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Updated 25 June. These listings will appear in print on 4 July. Some are only effective from that date.

Food and Drink 

Check websites or phone to confirm latest arrangements. Venues might expand hours and offerings. When collecting takeaways, keep well-spaced, pay by contactless if you have not already, and wash your… You get it. 

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Aviator

Gastro pub, Sculthorpe. One way system and outdoor seating. Good quality pub food. Sunday roasts. Menu online. NR21 9QD www.sculthorpeaviator.co.uk. Tel 01328 856744

Beach café

Café, Wells-next-the-Sea. Take-away only. Daily 10am-5pm. Note Beach Road Car Park numbers limited. Wells NR23 1DR www.holkham.co.ukTel 01328 713055

Chequers Thornham

Pub, Thornham. Outdoor seating in plush ‘pavilions’ with more space on their south facing frontage. Thornham PE36 6LY www.chequersinnthornham.comTel 01485 512229

The Hero

Pub, Burnham Overy Staithe. Open outdoors and indoors with spaced tables. Limited menu. New management and well worth a try out. Perfect for feeding children post creek mudslide session. PE31 8JE www.theheroburnhamovery.co.ukTel 01328 738334

Jolly Sailors

Pub, Brancaster. Open from 4 July. 23 tables outdoors and capacity for 40 indoors, with distancing. Advance booking required. Pub classics and famous pizzas. Open daily. Food 12-9pm. PE31 8BJ www.jollysailorsbrancaster.co.uk Tel 01485 210314

King William

Pub, Sedgeford. Planning to open on 4 July. TBC. Definitely will open ‘some time in July’. Inside dining area has 2m spacing and garden can seat 56 people at 14 tables. Pergola shelter for up to 20 people. Reduced menu plus daily specials, and children’s menu. PE36 5LU www.thekingwilliamsedgeford.co.ukTel 01485 571765

Old Forge

Seafood restaurant, Thursford. Distanced tables and one staff member in adherence to guidelines. Open Tue to Sat, from 6pm. (B and B also available). NR21 0BD www.seafoodnorthnorfolk.co.ukTel 01328 878345

Orange Tree

Pub, Thornham. New furniture, shades and heaters. Outdoor seating for 100 people. No children’s play area. Open daily. Thornham PE36 6LY www.theorangetreethornham.co.ukTel 01485 512213

Ship

Pub, Weybourne. Opening from 8 July. Indoor table use limited to 2 hours and booking in advance advised. Outdoor tables first-come first-served. App ordering and food served in disposable containers. No big groups, no standing in the bar. Sounds very sensible. NR25 7SZ www.theshipinnweybourne.com  Tel 01263 588721

White Horse

Pub, Brancaster Staithe. Open 4 July. Bar and front courtyard. ‘Marshside’ container bar and marquee serving seafood and drinks. Food served 12-9pm. PE31 8BY www.whitehorsebrancaster.co.ukTel 01485 210262

Take-outs, Takeaways and Deliveries

Black Lion

Pub, Little Walsingham. Fish and chips takeaway with (flagons of) beer, and wines. Morning coffee, tea, rolls plus drinks daily, 8am-12pm. B&B open from 4 Jul. Recommended to call ahead. Little Walsingham NR22 6DB www.blacklionhotelnorfolk.co.uk Tel 01328 820235

Bluebell

Pub, Langham. Takeaway, Sat 5-8pm (fish and chips and burgers) Tue 5-8pm (wood-fired pizza). Grocery shop open Tue, Thu and Sat, 9-10.30am. NR25 7BX www.langhambluebell.co.uk Tel 01328 830630

Byfords

Café/deli, Holt. 'The Hatch’. Book a slot and pre order stone baked pizzas, take’n’bake items, scone boxes and hot drinks and cake. £10 minimum spend (after Norfolk Passport discount). Currently Thu, Fri and Sat 9am-7pm, Sun 9am-5pm. Planning to be open 7 days a week from 6 July. www.byfords.org.uk Tel 01263 711400

Chequers, Binham

Binham. Take away every Friday, 5-8pm. Menus available at front of pub. NR21 0AL www.binhamchequersinn.co.uk Tel 01328 830297 or 07879 080993

Mr. Chips, Fakenham

Fish and chips. Mon to Sat, 11.30am-8pm. Bridge Street Car Park. Search on Faceboook. Tel 01328 863871

Crawfish Inn

Thai food, Thursford. Takeaway Tues to Sun, from 6pm. Menu online. Order and pay by phone. NR21 0BJ (on A148) www.crawfishinn.com Tel 01328 878313

Crown

Pub, East Rudham. Takeaway available on certain days. PE31 8RD www.crowninnnorfolk.co.ukTel 01485 528530

