Bought by the local Harrold farming family, this iconic Norfolk country pub takes full advantage of their home-grown produce. The vine-covered terrace is just made for summer alfresco enjoyment.
The Kings Head Letheringsett, Norfolk, NR25 7AR
The personal touch
Well-respected Norfolk operators, the Nye family, who own the White Horse (see entry) and the Jolly Sailors in Brancaster Staithe along the coast, snapped up the stunning Kings Head in June 2016 and hit the ground running, quickly getting the place ship-shape for a seriously busy summer. Long a family favourite, this stately looking former manor house, set back from the road in acres of grounds, draws the summer crowds following a day at nearby Cromer or time well spent on Holkham’s magnificent beach. In keeping with its grand appearance, expect a country-chic feel and to feel immediately at home in the cosy, rambling bars and dining rooms, with much to catch the eye, from blazing fires in feature fireplaces, rugs on wood or tiled floor, old paintings and prints on warm Farrow & Ball painted walls, shelves groaning with books, unusual lamps and objet d’art, and an eclectic mix of old dining tables. Hunker down on the leather sofa by the fire following a winter coast path ramble and peruse the papers with a pint of Adnams – bliss..!
Dogs are allowed in the bars and welcome overnight in two of the double rooms at an extra £10 per dog – special treats for your pooch.
The pub warmly welcomes families and children have their own menu (fish & chips; penne pasta) and the safe, enclosed garden and play area is perfect for youngsters to let off steam. An extra bed (£30) can be provided in one of the rooms.
With teak tables and chairs on the sun-trap front terrace and a secret side garden, the Kings Head is the perfect place to rest and refuel after a day on the beach or walking the coast path. During the summer holidays the outside bar and BBQ in ‘The Shack’ is in full swing from noon to 8pm.
The Kings Head Letheringsett, Norfolk, NR25 7AR
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The Kings Head Letheringsett, Norfolk, NR25 7AR
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Take it back home
Tour the brewery that brewed your favourite pint, visit the shop on the farm that reared your delicious Sunday roast beef, and seek out the roadside stalls selling the local crab and samphire on the inn’s menu, the Food Trail features the local artisan producers and suppliers where you can buy to enjoy at home.
Change of scenery
Looking for a pub for lunch following a country walk, a different venue for dinner, or a good café for coffee, light lunch or afternoon tea, then the best in the area are listed below. If you find a new and exciting eatery in the area that’s worthy of a mention on the Food Trail, then please to do let us know – firstname.lastname@example.org.
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On the first Saturday monthly, two old Norfolk barns host over 50 stalls with music and cookery demos by the pond.
A great place to visit to find the best Norfolk food and drink from around the coast and further afield in the county. Beautifully laid out and a place you could spend a couple of hours buying lovely delicious things, particularly ready meals.
Brilliant fresh fish and chips, cooked to order as they should be. Eat in and watch quay life or take a short walk down the flood bank and eat there, watching the goings-on of a working harbour.
This lovely hostelry on the coast road is being revitalised with passion and interest. Don't miss the Gray family's beef reared outside the windows on Salthouse marshes and the famous local Morston mussels.
Award-winning farm shop and cafe in a stunning renovated barn, with high quality produce, including Soil Association-quality meat counter, organic veggies and a delicatessen and of course excellent home-made meals.
A celebration in early September of all that is best about food grown, reared, caught, made or sold in north Norfolk. The best local producers attend, offering plenty of tastings and samples to tempt.
This part of North Norfolk is spoilt for superlative businesses, deli-cafe Byfords is no exception. For many, an essential glamorous pitstop on any retail therapy in delightful Holt, perhaps the finest Georgian market town. Its strapline is 'a higgledy-piggledly world of pleasure', say no more.
Ben Handley cooks inspiring local produce and his wife Sarah runs the front of house. An Elgoods pub, stopping for a half is also encouraged. There's a delightfully short menu (+ specials) and a ducklings menu for little ones too.
Step back in time with local cider and ales straight from the barrel and speciality home-made pies such as wild game, rabbit, beef & Stilton. Close to the salt marshes and the Peddar's Way so a good stop off for cyclists and nature lovers.
This award-winning deli is situated in a former forge and has an impressive antipasti bar. It's the place to come for local cheeses, fruit and vegetables and speciality breads.
Cookies Crab Shop, The Green, Salthouse NR25 7AJ
The popularity of this seafood shack is legendary (after three generations). It's a simple place all round, quite set in their ways about how to do things but that's how they cater for so many. Family day boats bring in flapping-fresh seafood. Get there early!
