Eating Out - Norfolk Broads

This guide to Eating Out in the Norfolk Broads and on the Norfolk Coast has been put together by a group of friends who live and run businesses in the area.  The score given to each establishment is intended as an informative guide and is based purely on their opinion of the food and the general experience at the time of dining.

The Ferry Inn at Stokesby  

The Green, Stokesby, nr Great Yarmouth, NR29 3EX - Tel: 01493 751096

Food                        9/10

Service                     8/10  

General ambience      8/10

Price                         Main courses between £8.95 - £14.95

Summary:  This place was a little gem!  A nice little riverside pub with a good beer and wine selection and a really good menu.  Our group had salmon salad, beef stroganoff, and fish and chips - it was all excellent although the two men that the had the fish and chips would have liked peas with it.  Good sized portions, excellent quality and a really nice dining experience.  We will return!   Update - 2nd visit not such a good experience, which is a little concerning  if you cannot rely on consistency.  The chef was totally un-willing to serve just a small portion of one of the main courses  even though this was a request due to severe ill health, and despite us being totally willing to pay the full price of the dish.  The landlady did listen to our complaint but did nothing to address it.  All in all a very disappointing visit.

Car Parking:  There is a good sized car park

By Boat:  Moorings outside and the pub and along the edge of the village (possible small overnight fee.


The Kings Head at Filby
Main Road,  Filby, NR29 3HY - Tel:

Food                      7/10

Service                  6/10

General ambience   7/10

Price                      Most main courses costing around £7.95

Summary:  We visited on a Friday evening and it was quite busy as they had Elvis impersonator on during the evening - unfortunately he was playing in the restaurant which was not very large and it was very noisy when trying to eat and hold a conversation.  The menu was made up of 'home cooked' foods.  We had a cottage pie, fish and chips, hunters chicken and a burger.  Portion sizes were on the large size, the food was OK and I think if they had not been so busy the service would have probably been better.  As for Elvis - well, mmmm, perhaps he would have been better playing in the family room at the other end of the pub. 

Car parking - A small carpark is available.

By Boat:  Best to moor at Acle then a 10 minute taxi ride.  Although Filby is part of the Trinity Broads, these are not accessible by boat so this one is probably best visited by road. 


Nelsons Head P.H at Horsey

The Street, Horsey, NR28 4AD - Tel: 01493 393378

Food                     4/10      

Service                  3/10      

General ambience   7/10

Price                     Steak meals costing between £11 & £14              

Summary:   On sight a really quaint village pub with a beer garden opposite.  Popular with walkers and holiday makers due to the close proximity to the beach and the seal colony.  For a week day evening the pub was surprisingly busy perhaps this was why the waitress had a face like a very wet weekend and an attitude to match.  The food, all of our party ordered steaks cooked medium, was very disappointing.  Over cooked and poor quality meat, served lukewarm on cold plates with little finesse.  Not an experience we will be repeating!

Carparking -  A  carpark is available

By Boat - Small boats only would be able to moor at either Somerleyton or Horsey Mere. 

Yim Siam at Wroxham  (Thai Restaurant)   small_star.jpeg

3 Riverside Centre, Hoveton (Wroxham), NR12 8AJ - Tel: 01603 781133

Food                     10/10      

Service                  10/10      

General ambience   10/10

Price                      Approx £9.00 for main course/Buffet on Tuesdays evenings £14.95              

Summary:   This is a great restaurant.  The proprietor and his staff all make you feel very welcome and the food is excellent.  The mixed starters and tiger prawns in garlic were a paticular favourite of the group.  Not a cheap place to eat out, but if you are looking for something a little different and want to be sure of a really nice night out - we thoroughly recommend it.  

Carparking -  A pay and display carpark is available in the precinct

By Boat - Moor at Wroxham, the restaurant is in the precinct area by the Hotel Wroxham

The Falgate P.H at Potter Heigham   small_star.jpeg

Ludham Road, Potter Heigham, NR28 5HZ - Tel: 01692 670003

Food                     8/0      

Service                  810      

General ambience   810

Price:                    Really reasonable, starting from around £8.00 for main courses                    

Summary:  This is a village 'local' type pub, no frills but serving good honest pub food which is well cooked and very tasty.  Two of our party had the homemade steak and ale pie which was absolutely huge and one pie could have easily served us both, the fish and chips was also excellent probaby due to the fact the landlady used to run one of the local 'chippies'.  We can't comment on the desserts because the main meals were so big none of us could manage one!    

Carparking - A good sized customer carpark

By Boat - Moor at Potter Heigham and walk through the village, approximate 8-10 minute walk.

