2021 Norfolk Broads Guide to Places to Eat, Drink and Shop

Where to Eat, Drink and Shop on the Norfolk Broads 

With all the upset and social distancing we’ve had to get used to you might worry that staples will be in short supply this season. The new normal has tested a few, but businesses on the Norfolk and Suffolk broads have come up trumps.

We’ve listed the Pubs, Shops and Cafes on the Norfolk Broads by towns and villages on each river so you can easily see what’s available at your next stop.  Each entry has a link to a website or a telephone number so you are able to book ahead, check opening times and facilities. 

Things are changing rapidly as we get ready to open up, and we will update this blog regularly as we get more information 

If you know somewhere we’ve missed please contact sara@barnesbrinkcraft.com with details 

River Bure  River Ant  River Thurne
River Yare  River Waveney 
Coltishall Ludham  Thurne Reedham  St Olaves 
Wroxham  Neatishead  Potter Heigham  Cantley  Somerleyton 
Salhouse  Barton Turf  Martham  Rockland  Burgh St Peter 
Horning  Sutton  West Sommerton  Coldham Oulton Broad 
Woodbastwick  Stalham    Brundall Beccles
Ranworth  Wayford Bridge    Surlingham Geldeston 
South Walsham  Dilham   Bramerton  
Thurne     Thorpe  
Upton     Norwich  River Chet
Acle    Off River Thurne   Loddon

Great Yarmouth

  Womack Staith    Chedgrave


Where to eat, drink and shop on the River Bure, Norfolk Broads What’s_open_on_the_River_Bure


The Recruiting Sergeant 
Pub Offering  both eat-in (garden) and takeaway menu
Inc Sunday Roast 
We recommend their Dover sole 

Opening 12th April 

They have a large garden at the back of the pub, and you might want to try out their new outdoor covered seating area 

Farm to Fork and Fish   

Farm to Fork and Fish, Coltishall, NorfolkFarm to Fork and Fish deli is just across the road 

This Deli continues to offer a great selection of local meat, fish, bread, veg ice-cream………


The Rising Sun 
he Rising Sun , Coltishall_commonPub with outdoor bar (well horsebox) next to moorings 

The horsebox will be opening for takeaways from 27th March 10.30 – 3.30 pm.  Outdoor seating (of which there is a lot) will be open from the 12th April

The Kings Head is offering take aways again.  Fantastic Food  …And Beer…. phone 01603 737426 to book

The Norfolk Mead - ColtishallThe Norfolk Mead Hotel is open for a takeaway Afternoon Tea or spa treatment from the 12th April. With indoor service resuming on the 17th May  

Scrumptious afternoon tea & yummy lunch. Set in a beautiful Georgian country house and gardens

Ali Spice Indian Takeaway
A good local takeaway offering deliveries 

Londis Stores 
Take a 5 min stroll from the moorings, and you will find this convenience store – and it’s open till 10 pm 

if “A Piece of Cake” is what you fancy – we strongly suggest a short walk to this cafe in the river rooms.  takeaway service currently offered.  Outdoor service planned  from the 12th April 

Want a decent steak or some local sausages to sizzle on your BBQ?   Add Hewitt and Grant butchers to your destination list.    You will find them opposite Coltishall Pharmacy 

Hoveton and Wroxham 

Roys – Food Hall & Department Store 
Roys Department Store - HovetonA medium-sized supermarket within an easy walk of our boatyard. Stocking everything you need in the way of food and drink.   

Their department store (opposite) is also open again. The ideal place to pick up a replacement hat, suncream, glasses …new T shirt,  kitchen sink.  It also has a pharmacy 

Hotel Wroxham The Wroxham or Hotel Wroxham as it was formally known is currently offering takeaways inc delivery in Wroxham and Hoveton. Have a look at their facebook page for more info.    