A traditional real ale pub, local is key, including seafood landed on the beach nearby or smoked fish from Cley Smokehouse. The village sits on the North Norfolk Coast path, so The Ship makes a great relaxing stop-off.
Gangway Crab Shop, The Gangway, Cromer NR27 9ET
Marty Rowlands lands crabs and lobster daily in his own boat during the season and is one of the more-established long serving fishermen. Selling to restaurants like the Arms, they also have a seasonal shop for dressed shellfish in The Gangway (call 01263 515744 to check opening hours).
Outside Wiveton to the north off the A149 coast road is this a hidden Norfolk gem, full of Jacobean architecture, charming walled gardens and productive fruit farming in the grounds. PYO or buy berries and other crops in the shop. But main attraction is the farm café with beautiful views and fabulous rustic ingredient-led cooking.
At the heart of yachting and twitcher country, The Anchor sits down the road from the famous Michelin-starred Morston Hall and shares much of the passion for local seafood and game. The two youthful landlords were old school chums and they are doing good things in their first pub-restaurant.
Mary Jane's Fish Bar, Garden Street, Cromer NR27 9HN
After a bracing walk down the Pier, what’s better on the coast than proper fish’n’chips. Always freshly fried and be ready to queue, good things are worth the wait. 01263 511208.
Arable farmer Teddy Maufe’s real ale shop on his Holkham estate farmstead sells an amazing array of bottle-conditioned Norfolk real ales, many using his finest malting barley
Long-standing and very well-stocked fishmonger’s in Burnham Market selling wet fish, all manner of local seafood, fishy dishes and smoked produce too.
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Operating both steam and diesel trains, the North Norfolk Railway runs between Sheringham and Holt and is a great way to see the local countryside. There are catering facilities on board and numerous special events throughout the year.
Watching seals at home in their natural environment on Blakeney Point (also a well-known breeding ground for waders and terns), is a popular boating excursion. Boats leave from Morston Quay and the trip lasts for one hour, but if weather conditions are favourable, boats will land on Blakeney Point for an additional 30-60 minutes.
The Royal West Norfolk Golf Club at Brancaster is a superb links course on the North Norfolk Coast. Visitors are welcome, although numbers are limited. There’s an excellent pro shop and traditional club house, too. Elsewhere, there are courses at Cromer, Fakenham, Hunstanton and Sheringham.
Between April and October you get the chance to experience the thrill of North Norfolk's spectacular tides and waves, with lessons provided by Glide Surf School. By contrast, the region's rivers offer the chance for various exhilarating adventure sports, including kayaking
This is the home of the world's longest narrow-gauge steam railway, which can take you through picturesque East Anglian countryside from Wells to Walsingham. Look out for the restored signal box - a real treat for train enthusiasts
Expect to find British nautical clothing brand Quba & Co at Ship-to-Shore, the company's first outlet in Norfolk. Clothing, jackets, bags and accessories are all expertly crafted using traditional sail-making skills. There are even marine-themed homewares from deckchairs and bean bags to sofas and cushions.
Located in Holkham village, here you'll find a varied and eclectic choice of day-to-day fashion and accessories blended with a good range of homeware.
Everything from sideboards and sofas to tables and tea sets can be found at this antique and home-furnishings shop in the picturesque North Norfolk village of Blakeney. Themes range from Arts & Crafts to Art Nouveau and Art Deco.
Situated close to the quay in Blakeney, this charming gallery is home to an impressive range of contemporary art, including wildlife sculpture, original paintings, designer jewellery and ceramics.
Artworks that reflect Norfolk's diverse wildlife are on display in the excellent gallery at Glandford, near Holt. Expect some striking and very distinctive pieces, including paintings, prints and sculptures.
North Norfolk's stunning wildlife has long been immortalised by well-respected East Anglian-based artists and at this Cley-next-the-Sea gallery you'll find everything from abstract artworks to traditional watercolours.
Dubbed Chelsea-on-Sea, Burnham Market has over 30 independent shops and distinctive retailers specialising in contemporary art, stylish accessories for home and garden and fashionable clothes shops for all tastes and requirements.
A small but smart market town, famous for its main street of Georgian buildings, fascinating galleries and wonderful independent retailers, there’s good shopping to be had in Holt. Among the delights is the Mews Antiques Emporium, where even Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, has been spotted buying gifts.
This award-winning deli is situated in a former forge and has an impressive antipasti bar. It’s the place to come for local cheeses, fruit and vegetables and speciality breads.
