With a coast like ours, we should all take the opportunity to eat fresh, local seafood. Here are seven of Norfolk’s best seafood restaurants:
1. The crab shack
Or: Harbor Way, King’s Lynn, PE31 8BW
When: Open every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., from April to October
Price: This ranges from £ 1.50 for a jar of mussels to £ 6 for the ‘Crab hut Special’ sub roll
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This wooden shed in Brancaster Staithe Harbor may seem modest, but it claims to have some of the freshest and tastiest seafood in Norfolk. Owner Simon Letzer fishes from his boat Speedwell delivering his daily catch directly to the Crab Hut. You can enjoy chopsticks with your choice of garnish with a hot cup of tea as you stroll around the coastal surroundings.
2. The White Horse Inn
Or: Main Road, Brancaster Staithe, King’s Lynn, PE31 8BY
When: Open every day. Breakfast from 9:30 am to 10:30 am. Lunch and dinner from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Price: A full breakfast costs £ 10.50. Dishes from £ 14.50 to £ 30 plus
Just down the road from the Crab Hut, the White Horse Inn offers a range of dishes that use the catch of the village fishermen. In addition to its cuisine, the restaurant also offers a panoramic view of the salt marshes and sandy beaches.
3. The Old Forge Seafood Restaurant
Or: Chemin Fakenham, Fakenham, NR21 0BD
When: Open Wednesday to Saturday from 6.30 p.m.
Price: A set menu is available from £ 21.50
Set in a 14th-century former bus station and blacksmith’s shop, this Thursford restaurant has impressed diners with its range of Mediterranean-inspired seafood dishes for 25 years. The award-winning restaurant is a labor of love for the owners, Colin and Sarah, both 70 years old. Guests are advised to book well in advance as tables are quickly reserved.
Or: High Street, Blakeney, Holt, NR25 7NA
When: Open from 6 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday
Price: Dishes from £ 17 to £ 28
This family-run restaurant tucked away a short distance from Blakeney Quay offers food for all tastes. A platter of daily specials uses fresh seasonal produce and their desserts are very popular with visitors. Expect a warm welcome and a lively atmosphere.
5. Well Crab House
Or: Rue Freeman, Wells-next-the-Sea, NR23 1BA
When: Open Tuesday to Saturday. Dishes served from 12 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sundays from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Price: Main courses from £ 16.50 to £ 37
Run by a husband and wife team, this small restaurant focuses on local and seasonal seafood dishes. Located in the quaint fishing village of Wells-next-the-Sea, there is no shortage of products available. The talented team has won several awards since opening and the restaurant is a popular spot for visitors and locals alike.
Or: Rue de la Madeleine, Norwich, NR3 1LE
When: Open Monday to Sunday. Lunch is served from 12 p.m. and dinner service starts at 6 p.m.
Price: Set menus start at £ 60 and there is a minimum of £ 450 per group
Directed by chef Andrew Brummel, his 45 years of experience in the business make this seafood restaurant a real event. They now only offer a private dining experience with two menus to choose from. The restaurant is housed in a 17th century building, with wooden beams and bare bricks that add to the atmosphere.
7. Rocky bottom
Or: Cromer Road, West Runton, NR27 9QA
When: Open Monday to Sunday, 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Price: Dishes from £ 16 to £ 65 for a platter to share
Rocky Bottoms opened in 2015 and since then have impressed customers with their range of fresh seafood dishes. The business is run by Richard and Allison Matthews, and Richard has 35 years of experience as a fisherman. Family business through and through, their children also participate in the management of the restaurant.