Where to: Eat Out and Shop Locally in North Norfolk
We are obsessed with good food, shopping locally and enjoying all that a local community has to offer. Nothing erks me more than going somewhere and being let down on the quality of the food, service or atmosphere. Here's a wide selection of great places to eat and shop for terrific local produce in North Norfolk. They are only suggestions and we would love your feedback. In no particular order, but we like them all.
The Ship Inn, Mundesley
The Ship Inn in Mundesley is our local, serving a wide menu of regular pub favourites. Inside you'll find a main bar with locals, a main restaurant, snug room (my favourite) and a large beer garden over looking the sea. It also has a slipway to the beach so it's an ideal stroll from our Beach House to the pub! Book as it gets busy in peak periods. Tel 01793 722691 Website Scroll down for more details of Mundesley pubs and North Norfolk pubs.
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The great thing about Mundesley is you can get literally everything you need locally in the vilage centre. Including fresh fruit and veg from Country Pickings, meat from the butcher and fresh fish from the small trailer in the car park. We even have the world's smallest hardware shop. But there's also a fully stocked Tesco Express yards from the house and the larger Waitrose and Sainsbury's just 4 miles away in North Walsham.
The Vernon Arms
Recently extended the Vernon Arms has that pleasant mix of traditional pub feel, log fire, warm colours, locals, not messed about with feel and a good menu. Ok, not noted for its gastro food, but equally you can enjoy a good meal using local produce if you look at the menu carefully. It's popular so do book. Also great for a pint and a game of pool. If you fancy the long walk, take the quiet roads via Gimingham, out our gate turn right and take next left before you get to the garage and Tesco express. Southrepps, Norfolk NR11 8NP 01263 833355 Website
Inland 4 miles
North Walsham is a lovely little town with a Georgian High Street.
It's perfect for a big shop with supermarkets inclduing Waitrose, Sainsburys and Lidl. In the town centre is the excellent and quirky Shambles Cafe, recently awarded North Norfolk start up of the year. There's also a great antique centre called Timeline near the station that has regular trains to Norwich and beyond.
The Gunton Arms
Thorpe Market 6.5m
Ok, I might be biased here but I simply love this gastro pub with rooms, just 6.5 miles away. It's owned by a London art dealer and it's on a deer park, so what's not to like! Stunning interior, quirky art, great food, it's pricey but not stupid and you get what you pay for. You must book it's really popular and they have rooms, so it's always busy. It's for that special treat, more than just for a pint, but that's ok to after a long walk. For me it's simply the best pub in North Norfolk Tel 01263 832010 Thorpe Market, Norwich, Norfolk NR11 8TZ
Cromer & Overstrand
West 6 miles
We love Cromer! It's a great honest seaside town with kiss me quick hats and candyfloss and an awesome peer for that Norfolk sport - crabbing! There's some lovely cafes and pubs to eat in, notably the Red Lion, Cromer and White Horse, Overstrand. You can get great fresh fish from Davies Fish Bar and theres a great deli at Norfolk Food and Drink and fresh bread at Bond Street bakery. But by far the best treat is an awesome coffee and the tiny North Sea Coffee on the seafront by the pier.
Aylsham Meat & Bread
Market Town 12m
12 miles away is the market town of Aylsham and here you will find the award winning butcher G F White, for local meat and game. Just across the road is the fantastic artisan bakers Bread Source. Whilst in Aylsham check out the antique shops and then you must visit the stunning Blickling Hall. Enjoy a long walk around the lake before a well earned pint at the Buckinghamshire Arms and then head home to prepare all that lovely food.
The Dun Cow
This is my favourite drive to pub, as it's about 15 miles away, but wow what a drive. Take the A148 past Cromer to Holt and then drop down to the coast road (A149) in Sheringham towards Blakeney, you will pass it in Salthouse. Work up an appetite by walking around Blakeney or around Cley. But enough said, great location, stunning view, great food, lovely interior, good service. Salthouse | Norfolk | NR25 7XA | 01263 740467 Website
Groveland Farm Shop
En route to Aylsham you can stop at the Groveland Farm Shop Located in a traditional Norfolk flint barn, the complex includes a restaurant & coffee shop, delicatessen, butchery, wine cellar, garden centre & gift shop, craft shop, car wash, hair & beauty salon, ladies boutique, plus shelves brimming with fresh local fruit and vegetables.
Other North Norfolk Pub and eat out places
Georgian Mkt Town 17m
The Crown, Trunch 3m - just for a walk and pint, pretty village
The Corner House cafe, Mundesley - keeping it local
The Shambles Cafe - North Walsham, a cool must go to cafe
The Buckinghamshire Arms, near Aylsham - good food, stunning setting
The Saracens Head - about 8m on a good day - get lost in Norfolk!
The Walpole Arms, Itteringham 14m, good gastro food, a treat!
The Wiveton Bell - Wiveton, lovely gastro style pub and rooms, lovely coastal drive!
White Horse Neatishead on The Broads
The Red Lion, Cromer 7m, for the views and ok food
No1 Fish and Chips and Mary Janes - both excellent
Rocky Bottoms near East Runton, for amazing sea food (book)
The Rocket House cafe, Cromer - what a view!
Fancy a fry up? The Lifeboat Cafe and perfect morning view on the slip way in Cromer
The Kings Head, Leahringsett 18m, - good (gastro) food, big garden
Art Cafe, Glandford 20m, on the way to coast via Holt, simple and nice!
Morston Hall 24m, dig deep it's a Michelin 1 Star with a 7 course taster menu, but it's so worth it!
Famed for its boutiques, antique shops, art galleries and cafe's, Holt is a must stop destination and can be combined with a trip to the coast stopping at Cley and Blakeney. But to be honest you can spend a whole day here exploring (head down the back streets). Top places to shop for produce are North Norfolk Fish Co ,wine at Bakers and Larners and enjoy a coffee at Byfords.
If you like Antiques you'll love Holt.
Mundesley, cafe, pubs, restaurants
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Eating out in Mundesley
The Ship Inn: website
Near esplanade, overlooking the sea, wonderful pub garden with play equipment for the kids, good pub food and very welcoming
The Royal Hotel: royal-hotel-mundesley.co.uk
Five minutes from Meadow House, recently revamped, Sunday lunches, very welcoming
Corner House cafe: facebook.com/pages
Lovely cafe just up the road from us, nice breakfasts, lovely for afternoon tea, lovely people
New Sage Chinese takeaway: Really excellent Chinese takeaway about 7 minutes walk from Beach House, an absolute favourite with many of our guests
Fish & Fry shop in the centre of the village, about a 10 minute walk away.
Highly recommended in the local area (short drive away)
Gunton Arms: theguntonarms.co.uk
Our favourite gastro place, amazing food, art, atmosphere. 5 stars from us!
The Shambles Cafe / Bistro - a local fav of ours and a must visit whilst you are here
Vernon Arms: vernonarms.com
Good pub food, great building, great reviews, need I say more!
The White Horse, Neatishead - lovely pub just a short drive towards The Broads