Rest, refuel and recharge in scrumptious Wells-next-the-Sea

Hungry visitors are spoilt for choice with a wide range of restaurants, pubs, cafés and coffee shops catering for all tastes and budgets. With a busy working harbour at hand, freshly caught seafood is a menu staple. Fish and chips eaten al fresco on the Quay is an experience enjoyed by generations of holidaymakers and day trippers.

The restaurant at The Globe Inn in Wells-next-the-Sea with tables set and ready for diners.

The Globe Inn

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

The Globe Inn restaurant celebrates simple, honest and in-season food, utilising the quality produce of local fishermen and suppliers from North Norfolk. Lunch and dinner menus alter seasonally. Breakfast is available to ‘walks-ins’ as well as residents, and wood-fired pizzas are served in the courtyard during the school summer holidays.

Tel: 01328 710206

A portion of fish and chips in a takeaway polystyrene box at French's Fish Shop.

French's Fish & Chips

10 The Quay, Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk NR23 1AH

French’s is an award- winning, family owned Fish & Chip shop with over 90 years of history serving up the tastiest Fish & Chips in Wells. The restaurant and take-away has stunning panoramic views of the famous Quay making it a popular hot spot all year round. The specials board changes daily showcasing freshly caught fish, vegetarian options and retro soft drinks.

Tel: 01328 710396

Outside the Beach Café situated next to the pinewoods, with customers sitting on outdoor seating.

Beach Café

Beach Road, Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk NR23 1DR

Beach Café is a stone’s throw from the beach in Wells. Enjoy sandwiches and rolls with various fillings, along with sausage rolls, pasties and pastry slices. Bacon and sausage baps are on the menu, as is coffee and cake from the delicious cake table. There’s indoor and outdoor seating and Wi-Fi if you need it. Eat in or take away. Dogs are welcome inside the café.

The handsome exterior of The Crown Hotel in Wells-next-the-Sea, displaying the Union Jack flag.

The Crown Hotel

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

Food at The Crown is prepared using only the freshest natural ingredients, sourced locally from farmers, fishermen and traders. Enjoy a traditional afternoon tea, a six course Taste of Norfolk meal, curry nights, New York rib for two or Friday night Fizz ‘n’ Chips. Eat indoors or on the fantastic sun soaked, south facing terrace.

Interior of Platten's Fish & Chips restaurant with salt and vinegar on all the tables, ready for customers.

Platten's Fish & Chips

Quayside, Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk NR23 1AH

Since 1966, four generations of the Platten’s family have worked to produce quality fish and chips. Overlooking the stunning coastal views of the harbour, the takeaway not only provides delicious, quality food, but also a seaside view you won’t forget in a hurry. Platten’s pride themselves on the quality and sustainability of their food – all of their fish is FAS accredited and caught from sustainable waters.

Tables and chairs in Bang In Wells, a modern, minimalist café and bar in the heart of Wells-next-the-Sea.

Bang In Wells

2 Staithe Street, Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk NR23 1AF

Bang in Wells is a café and bar located right in the heart of Wells. A colourful, warm and welcoming place where both locals and visitors alike can pop in for a bite to eat. Enjoy simple yet superbly cooked food, served all day in a relaxed and friendly ambience, at a sensible price. Cosy up to the wood burning stove in winter or chill in the courtyard in summer.

Tel: 01328 712149

The well-stocked bar at The Golden Fleece, with comfy bar stools and logs stacked in the fireplace.

The Golden Fleece

The Quay, Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk NR23 1AH

The Golden Fleece is a family and dog friendly pub right on the quay in Wells. The full menu is complimented by a selection of seasonal special dishes that reflect the very best of locally sourced produce. The pub also serves hand-made pizzas, freshly prepared to order, which can also be taken away to enjoy elsewhere.

Tel: 01328 710650

More dining options in Wells

The Bowling Green Inn
Serves local ales and traditional home cooked cuisine in a relaxed and comfortable pub setting.

The Edinburgh Inn
Traditional pub with friendly staff serving excellent beer and wholesome, locally sourced food.

Grey Seal Coffee
Offers a range of espresso based drinks using their house blends, served with cakes and pastries.

The Picnic Hut
Light bite café/takeaway serving filled rolls, fresh crab, coffee, hot snacks, smoothies and shakes.

