Norfolk is most famous for its Cromer crab and Norfolk Bronze Turkeys, which may well be the annual centrepiece of your Christmas lunch, but on your family holiday you should also try Brancaster mussels, samphire from the salt marshes and beer made from local malting barley.
BabyBreaks has researched the best child-friendly restaurants in Norfolk so you can plan your mealtimes with ease.
1. The Pigs
A fabulous venue offering luxury accommodation, a spa, restaurant and bar, The Pigs tops our list thanks to its amazing indoor and outdoor play areas from the creators of BeWILDerwood adventure park. Let the kids loose on the slides, tree house, zip wire of climbing wall. But also on maze, and obstacle course, while you peruse the seasonal menu which features delicious Norfolk produce.
The Pigs is open every day from 8am, so if your kids have been up since the crack of dawn, head here for the fifteen mile breakfast. If you’re there on a Sunday don’t miss the indulgent Sunday Pudding Table from 12 – 3pm.
Phone: 01263 587634
2. Wroxham Barns
The Restaurant and Farmyard Café at Wroxham Barns are perfect if you like to have a meal and family activity all in one venue. The characterful, multi-purpose site offers an independent shop selling local produce, a craft workshop, a small farm and a children’s play area.
The Farmyard Café is perfect for a quick bite, serving fresh, wholesome meals in a buffet style including sandwiches, jacket potatoes, cakes and coffee. It’s dog friendly too, with indoor and outdoor seating. No wonder why it is featured among our child friendly restaurants in Norfolk.
Head to the ‘Made By You’ craft studio after lunch where you can try try pottery painting, decopatch or sand art.
Phone: 01603 783762
3. Beach Cafe at Wells-next-the-Sea
This relaxed café is ideally situated close near the picturesque beach at Wells-next-the-Sea , with its miles of golden sand and iconic beach huts. It serves fresh local produce from sandwiches and sausage rolls to cakes and coffee.
During the winter you can sit inside by the wood-burning stove sipping homemade soup, whilst summer is for outdoor seating and Norfolk ice cream.
Phone: 01328 713055
Since its opening in 2018, Socius has received rave reviews from Waitrose Good Food Guide, Michelin Guide and Trip Advisor, to name just a few.
Their small plates are designed to share – a modern British take on tapas in a wonderfully light and airy space. On one hand, the kids menu features mini pizza, fish and chips or pasta. On the other hand, adults can share mouth watering dishes like monkfish tempura, lamb merguez sausage and Crispy aubergine with cashews and yoghurt.
Dogs are also welcome during the daytime, even those with sandy paws!
Phone: 01328 738307
5. No.1 Cromer
Owned by Michelin starred chef Galton Blackiston, No.1 in the popular seaside town of Cromer offers a top quality fish and chip shop downstairs and a stylish seafood restaurant upstairs, with breathtaking views of Cromer Pier.
Take your family to the fish and chip shop for classic dishes such as haddock and chips, as well as more adventurous offerings like Cromer crab burger or soy and ginger marinated whitebait with wasabi mayo. The children’s menu has small portions of all the traditional fish dishes.
Address: 1 New St, Cromer NR27 9HP
Phone: 01263 515983
6. Thornham Deli
If you are looking for a great quality Café to enjoy your breakfast or please your children for lunch with very good burgers, Thornham Deli is the place to go. The venue tries to source as many local produces as possible from fish, vegetables or pork. And if you’d rather eat at your holiday home, why not getting your food from their Deli shop with amazing cakes, savoury pastries and more.
7. The Duck Inn
Finally, you can’t go wrong by booking a table at one of the oldest pubs in the area. The Duck Inn has been going since the 1700s and serves great quality food with local ingredients sourced from East Anglia. The famous British food writer Giles Coren wrote in the Sunday Times in August ‘It was one of the truly great pub lunches of 2020. Unquestionably in the top three’. Sounds like you have your Sunday lunch sorted!
Do you know other child friendly restaurants in Norfolk worth to be mentioned on this page, feel free to reach out to us!
The post may contain affiliate links, which means that we may receive a small commission, at no cost to you, if you make a purchase through a link. More info: Disclosure.