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Season, The Quay

Seasonal dishes made with fresh, local ingredients, stunning harbour views and attentive friendly service.  Discover a dining experience like no other with Season.


The Crown Hotel, The Buttlands

A 16th century coaching inn set in a quiet Georgian square. The restaurant features traditional favourites, modern British cuisine, and dishes influenced by the cooking of the Pacific Rim.   Select from a sumptuous and varied menu which makes superb use of the finest and freshest seasonal produce, courtesy of the hotel’s proprietor, New Zealand-born chef Chris Coubrough and his kitchen team. 

Whether you choose to eat in The Crown’s Chancery room, the spacious Gun Room and Library Room, you’re sure of a culinary experience that will linger long on the tongue, and even longer in the memory. Alternatively, eat on our fantastic sun soaked, south facing terrace.

The Globe Inn, The Buttlands

Enjoy a variety of dishes on our seasonal breakfast, lunch and dinner menus, each one celebrating modern pub cuisine with British classics and dishes from around the world.  Choose to eat in our sunny, recently-refurbished restaurant, or outside, in either our charming courtyard or at the front of The Globe Inn looking out into the square.


The Albatross, The Quay

Eat and drink aboard one of the oldest sailing ships still afloat.  The Albatross is part of the Wells landscape, so choose to enjoy a drink or a meal al fresco, or in the snug bar below.


K's, The Quay

Retro American diner.  Eat in or takeaway hot dogs, burgers, chunky chips, hot drinks and more. Tel: 01328 710806


Wells Crab House, Freeman Street

An intimate and informal restaurant with an ethos to create a friendly, relaxed and welcoming dining experience centred around beautifully prepared local and seasonal seafood dishes, with dishes developed from travels afar and seafood platters being a popular constant, although we will be offering a smattering of ‘landlubber’ dishes on our monthly menu and specials offering to make sure every taste is catered for. 

We regret that we do not accept dogs and we welcome families at lunches and evenings but we regret we do not accept under 5’s after 7.30pm.


Wells Beach Cafe, The Beach

The Beach Café is in an idyllic location backed by mature pinewoods and a stone's throw from the beach. It is a fresh and vibrant place to eat, drink and shop. Whether dining al fresco on the sunny terrace or picnicking on the beach, you can enjoy fresh local produce at its best, with tasty snacks and light meals, a variety of hot and cold drinks and ice creams and ice lollies. 


Cafe 24, Freeman Street

Serves cakes, sandwiches and paninis to eat in or take away; specialises in crab, prawn and crayfish. Tel: 01328 710456


Bang in Wells, Staithe Street

A welcoming cafe and bar serving hot and cold food, cakes and ales. It is fun and friendly with a focus on local produce.


The Bowling Green Inn, Church Street

The oldest pub in Wells. Open throughout the year, we offer traditional home cooked cuisine in a relaxed and comfortable pub setting. Children welcome.


Good Food Further Afield - Eating Out


The Jolly Sailors, Brancaster Staithe

Voted the nation's favourite family pub, our 18th century village local serves real ales from Brancaster Brewery, home cooked wholesome food, great pub classics, local seafood, stone baked pizzas and ice cream from a garden beach hut.  Children and dogs welcome. 


The Nelson, Burnham Market

We pride ourselves on an extensive seasonal menu of locally sourced ingredients. We believe our menu to be a guide, rather than set in stone and we are always happy for customers to ask for something different, if we can do it. We are always mindful that our menu belongs to our guests, not to us. All our food is sourced locally by our trusted suppliers. Take a look at our wide choice of menus and ever changing daily specials


The Hoste, Burnham Market

Guided by our experienced team of chefs, The Hoste kitchen produces modern British cooking with dishes reflecting the best of the region. Serving food all-day our menus are based on locally sourced, seasonal ingredients. We support and work with a variety of local suppliers, and The Hoste’s lunch and dinner menus change regularly to reflect this approach to food.


The White Horse, Brancaster

All our dishes are prepared to order using the freshest local ingredients, sourced from our friendly farmers, fishermen and local traders. Our menu changes regularly and is created around the best seasonal pickings on offer. We have a range of different menus so you will always find something to tickle your fancy.  Lovely views over the marshes from the conservatory–style restaurant.


The Red Lion, Stiffkey

Our restaurant serves good value honest food, sourced locally and cooked fresh. In season Crabs and Lobsters from Wells-Next-The-Sea are a speciality and in winter it’s local Mussels. There’s a children’s menu, a daily specials boards and a great selection of wines, gins, beers and ales.


