Best dog-friendly pubs on the North Norfolk Coast
Article by Wessex Park Homes
No place compares to that of the North Norfolk coast when it comes to doggy days out. The area has always been a big tourist spot for day visitors, staycationers and overnight trippers. People love visiting the charming seaside towns and stunning beaches time and time again. That’s why it’s no surprise that dog owners are looking out for great dog friendly pubs and restaurants to visit near the coastline.
There are a few things to look out for when choosing a pub to relax in with your dog. Especially after a long walk on one of Norfolk’s numerous dog friendly beaches or natural nature reserves. Some important ones include a doggy treat or two, water bowls and an outside area where you can unwind.
Try out some of the best dog friendly pubs and venues we’ve found along the North Norfolk coastline.
DUN COW, SALTHOUSE
Purdy Street, Salthouse, Norfolk NR25 7XA
Tel: 01263 740467 | www.salthouseduncow.com
“Our aspiration is to be a pub that happens to serve good food – not a restaurant that happens to have a bar”
Dun Cow is set in the quiet coastal village of Salthouse, overlooking some of the county’s most charming salt marshes. A short drive West will take you to Blakeney National Nature Reserve which makes for a fantastic day out next to the coast.
With a rustic charm, Dun Cow has plenty of bare floorboards and brick walls; reflecting its historic surroundings and beauty. Their great value for money menu consists of fresh local seafood and game from local shoots. An excellent bustling venue for families or a catch up with friends.
Dun Cows’ gardens are the perfect location to sit with your dog, have a tasty meal and enjoy the fresh air whilst overlooking the sea. Whether you have one or multiple dogs, your furry friends are welcome outside and inside the pub. They won’t be let down by delicious doggy biscuits offered by friendly staff.
LODGE HOTEL BAR, OLD HUNSTANTON
The Lodge, Old Hunstanton Road, Old Hunstanton Norfolk, PE36 6HX
Tel: 01483 532896 | www.thelodgehunstanton.co.uk
The Lodge Hotel Bar is ideally situated in Old Hunstanton, set on the locally famed Coastal Path. A great nine or 11-mile circular route, which passes by the stunning Ringstead Downs, where you can view wild thyme and rock rose in the spring and summer.
The Lodge is nestled in the quaint old village, creating the perfect venue for a relaxed and casual dining experience. The appealing family-friendly menu offers pub classics with a tasty kick.
There isn’t a better place to stop for a cool drink or dish after a long walk with your pet on the North West Norfolk coastline. You can pre-book a table for you and your furry companion or simply walk into the spacious dog friendly bar and restaurant.
RED LION, STIFFKEY
44 Wells Road, Stiffkey, Norfolk NR23 1AJ
Tel: 01328 830552 | www.stiffkey.com
The Stiffkey Red Lion is located next to dozens of points of interest along the North Norfolk coast. The cosy pub is just 10 minutes from the beautiful sandy beach of Holkham. For a real adventure try sailing at Morston, just a short five-minute drive from Stiffkey.
The pub is all about serving good honest value food, that is also locally sourced and cooked absolutely fresh. Grab yourself an in-season crab or lobster dish from Wells-next-to-sea. Alternatively, try the local mussels served in the winter.
Dogs small and large are more than welcome, inside and out; a sign of a great country pub. Dog water bowls are available throughout the venue and staff have some great doggy treats at hand.
THE GEORGE HOTEL, CLEY
The High Street, Cley, Holt, Norfolk NR25 7RN
Tel: 01263 740652 | www.thegeorgehotelatcley.co.uk
The George Hotel overlooks the dazzling salt marshes of Cley-next-the-Sea. A perfect area to visit for birdwatchers and wildlife enthusiasts. For a more historic touch, don’t forget to visit St. Margaret’s Church in the seaside village, with its stunning medieval influence and stained glass windows.
The building dates back to the 18th century and even survived World War II bombings. Popular long-standing favourites in the restaurant include sausage and mash, traditional fish and chips and fresh sea bass. Only using hand-picked produce from their carefully selected suppliers to create their dishes.
Staff will welcome your furry friend with open arms, allowing them to dine with you in or outside the pub. Find water bowls throughout the large beer garden area, where your dog will make lots of new friends. An ideal location to visit after stretching your legs on North Norfolk’s numerous dog friendly beaches.
THE GOLDEN FLEECE, WELLS-NEXT-THE-SEA
The Quay, Wells-Next-To-Sea, Norfolk NR23 1AH
You don’t have to venture far from The Golden Fleece to see some excellent views. The pub is set right by the quay in Wells-next-the-sea, in the heart of the town. It’s also just a short drive to top visitor landmarks including Holkham Hall and Blakeney Point where you can view local seals.
The pub is known for its fantastic food served throughout the day at reasonable prices. Pop by in the afternoon for a quiet cup of coffee and cake with friends, or in the evening to try their wonderful wholesome menu. Your eyes won’t be disappointed by the interior of The Golden Fleece pub, with plenty of well-kept woodwork throughout.