Platten’s Season Restaurant
Just a stone’s throw from the harbour, serving a locally inspired menu. If it’s fresh it’s in season!

Sands Restaurant
A first floor popular quayside restaurant with panoramic views over the harbour.

The Wells Deli
Coffee and cake, sandwiches and savoury snacks, really good coffee and a range of local produce.

Wells Crab House
Seafood Restaurant serving local and seasonal seafood dishes with a smattering of ‘landlubber’ dishes.

Wells Maltings Café & Bar
Open daily from 10am for coffee and cake, light lunches and brunch, afternoon tea and more.

Further Afield

Dining destinations beyond Wells-next-the-Sea

Explore the area around Wells for many more tempting gastronomic experiences. Fine dining restaurants, cheerful and quirky cafés and warm, welcoming pubs – there are options for every season and occasion.

The Three Horseshoes

69 The Street, Warham, Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk NR23 1NL

In an idyllic village location and dating back to 1725, the Three Horseshoes is a pub with real character. Savour the atmosphere in the unspoilt bar and dining rooms, or soak up the sunshine in the walled garden. Enjoy simple, unfussy food cooked with the best local produce – pies, puddings and all the pub classics. Extend the experience by staying in one of six stylish but cosy bedrooms.

Tel: 01328 710547

The Victoria Inn is a classic English inn from the 18th century, a grand building of beach flint and brick.

The Victoria Inn

Park Road, Holkham, Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk NR23 1RG

The Victoria Inn is situated just a few minutes’ walk from the golden sands of Holkham Beach. The food served in the restaurant is fresh, local and seasonal. Quality ingredients include shellfish, fish and samphire from the north Norfolk coast, beef from the farms on the Holkham Estate, and soft summer fruit from a farm along the coast. Wild game and venison are on the menu in winter.

Wiveton Hall Café has a bright, cheery interior with checkerboard floor, multi-coloured tables and chairs, and floral patterned tablecloths.

Wiveton Hall Café

Wiveton Hall, Coast Road, Wiveton, Norfolk NR25 7TE

The vibrant Wiveton Hall Café has a reputation for fabulous fresh food. With views over the marshes and out to sea, the dog-friendly café serves cooked breakfasts, lunch, tea and cakes on a daily basis, and holds tapas and pizza evenings in the summer. There’s also a pick-your-own fruit, a farm & gift shop and beautiful gardens.

Outside the ivy clad Hoste, the Union Flag flying, with customers seated under open parasols on wooden tables.

The Hoste

The Green, Burnham Market, King’s Lynn, Norfolk PE31 8HD

A luxury boutique hotel and spa located in Burnham Market. The Hoste kitchen produces modern British cooking with dishes reflecting the best of the region. Serving food all-day the menus are based on locally sourced, seasonal ingredients. The Hoste’s historic bar, The Hoste Arms, dates back 400 years. Here you can enjoy a drink, bar nibbles and snacks. Dogs are always welcome at The Hoste.

Tel: 01328 738777

The bar and restaurant at The Wiveton Bell, with wooden beamed celings and tweed covered chairs, an inviting interior.

Wiveton Bell

Blakeney Road, Wiveton, Norfolk NR25 7TL

Situated a mile from Blakeney, the Wiveton Bell is open all day for drinks in both summer and winter. With two AA Rosettes and a Michelin Pub Guide Inspectors Favourite, they serve a seasonal lunch and dinner menu using only the best locally sourced produce. Enjoy the sunny tranquil alfresco areas to the rear and front of the pub overlooking the village green and church.

Tel: 01263 740101

Exterior view of Byfords, a charming red-brick, ivy clad building with outdoor tables and benches.


1-3 Shirehall Plain, Holt, Norfolk NR25 6BG

Located in the market town of Holt, Byfords is the perfect place to enjoy a unique dining experience in warm and welcoming surroundings. Choose from delicious home-cooked breakfasts, or soups, sarnies, pasties and posh pizzas for lunch. Afternoon tea includes finger sandwiches and fluffy scones, and the dinner menu makes the most of local produce from North Norfolk and beyond.

Tel: 01263 711400

Inside the smart conservatory restaurant at The White Horse with exposed brick and flint walls and an outdoor terrace.

