Good places to eat and drink

Below are listed some of our favourite places in Norfolk to go to eat and drink,  and we thought you might like to know about them for when you are staying with us here at Olde Farm.  Some are within walking distance of the cottages others are a car journey away – ALL are worth visiting and indeed have been visited on more than one occasion by ourselves and the dogs.  Most are dog and child friendly and have been given our own personal ‘Bee ‘ Rating.  For those of you who cannot do without wifi (ourselves included) – virtually all have free access!  This will be an evolving page as we visit and add more foodie places, so check back regularly to see what we have found.

Local and within walking distance or a short drive

Walking Distance from us (all about 1 mile)

The Kings Head – New Buckenham – Pub with great food, take away pizzas/burgers on a Friday evening, excellent selection of real ales, wines, relaxed atmosphere, pool table and sofas in bar area and also a formal dining room, dog and child friendly, small beer garden and outdoor seating area

The Garden House – Banham – Pub, excellent food, real ales, extensive ciders, good wine selection, very dog and child friendly, has lots of outdoor seating, hosts great bands for live entertainment and has regular BBQs and Pizza evenings during the summer months, portions are enormous so do make sure you are hungry when you visit. Booking advised for Sunday lunch which is epic and very popular!

The Ox and Plough – Old Buckenham – Pub, limited food, excellent selection of drinks, real ales, situated on the village green, out door seating area, dog and child friendly, excellent live music and entertainment.  Often offers free curry, pork pie and cheeseboard on Friday evening between 5 and 7pm and free cheeseboard, roast potatoes and other bar snacks on Sundays.  Hosts Two Wheel Tuesday during the summer months with bbq and other food stalls.

The Banham Barrel – Banham – Local pub, food served Friday to Sunday, with real ales, extensive gin and cider selections.  Live music most weekends and open mic night in the week, child and dog friendly)

The Gamekeeper – New Buckenham –  newly refurbished local pub with large beer garden, serving the Woodforde’s range of beers, with a rotating selection of ales alongside stouts, lagers and cider. Food served all day, everyday from 12 – 9pm and finishing earlier at 8pm on Sundays. 

Trawlers CatchBanham (our excellent local fish and chip shop – make sure you are hungry or order a portion to share.  Also serve burgers, pizzas, kebabs, salads.  Indoor and outdoor eating areas.

Angel Cakes – New Buckingham – Local traditional tearoom serving delicious homemade cakes, breakfasts and snacks 

Within 15/20 minutes drive

OakVilla Gin Distillery & Restaurant is based at St George’s English Whiskey Distillery in East Harling.  Serves breakfast, lunch, afternoon teas and occasional evenings.  Fabulous range of freshly cooked food some with a South African twist. I especially recommend the chicken livers cooked in English Whisky and served on sourdough toast.

The Red Lion – Kenninghall – Old village inn, quirky interior serving excellent classic pub grub with extensive selection of real ales, wines and spirits, very child and dog friendly

Green Dragon – Wymondham – One of the oldest pubs in England (14c),  very quirky and cosy, close to the wonderful Abbey,  serving excellent food, local real ales, wines and spirits,  dog and child friendly with good beer garden)

The Boars – Spooner Row – Gastro pub, excellent food, extensive wine selection, real ales,  child friendly

Bello Pizzeria – Attleborough – Italian Restaurant excellent pizza, pasta and wine selection)

The World’s End – Mulbarton (Country pub, excellent pub grub food, real ales, good wine selection, very dog and child friendly with large outdoor play area and covered terrace

The Bird in Hand – Wrenningham – Pub, excellent classic pub food, real ales, good wine selection, dog and child friendly, out door seating areas

Twin Teapots – Kenninghall – Small local cafe serving breakfast, lunch and afternoon teas, delicious home made food, limited outside eating area

Jimmy’s Cafe – Airfield, Old Buckenham (Allegedly the best airfield cafe in the UK).  Sited on the old World War II airfield, with small museum and open Thursday to Sunday, serving fabulous breakfasts, snacks, lunches.  Named after the legendary Hollywood Actor, James Stewart, who was based there during the War.

Waterfront Inn – Diss – Traditional pub serving excellent pub grub classics with a good selection of real ales, wines and spirits – especially gins.  Good sized outdoor eating area overlooking the mere

The Foundry Cafe – Tasburgh – Not just a wonderful garden centre but also has one of the best cafes. Great selection of fresh cooked food, local cakes, teas, coffees.  Worth the visit alone for the avocado and bacon on toast and you can also pick up some wonderful plants and pottery from the gift shop.