The Three Horsehoes, Warham

The Three Horseshoes is a haven in North Norfolk for people who love pubs with real character. Soak up the atmosphere in our unspoilt bar and dining rooms, or soak up the sunshine in our spacious walled garden.


Enjoy our simple, unfussy food, made with the best local produce, local ales and fine wines. We are family-owned and family-run and pride ourselves on a warm welcome to all.

The Carpenters Arms, Wighton

Wighton. Good home cooked food at sensible prices. All ingredients are sourced locally, all dishes cooked from scratch to order. Free house with a great selection of fine wines and local real ales.

Morston Hall, Morston

Morston Hall is an intimate country house hotel with its origin in the 17th century. The recipient of awards from the most highly respected critics, Morston Hall's restaurant has a set dinner menu, which changes daily, to guarantee that all food is prepared from the best and freshest ingredients, most of it from local sources. Dinner is served at a single sitting: 7.15 for 8.00pm. The dining room is open every night of the week (advanced booking essential). If you have any dietary requirements, we will be pleased to specially cater for them. Sunday lunch is the only regular lunch served at the hotel and is very popular (advanced booking essential).


Wiveton Farm Café, Wiveton

Wiveton Hall Café, which overlooks the marshes and out to sea, opened in 2007 and quickly gained a reputation for fine, wholesome food. Situated on the fruit farm, surrounded by strawberry fields and raspberry canes, the food is

always always seasonal which is reflected in the regularly changing menu.  There is a farm shop on the premises as well as Pick Your Own fruit. 


Cookies Crab Shop, Salthouse

More than just a shellfish shop, Cookie's serves a selection of platters, salads, sandwiches plus hot and cold drinks. Our main meals may be eaten inside, in our garden overlooking the salt marshes or taken away. Please feel free to bring your own beer or wine to enjoy with your meal.



Good Food to Eat In

Don't forget the roadside stalls selling seasonal produce along the coast.  Stop off for mussels, samphire or crab, as well as local vegetables and eggs.


A & M Frary Seafoods

Crab and lobster fisherman who run a stall on Wells quay.  Sells crab, lobster, shellfish ready prepared to eat as you walk.  Now selling wet fish and crab sandwiches.  Tel: 07901 656608


Fish & Chips

French’s and Plattens

The shops are both situated on the Quay. Expect long queues in the summer holidays.


(see above) serves chunky chips if you want to avoid the queues.


The Picnic Hut, Staithe Street

Delicious crab sandwiches (other fillings too) and homemade cakes to eat in or takeaway.  The Picnic Hut also caters for large groups (orders essential). Tel: 01328 710436.


Lindsey's Larder

Originally trading as Lindsey's Seafood, produce was brought straight from their boat the Blucher at Wells-Next-The-Sea, Lindsey now provides homemade local produce and a range of home cooked dishes from both the land and the sea, available for delivery to your home. Tel: 07787 417365 Facebook: Lindsey's Larder.


Whin Hill Cider, Stearman's Yard

This small company produces cider, perry and apple juice by traditional methods.  Visit their shop and licenced premises.

The Real Ale Shop, B1105 just out of Wells-Next-The-Sea

Here at The Real Ale Shop we are proud to provide you with the finest selection of bottle conditioned real ales from over 12 Norfolk micro-breweries, and craft beer brewed on site; 3.5% session ales up to 10.5% stout, each ensuring a direct “Barley To Beer” connection to Branthill farm, the malting barley farm where the shop is located.



Howells Deli in Staithe Street stocks an abundance of local produce, with food ready to take away. 

In the surrounding area, you will find the Blakeney Deli Company in Blakeney; Picnic Fayre at Cley, Byford’s in Holt and Humble Pie in Burnham Market. They all do good ready meals.


Back to the Garden, Letheringsett

Fresh local food and organic produce from their garden and local producers sold in their farm shop.  Cafe and Restaurant.


The Fish Shed, Brancaster Staithe

Once only a fresh fish shop, it has grown and grown, and now sells a variety of products. Everything from fresh local fish, shellfish, meat and game, fruits, vegetables, breads and sundries. Homemade products include fantastic smoked salmon, fish pies, pates and fishcakes.


Wells-Next-The-Sea Women's Institute

If you are having guests to stay, or a special celebration, why not contact the Wells Women's Institute who can provide lunches or teas.  Call Ann on 01328 710994 to cater for your special occasion


Sponge, Holt

Quality cakes delivered to your door with a huge variety of amazing flavours.  Order a slice, 7" or 10" cake. 


Larners, Holt

A very traditional department store with a Food Hall that in certain areas rivals Harrods.


Fortune House Chinese Takeaway

Orders welcome, cash payment only. 16 Northfield Lane Tel: 01328 711655