Good old-fashioned sweets, upmarket Belgian and English chocolates and a fine selection of greeting cards and gift boxes make up the stock at Digby’s.
In the heart of the village, Norfolk Living is a rambling lifestyle emporium, chock-full of stylish fabrics and unusual interior accessories, plus decorative stone ornaments and garden furniture, and fashion goods.
Places to visit
Fellbrigg Hall's splendid park is one of the highlights of a visit to this popular National Trust visitor attraction a short distance from Cromer. Here, you can explore over 500 acres of woods and miles of waymarked paths where nature and wildlife are much in evidence.
Expect to see a wide variety of trees and shrubs surrounded by a splendid medieval moated manor house at Mannington Gardens, situated in glorious countryside to the south-west of Thorpe Market. There are classic roses, scented plants and herbaceous borders.
Blickling Hall, Blickling, Aylsham NR11 6NF
Catching sight of Blickling Hall for the first time takes your breath away. The turreted Jacobean mansion stands proud in the Norfolk landscape and surrounding it is a beautiful 500-acre park. Blickling, near Aylsham, is widely believed to be the birthplace of Anne Boleyn.
One of the UK's fine Palladian stately homes and estates, if not the finest, with an amazing array of things to do; foodie highlights alone include a boutique inn, wine merchants and cookware shop, beach cafe, tearooms, home-reared venison etc.
Famous as a pilgrimage centre and for its religious shrines in honour of the Virgin Mary, Walsingham lies just to the south of Wells. Apart from its historic abbey, known for its dazzling carpets of snowdrops, there is a wealth of historic buildings to see and a museum. And wander through the delightful wildflower meadows.
Created 200 years ago by the visionary landscape gardener Humphrey Repton, Sheringham Park has more than 80 species of rhododendron and azalea. Explore the numerous trails on the 1,000-acre estate, listen for birdsong or keep an eye out for passing steam trains on the nearby Poppy Line.
This magnificent grand Palladian mansion lies in picturesque parkland near King's Lynn. It's the home of Sir Robert Walpole, Britain's first Prime Minister, and has imposing state rooms, an impressive collection of model soldiers and a restored walled garden.
Situated north of King's Lynn, Sandringham is where members of the Royal Family traditionally spend Christmas. The Grade-II-listed house and gardens, surrounded by a vast estate of 20,000 acres, is open to visitors.
Titchwell Marsh is one of the RSPB's most visited reserves. Follow several nature trails to spot ducks, waders, geese and seabirds. There are also avocets and terns, bitterns and marsh harriers and a visitor centre, where you can learn more about your surroundings.
It's probably not what you'd expect to find in the depths of North Norfolk, but lovers of musical instruments will be quickly drawn in. Among the treasured items here at Fakenham are a Wurlitzer cinema organ, fairground carousels and various barrel and street organs.
The North Norfolk Coast has been described as a long way from anywhere and that is certainly the impression it gives, especially when you stroll its many miles of deserted beaches. The region offers enormous scope for all kinds of walking – long, short and medium. One of the most popular haunts of walkers is the region’s remote Holkham Beach, immortalised in the film Shakespeare in Love. It’s just the place to enjoy wild beauty and stunning wide skies. If you enjoy sampling long-distance paths, however, try the 93-mile Peddars Way and North Norfolk Coast Path. Following ancient tracks and Roman roads and consisting of two paths joined together to form one route, the Peddars Way and North Norfolk Coast Path offers a great blend of pastoral Norfolk hinterland and magnificent coastal scenery.
The region’s relatively flat terrain makes this part of the country ideal for cycling. There’s a wide choice of undemanding cycle rides, but for something more ambitious, try the Bure Valley Railway, a nine-mile trail running from Aylsham to Wroxham. If you prefer, you can return to the start by train. For the really adventurous, there’s the Norfolk Coast Cycleway between King’s Lynn and Cromer.
Among the area’s host of entertaining events is the Norfolk and Norwich Festival in May, a flagship event for the East of England and one of the largest arts festivals in the country. The North Norfolk Food and Drink Festival at Holkham Hall in August celebrates all that is good about local produce. Norwich City of Ale Festival, is a treat for all ale-heads – here is a distinct scent of malted barley in the air for 10 days in May across this fine city, celebrating local ales and breweries in an array of pubs and other venues.
Location, Location, Location
By Road: Located off A148 Fakenham to Holt road, 1 mile west of Holt in Letheringsett
By Rail: the nearest railway station is Sheringham
, Letheringsett, Norfolk, NR25 7AR