The White Horse

Main Road, Brancaster Staithe, Norfolk PE31 8BY

Gloriously situated overlooking the marshland coastline at Brancaster Staithe. There’s a delicious menu selection whether you choose to dine in the conservatory restaurant or the bar. All dishes are prepared to order using the freshest ingredients, sourced from local producers. The award-winning, sun-soaked restaurant and terrace overlook the saltmarshes out to the sea beyond.

The exterior view of Titchwell Manor, an elegant former Victorian farmhouse and sophisticated hotel and restaurant.

Titchwell Manor

Titchwell, Near Brancaster, Norfolk PE31 8BB

A beautiful, boutique country retreat offering destination fine dining. Guests can enjoy exquisitely presented, innovative, modern European food. The finest local ingredients and cutting edge-techniques have won the hotel three AA Rosettes. Enjoy dining at either of Titchwell Manor’s two restaurants. There’s an irresistible Afternoon Tea menu, and a traditional roast every Sunday.

Tel: 01485 210221

Outside Eric's Fish & Chips, a green and white colour scheme with striped deckchairs, a modern, funky fish and chip shop.

Eric's Fish & Chips

Drove Orchards, Thornham Road, Thornham, Norfolk PE36 6LS

A fish and chip restaurant and take-away in the village of Thornham. Fresh and simple seaside favourites, with a focus on sourcing the best possible produce, from using the finest cod available to using real local beer in the batter. Don’t miss the home made chunky tartare sauce and local favourite – curry sauce. A traditional British fish and chip restaurant with a few modern twists.

Tel: 01485 525886

The very fine and elegant Morston Hall, flanked by lavender bushes and facing a manicured lawn, dates back to the 17th century.

Morston Hall

Morston Hall, Morston, Holt, Norfolk NR25 7AA

Morston Hall is an intimate country house hotel, recognised for its outstanding cuisine and high standard of accommodation. Treat yourself to afternoon tea including sandwiches, warm scones and a selection of cakes. On Sundays a four-course set lunch menu is served, and the seven-course tasting menu changes every single day.

Tel: 01263 741041

The best local produce available at Creake Abbey Café and Food Hall includes charcuterie, cheese, pickles and bread.

Creake Abbey Café

North Creake, Norfolk NR21 9LF

The Cafe is open seven days a week serving great breakfasts, excellent coffee, seriously good lunches and afternoon teas with homemade cakes. They also open for dinner on the first and last Friday of the month. The Food Hall includes a fine butchery, cheese counter, charcuterie, fresh produce, wines and beers.

Tel: 01328 730399

The Orange Tree country pub has roses climbing up the 400-year-old walls, with picnic benches and box topiary in the garden.

The Orange Tree

High Street, Thornham, Norfolk PE36 6LY

A stylish, contemporary dining pub serving award-winning food created from top quality local produce in a laid back, ‘unstuffy’ environment. Couples, families and friends are welcomed with open arms. Well known for seafood dishes, as well as new twists to age old pub classics. Dogs are always welcome in the bar – they even have their own doggy menu!

The White Horse lives up to its name, with white walls and white tables and chairs in the conservatory. Brightly coloured cushions complete the modern feel.

The White Horse

4 High Street, Blakeney, Norfolk NR25 7AL

Perfectly situated up from Blakeney Quay, The White Horse is just as a modern pub should be – cosy, characterful and stylish. An extensive range of award-winning Adnams beers, wines and spirits are there to be enjoyed, often used in recipes to offer something a little different. The menu showcases a range of pub classics, coastal favourites and indulgent dishes.

The Barsham Arms

Fakenham Road, East Barsham, NR21 0LH

Set in the picturesque village of East Barsham and adjacent to the magnificent East Barsham Manor, The Barsham Arms is a classic, cosy country pub and kitchen serving fresh homecooked food daily. The inn which has 10th century origins and once hosted Henry VIII, is a grade II listed building, complete with roaring fires, exposed beams and many original features.

Tel: 01328 820729

The Neptune

85 Old Hunstanton Road, Old Hunstanton, Norfolk PE36 6HZ

A stone’s throw from the beach at Old Hunstanton, The Neptune Restaurant With Rooms is a charming 18th century former coaching inn, refurbished to provide an intimate restaurant and comfortable accommodation. The fine dining restaurant serves modern British food, excellently cooked and served in relaxed surroundings with attentive, friendly service.

Tel: 01485 532122