Our Top 10 Dog Friendly Cafes, Restaurants & Places to Eat Out in Norfolk 2024

By Fabulous • Discover, A Locals Guide

Are you a dog owner looking for new places to eat out in Norfolk with your canine companion? Look no further than our guide to the best dog-friendly pubs, cafes and restaurants.

From cozy cafes to unique eateries, here’s our Top 10 favourite places we visit often with our pooch.

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We have discovered over the years of living here, Norfolk is generally a dog-friendly county, with many pubs, bars, cafes, and restaurants welcoming canine customers and their humans. On offer is a wide variety of places to choose from, whether you’re looking for a quick coffee, a lite bite to eat or a leisurely meal, Norfolk has plenty of places to welcome the whole family.

Whether you’re craving a post-beach pup cup at a dog friendly cafe, or a hearty meal with your canine companion at a dog friendly restaurant, there’s a pawfect spot in Norfolk for every tail-wagger.

So, ditch the dog sitter and explore Norfolk’s delicious side with your four-legged best friend by your side!

Some of the best dog-friendly cafes in Norfolk serve delicious coffee, homemade cakes and lunches made from locally sourced produce making them the pawfect destination for a quick break while exploring Norfolk with your four-legged family member.

Discover our Top 10 dog friendly cafes, restaurants & places to eat out in Norfolk!

While we only feature our Top 10 as they are today, we are constantly on the lookout for new destinations to visit so this constantly changes. If like us you rarely go out ‘without’ your pooch, if you visit a place that isn’t dog friendly it’s likely you wont have to travel too far before finding somewhere that is.

This showcase is by no means a definitive list, just a few dog friendly places to eat that are memorable to us. Can you spot any of your favourite places below?

Warham Rd, Binham, NR21 0DQ
T • 01328 830 796

The Parlour, Binham

Set in a beautiful 17th century converted barn next to Binham Priory, that had been largely redundant for several years. They have now turned it into a truly spectacular dog friendly cafe, restaurant and dining space which contains a considerable amount of stone from the ruins of the Norfolk priory.

Dog friendly Back to the Garden Holt Fabulous Norfolk
Fakenham Rd, Holt, NR25 7JJ
T • 01263 715 996

Back to the Garden, Holt

Back to the Garden is the multi-award-winning farm shop and dog friendly cafe close to the North Norfolk coast. The shop and café’s brickwork and oak beams have not changed since the barn was built two hundred years ago. In the warmer months, the garden is a calming oasis, here you can breakfast, enjoy a leisurely coffee, have a secluded lunch or fabulous cream tea.

Dog friendly Eric's Pizza Thornham Fabulous Norfolk
Drove Orchards, Thornham, PE36 6LS
T • 01328 710 650

Eric’s Pizza, Thornham

Located in a circular yurt, this unique and spacious dog friendly space provides a relaxed, dining environment. Their mission is to serve really tasty pizza using the best, freshly sourced ingredients alongside plenty of other tasty sides. We visit often with our pup, one of our favourite spots to visit on the coast for sure.

5 Pedlars Mews, Snettisham,
PE31 7XQ

The Old Store, Snettisham

It’s all about bread at The Old Store, a dog friendly cafe on the West Norfolk coast, a micro-bakery and coffee store in Snettisham. Its menu focuses on delicious things in and on bread, all made in-house using organic flour. They also serve wonderful coffee, fresh juices, smoothies, cocktails and wine….all in all, fabulous!

The Quay, Blakeney, NR25 7ND
T • 01263 741 368

Two Magpies Bakery, Blakeney

Pushing traditional cafe boundaries into a more informal dining space serving fresh bread, pastries, treats and that all important fabulous coffee fix with a stunning quayside view! A dog and family friendly cafe on the North Norfolk coast and have a special Mini Magpies menu for your little bakers!

Dog friendly Beach Cafe Wells next the Sea Fabulous Norfolk
Beach Rd, Wells next the Sea, NR23 1DR
T • 01328 713 055

Wells Beach Cafe, Wells

If being on the beach isn’t a treat enough, the dog friendly beach café on the Norfolk Norfolk coast provides tasty goodies to enjoy alongside your dog walk on the sand. You’ll find them at the end of Beach Road, next to the pines and just before the walk over the dunes to the famous Wells-next-the-Sea beach.