Take in fabulous quayside views with your canine friend in this dog friendly pub. They’ll even get handed free biscuits whilst you dine. You’ll find water bowls dotted throughout the premises. Don’t forget to grab a doggy treat from the bar on your way out.
THE LOBSTER INN, SHERINGHAM
High Street, Sheringham, Norfolk NR26 8JP
Tel: 01263 822716 | www.thelobsterinn.co.uk
Sheringham is one of the most popular beach towns in Norfolk. The Lobster Inn is a highly accommodating B&B and restaurant in the heart of vibrant Sheringham. Sit by the roaring log fire and enjoy a smashing full English breakfast or try some fantastic ales on offer.
Dogs are welcome throughout the restaurant, at the bar, in the large garden and downstairs rooms. Servers make sure to bring dog treats and a doggy water bowl to your table when dining here.
THE ORANGE TREE, THORNHAM
High Street, Thornham, Norfolk PE36 6LY
Tel: 01483 512213 | www.theorangetreethornham.co.uk
Thornham is set next to some fantastic sightseeing spots along the North Norfolk coast. Just four miles away you’ll find the picturesque Brancaster Beach. Also, don’t miss out on a visit to the Norfolk Lavender Fields in King’s Lynn, 6.5 miles away from The Orange Tree by car.
The Orange Tree has been named ‘Norfolk Dining Pub Of The Year’ between 2013 and 2018. A stylish, contemporary pub restaurant that serves delicious food made with top quality local produce. The menu consists of twists on old pub classics with some spectacular seafood dishes.
The family-owned business welcomes canine friends in the bar area. Your furry companion can choose from their very own doggy menu that includes dog ears, sausage rolls and bones.
THE WHEATSHEAF, WEST BECKHAM
Church Road, West Beckham, Holt, Norfolk NR25 6NX
Tel: 01263 822110 | www.thewheatsheafwestbeckham.co.uk
The Wheatsheaf is just two miles away from the famed Sheringham Park, known for its diverse natural wildlife and walks. If you’re an animal lover, you’ll not want to miss a visit to the Hillside Shire Horse Sanctuary. Not just showcasing horses, but also donkeys, pigs and goats.
The Wheatsheaf Pub dates back over 400 years and has a very rustic, historic charm about its appearance; perfectly fitting in with its surroundings. All of their dishes are prepared from locally sourced ingredients, including locally caught fresh fish and vegetables grown nearby. There’s also Foodie Bouquet, a Tearoom and Deli on sight where you can stop for a coffee and cake, plus locally sourced treats and trinkets.
Being a traditional country pub, they are more than welcoming to dogs and muddy boots. There’s a dog friendly area by the bar where you’ll find homemade dog treats. There’s even a doggy version of a full English breakfast for B&B guests.
THE WHITE HORSE, BLAKENEY
4 High Street, Blakeney, Norfolk NR25 7AL
Tel: 01263 740574 | www.whitehorseblakeney.co.uk
Blakeney is the perfect hotspot for days out in nature. Cley Beach is just 2.5 miles away and comprises of miles of quiet sandy shores. You’ll also find Holt Country Park not far down the road, a Green Flag Award winning park with fantastic trails and activities for children.
The White Horse is a spacey pub, perfectly situated next to Blakeney Quay; a modern venue that’s stylish and full of character. Choose from the large bar area, breakfast room, cosy lounge or walled courtyard to indulge in a tasty meal or an award-winning Adnams beer.
Dog-friendly downstairs and outside, The White Horse is the ideal place to stop for a coffee or lunch after a stroll around the marshes. Doggy biscuits are offered by welcoming staff who will also offer your companion a bowl of water.
THE JOLLY SAILORS, BRANCASTER
Main Road, Brancaster Staithe, Norfolk PE31 8BJ
Tel: 01485 210314
Brancaster features a lovely beach with miles of sandy shorelines, perfect for the entire family. To top things off, you can visit Bircham Windmill in King’s Lynn, just eight miles from The Jolly Sailors in Brancaster Staithe.
Awarded the ‘Nation’s Best Family Pub’, the 18th-century village pub boats real ales from their microbrewery, Brancaster Brewery. Serving scrumptious home cooked food, pub classics, local seafood and stone baked pizzas. There’s even a soft play area outside for young children.
Accommodating staff offer your canine friends water without hesitation when visiting. Even offering a jug of water if your dog happens to be muddy and you would like to wash them off before dining. They won’t be disappointed by pieces of chicken or doggy biscuits on arrival.
THE WHITE HORSE, HOLME-NEXT-THE-SEA
40 Kirkgate, Holme, Hunstanton PE36 6LH
Tel: 01485 525512 | www.whitehorse-inn.co.uk
There are numerous short and long walks that run right through Holme-next-to-Sea. That’s no surprise with its breathtaking beaches and nature views. You’ll not want to miss out on visiting the nearby Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary.
The homely pub has a great selection of wholesome food to choose from. Known for their speciality seafood, you won’t be disappointed with their generous portion sizes and accommodating staff.
The large outdoor area makes for the perfect place to dine with your pooch. Dogs are also allowed inside the bar area.