There is so much to see in Norfolk, from its stunning coastline and beautiful countryside, to the Broads National Park and historic sights. After a long day of exploring, head to one of the many pubs in Norfolk. From the finest gastropubs to scenic waterfront venues, here is our guide to the best Norfolk pubs.
Thinking of taking the family out for a pub lunch to celebrate Mother’s Day? Read our guide to Mother’s Day in Norfolk to find out about any special offers and events taking place.
Food led pubs
The Kitchen at St George’s
Located in the grounds of St George’s Distillery, home to the English Whisky Co, The Kitchen at St George’s is a great place to have breakfast, brunch or lunch. It also serves delicious afternoon tea and Sunday roasts. Take a seat outdoors on the terrace, and go for a post-meal walk down to the river.
The Old Rectory Restaurant
The Old Rectory Restaurant is part of The Old Rectory, a family run hotel not far from the Norfolk Broads. The restaurant is open to the public and serves traditional and contemporary home cooked dishes made with locally sourced fresh produce. There is a hearty roast every Sunday with plenty of vegetarian options available, paired with an extensive wine list.
The Wellington Feltwell
Located in the village of Feltwell, The Wellington is housed in a building that dates back to 1730. It serves award-winning home cooked food, and has won Gastropub of the Year for East Anglia in 2018 and 2019. The pub also has top quality beers, ales and ciders from a wide variety of local breweries.
The Gunton Arms
The Gunton Arms is a traditional pub set within a historic deer park near Cromer. The menu changes regularly depending on what kind of local produce is in season. The pub has its own venison, and seafood is caught by local fishermen. The Gunton Arms has quite an eclectic style and is decorated with a large collection of artwork.
The Green Dragon
This 14th century tavern is one of the oldest pubs in England, located on the same road as Wymondham Abbey. The Green Dragon has ever-changing real ales, lagers, ciders and spirits, and also has a fantastic menu of homemade food using locally sourced ingredients. The pub often hosts music and comedy events, as well as festivals in the beer garden.
The Kings Head
Tucked away in the pretty village of Bawburgh, the King’s Head dates back to the 17th century. It has won several awards within the local community for the quality of its food and drink. The menu changes every six weeks according to what’s on offer in local markets.
This traditional country pub in the village of Horsey serves up wholesome meals for lunch and dinner. There is a cosy open fire during the winter months and a large beer garden for warmer days. The bar has a constant selection of at least 10 ales and 10 ciders from local and national breweries.
The Brisley Bell
Set in the village of Brisley, this beautiful country pub boasts stunning views of the Norfolk countryside. This meat led pub combines English cuisine with international flavours. There is also a wide selection of ales, beers, wines and spirits. Outside you’ll find a large beer garden and croquet lawn, perfect for summer evenings.
Vernon Arms Southrepps
The Vernon Arms in the village of Southrepps is an old fashioned country pub with a warm and relaxing atmosphere. It has high quality cask ales and home cooked food, serving everything from starters and light meals to hearty mains. There are darts, pool and occasional live music.
Chequers Inn Binham
Located in the coastal village of Binham, Chequers Inn is a family friendly pub that serves delicious food, cold beers and artisan drinks with a great atmosphere. From old fashioned pub favourites to contemporary dishes, you won’t leave hungry! Most of the menu can be served gluten free.
The Lifeboat Inn Thornham
The Lifeboat Inn on the north Norfolk coast has been welcoming guests for over 500 years. There is an extensive collection of ales, lagers, wines and spirits which you can enjoy on the terrace in summer, or by a roaring fire in the winter. Serving hearty breakfasts, lunch and evening meals, the pub sources all its ingredients from local suppliers.
The White Horse Brancaster
Located on the marshland coastline of north Norfolk, The White Horse serves fresh seafood caught by local fishermen. The menu changes regularly with delicious daily specials. There is a terrace dining area with spectacular views over the salt marshes and the sea beyond.
This 300 year old freehouse is located in the picturesque seaside village of Winterton-on-Sea. Fishermans Return cooks up classic dishes which incorporate seafood and meat from local fishermen and butchers. A few minutes walk from the pub you’ll find long stretches of sandy beaches and stunning walks.
The Rising Sun
The Rising Sun in Coltishall is a riverside pub in the Norfolk Broads. There is a large choice of dishes on offer, from starters and light bites, to mains and desserts. There is also a traditional roast lunch on Sundays. Choose from local real ales, fine wines and speciality coffees and teas to accompany your meal.
The New Inn Horning
The New Inn in Horning is a family run pub on the River Bure. It serves traditional home cooked food, high quality cask ales and fine wines. There are local specialities on the menu, such as pies and Norfolk seafood. There is a spacious riverside garden with a covered patio and heated deck area, with an amusement area for children.
Acle Bridge Inn
Set in the heart of the Norfolk Broads, the Acle Bridge Inn is set right by the river, and is popular with visitors arriving by boat. It serves classic dishes and pub favourites, including seafood dishes, burgers, steaks and Sunday roasts. There is a large drinks menu with draughts, spirits and soft drinks.
Maltsters at Ranworth
The Maltsters is right next to Malthouse Broad at Ranworth. It has an extensive menu including Sunday roasts, kids menus, and plenty of vegetarian and gluten free options. There is a fantastic selection of wines and real ales which you can enjoy on the large terrace and garden that looks over the Broads.
If you like to combine a pub lunch with a countryside walk, or you’re in the mood to explore, read our guide to Trails in Norfolk for inspiration.