Dog friendly St Giles Pantry Norwich Fabulous Norfolk
The Quay, Wells next the Sea, NR23 1 AH
T • 01328 710 650

St Giles Pantry, Norwich

A fabulous, independent store that sells seasonal and artisan food and drink all sourced from local producers and suppliers. Great coffee, cake and other treats are also served in this unique and welcoming foodie destination. Local to us here in Norwich and very dog friendly.

Dog friendly The Lodge Old Hunstanton Fabulous Norfolk
Old Hunstanton Rd, Norfolk, PE36 6HX
T • 01485 532 896

The Lodge, Old Hunstanton

Situated in the village of Old Hunstanton, The Lodge Hotel is just a short 5 minute walk from the beach. We love the casual and relaxed atmosphere of this small privately-owned dog friendly restaurant and bar perfect for when exploring the North Norfolk coast. 

The Lookout Holkham Fabulous North Norfolk
Lady Anne’s Drive, Holkham, NR23 1RG
T • 01328 711 917

The Lookout, Holkham

Situated on the edge of the fabulous dog friendly Holkham National Nature Reserve, the Lookout offers spectacular views and a range of food and drinks such as cakes, sausage rolls, sandwiches, soup and fruit to enjoy inside, outside or to take away.

Dog friendly The Globe Wells next the Sea Fabulous Norfolk
The Buttlands, Wells next the Sea, NR23 1EU
T • 01328 710 206

The Globe, Wells-next-the-Sea

Overlooking a pretty, leafy Georgian square, this is one of our favourite Wells-next-the-Sea dog friendly restaurants in North Norfolk. The Globe Inn is perfectly placed in this popular seaside town, the front bar has plenty of room for you and your pooch for a quick drink or a hearty meal and if the weather is favourable, there are two outside areas which we really love.

Tips for dining out with your dog in Norfolk

Dining out with your dog can be a wonderful experience, but it’s important to keep a few things in mind to ensure that both you and your furry friend have a pleasant time. Here are some tips for dining out with your dog in Norfolk:

  • Check the restaurant’s pet policy: Before heading out, make sure to check if the restaurant allows dogs and if they have any specific rules or restrictions. Some restaurants may only allow dogs on outdoor patios or have size limitations.
  • Bring essentials: Pack a travel water bowl, some treats, and waste bags for your dog. It’s important to keep your dog hydrated and clean up after them to be respectful of the establishment and other diners.
  • Train your dog: Ensure that your dog is well-behaved and trained before taking them to a restaurant. They should be comfortable around people and other dogs, and able to stay calm during the meal.
  • Be considerate: Remember that not everyone may be comfortable around dogs. Keep your dog on a leash, avoid letting them jump on furniture, and be mindful of their behaviour to ensure a pleasant experience for everyone.

Ultimate guide to dog friendly beaches in Norfolk

Woof woof and welcome to pawsome adventures! Forget chasing squirrels in the park, let’s explore the best Norfolk beaches! Sandy stretches, playful waves, secret coves – Norfolk’s dog-friendly beaches have it all. Unleash endless tail wags at hidden gems and top spots perfect for doggy dips, frisbee throws, and rockpool discoveries. Whether you seek wide-open spaces for Norfolk dog-friendly beaches or dunes and woodlands, pack your pup’s beach towel and let’s explore the best beaches in Norfolk together! ️

There is a Norfolk beach to suit every preference so why not pack a picnic, grab your dog’s lead and head out to explore the stunning coastline of North Norfolk today?

Looking for the best dog friendly beaches in Norfolk can be a tricky process, particularly in the summer months however all beaches in Norfolk allow dogs, you just need to be aware of the seasonal restrictions. We’ve created this guide of some of our favourite dog friendly Norfolk beaches where we take our pooch, all year round.