Ken’s traditional fish and chips  – continue to offer their best British takeaway 


Station Smokehouse BBQ Box - Wroxham

If meat is your thing the Station Smokehouse are open and offering  takeaways.   their “Station Libation Lager”  is excellent 

I expect you will be able to book a booth on the station forecourt from the 12th of April. Please contact to confirm 01603 920123



The Kings Head will also be opening their garden from Mon 12th April  – book your spot online

We are awaiting confirmation about Liberty Restaurant opening hours.  You could try  01603 782337

The Old Mill Cafe Bar  – for a takeaway afternoon tea or cheeky breakfast 

Kebab Hut, Chinese and other fish and chips all available in the usual locations 

Costa Coffee and McDonalds have recently opened for takeaways

We’ve spotted a Thai restaurant opening on Church Rd, Hoveton … we’ll let you know more as soon as we do 

How about trying a new.  The poor people opened just before lockdown, so not many know of them. The Leopard Boutique can be found at 3 Church Rd, Hoveton 

Salhouse  (well Woodbastwick) 

Woodfords Beer


The Fur and Feather are offering both eat-in the garden and  takeaway food and drink from the 12th April 

They are hosting a Beer festival on Sat 10th July.  Grab your tickets now 

Drive or take a 20-minute pootle up the road from the moorings at Salhouse or Horning 


The Hungry Otter serves good takeaway coffee and snacks right by the main moorings 


The Galley Horning  – Fantastic Deli, offering perfect picnic fayre,  ( plus a lovely little gift shop).  Now offering takeaways. Well worth a look, especially their essentials hamper

Watching the racing from the New Inn HorningThe New Inn is opening its re-styled garden from Wed 14th April.  Ring 01603 631101  or visit their facebook site.   I can’t quite decide which cocktail I want to try!

Check out the New Heated outside pods.         They are closed Monday and Tuesday nights until more than one family is allowed out to play … 

You can reserve Moorings, which are free if you eat with them.

The locals know that The Staithe n Willow are offering excellent takeaways at the mo. Excellent Cromer Crab.  Their outside tables will be open from the 12th April too 


Golden City Chinese Takeaway  – Lower St Horning is still as popular as ever  Tel 01692 630091

The post office on Lower Street, has its usual eclectic selection of useful stuff 

The Clubhouse hasn’t confirmed opening times yet  –  01692 668400

The Swan is open for business from the 12th April  – book your garden table and watch the world go by. 

The Ferry Inn is under new management and ready to open on the 12th April  – we can’t wait to give it a go 

Opening times have yet to be confirmed.   If you like your seafood, we thoroughly recommend the Bure River Cottage Restaurant.  The baked Cromer crab with chilli and ginger is one of my favourites.  A special occasion favourite 

Looking for a little present  – how about the Lavender and  Lace gift shop just next to the public staithe.  They also offer ice-creams!


The Maltsters is open again with a Pizza Den, Beer and a new roof for their outdoor seating area.  (and they promise, heating!)    All ready to open for Takeaways and the garden will open on the 12th of April 

the Granary Tea Rooms are also already open for takeaways and local supplies 

South Walsham 

Fairhaven, Woodland and Water Garden South Walsham The Fairhaven Water Garden remains open and offer food and drink for people as a takeaway.  

Even better, their shop sells Beer to Bananas, and Stamps to Sausages , and some ready made chefs meals

They have some interesting events planned this year, well worth a look at their website 

For a true local experience try the Viking Club at South Walsham village hall on a Friday or Saturday night from the 21st May.    The local brew is good and you can order a takeaway.

The Ship is currently closed, but we hope it will open up shortly  – Try mooring at Thurne for food 

Where To Eat, Drink and Shop on the River Thurne 

The Thurne Lion TakeawayThe Thurne Lion is running an excellent Beer and Takeaway service (we’ve tested it) and 

These guys are ready and open for takeaways now.   from the 12th April  you’ll be welcomed back into the garden grab a takeaway or book a table


Ramblers  – the gift/tea/ice cream shop should be open for takeaways from Easter 


The White Horse community shop remains open.  Outside eating and takeaways will resume from the 12th  Tel  01493 750696  FB 


Kings Head Acle - Get Baked and Shaked

The Kings Head is open from Wed 19th May 

Book a table outside on 0149317892





The Acle Bridge Inn is open from the 12th April for outside dining and drinks.  11 am till dusk.  A New Patio area has been built and the managers ask you book in advance.

Dunes River Cafe and shop are working hard to get the place spruced up for the season.  Tables will be open from the  16th April 

You can book Pedros online from the 14th April or call 01493 750972 and test out their new outdoor editions – inc heating!  