Dabbling Duck

Pub, Great Massingham. Takeaway on Wed (curry), Fri (pizza) and Sat (pub grub). 4-9pm, best order 24 hrs in advance. Menu and more details online. Hoping to open on 4 July. PE32 2HN www.thedabblingduck.co.uk Tel 01485 520827

Dun Cow

Pub, Salthouse. Takeaways on Thu, Fri and Sat, 4.30-7.30pm. Order same day from 12pm on dedicated number: 01263 740870. For menu see Dun Cow Salthouse on Instagram. www.salthouseduncow.comTel 01263 740467

The Duck Truck

The popular local festival and fair vendor is delivering a DIY ‘Duck in a Box’ across Norfolk. One box/duck feeds 4-6 people and costs £20 including delivery. Excellent value and delicious. Order before 6pm for next day delivery. They might specify a day for deliveries for your area. Order via email to charley.watkins@theducktruck.co.uk

Eric’s

Fish and Chips. Thornham and Holt. Pre-order click and collect. Currently Weds to Sat, 4-8pm but you can order in advance whenever. Simple and easy to use online menu and order system. Includes wine. Check online www.ericsfishandchips.com

Fakenham Tandoori

Indian. Open for takeaway. Usual hours. Fakenham NR21 8BQ Tel 01328 864059

Ffolkes, The

Pub, Hillington. ‘Feast and Go’. Book a slot between 12pm and 6pm on Sunday. Come choose pie feast to take home. Homemade mini pies and all the trimmings (roast potatoes, seasonal veg, Yorkshire puddings, pigs in blankets etc.) plus traditional puddings. www.ffolkes.org.uk Tel 01485 600210

French’s

Fish and Chips, Wells-next-the-Sea. Now open daily 11.45am-8pm (except Mon, 11.45am-5pm) and operating much as normal. Queues can get a bit cosy. Strict one way system through the venue. 

NR23 1AH www.frenchs.co.uk  Tel 01328 710396

Golden

Fish and chips, Fakenham. Open daily. 11.30am’ish to 8pm’ish. Bridge Street. Tel 01328 853562

Labone

Indian, Sheringham. Authentic Bangladeshi cuisine. Open daily except Tue, 5-10pm, and Fri and Sat, 5-10.30pm. Sheringham NR26 8RR. www.laboneindiancuisine.co.uk Tel 01263 821120 or 821130  

Mermaid

Fish and Chips, Burnham Market. Open Thu-Sat 4-8pm. Call and collect. PE31 8EA Tel01328 738851

Nelson’s Fries 4 U

Fish and chips, Holt. Also, kebabs, pizzas, fried chicken, burgers. Open daily, 1-9pm. NR25 6BE Tel 01263 713939

Northgate

Indian, Hunstanton. Takeaway. PE36 6EA. www.northgateindianrestaurant.co.uk Tel 01485 535005

Number 29

Burnham Market. Takeaway service every Fri 5-8pm, alternating pizza, Indian and fish or sausage and chips. Sunday roast chicken meal for four people (ideally), order by Thu eve. Popular well-spaced drinks on Fri eve. Artisan bakery open Mon, Wed and Fri, 9am-1pm. PE31 8HF www.number-29.com Tel 01328 738498

Pearl River

Chinese takeaway, Fakenham. Open Sun to Thu, 5-10pm, Fri and Sat 12-2pm and 5-10.30pm. Menu online. NR21 9AA www.pearlriverfakenham.co.uk Tel 01328 863900

Pigs, The and Back To Your Place

Pub, Edgefield. Friday Night Fish and Chips: order by 7pm on Thu, collect 5-9pm on Fri. Sunday Roast Boxes: order by 7pm on Fri, collect 12-5pm on Sun. laura@backtoyourplace.co.uk www.thepigs.org.uk  Tel 01263 714800

Rocky Bottoms

Seafood, West Runton. Free delivery Tues-Sat and call and collect Fri-Sun, 4-6.30pm. Delivery areas different each day. Weds is the day for Holt, Blakeney, Fakenham, Reepham and Dereham and villages in between. Local deliveries every day except Sun. Call and collect orders must be called in by Fri evening. Menu online. NR27 9QA  www.rockybottoms.co.uk Tel 01263 837359

Silver Belly Roaming Kitchen

Steak burgers, hot dogs with fried onions, homemade veggie burgers,cakes and shakes and daily specials and real ales. Based out of Westacre, delivering to local area. 01760 755156. Email tiff.wellsdeli@gmail.com Insta: wellsdelisilverbelly

Sunny

Chinese Takeaway, Holt. Sun to Thu, 5-10m (closed Tue), Fri and Sat, 5-10.30pm. NR25 6ET Tel 01263 713221