Enjoying dog-friendly places to eat out; cafes, restaurants and generally having ‘fun’ in fabulous Norfolk

With its wide range of dog-friendly cafes and restaurants, Norfolk truly is a paradise for dog lovers, you and your furry friend can explore the culinary scene together. From cozy cafes with outdoor seating to upscale restaurants with dedicated dog menus, Norfolk has something to offer for every taste and occasion.

So next time you’re in Norfolk, don’t hesitate to bring your dog along for a culinary adventure. Discover hidden gems, dine al fresco at scenic spots, and create memories that will make both you and your furry friend’s tails wag with delight. Norfolk is where dogs are not just welcome – they’re celebrated dining companions.

Norfolk is pawsitively dog-friendly with miles of beaches, scenic walks, and welcoming pubs and cafes, making it a tail-wagging good time for you and your furry friend! We’ve lived here with our pooch for well over a decade, from coast to country and even the city of Norwich, while you do have to be mindful, Norfolk is a great place to visit and live with your beloved dog.

Yes, dogs are allowed all year round on Cromer Beach subject to certain restrictions. These apply between 1st May to 30th September to the main area left of Cromer Pier and well sigh posted however walk along the prom in either direction and you’ll soon discover plenty of open space for you and your pooch to enjoy. You can even take your pooch onto Cromer Pier where you’ll find a special doggy watering station.

Yes, Wells-next-the-Sea beach is dog friendly this subject to certain restrictions. While a small area of about 200 yards at the entrance of the beach, clearly signposted after this the largest stretch is completely dog friendly offering pooches plenty of opportunity to run free.

Yes dogs are welcome at Brancaster beach with no restrictions across the vast majority of the beach. Some areas may be roped off to protect ground nesting birds between March and September, so you will need to keep dogs away from those areas. Dog waste bins are located near the toilet block opposite the car park.

Yes dogs are very much welcome at Holkham beach. While dogs and walkers can enjoy the beach and wide open spaces all year round without restrictions, caution is advised on the adjacent Holkham Nature Reserve. Here dogs should be kept on a lead or under close control so they don’t disturb or distress any of the wildlife in the area.

Dogs are very welcome on Sheringham beach however between 1 May & 30 September there are restrictions for dog-walking on a small area, this being the main beach between the Lifeboat Station to the west and the start of the beach huts to the east. There are no restrictions from October to April. You can of course walk your pooch along the promenade and you’ll soon find a stretch of beach where your pup can scamper about and enjoy the open space.

Dogs are very much welcome on Cley-next-the-Sea beach however there are dog restrictions during the summer. The beach is surrounded by nature reserves to the East and West of the car park, between April and August you may well find areas cordoned off due to ground-nesting birds, this mainly to the immediate left of the car park. Many of the terns and oyster catchers lay their eggs on the shingle and it’s really difficult to see them as they are so camouflaged. Essentially, while this is a great place to walk you pooch, and we have done so for many years, keep your dog under control and you’ll have no issues.

Dogs are very much welcome on Hunstanton Beach. There is a small, well signposted, dog-free zone May to September right in front of the amusements, the beach either side of this area is extensive for you and your four-legged friends to enjoy.

Dogs are very much welcome on Mundesley beach however there are restrictions during the summer months. Dogs are not allowed on the beach directly in-front and the length of the promenade between 1 May and 30 September. You can however walk your pooch all along the prom, at either end is dog friendly all year round so you and your dog can run free.

Dogs are very much welcome on Sea Palling beach however there are dog restrictions during the summer, this on a small area of beach right in front of the main car park between May 1st and September 30th. Walk either side of this and you’ll discover plenty of wide open space backed by dunes so you and your pooch will have plenty of scampering about space.

Dogs are very welcome at Great Yarmouth beach however as you would expect, there are just a few restrictions during the summer months. General guidance is, the central beach between Wellington Pier and Britannia Pier has restrictions for dogs between 1st May and 30th September and is well sign posted. You can of course walk your pooch all along the promenade. We recommend the North beach, this to the left of Britannia Pier, this has no restrictions all year round. There you’ll find grassy sand dunes and plenty of open space for your pup to scamper about.

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