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Lunch with a view: 6 fab riverside eateries in Norfolk

Ahh, is there anything better than a stroll along the riverside? Actually, yes - a riverside stroll that includes a long lazy lunch and some stonking views. Because we're not JUST about the coastline in Norfolk...

1.) Dunes River Cafe, Acle

This gorgeous thatched building, on the banks of the River Acle, is home to Dunes River Cafe. It’s the Broadland sister cafe to the ultra-popular (especially at Muddy!) Dunes Cafe, near Waxham beach.

We are pleased as punch to report that both cafes serve the same kind of tasty, totally-homemade food – and that our favourite giant pink fondant fancies are available in both locations, too.

2.) Sculthorpe Mill, Sculthorpe

One of only two pubs in England to have received a new Michelin Bib Gourmand for 2022, Sculthorpe Mill is oh-so-prettily situated inside a loving restored 18th Century watermill, right by the River Wensum.

We’re itching to try one of their famous Knickerbocker Glories, in the shade of a weeping willow tree – and we might just have to cool our toes in the water, too. Riverside bliss!

3.) The Rising Sun, Coltishall

This classic pub is in a total stunner of a spot, right by the River Bure at the edge of gorgeous Coltishall Common. The top notch traditional food includes wood-fired pizzas – and there are free moorings nearby, if you happen to be arriving by boat!

4.) The Boathouse, Ormesby Broad

Right by the peaceful Ormesby Broad, The Boathouse is a proper-country pub-meets-fab-wedding-venue in East Norfolk. Incorporating a refurbished old pub with a boathouse building, it’s an atmospheric place to stop and pause.

5.) The Bank House, King’s Lynn

The Bank House is a great little spot on the King’s Lynn quayside, where the tidal River Ouse flows through the historic city. It’s the perfect place for a cheeky summer cocktail (or a proper Sunday lunch) as you watch the world and the boats go by.

6.) The Rushcutters Arms, Thorpe-St-Andrew

This 16th century pub is in walking distance from central Norwich, but feels half a world away. Nestled on the banks of the River Yare, close to the wild Thorpe Marshes, it’s a bucolic spot to have a pint while boats, paddle boards and ducks galore weave their way past.

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