Taste of India

Indian, Holt. Takeaway only. Open daily, 5-9pm. NR25 6HP www.tasteofindiaholt.co.uk Tel 01263 711484

Thornham Deli

Deli menu online. Free local delivery. Store open daily 8am-4pm. ‘Orders taken all day 7 days a week’. www.thornhamdeli.co.uk 01485 512194 or ‘Ring Delia to place your order anytime, 7 days a week, 07833 392584’

Tuscan Farm Shop

Deli and café, Burnham Market. Fresh bread Wed and Sat. Italian produce and fresh coffee. Turn up and call/order in advance. PE31 8EQ hello@tuscanfarmshop.com Tel 01328 730856 or 07775 526911

Village Store

Café and general store, Weybourne. Hot pasties and sausage rolls etc. Takeaway only. Accepts pre-orders by phone. Open Mon-Sat, 8am-2pm, Sun 8.30am-12pm. NR25 7AH www.weybournevillagestore.co.uk Tel 01263 588219

Local and Farm Shops

Algy’s Farm Shop

Bintree. A farm shop that’s actually on a farm. Wide range of produce from other local suppliers. Operating a click and collect system. Also famous for popcorn. Open Mon to Sat, 9am-5pm. Bintree NR20 5PW, off A1067 south of Fakenham. www.algys.co.uk Tel 01362 683893  

Blakeney Deli

Fresh food made daily in the kitchen such as soups, pasties, pies etc. Current opening hours: daily, 9am-3pm. Local deliveries available. NR25 7AL www.blakeneydeli.co.uk Tel 01263 740939

Back to the Garden

Letheringsett. The deli, butchers and café was well-organized and busy through the lockdown. Open Mon to Sat, 8.15am-4.30pm. Click and collect available until 4.30pm. NR25 7JJ www.back-to-the-garden.co.uk Tel 01263 715996/715540 (Ext 1 for delivery and collection details)

Bircham Stores

Owner Mark dishes out pork pies and cheery chat in equal measure. A proper local hub. Coffee and tea to take away. Slightly reduced opening hours. Great Bircham PE31 6RJ Tel 01485 576006

Brancaster Village Stores

Includes a Gurneys Deli (not fish). Open Mon to Sat 9am-4pm. PE311 8AA www.brancastervillagehall.communitybookings.co.uk Tel 01485 210618

Cley Smokehouse

Old favourite. All that smoke must have blocked any germs. They’ve been open as normal throughout and very busy. Open daily 9am-5pm, Sun and Bank Holidays 9am-4.30pm. Click and collect recommended. Items all online. NR25 7RF www.cleymokehouse.com  Tel 01263 740282

Creake Abbey

Food hall open selling produce and takeaway meals. Café still closed.  Open Wed to Sun 10am–5pm (to 6pm on Fri and Sat from 10 July) NR21 9LF www.creakeabbey.co.ukTel 01328 730399

Four Winds

Tattersett. General store run by a lovely gentleman who goes out of his way to supply what you need. Open daily 7am-7pm. PE31 6TD https://pricedrightstores.business.site Tel 01485 528094

Heath Farm Shop

Attached to Lings Country Goods in Great Massingham. Focus on locally raised and produced meat, brilliant for BBQ. Also fresh veg and other produce, all extremely local. Pick up a picnic rug from Lings while you’re there. Great Massingham PE32 2HJ www.lingscountrygoods.co.uk Tel 01485 520828

Picnic Fayre

Cley. Fully open with special measures. Deliveries and collections still available. Serving and selling local specialties and staples. Open Mon to Sat, 9am-3pm. NR25 7AP www.picnic-fayre.co.uk Tel 01263 740587

Staithe Smokehouse

In a shack round the back of the White Horse in Brancaster Staithe, new operation with excellent reviews. Open daily 10am-3pm, online ordering, and delivery available from 3pm. Brancaster PE31 8BY www.staithesmokehouse.co.uk  Tel 07717 702630

Walsingham Farms Shop

Open with strict limits. Ordering online encouraged and collection by non-vulnerable. Open Mon to Sun, 10am-4pm. Open bank holidays 10am-4pm. Deliveries to different areas each day of the week. See online. (Website takes some digging, bit like a farm) Little Walsingham NR22 6BU www.walsingham.co Tel 01328 821877

Weybourne Village Store

See Food and Drink www.weybournevillagestore.co.uk Tel 01263 588219

Bakeries

Bircham Windmill

Pre-orders of bread, flour, eggs, milk, yeast (everything you need for baking) plus groceries. Delivers for orders over £25 within 5-mile radius. Also serving takeaway tea and coffee which can be drunk at tables outside. PE31 6SJ www.birchamwindmill.co.uk Tel 01485 578393 or 07768 393552