Quayside Plaza at Great Yarmouth (Mediterranean)  small_star.jpeg

9 South Quay Great, Yarmouth, NR29 2QH - Tel: 01493 331777

Food                    8/10      

Service                 9/10      

General ambience  8/10

Price :                Lunches from £3.50 - Evening meal main courses from £8.00                    

Summary:   This is a friendly unique restaurant, serving delicious home-made cakes, local foods, snacks and mediterranean cuisine.  There are some tables outside but to be honest the road is quite busy but inside there is a lovely atmosphere and the service is excellent.  While you are waiting for you food - everything is freshly prepared, take a look around the 'Ferailles' shop which sells quirky gifts and furniture.

Carparking - Street parking bays - 90 minute stay free of charge   

By Boat - Moor at Great Yarmouth Yacht Station (5 minutes walk) or on the Town Quay

Waterside at Rollesby   small_star.jpegsmall_star.jpeg

Main Road, Rollesby, NR28 5EF - Tel: 01493 740531 

Food                    10/10    

Service                 10/10      

General ambience  10/10

Price:                    Starters from around £6, mains from £12.95 upwards                

Summary:   Over looking Rollesby Broad part of the Trinity Broads, this is a beautiful setting.  A large decking area is available to eat outside on warm days or to take a drink before your evening meal.  During the day this is a lovely tea room serving lunches, fabulous afternoon teas and snacks.  In the evenings a full a la carte menu serving fresh and local produce - Wonderful!!

Carparking:   A large customer carpark.

By Boat:  Although the restaurant is on the Broad there are no moorings available (the Trinity Broads are a site of special scientific interest and water traffic is very restricted).  Nearest place is Potter Heigham and you would need a taxi - approximately 10 minutes ride.

The Crown P.H at Catfield

The Street, Catfield, NR29 5AA - Tel: 01692 580128

Food                     6/10      

Service                  8/10      

General ambience   8/10

Price                     Average £12 per head

Summary:  A very pretty, traditional village pub which seemed well used by the locals which is nice to see and the landlady was very welcoming.  There is no set menu, just a selection of specials on the blackboard.  Whilst there was not a huge choice, everthing was cooked freshly to order.  Our group had steaks with sauces and chicken with sauce.  The portions were average sized but a little lacking on vegetables.  Desert was a bit of let down, we all ordered crumble and to be honest it wasn't worth breaking the diet for!      

Carparking - A small customer carpark .

By Boat - Not really one for boating customers, the closest you can get in Sutton or Ludham then a 15 minute taxi ride.

Oasis (Indian Restaurant) Stalham   small_star.jpegsmall_star.jpeg

Upper Staite Road, Stalham, NR12 9AQ - Tel: 01692 581470

Food                     10/10      

Service                  9/10      

General ambience   9/10

Price                     Average £15 per head

Summary:  The first of our restaurants to score a 10 for food - this place is a little gem!  Spotlessly clean, modern and spacious this is a 'must try' for an Indian food lovers - we read another review of this place on a different website who says 'this is the best Indian in the UK' and for once we whole heartedly agree with what has been written.  We will be back!

Carparking - A free carpark 1 minute walk away.

By Boat - Easy 5 Minute walk.  Moor at the public Staithe at Stalham, follow the footpath to the main road, cross over at Tesco.  Past Tesco 25 yards, turn left and it is on your right. 

The Fishermans Return P.H, Winterton on Sea

The Lane, Winterton on Sea, NR29 4BN - Tel: 01493 393305

Food                     7/10      

Service                  7/10      

General ambience  8/10

Price                     £10 + for a main course

Summary:  This is a well used village local with an open fire and nice atmosphere.  We visited on a Friday night and it did get very busy and noisy.  The food was good, our group ordered fish pie (more mash than fish), boozy beef pie, steak and haddock & spring onion fishcakes.  Our general feeling was that the food was a little pricey for what it was £10.95 for a pie and average prices for dessert was £5.  

Carparking - A good sized customer carpark.

By Boat - A coastal pub so not really one for boating holiday customers.  The nearest spot to to moor would be Martham and then it would be a taxi ride (approx 5-10 mins) but in our opinion too far to walk.

The Old Hall P.H, Sea Palling    small_star.jpeg

Sea Palling Road, Ingham, NR12 OTW - Tel: 01692 580247

Food                     8/10           

Service                  8/10      

General ambience  8/10

Price                     £8.95 - £16.95 (steak) main course

Summary:  A real country pub which in all honesty doesn't look that special from the road.  However, inside is a nice bar area and a separate restaurant (very low ceilings) with original beams.  A very good and varied menu with prices from £8.95 for local sausage with mustard mash & onion gravy, up to £16.95 for fillet steak.  We all ordered different items and in each case the food was really good - one small point was that the plates weren't warm, but other than that, would we return?  Yes we would!

Carparking - A large customer carpark.

By Boat - Not ideal for guests on Broads boating holidays as this pub is on the coast.  However, well worth returning to your hire yard and going in the car.

