Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in Norfolk
Hardens guides have spent 29 years compiling reviews of the best Norfolk restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 97 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 this 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. 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?”.
3. 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.
4. 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”.
5. 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.
6. 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!”
7. 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 this 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 this 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”.
8. The Gunton Arms British, Traditional restaurant in Norwich Cromer Rd, Thorpe Mkt - NR11
This “quirky” country pub combines an “old-fashioned” interior with striking artworks by YBAs on the walls, to create the “perfect ambience” and it has won a fair following. Game from the surrounding Gunton Deer Park is a highlight of the menu – most (if not quite all) opinions on the cooking are positive.
9. 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 this year, though, by a few locals finding it “hyped” or “disappointing”.
10. North Street Bistro French restaurant in Burnham Market 20 North Street - PE31
In March 2017, this converted chapel was morphed into a “lovely local bistro, with excellent food and service from the couple who run it, Holly and Dan” (the former, a grad of Gary Rhodes and the Galvin bros, is chef, she is FOH). The French-accented fare, from a shortish menu, is “well above the local standard” – for a “cheap and cheerful” culinary hit, it’s “faultless”.
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