Norfolk Food - fresh crabGood Food in Wells-next-the-Sea - Eating Out


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.


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.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.  Delicious home cooked pub food, seafood, pizza to eat in or take away, Brancaster Brewery ales.  Children and dogs welcome.  Tel: 01485 210314  


The Lord Nelson

Burnham Thorpe. Enjoy a drink in the snug or garden and very good food in the restaurant. Tel: 01328 738 241


The Jockey

Burnham Market. Good pub fayre.


The Hoste

Burnham Market. Well-publicised. Restaurant, bar meals and conservatory eating, welcomes children. Tel: 01328 738777


The White Horse

Brancaster. Lovely views over the marshes from the conservatory–style restaurant. Tel: 01485 210262


The Red Lion

Stiffkey. A traditional Norfolk pub with rustic wooden pews, log fires and original stone floor, serving good food and local ales. Tel: 01328 830552


The Three Horsehoes

Warham. Dating from 1725, the Three Horseshoes has rambling old rooms and a gas-lit main bar. Woodforde's Norfolk Wherry and guest ales are served from the cask through a hole in the bar wall. Tel: 01328 710547

The Carpenters Arms

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. Tel: 01328 820752

Morston Hall

Morston. Award-winning restaurant with Galton Blackiston at the helm. Tel 01263 741041


Wiveton Farm Café

Wiveton. Wonderful food prepared using ingredients from the farm.  There is a farm shop on the premises as well as Pick Your Own fruit.  Tel 01263 740515  


The Norfolk Riddle - Restaurant and Fish & Chip shop

Walsingham. Part of the Walsingham Farms Shop Partnership.  Menus change regularly depending on what is in season and available from local suppliers.  Order ahead for your fish & chips to avoid the queues on Wells Quay.   Tel 01328 821903


Cookies Crab Shop

Salthouse. Seafood platters to eat in or take away, shellfish and a range of salads, sandwiches and snacks.  BYO alcohol.  Tel 01263 740352


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.  Tel 07901 656608


French’s and Plattens Fish and Chips

The shops are both situated on the Quay. Expect long queues in the summer holidays. Tel: 01328 710396 Tel: 01328 711059

Remember, The Norfolk Riddle (see above) also serves takeaway fish & chips and takes telephone orders


Whin Hill Cider

Situated in Wells, this small company produces cider, perry and apple juice by traditional methods.  Their shop and licenced premises are in Stearmans' Yard in the heart of Wells.  Tel 01328 711033


The Real Ale Shop

Just outside Wells, this shop stocks over 50 ales from 15 Norfolk brewers.  Perfect for a bottle or two, or an 18 pint box! Tel 01328 710810



Howells Deli 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

Barney.  Fresh local food and organic produce from their garden and local producers sold in their farm shop.  Cafe and Restaurant.  Tel: 01263 715 996


The Fish Shed

Brancaster Staithe.   Once only a fresh fish shop, The Fish Shed soon grew to include much more, catering for their customers wherever they could.   It now sells just about everything from Fish (of course) to china dishes sent over from Australia,  handmade sushi, the homemade products it’s famous for (in house smoked salmon, fish pies, pates and fish cakes etc) and all local faire such as fruit, veg, game and shellfish, sold fresh in season only.  Tel: 01485 210532


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



Holt.  Quality cakes delivered to your door with a huge variety of amazing flavours.  Order a slice, 7" or 10" cake.  Tel: 01263 711033



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


Fortune House Chinese Takeaway

16 Northfield Street Tel: 01328 711655