China Diner, Great Yarmouth  (Chinese Restaurant)   small_star.jpeg

5 Hall Quay, Great Yarmouth, NR30 1HX - Tel: 01493 858249

Food                     9/10           

Service                  9/10      

General ambience  8/10

Price                     £12 per head

Summary:  We chose the 'all you can eat' option, currently priced at £12 per head.  You select your choices from the menu, one course at a time and when you are ready to move on to the next course, your oder is taken .  This is so much nicer than the buffet style restaurants as the food is prepared freshly.  Definately one for a return visit.

Carparking - Opposite the restaurant is a pay and display carpark and there are some street parking bays right outside.

By Boat - Moor at Great Yarmouth Yacht Station, a 5 minute walk up towards the Town Quay and you will find the restaurant opposite to the Coastguard Station and close to the Town Hall.   

The Rising Sun P.H, Coltishall

28 Wroxham Road, Coltishall, NR12 7EA - Tel: 01603 737440

Food                      7/10

Service                  7/10

General ambience   7/10

Price                     £11.99

Summary:  We chose the 3 course 'set menu' option, currently priced at £11.99 per head.  There was a good selection of starters including prawn cocktail, soup, pate, mains including 8oz rump steak, lasagne, sausage and mash, and deserts including sponge pudding & custard, carrot cake and fruit crumbles.  The portions were enormous, far too big and this did result in rather alot of waste.  Good value for money, unfussy pub food.  Great riverside location.

Carparking - The pub has a large carpark which it shares with Kings Head pub next door.

By Boat - Moorings are available alongside, currently free of charge.  Arrive early in summer months as these do get very busy.

The Greyhound P.H, Hickling

The Green, Hickling, NR12 OYA - Tel: 01692 598306

Food                      8/10

Service                  7/10

General ambience   8/10

Price                     £7.25 - £14.00 main course

Summary:  A traditional country pub with an open fire in the winter.  You can eat either in the bar area or in the separate restaurant which is just off the main bar.  The menu offered a good choice and included vegetarian options. Our group ordered sirloin steak, chicken supreme and sea bass, all of which were really nice.  I suppose it was a little odd that the Christmas decorations were still up at the end of February, but that and other little 'quirks' such as the barman who professed "he knew nothing about it, he only worked there" just added to the charm.  

Carparking - The pub has a small carpark.

By Boat -  Moorings at the Pleasure Boat Inn staithe with an overnight fee payable, then about a 15 minute walk up to the village and the Greyhound.

The Harnser P.H, Stalham    small_star.jpeg

Stalham Green, Stalham, NR12 9QA - Tel: 01692 580347

Food                     8/10

Service                  8/10

General ambience   8/10

Price                     £10.00  average for main courses

Summary:  A traditional village pub with an open fire in the winter.  You can eat either in the bar area or in the separate restaurant which is just off the main bar.  Our group ordered sirloin steaks, cod & chips and a Harnser combo, all of which were really good.  When we asked if the the cook would make a stilton sauce (normally served with a mushroom starter) we were told 'no problem' - it was delicious!  

Carparking - The pub has a good sized carpark.

By Boat -  Moor at Sutton Staithe, then a 10 minute walk into the village.


Fortune House, Stalham  (Chinese Restaurant)

42 High Street, Stalham, NR12 9AS - Tel: 01692 581716

Food                     6/10

Service                  6/10

General ambience   4/10

Price                     £12.00 per head

Summary:  Mmm, where to start?   We chose to eat from the 'all you can eat' menu, currently priced at £12 per head - there are some exclusions from the main menu.  Your order is taken at the table and to be fair there was plenty of it and it was hot when served.  Unfortunately it was so cold in there (no heating - we kept our coats on) it wasn't still hot halfway through eating, not helped by the fact it was served on cold plates.  This place is basic to say the least, little more than a workmans cafe, there is no licence but you can take your own wine if you wish.  To sum up - if you're looking for a chinese buffet go to the 'China Diner'.  

Carparking - There is no carpark but there is a pay and display in town and some street parking.

By Boat -  Moor at Stalham Staithe, then a 10 minute walk into the town.

The Castle Carvery, Caister   small_star.jpeg

Norwich Road, Caister on Sea, NR30 5JN - Tel: 01493 728933

Food                     8/10

Service                  8/10

General ambience   7/10

Price                      £5.99 Before 7pm or £7.99 7pm-9pm for the carvery 

Summary:  The carvery, served daily for lunch and dinner is very good, always fresh, hot and plenty of it, with a choice of 3 roast meats.   This is a large family restaurant and definately not somewhere to go on a Saturday or Sunday if you are looking for a quiet meal.  There is a childrens indoor and outdoor play area (small fee payable) so you do get lots of little ones running around.  Late lunches or early evenings are a good time to eat here if you like it a bit quieter.  Full restaurant menu also available.    

Carparking - There is a large carpark but it does get very busy at peak times.

By Boat -  Nearest place is Great Yarmouth yacht station, then a taxi or bus to Caister on sea.