With lots of dog-friendly cottages on offer, a holiday in Norfolk is the perfect pick for pooches. But if you’d like to eat out, you’ll want your four-legged friend to be welcomed too. At Dog Friendly Cottages, we’ve compiled a list of the best dog-friendly places to eat so whether you fancy an afternoon bite at a cafe or a pint at a pet-friendly pub, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
Why dogs love it: Their enormous garden has acres of space for pooches
With an exposed brick fireplace, original wood beams and an enormous garden that looks over the Salthouse marshes, the Dun Cow has atmosphere in spades. This traditional pub welcomes dogs both inside and out, and if they’re very well-behaved the friendly staff will treat them to a biscuit or two. Try the fresh, local seafood; it won’t disappoint.
Why dogs love it: Organic dog treats are on offer
The dog-friendly Cliff Top Cafe near the small town of Cromer has, as its name suggests, outstanding cliff top views over the North Norfolk coast. Welcoming pooches of all types both indoors and on their patio, the food ranges from English breakfasts and hearty seafood lunches to homemade cakes and afternoon tea. Pups will also be happy with their selection of home-baked dog treats, making it a perfect pet-friendly option for your Norfolk holiday.
Place to stay: Cloud Cuckoo in nearby Cromer is a renovated fisherman’s cottage just fifty yards from the sandy beach.
Why dogs love it: A dog-friendly atmosphere throughout
With a magnificent situation inGunton’s one thousand-acre deer park, it’s quite a surprise thatThe Gunton Arms is so welcoming to other four-legged creatures. But well-behaved dogs are greeted with open arms here, and the good food is worth the visit. The menu is full of locally sourced ingredients. This includes venison from the deerpark, which is cooked over an open fire in one of the pub’s traditional dining rooms.
Why dogs love it: Miles of sandy walks at Brancaster Beach
The award-winningWhite Horse Inn serves up impeccable seafood, freshly caught by the fishermen in nearbyBrancaster. The sun-soaked terrace looks over salt marshes and oyster beds, making it a stunning location to catch the atmospheric red-gold glow of sunset. Blankets are even on hand for chillier evenings – the perfect end to a day of dog-walking along the coast.
Place to stay: Spinnakers is just a two-minute walk to Brancaster Staithe and the coast path.
Why dogs love it: Doggie water bowls are provided for maximum hydration
The Beach Cafe inWells-next-the-Sea welcomes dogs both inside and out, on their sunny beachfront terrace. Staff provide bedding, water bowls and biscuits. The long sands at Holkham Beach also gives you the chance to stretch your both legs and your dogs’. Extend your visit with a trip to the neighbouring nature reserves or the stately Holkham Hall. Dogs are welcome in the grounds.
Place to stay: Sleeping up to six, September Cottage is a superb spot for beach-loving groups.
Address:Burnham Road, Stanhoe, King's Lynn, PE31 8QD
Why dogs love it: Treats are on hand for well-behaved pups
For an upmarket treat with friendly, down-to-earth service, you can’t beat the gastropub atThe Duck Inn. After a day exploring the many countryside trails thatNorth Norfolk has to offer, their sunny garden and warm, traditional interior are the perfect place to relax with a pint of East Anglian ale. This dog-friendly pub welcomes hounds in the bar area and the beer garden, but not in the restaurant, so it’s best to mention this if you’re booking a table to eat.
Why dogs love it: They can get a cake on their birthday!
Your four-legged friend will be truly spoilt here atThe Doggie Diner, a quirky cafe inCromer that has a separate menu for hounds and humans. There’s even an afternoon tea option, which they can eat daintily with a refined glass of pawsecco. Humans are well looked after too, with hearty sandwiches, soups and scones on the traditional menu.
Place to stay: A Grade II listed cottage, Lester House is just a few steps away from the beach and all the amenities of Cromer.
Address:Old Church Road, Snettisham, Norfolk, PE31 7LX
Why dogs love it: Friendly staff will spoil them rotten
TheRose and Crown pub inSnettisham, near King’s Lynn, has been in the Good Pub Guide’s Top Ten pubs in the UK for the last four years. It’s a deserved accolade, as the pub has a relaxed and friendly atmosphere that belies its world-class food. A ‘proper’ pub at heart (think real ale, bar stools and beer mats), the award-winning food is the jewel in its crown.
Place to stay:Scouts Cottage is a romantic bolthole, perfect for holidaying couples and their canine, of course!
Why dogs love it: Walks in the nearby Glandford Valley
Part restaurant, part art gallery, part shop,The Art Cafe is a hidden gem in Norfolk’s art world. Located near the market town ofHolt, this is North Norfolk’s only vegetarian cafe, and serves delicious coffee roasted just next door. After a morning spent walking in the scenic Glandford Valley with your four-legged friend, it’s a great spot to have lunch and peruse the art gallery.
Place to stay:Rosecroft is a traditional Georgian flint cottage, just a few minutes walk away from the centre of Holt.
Location: Great Massingham
Why dogs love it: Making friends with the owners’ black lab, Doris
If you’re bored of Norfolk’s dog-friendly beaches (impossible), a visit to the attractive village ofGreat Massingham will put you right. This is countryside living at its finest and the team at The Dabbling Duck pride themselves on their delicious game. When in season, pheasant, venison, partridge, peacock and rabbit may all be on the menu. It’s also the only pub on our list with their very own gin, the ‘Mucky Duck’ – well worth a try if you visit.
Place to stay: The beautiful cottage of Southview is walking distance from the pub and has a large garden for al fresco dining.
Why dogs love it: A pre-lunch run around the nearby Sandringham Estate
A more quintessential tea shop than the lovely Petals Tea Room surely can’t exist in this corner of North Norfolk. Just a stone's throw away from the Sandringham Country Park, Petals is the perfect place to continue your royal visit with a cup of tea and a piece of delicious home-made cake. Dog owners are encouraged to bring along their four-legged friends and treats are sold in the shop, keeping everyone happy!