks allowed) off the quays at Blakeney or Wells; alternatively gingerly splash around the rockpools on the Hunstanton part of the coast for your crustacean quarry (not exactly edibly-sized).

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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.

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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.

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Blakeney Deli, 30 High Street, Blakeney NR25 7AL

Specialist, family-owned fine food and wine emporium that champions Norfolk independent businesses, offering local treats and goodies from 18 Norfolk artisan suppliers. The on-site kitchen delivers excellent tarts, breads and pastries. Don't miss the wine tastings.

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Picnic Fayre, Cley-next-the-Sea NR25 7AP

This award-winning deli is situated in a former forge and has an impressive antipasti bar. It's the place to come for local cheeses, fruit and vegetables and speciality breads.

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Cookies Crab Shop, The Green, Salthouse NR25 7AJ

The popularity of this seafood shack is legendary (after three generations). It's a simple place all round, quite set in their ways about how to do things but that's how they cater for so many. Family day boats bring in flapping-fresh seafood. Get there early!

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A.M. Frary Seafoods, The Quay, Wells-Next-the-Sea NR23 1FA

This is a fishmonger’s caravan on the quay, (Easter to September) selling the best local mussels, crabs and lobsters.

22

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.

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The Anchor, Morston NR25 7AA

At the heart of yachting and twitcher country, The Anchor sits down the road from the famous Michelin-starred Morston Hall and shares much of the passion for local seafood and game. The two youthful landlords were old school chums and they are doing good things in their first pub-restaurant.

Out & About

1 Inn Location - The Globe Inn

Activities

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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.

3

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.

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Surfing at Cromer NR27 9HE

Between April and October you get the chance to experience the thrill of North Norfolk's spectacular tides and waves, with lessons provided by Glide Surf School. By contrast, the region's rivers offer the chance for various exhilarating adventure sports, including kayaking

Shopping

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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.

17

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.

18

Fakenham Antiques and Collectables, NR21 8AZ

Seek out the Old Congregational Church in Fakenham and you'll find a treasure trove of fine period furniture, vintage toys, painted and shabby chic, porcelain and china and oddities from all parts of the world.

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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.

21

Birdscapes Gallery, Glandford NR25 7JP

Artworks that reflect Norfolk's diverse wildlife are on display in the excellent gallery at Glandford, near Holt. Expect some striking and very distinctive pieces, including paintings, prints and sculptures.

23

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

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Felbrigg Hall, Thorpe Market NR11 8PR

Fellbrigg Hall's splendid park is one of the highlights of a visit to this popular National Trust visitor attraction a short distance from Cromer. Here, you can explore over 500 acres of woods and miles of waymarked paths where nature and wildlife are much in evidence.

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Mannington Gardens NR11 7BB

Expect to see a wide variety of trees and shrubs surrounded by a splendid medieval moated manor house at Mannington Gardens, situated in glorious countryside to the south-west of Thorpe Market. There are classic roses, scented plants and herbaceous borders.

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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.

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Cromer NR27 9EF

Often described as the ‘gem of the Norfolk coast,’ Cromer is one of East Anglia’s most popular resorts. The distinctive tower of the town’s church is the highest in the country and overlooks Cromer’s old fishing village. The resort is also renowned for its classic Victorian pier.

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Holkham Hall, Holkham NR23 1AB

One of the UK's fine Palladian stately homes and estates, if not the finest, with an amazing array of things to do; foodie highlights alone include a boutique inn, wine merchants and cookware shop, beach cafe, tearooms, home-reared venison etc.

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Walsingham NR22 6BP

Famous as a pilgrimage centre and for its religious shrines in honour of the Virgin Mary, Walsingham lies just to the south of Wells. Apart from its historic abbey, known for its dazzling carpets of snowdrops, there is a wealth of historic buildings to see and a museum. And wander through the delightful wildflower meadows.

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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.

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Thursford Collection, Thursford, Fakenham NR21 0AS

It's probably not what you'd expect to find in the depths of North Norfolk, but lovers of musical instruments will be quickly drawn in. Among the treasured items here at Fakenham are a Wurlitzer cinema organ, fairground carousels and various barrel and street organs.

Walking

www.walkinginnorfolk.co.uk
www.nationaltrail.co.uk/peddars-way-and-norfolk-coast-path
This breathtaking stretch of coastline offers enormous scope for all kinds of walking – long, short and somewhere in-between. One of the most popular haunts of walkers is the region’s remote Holkham Beach, immortalised in the film Shakespeare in Love. It’s just the place to enjoy wild beauty and stunning wide skies. If you enjoy sampling long-distance paths, however, try the 93-mile Peddars Way and North Norfolk Coast Path. Following ancient tracks and Roman roads and consisting of two paths joined together to form one route, the Peddars Way and North Norfolk Coast Path offers a great blend of pastoral Norfolk hinterland and magnificent coastal scenery.

Cycling

www.cycle-route.com
The region’s relatively flat terrain makes this part of the country ideal for cycling. One of the area’s most popular cycle trails (and also suitable for walkers) runs from Aylsham to Wroxham for 9 miles, beside the Bure Valley Railway. You can return by train. Alternatively head for the more ambitious Norfolk Coast Cycleway, which runs between King’s Lynn and Cromer

Events

www.visitnorthnorfolk.com
Among a host of entertaining events in the area you’ll find the Holkham Country Fair, focusing on rural England and held every other year in the grounds of Holkham Hall, the Norfolk and Norwich Festival – a flagship event for the east of England and one of the largest arts Festivals in the country – and the North Norfolk Food and Drink Festival, a celebration of all that is good about local produce.

Getting there

Location, Location, Location

By Road: Wells-next-the-Sea is on the B1105 10 miles north of Fakenham and signed of the A149 coast road between Cromer and Hunstanton; the Crown is located by the green just south of the town centre

By Rail: Nearest railway stations are Cromer, 22 miles east, or King’s Lynn, 29 miles south-west of Wells-next-the-Sea

Address:

The Buttlands, Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk, NR23 1EU

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