In Norwich

The Lamb Inn – Friendly pub in city centre serving classic pub grub and some with a twist.  Superb Sunday Lunch with free additional helpings of roast potatoes, Yorkshire puddings and gravy.  Good selection of  real ales, wines and spirits.  Child friendly with large covered outdoor terrace so your dog can come too!

The Belgian Monk – if you want the experience of eating and drinking in a ‘classic’ Belgian bar then this is the one for you.  Amazing moules/frittes and lots of other choices together with extensive selection of Belgian Beers.

Roger Hickmans –  Put simply our favourite place to eat in Norwich.  Small intimate dining experience, small choice of dishes but all are fabulous. You need to book well in advance especially at weekends if you want a table.

The Library – based in the Old Norwich Library, traditional brasserie and bar serving delicious classic dishes and cocktails in a beautiful and original setting

Revolucion de Cuba –  Lively restaurant and bar, serving fabulous tapas and cocktails

Ribs of Beef – Lovely old pub on the riverside serving a fantastic selection of real ales and delicious pub grub classics. Has lovely outdoor seating area overlooking the river. Child and dog friendly

Adam and Eve – Very pretty pub and reputedly oldest  in Norwich, excellent food, real ales, beers and wines.  Quirky interiors and outdoor seating areas)

A longer drive away – but well worth it

Solebay Fish Company – Southwold – Quite simply our favourite place to eat lunch in Southwold, right on the quay side and you can buy fish and shellfood to bring back to the cottage with you. There is also a fish and chip shop in the town which is just as delicious and you can eat them on a bench overlooking the pier and sea – bliss. Bookings strongly advised for the restaurant as they get very busy.

The Gunton Arms – near Cromer – Amazing food and location.  Four miles from the beaches of the North Norfolk coast, Gunton is a one thousand acre deer park established in the eighteenth century.  Mixing amazing food with the most eclectic personal art collection of the owner, Ivor Braka, which includes works by Tracey Emin, Damien Hurst, Francis Bacon, David Bailey and Lucien Freud to name but a few

Cookies Crab Shop – Salthouse – A Norfolk tradition!  Unpretentious, fabulous fresh seafood, very generous portions, served alfresco or in a small summer house.  No bookings possible so turn up and be prepared to wait in high season – it will be worth it I promise you)

Joyful Wests Shellfish Bar – Sherringham – Worth the trip to Sherringham alone, especially if you go there from Holt on the steam train.  We always have the crab sandwich on brown – fabulous. (Please note this has seasonal opening hours from March to October)

Two Life Boats – Sherringham   – Pub right on the sea front serving excellent food, real ales, wines and ciders.  Very dog and child friendly and with outdoor seating area overlooking the sea!)

The Fur and Feather – Woodbastwick – What can I say, home of my our favourite local real ale Wherry and the Woodefordes Brewery on site.  Fabulous food, extensive collection of real ales, wines and spirits.  Very dog and child friendly.)

Pleasure Boat Inn – Hickling Board  – An old favourite of ours since our teenage sailing days on the broads.  Situated overlooking Hickling Broad with an extensive beer garden.  Excellent choice of classic pub food, extensive range of beers, wines and spirits.  Very dog and child friendly.  And if you are going by boat you can moor right outside

The Bridge Inn – Acle – Beautiful setting on the broad.  Excellent pub grub and other classics, extensive collection of real ales, wines, beers and spirits.  Extensive outside eating area and very child and dog friendly

Nelson Head – Horsey – Traditional country pub with a large open fire and huge beer garden. Fabulous classic pub food, real ales and choice of ciders  – and you get the added bonus of seals just a walk away

The Anchor Inn – Morston Quay – Fabulous food – pub grub and gourmet – with an extensive real ales, wines and spirits collection. Great whilst you wait or return from a boat trip to see the seals and you can buy tickets here for the trips also.  Dog and child friendly with outdoor seating area

Hill House – Happisburgh (Old listed 16th Century coaching inn on the coast, with own in-house brewery.  Excellent food, real ales some outside tables

Byfords – Holt  – An institution!  Beautiful quirky cafe, restaurant, tearoom and food shop.  Fabulous locally sourced ingredients for homemade pies, pastries, cakes and more all served in the beautiful higgeldy, piggeldy  interior

Twyfords Tea Rooms – Beccles – a beautifully decorated and furnished traditional tearoom in the centre of Beccles with outside terrace area.  Amazing choice of cakes, snacks and full meals, sadly dogs not allowed.