Favourite places for waterside dining

It’s been so hot here in Norfolk – not that I’m complaining! Ideal weather for al fresco dining, so here are some of our favourite suggestions for eating out by the water. All of these are on the Norfolk Broads and within easy driving distance of Winterton-on-Sea.

Both the Boat House at Ormesby and it’s sister restaurant Waterside at Rollesby are on our favourites list. The latter does lunches and afternoon tea, and has amazing views from the large decking area (pictured left) on the edge of the broad. They have boat trips too, and a fantastic enclosed play area for children. The Boat House has a spectacular setting in 11 acres on the edge of Ormesby Broad, and is open for lunch and evening meals. It’s also a great wedding venue if you’re thinking of getting hitched! Neither the Boat House or the Waterside allows dogs, but there are plenty of other dog friendly places!

You can take dogs to the Ferry Inn at Stokesby. Situated right on the River Bure it’s perfect for a relaxing evening drink watching the sun go down over the water. The food here is excellent, and we’d recommend booking if you’re planning to eat there in the evening. Not far away is another one of our regular haunts – The Bridge Inn at Acle. We’re regular visitors here as it’s walking distance from our house, so we toddle along the weavers way with our dog and either sit out in the riverside garden, or you can take dogs in the pub too. The pub grub style food here is very good, and depending on the time of year you don’t necessarily need to book. There’s also a small crazy golf course and enclosed play area for children, so it ticks all the boxes for families.

Finally there are a couple of decent pubs in Horning which isn’t too far away from Winterton, and close to Bewilderwood if you want to combine a meal out with a visit there. The Swan Inn (pictured right) is directly on the river and has a busy garden where you can watch boats gliding up and down the river. Or there’s also The Ferry Inn and The New Inn too – both are on the river.