Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in Norfolk
Hardens guides have spent 30 years compiling reviews of the best Norfolk restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 100 restaurants in Norfolk and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Norfolk restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
Featured Norfolk Restaurants
1. Morston Hall British, Modern restaurant in Morston Main Coast Rd - NR25
Galton Blackiston’s well-known country house establishment has a gorgeous location, near the north Norfolk coast. Long known as a major culinary destination, it inspired no negative commentary last year, but rather very consistent praise for its “faultless” all-round performance. “The nightly menu is never the same but dictated by the available ingredients, and the preparation is exceptional”.
2. Stoke Mill British, Modern restaurant in Stoke Holy Cross Mill Road - NR14
“A very professional operation, run to a high standards” – this picturesque, converted old mill on the River Tas (dating from 700 years ago) was once home to the business that became Colman’s Mustard. “A very good option for a fine Sunday lunch at a fair price”.
3. The Dial House British, Modern restaurant in Reepham Market Place - NR10
“An excellent breakfast” is the top tip at Hannah Springham and Andrew Jones’s good-looking, Georgian restaurant with rooms: sibling to Norwich’s Farmyard. For other occasions, feedback on its straightforward, brasserie-style fare (fish pie, côte de boeuf, burger) is still too limited for a rating.
4. Roger Hickman’s British, Modern restaurant in Norwich 79 Upper St. Giles St - NR2
“Still the best restaurant in Norwich” say fans of Roger Hickman’s long-established fine dining destination, whose fanclub is smaller nowadays than that of nearby Benedicts, but overall scored more highly last year. The level of cost here is a tad higher, and the approach more in the vein of traditional fine dining. “A new private dining room has been opened last year, which is stunning, and such an investment shows a real confidence from Roger H, who pleasingly is pretty much always in evidence at every service”.
5. Benedicts British, Modern restaurant in Norwich 9 St Benedicts St - NR2
Many “utterly fabulous” meals are again reported at Great British Chef, Richard Bainbridge’s Norwich fixture, which is nowadays the most-commented-on dining destination in town. Despite its chilled style, it has a “very accomplished offer”, which ranges from a three-course à la carte menu for £39 through to a seven-course taster option for £60. Its ratings were dragged off its former top heights last year, though, by a few locals finding it “hyped” or “disappointing”.
6. The White Horse British, Modern restaurant in Brancaster Staithe Main Rd - PE31
“Impeccably fresh and delicious fish, especially the oysters and mussels – and a great view to match” sums up the appeal of a coastal pub that’s “so different from most, with a real Norfolk twist”. “What could be better on a summer’s evening than supper here, sitting outside on the terrace?”.
7. The Duck Inn British, Modern restaurant in Stanhoe Burnham Rd - PE31
With its “delightful setting”, “friendly service” and “well-cooked food in good portions” – including “lovely puds” – this cosy pub-with-two-rooms has it all. It’s a family affair, too: chef Ben Handley met his wife and co-owner, Sarah, when they worked together at his parents’ pub in nearby Thornham, while brother Sam is general manager.
8. Wiveton Bell British, Modern restaurant in Wiveton Blakeney Rd - NR25
“Well-above-average pub grub” – “nothing too complicated, but all very well done (not to mention tasting delicious)” – is on the menu at this “fab boozer near the north Norfolk coast”. Top Tip: “do choose a table in the pub rather than the conservatory restaurant”.
9. Titchwell Manor British, Modern restaurant in Titchwell Titchwell Manor - PE31
2019 Review: The Snaith family’s red-brick Victorian hotel is the “ideal destination for lovers of seafood and bird watchers” exploring the Norfolk coast; the light-filled, jazzily decorated ‘Eating Rooms’ may be preferred to the more formal conservatory, which can feel “awkwardly quiet” at times.
10. The Neptune British, Modern restaurant in Old Hunstanton 85 Old Hunstanton Rd - PE36
“Stunning food, and a true personal touch from owners Jacqui and Kevin Mangeolle” inspires nothing but rapturous reviews for their restaurant-with-rooms occupying a former eighteenth-century coaching inn. “Husband and wife are both still on top of their game”: service is “relaxed” and “friendly” and Kevin’s cuisine (incorporating locally landed fish and lobster, plus game from local estates) is “understated but just lovely”: “a gastronomic delight!”
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