The Ferry Inn Stokesby -River BureAhh what a treat The Ferry Inn at Stokesby has reinvented itself … A Pub and A Shop and A Bakery all in one 

They offer a fabulous selection of cakes, cheesecakes, brownies some very delicious savoury stuff AND Beer.   What’s more  – you can eat in the garden, get a takeaway or delivery all from the 12th April

The breakfast is pretty special too 

We can highly recommend 


Stracey Armes Mill Shop and Tea Room - Animals The Stracey Arms Mill Shop and Tea Room are looking to open again very soon.  Their animals are also enjoying the much-missed attention from visitors 

Tet; 07473 315441 for updates 

Great Yarmouth 

Follow this link to their official tourism website to see what on in the way of food and drink 

Where to Eat, Drink and Shop on the River Ant, Norfolk Broads What’sopenontheRiverAnt


Ludham Bridge Moorings near Wayfarers CafeYou’ll find Wayfarers Cafe right next to Ludham Bridge  and is open for business. Please ring 01692 630238 for info or to place an order 

Ludham Bridge Stores will also  be open from 12th April 

Ludham Butchers are doing a roaring trade. They are found opposite the church at the heart of the village 


The Dog Inn, Ludham The Dog Inn is open for business from the 12th April  with a large outdoor area.  

An easy walk from the moorings at Ludham Bridge and St Benet’s Abbey 

We can’t wait to see what the refurbishments look like 


The Kings Arms is right at the heart of the village, just opposite the Church 
Its an easy walk from Womack Staith, and a slightly longer one from St Benet’s Abbey.  Currently open for takeaways and ready to welcome you back on the 12th April 

Neatishead and Barton Turf 

White Horse Inn Neatishead The White Horse is opening from the 12th April.   There is a  brand new garden to eat in plus a takeaway service. Well worth the stroll from both Barton Turf and Neatishead Moorings   Tel 01692 630828 to book a table

You can pick up a really good range of supplies inc a very good cup of coffee at Neatisheads local community shop.  Tel 01692 631459




Sutton Staithe HotelThe  Sutton Staithe Hotel is open from 12th April .  Opening hours are 12 till 8pm to start with 


The high street is now open for business with these 3 venues 

Cafe Charlotte  are opening their doors from the 12th April, they have a lovely back garden with outdoor seating and will continue to offer takeaways

The Swan Inn will be opening up its outdoor tables and picnic benches, ready for our return on the 12th April   

The Harnser Pub – currently offering takeaway

Tescos is the nearest store to the staithe 

There are also a range of Takeaways inc Fish and Chips and Chinese in the town 

Wayford Bridge 

Farm Shop near Wayford BridgeIf you find yourself here it’s well worth taking a short walk to A G Meals & Sons   (inc Vera’s Cafe)

The garden centre and farm shop  (open now) and cafe (opening 14th May) offer a great all-round service 

#Top Tip  If you fancy fresh fruit you can pick your own here 



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I am reliably informed that The Cross Keyes are open and offering great service and a posh new tent, please give them a ring to check whats on. Tel 01692 536398

Where to Eat, Drink and Shop on the River Thurn, Norfolk Broads What’sopenontheRiverThurn

Womack Staithe 

Womack Staithe Moorings - the Big ShopThe “Big” Shop is open for business.  Selling their usual range of ice-creams and groceries and takeaway hot drinks.  

And you can stock up on fishing tackle too (during the fishing season) 

They also have one bookable overnight mooring   Tel 01692 678193 or 07502 453415


Potter Heigham 

Potter Heigham BridgeLathams the discount shop that sells pretty much everything inc fishing supplies and milk is open for business 

Falgate Inn are planning on opening their garden soon. We are keen to see the new renovations

Takeaway Breakfast, Coffee or Afternoon Tea anyone?  try Bridgestones.   

