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The wonderful food available in North Norfolk is one of its increasingly better known secrets. The area is a foodie’s heaven and the food reflects the unique landscape: what the French would call terroir. The coast and salt marshes famously produce the country’s finest crabs and samphire, and the long dry summers are great for lavender, which you can often find incorporated into bread and ice cream. In winter the fields, woods and marshes supply the local butchers and restaurants with wonderful wild game. And the rich light soil produces the early summer asparagus.


There are some great places to eat out in Blakeney and in the surrounding area. They are listed in their approximate proximity to Gillie Cottage and most need to be booked.

 

White Horse Hotel

The White Horse became an Adnam's hotel in 2011 so standards are high and staff are friendly and helpful. Good for breakfast, lunch and dinner. You can eat in the bar, conservatory or garden. Very convenient, especially in the winter when the north-wind does blow.
01263 740574 www.blakeneywhitehorse.co.uk

 

The Moorings

Closer to the Quay is the Moorings run by Richard and Angela. During the day it's a cafe, but at night it is a very good restaurant where cooking is by the owners and front of house by friendly staff. Open most nights in the summer but otherwise best to check.
01263 740054 www.blakeney-moorings.co.uk

 

The Blakeney Hotel

Opposite the quay, the Blakeney Hotel is good for lunch or dinner. Dinner is a three course affair in a rather old-fashioned silver service sort of way. The surroundings are great and if you can get a table overlooking the quay then all the better.
01263 740797 www.blakeney-hotel.co.uk

 

Wiveton Farm Café

During the summer it is a good place to walk to for lunch, either via the coast road or across Friary Hills and up through the woods. It is open for lunch for a large part of the year and for dinner some nights during the summer. The farm also does a lot of pick-your-own produce including strawberries and raspberries when in season. There is also a farm and gift shop.
01263 740515 www.wivetonhall.co.uk

 

Wiveton Bell, Wiveton

A mile or so outside Blakeney it is walkable but for a good part of the way there isn't a pavement. Very popular so you need to book for lunch or dinner.
Head south up the High Street, straight across at the junction and a mile or so to Wiveton. It was taken over and refurbished in early 2007.
01263 740101 www.wivetonbell.co.uk

 

Morston Hall, Morston

Our local one-starred Michelin restaurant. A fixed price, fixed menu, single sitting offering wonderful food from Galton Blackiston's kitchen.
01263 741041 www.morstonhall.com www.galtonblackiston.co.uk

 

The Neptune

Along the coast at Old Hunstanton is The Neptune, another one-starred Michelin restaurant. The restaurant has been awarded a triple AA rosette and retained for the 3rd year a Michelin star in January 2012.

01485 532122 www.theneptune.co.uk/

 

Art Café, Glandford

Art Café is North Norfolk’s newest gallery and licensed café. A place to buy beautiful creations, enjoy fantastic coffee and tea, indulge in some super food and relax in delightful surroundings. With a sunny courtyard for the summer days and a cosy wood burning stove for the cold Norfolk winters, Art Café is an all year round must visit location.
01263 741711 www.art-cafe.org

 

The George, Cley

The George is famous in the bird watching world due to its association with the founding of the local nature reserves and is an excellent place to have lunch or dinner.
If time permits you may get there by using the sea wall walk from Blakeney to Cley which takes around 40 minutes. We tend to walk there via the coastal path and return on the coast road (there is a path between Cley and Blakeney).

 

The Dun Cow, Salthouse

Now run by Dan who ran the White Horse for many many years, he has made big improvement to the bar and also the food.
01263 740467 www.salthouseduncow.com

 

Cookies, Salthouse

An unusual but much-loved eaterie offering a range of seafood to eat-in or take away.

 

Kings Head, Letheringsett

One of several pubs in the are run by Chris Coubrough it is in the centre of Letheringsett and has a lovely outdoor seating area as well as a pleasant interior.

 

Back To The Garden, Letheringsett

A very good Delicatessen and Butchers. It now has a cafe open during the day and is open as a restaurant some evenings. Take the road to Wiveton, go through Glandford and then at the Letheringsett junction turn right and it is on the right after about half a mile.

www.back-to-the-garden.co.uk/

 

The Victoria, Holkham

The Victoria is well known as a place to eat on the North Norfolk Coast. Between Wells-Next-The-Sea and the Burnhams. It is located by the entrance to Holkham Hall and opposite Lady Anne's Drive for those wishing to walk on Holkham beach (where part of Shakespeare in Love was filmed).
www.holkham.co.uk/victoria/

 

The Hoste Arms, Burnham Market

An institution and deservedly so based on our experiences of eating there.
www.thehoste.com/

 

Albert's Fish Bar, Holt

Whilst you can eat there, it is our preferred place to buy takeaway fish and chips. Phone first to check opening hours as, most nights, they aren't open very late.

 

Byfords, Holt

A great place for coffee or lunch plus it's open in the evenings. It has a wonderful deli and bakery as well!
www.byfords.org.uk/

 

Butlers Pantry, Holt

A modern restaurant in Appleyard opposite Fat Face (one of the few chain shops in Holt).

 

The Pigs, Edgefield

An interesting pub that is part-owned by the people who run Byfords. They use a lot of local produce and do use bartering to acquire local vegetables.