Insta-worthy places to eat and drink in Norfolk
Now we're all going out out, naturally we want to shout about it. Be the envy of your followers at these photogenic local hotspots where the backdrop is as good as the food.
Ridiculously photogenic indie street food, inflatable palm trees and Sex in the Yard. That’s a cocktail. Hey, you can’t have everything.
Street Feast at The Ffolkes
Barbies and Action Men slung from a ceiling of snazzy brollies and epic food. Now with neon dart boards. There are also fab rooms. Lucky because the cocktail trees are always in full bloom.
Pretty in pastels. This place is a soft-serve ice-cream dream. Also there are cocktail slushies. Strike a Frosé.
Where the Ottoman Empire meets the Great Gatsby, with a speakeasy style cocktail bar. And the food is divine. Things could get mezze.
The Jolly Sailors
Eat, Drink, Be Jolly. Aren’t we SO sick of rose gold and sober grey? Splash primary colours all over your grid. It’s time to liven things up!
The Bicycle Shop
Run by people who 1. Don’t kill houseplants. 2. Have really nice handwriting. 3. Make delicious food. Made for meet-cutes by rainy windows. Poetic songwriter trips over heartbroken writer. Love wins.
The Brisley Bell
Literary shelfie anyone? Peer over your horn rims though gorgeous arched windows (the diffused light!) and settle in for the night. Food’s too good and pub’s too cosy to leave. Yes, there are very comfy rooms.
A menu that’s ALL about dessert! Who said you had to die to go to heaven? Every cake is such a work of art, it almost feels criminal to eat them. Almost, I said…
Frankie and Joey’s Pizza
Is this the prettiest pizza you ever did see? Why, yes, yes it is. Courgette rose buds and all. Show everyone you know immediately.
You don’t get views from ancient merchant’s wine stores on picturesque quaysides just anywhere. Head to Kings Lynn for a sunset vino and this stunning stretch of history.
The Bank House
We can’t guarantee high octane viewing. But if you’re having lunch where the Great Ouse River flows into The Wash you might get lucky. Camera at the ready!
Norwich’s soya alchemists have worked their transformative magic on the new café. Bulbs flourish in pots and hang naked from the ceiling. Vegan deliciousness to shout about.
The Unthank Arms
This Golden Triangle local is a proper Victorian boozer with fab food and a pub front like something out of Peaky Blinders. Occasional Dr Sketchy burlesque nights upstairs could add saucy sequins to your Gram.
You can cosy up inside, but Norwich is so bloomin’ gorgeous, we love taking to the streets with an excellent Strangers coffee and wandering the Fine City in search of the perfect frame.
Eric’s Fish and Chips
At Eric’s Thornham, take your squid and cider and picnic under the Drove Orchard apple trees. Forget soggy chips at that bus stop on the North End Road, this is the North Norfolk Coast mate.
Falafel and Friends
Just one of the fantastic food stalls in Norwich market. This is vegan, gluten-free Tempura Okra Green Curry. So cute and swirly you’ll want to wear it.
I mean, I’m sure your followers love that bokeh filter, but real influencers whip out an easel when they see a gorgeous pub. Like this one in Wells.
Yeah, everyone photographs the ceiling in the Playhouse bar. And why the hell not? See a live performance while you’re there, support our theatres, people!
Red Lion Bishopsgate
If you’re not Instagramming fab new riverside pubs from a paddle board laden with beer, frankly I don’t know what you’ve been doing with your time. Waterproof phone covers advisable.
No 1 Cromer
This ain’t any old fish and chips. Ask for a window seat and check out that view! Stunning rain or shine. And the food tastes just as good wherever you sit.
Over the meadows and marsh to the sea. This is a serious contender for the best view in Norfolk. And inside, designer Annabel Grey’s gloriously zingy colours will juice up your grid.
The Lamb Inn
A cool courtyard oasis with a tree, bang in the city centre. Candles lit at night so you can play about with your fancy phone settings. And at least 3 (camera-shy) ghosts.
The Gunton Arms
You could photograph the giant elk antlers, Tracey Emin neons or Damien Hirst butterflies. Or you could have a few drinks, book a room and feast your eyes on each other instead.
Abandon athleisure, pour yourself into a cocktail dress and pose at the bar with a Clover Queen. It’s all très Fin de siècle. Do we think Schiaparelli pink silk with those FABULOUS green velvet chairs?
Historians say it’s important, the staff say it’s beautiful, Muddy says it’s one of our favourite places in Norfolk. Just look at this circus themed tea. This IS the greatest show.
Of course you’ve seen Chef with Jon Favreau. Which means you’re probably a righteous babe who relishes a proper Cubanos. And snaps it against a background of silver birches. Yep, thought so.
If you haven’t been here yet, you need to sort out your priorities. Pretty much everything else can wait. Your vibe attracts your tribe. Stop with the Netflix and go somewhere new. Like here.
Some places, you photograph your food before you eat. Here you do it before it’s even cooked. Top notch pizza, properly tossed. Nicely done lads.
You’ll want to snag a seat on the terrace to show up in front of this joyously groovy backdrop but really, it’s about the coffee. And Ancestors Coffee is some of the best in town.
Swathes of blowsy flowers, check. Funky neon signs, check. Totally ravishing cakes, check. Basically, the spiritual home of all sweet treat Insta gals. Swoon.
Don’t get so busy snapping Annabel Grey’s beautifully balanced interior design you forget to, like, order food. Who knew white could be so warm and cosy? She did, obvs.
The Dial House
Mid century cocktail cabinets, vintage record players and an alien race bent on annihilation. Classic combo, right? If you can’t find at least fifty things to jazz up your Gram here you’re probably a Dalek.
The Georgian Town House
So pretty in the city. And we don’t just mean the food. The light is photo perfect inside and you’ll love the garden shacks, festoon lights and snuggly blankets. Bring on the Scandi vibe.
Where were you when we were getting high? As in, on the actual roof. Taking photos of the sunset and er…champagne supernovas in the sky. Cocktails against the Norwich skyline. Can’t beat it.
The Rose and Crown
Dreaming of the quintessential English pub, a riot of summer roses and sunshine yellow chairs? Your luck’s in! And there’s a sky blue ‘beach’ bar in the pretty garden. Cheers!
You’ll want to Insta every inch of this glam, yet totally laid back Burnham Market beauty. We’d start with the twinkling garden at dusk. Then stay the night…this place’ll have you spamming your followers for weeks.
Biddy’s Tea Room
You don’t already have Biddy’s on your Gram? Are you even from Norfolk? The gorgeous tea and cakes are already so deservedly famous we thought you’d like to see their new mural. Watch the birdie.
Don’t be ridiculous, no food is too pretty to eat. Yet even shameless gluttons (OK, me) find it hard to resist taking photos of every single course before diving into Chef Bainbridge’s gastronomic heaven.
Guac & Mole
Tulum has emerged as the Mexican beach destination most beloved by Instagram influencers. But this isn’t Tulum, it’s Sheringham. Which means you, my friend, are way ahead of the crowd.
The White Horse
Sundowners at the Marshside Bar are the stuff of legend. And that weeny little Insta square won’t do an ounce of justice to the breath-taking wild skies. Life’s best experiences happen off screen. This is one of them.