Where to eat at Burnham Market, Norfolk

Burnham Market may be tucked away inland from the pasty-flat tidal sands and wind-swept weeds of the North Norfolk Coast, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in its reputation. One of the most beautiful villages in the area, it is also a culinary destination. Takeaways, bars, fine dining – you’ll find it all here, clustered around a main street reserved by beautiful churches. Summer is a great time to visit, when the crisp blue skies contrast with the silver huts of flint and bricks, and a gentle buzz spills from the pubs around the central green village.

Baked goods alone can fill your day. Try one of the cozy traditional tearooms, where hand-striped chalkboards prepare cake, baking tray and cereal, or join the queue outside of NoThirty3 newcomer The Bakery (no33bakery.com) to stock up on gooey chocolate-hazelnut pancakes and fresh sourdough. Sausage rolls, in particular, fly off the shelves quickly and hardly have time to cool.

Burnham Market is in a prime walking area and you’ll find plenty of quality picnic ingredients to fuel your trip. From its colorful front on greenery, Gurneys Fish Shop (gurneysfishshop.co.uk) sells oven-roasted salmon patty, potted shrimp, and taramasalata. Best of all are Cromer’s ready-to-eat crabs, which have landed just below the coast and at their sweetest in summer. After you’ve filled your fancy bag, expand the in-store steps to a little Humble Pie Delicatessen (facebook.com/humblepiedeli) and complement your spread with quiches, pancakes, and an array of Norfolk cheeses. Don’t miss the creamy white Mrs. White Cheese, or Mrs. Temples Walsingham, a cheddar-style wedge made in nearby Wheaton. There is also a greengrocer and a butcher selling quality Norfolk meat, if you’re planning on preparing a full regional feast.

As for excellent sit-down meals, Burnham Market has it too. It’s easy to miss an entire afternoon at any of the green village food bars – whether you’re sitting at a table outdoors in the sun or indoors under wood-beamed ceilings. At No Twenty9 (No. 29.com), plump Brancaster oysters are served with charred lime juice and washed down with rose petals from Flint Vineyard in Norfolk. Meanwhile, at The Hoste Arms (thehostearms.com) – a 17th-century training inn once frequented by Lord Nelson – enjoy well-executed versions of pub classics (haddock and chips, beef burger in a fluffy brioche bun) In a small beer garden, or in a cheerful restaurant with floor-to-ceiling windows, if clouds threaten rain.

If all that wasn’t enough, there is great food to try as well. Book in advance for a table at Socius (sociusnorfolk.co.uk), where owner chef Dan Lawrence and his team bring up the refined little British dishes that never seem out of place in the finest corners of London. Whatever you order – whether it’s house smoked salmon with beetroot puree and horseradish cream, or ham and blue cheese with gherkin sauce and crunchy radish slivers – it all flows from the open kitchen. Visit a group as the menu lends itself to sharing, and as is the case anywhere in the village, you won’t be satisfied with trying just one thing.

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