They also offer a cracking line in hot baguettes and cakes 

And don’t forget the Burger Van opposite Lathams or the Fish and Chip shop over the bridge 

Rumour has it that Norada Grill and Tavern will be opening shortly … and they were certainly at work on improvements when we poked our nose over the wall at Easter 


Whilst it’s a bit of a hike from the moorings, Martham offers 2 co-ops and the usual selection of takeaways inc Fish and Chips. Plus Pizza and Kebabs

The Pizza and Kebab shop will do delivery via just-eat.co.uk

The pubs are not currently open 


The Pleasure Boat Inn is asking for someone to fix their boiler – but hasn’t published an opening date yet …. we think it won’t be long  Tel 01692 598870 for an update 

Where to Eat, Drink and Shop on the River Yare, Norfolk Broads What’sopenontheRiverYare


The Lord Nelson Reedham

The Lord Nelson is being a little shy about their new opening times  – we will let you know when we do 




Humpty Dumpty Brewery - Reedham

We can highly recommend the local brew,

The village store supplies basics 

The Ship at Reedham will be open for drinks and basket food from the 12th April.  They have some live music as well 

The Reedham Ferry Inn are welcoming customers from the 17th May, booking essential 


The Reedcutters Pub is open for takeaways only  (pick up between 12 and 2 and 6 and 8 pm)  until the 17th May when it will open up fully 


Coldham Hall Coldham Hall, River Bure

Loads of moorings, excellent food, a good choice for an overnight mooring.  Outdoor eating from the 12th April   – and a takeaway for the evening when its too chilly



The Surlingham ferry is open again  from 12th April  – with breakfast starting at 9 am – and an evening meal till 8.30 pm 


The Waters Edge - Bramerton - Take Away Menu

I rather like the look of the Lobster on the  menu from The Waters Edge at Bramerton  – and it’s a beautiful bit of the River Yare too 

Their standard take away menu looks pretty scrummy and you will be able to get a table outside from the 12th April 

You can’t book the table, but you can book a mooring Tel 01508 538005




East Hills Cafe Bistro is now open with a reduced service, offering takeaways 

Thorpe & Norwich

Norwich Market - Food and Drink You’ve reached an area where you can guarantee that your mobile signal will work.    The options are almost endless.   We suggest you moor at the yacht station and take a stroll towards the award-winning Norwich Market. 

The market offers a huge selection of very good street food from around the world. 

Where to Eat, Drink and Shop on the River Chet, Norfolk Broads W

Loddon and Chedgrave 

The White Horse, Chedgrave, River ChetThe White Horse at Chedgrave is open for business from the 12th April.    Pie Night looks pretty good to me, and it’s available as a takeaway too. 

The Kings Head is opening for drinks outside from the 12th April, with food available from their takeaway menu  The garden is looking very smart 


The Swan, Loddon is opening from the 12th April, with reduced food service times to start with.  The food looks drool worthy though   

New for 2020  The Terrace,  restaurant- bistro is opening up on the 12th April to offer breakfast,  lunch and afternoon tea.  Their salads look super…and I can’t wait to try their supper menu later this summer 

Where to Eat, Drink and Shop on the River Waveny, Norfolk Broads What’sopenontheRiverWaveny

St Olaves 

The Bell Inn will be up and running for the 12th April With a new marquee in the garden and a new online booking system.  Great place to moor.  

Burgh St Peter 

The Waveny Inn – is open from the 12th April and you can moor outside  – you might want to  book your table and mooring at the same time 

Oulton Broad 

The Commodore is open for business from the 12th April.   closing times are weather dependant, and outside tables are not available to book.  The Wherry Hotel will also be open 

There are a variety of other places to eat nearby the Yacht Station 


Oakfired at the Royal Oak   – are offering amazing pizzas (take away to start with).  These are the true deal, highly recommended. Their Tia Maria looks pretty special too 

You can pick up supplies from Tescos in the middle of the town.   We would highly recommend a wander around to find your own favourite store, pub, takeaway or restaurant.  There are lots to choose from


Geldeston Locks

The Locks Inn is reopening as a community pub on the 13th May 

From all we have seen and heard, it’s well worth a walk from Beccles if your boat is too tall to get under the bridge at Beccles


Don’t forget to save this page to your favourites as we will update it regularly as we find out about more pubs, restaurants and cafe’s opening for business 

If you would like us to feature your business please drop details inc a picture, link to website or Facebook page and details of how customers can access your products to sara@barnesbrinkcraft.com

If all of this encourages you to take a holiday in the Broads National Park please have a look at our boats and houses on the Barnes Brinkcraft  website