10 seafood restaurants in Norfolk you have to try
PUBLISHED: 11:30 24 January 2017 | UPDATED: 11:30 24 January 2017
With miles of beautiful coastline in Norfolk, it's not surprising that we also have delicious, fresh seafood too. We have collected 10 excellent restaurants serving the best food from the sea
The Moorings, Blakeney
In the beautiful coastal village of Blakeney on the North Norfolk coast is The Moorings, the restaurant with a no-frills approach to food. Serving simple fish dishes alongside other seasonal fare, this small restaurant supports local fishermen meaning fresh and delicious seafood for all.
Wells Crab House, Wells
Located in the charming port town of Wells-next-the-Sea is Wells Crab House, the cosy eatery serving locally sourced seasonal fish and shellfish. With an extensive wine menu that perfectly complements the variety of seafood and an ever-changing specials menu, there’s plenty of reason to visit this spot time and time again.
Rocky Bottoms, West Runton
Nestled in the North Norfolk countryside and a stone’s throw away from the coast is Rocky Bottoms in the village of West Runton. Pop into this café restaurant during the day as a stop off on your coastal walk and enjoy a crab sandwich or visit in the evening between Wednesday and Saturday for a full evening meal with locally sourced ingredients making up dishes such as a smoked haddock, leek and pea risotto with a “Runton Mess” to finish.
Bure River Cottage Restaurant, Horning
Tucked away by the River Bure in the pretty village of Horning is Bure River Cottage Restaurant, the seafood restaurant with local, delicious food sourced in Norfolk and Suffolk. A curated wine menu accompanies simple fish dishes such as pan-fried wild halibut fillet with brown shrimps; roast monkfish tail with thyme and anchovy butter; or char grilled lobster with garlic butter. Enjoy great food and wine with a riverside view.
The Old Forge Seafood Restaurant, Thursford
With an interesting history that dates back to the 14th century, The Old Forge Seafood Restaurant in the pretty village of Thursford exudes character and charm. The restaurant has been featured on television several times and has been awarded AA rosettes from 2008 – 2015. There is an extensive menu of delicious food from the sea available with inventive dishes such as baked avocado with crab meat and cheese sauce for starter with Sicilian style grilled swordfish for main. Or go the whole ‘hog’ and order a fruits de mer to share.
Brovey Lair, Thetford
With a covetable rating of 6 from the Good Food Guide, the chic and elegant Brovey Lair in Thetford is sure to please seafood lovers. The set menu is varied and includes an abundance of fabulous flavours with influences from all over the world. The menu has included world-cuisine delights including a Japanese-inspired main of teppanyaki fried monkfish with shiitake mushrooms.
Sands Restaurant, Wells
Enjoy bright and welcoming interiors when visiting Sands Restaurant in Wells along with gorgeous views of the harbour from the large windows. Whether you’re popping in for a breakfast of smoked salmon and scrambled eggs on toast, tasty fish and chips for lunch, or want to while the evening away with a selection from the a la carte evening menu, there are delectable options available such as monkfish fillet wrapped in prosciutto with potatoes and vegetables to indulge in.
Ideally positioned on Cromer seafront with views of the pier, No1 Cromer is the popular and award-winning fish and chips takeaway but now there is a full seafood restaurant serving delicious fresh seafood, ‘Upstairs at No1’. Try some battered cockles known as “cockles popcorn” or one of the dishes created by head chef Jimmy Preston such as paella or a Cromer crab burger to satiate your seafood needs. If you fancy something sweet afterwards, grab an ice cream at No1’s ice cream kiosk ‘Ice Cromer’ serving delicious, locally made Lakenham Creamery creations.
Anchor Inn, Morston
A homely country pub atmosphere mixed with elevated and delicious seafood make for an excellent dining experience at the Anchor Inn in Morston where fish and shellfish are caught locally and served fresh in dishes that are simple and tasty. All ingredients are sourced as locally as possible, including ales such as Adnams, Winter’s and Woodforde’s – from Norfolk and Suffolk – so you can enjoy food and drink knowing that you are supporting local businesses.
The Seafood Restaurant, Great Yarmouth
The Seafood Restaurant in Great Yarmouth lives up to its name by serving a large range of fish, shellfish, crustaceans – and even amphibians! You can order a starter of frogs’ legs; scallops and bacon; or crab claws in garlic butter. The Seafood Restaurant knows its fish – when they are fresh and what flavours work well – so when you tuck into a lemon sole with blue cheese sauce or a wild sea bass with chilli, garlic and soy, you can rest assured that you are enjoying each fish to its maximum culinary potential.