Three of the best beach cafes
Dunes Cafe, Winterton
At Winterton we’re lucky enough to have a fabulous place to eat right on the beach – the Dunes café. In the summer it’s open seven days a week, and I always look forward to sampling one of their breakfast options at the weekends. But then the sandwiches – especially the crab ones – and their wonderful selection of cakes are equally tempting later on in the day. I always marvel at how they can produce such wonderful fresh food from such a tiny kitchen in there. In winter we always stop there for a coffee after walking the dogs, or sometimes a bowl of hearty home made soup. There's a car park right next to the cafe too. Beach Road, Winterton-on-Sea, Great Yarmouth NR29 4AJ. As we enjoy the Dunes Cafe so much, it started me thinking about what other great places there are to eat literally right on the beach, and not too far from Winterton.
Jay Jays, Gorleston-on-Sea
I grew up in Gorleston and have fond memories of spending literally every day at the beach during the summer holidays. There was always a café on the lower promenade there, but I don’t remember it being anything fantastic. Then a few years ago it was transformed into a wonderful location for breakfasts, lunches and even dinner during the summer. Their chips are amazing! And we’ve even sampled one of their seafood dinners with a glass of wine, all whilst looking out over the beach on a warm summers evening. It’s a 30 minute drive from Winterton, about 12 miles and you can park for free either in the car park at the south end of Marine Parade in Gorleston, or anywhere along that road. Most of the beach is dog friendly, only the north end near the pier is closed to dogs in the summer. Check out their website for more details and the latest opening times.
Beach Cafe, Mundesley
I haven't been here for a while, but when I last visited I remember the great location overlooking the beach and all the beautiful bright coloured beach huts. You can park up in the village and walk down. I realise there's a bit of a theme going on here, but I know that they served excellent breakfasts! It's only just over 20 miles from Winterton but because of our lovely winding country roads, it'll take anywhere between 45 minutes and an hour to get there. I don't think the beach is incredibly dog friendly there, but you can walk to the south with dogs if I remember correctly. The Promenade, Beach Road, Norwich, Norfolk NR11 8BG. Take a look at their facebook page for opening hours. If you're planning on making a day of it have a look at the Mundesley village website which has suggestions of places to visit nearby.