Pastonacre

New boutique bakery in Cley. Excellent sourdough. Open from 9am Tue to Sat. Pre-order 10am day before collection. Card and contactless payment only. NR25 7RN www.pastonacre.com Email hello@pastonacre.com

Siding

New bakery and café in Melton Constable. Fantastic croissant. Open 8am-3pm, Thu to Sat. NR24 2BT www.sidingyard.co.uk Tel 01263 862444

No 29

Burnham Market. Artisan bakery open Mon, Wed and Fri, 9am-1pm. Burnham Market PE31 8HF www.number-29.comTel 01328 738498

Beer

Local brewers have cut back on the barrels but they’re still bottling it.

Barsham Brewery

Their range of local bottled beers available from Beers of Europe, accessible via their own website. www.barshambrewery.co.uk

Norfolk Brewhouse

Their Moongazer Ale is available online via Beers of Europe. Access via www.moongazerale.co.uk

Real Ale Shop

Wells-next-the-Sea. Fully open, along with online ordering and delivery. www.therealaleshop.co.uk

Nature

Note: At time of print RSPB Titchwell was still closed.

Norfolk Wildlife Trust. All car parks at the Cley Centre are now open while the centre itself and all facilities, including the hides, remain closed. Check online for the Holme Reserve. NWT Cley NR25 7SA   www.norfolkwildlifetrust.org.ukTel (Cley Centre) 01263 740008

Coastal Exploration. This boutique – and exclusive – venture is taking bookings. Not cheap but worth every penny. If it’s out of your price range simply stare at the film collage on the homepage. It’s mesmerizing. www.coastalexplorationcompany.co.uk Tel 07970 276397

North Norfolk Safaris. North Norfolk native and ex worldwide nature filmmaker Martin Hayward Smith is running his popular safaris in his old Landrover, based from East Barsham. NR21 0LQ. Full details on www.northnorfolksafaris.co.ukTel 01328 820660 or 07768 632838

Sculthorpe Hawk and Owl Trust

Reserve is open daily 8am-4pm, last entry 3pm. Entry to hides is limited to one person per window and you must wear a mask to enter. One way system in the visitor centre and use passing places to pass people on the boardwalks. Entry is free but donations are welcome. Well worth supporting. Sculthorpe NR21 9GN www.hawkandowltrust.orgTel 01328 856788

Well-Spaced Sport

BOATS

Boathouse Burnham Overy StaitheKayak Hire, at Burnham Overy Staithe. Explore the Creek and the surrounding salt marshes. Visit the stunning beach at Scolt Head Island. Single kayak £20.00 per day. Double kayak £30.00 per day. Buoyancy aids and spray tops available £5 per day. Contact Tim at the Boathouse on 01328 738348 / 07484 537482 email: tim@burnhamoveryboathouse.co.ukSee website at: www.burnhamoveryboathouse.co.uk

Hunstanton Kayaks

Now open for business. Hire a kayak or join a tour out to the sandbanks. Also leads tours of the creeks at Burnham Overy Staithe. North Promenade, Hunstanton PE36 6GB www.hunstantonkayaks.co.ukTel 07810 188165

GOLF

Royal Cromer Golf Club

Cromer, NR27 0JH. Clifftop course with stunning views, also the site of the first ever international golf match, in 1905. Open to non-members.  www.royalcromergolfclub.com Tel 01263 512884

Fakenham Fairways

Fakenham NR21 9SA. Driving range and nine-hole pitch and putt with a small café run by a very warm and welcoming team. ‘Fun for all the family’.  www.fakenhamfairways.uk Tel 01328 856614

Fakenham Golf Club

Fakenham, NR21 7NY. Offers ‘pay and play’, £25 for 18 holes. Open every day, dawn to dusk. A pleasant nine-hole course in and around Fakenham Racecourse and alongside the River Wensum. www.fakenhamgolfclub.co.uk Tel 01328 855678

Heacham Manor Golf Club

Heacham, PE31 7JX. Open to non-members and visitors. Front nine laid out in a links style while other holes are set in lakes and parkland. Full description and details online. The hotel and club bar have pleasant outdoor areas and views. www.heacham-manor.co.uk/golf Tel 01485 579825

Hunstanton Golf Club

Hunstanton, PE36 6JQ. ‘A connoisseur’s course, jammed full of memorable quality golf holes’. Open to non-members, excepting Sat before 2pm. www.hunstantongolfclub.com Tel 01485 532811

Royal West Norfolk, Brancaster

Brancaster, PE31 8AX. Open to visitors but recommended to call well in advance. www.rwngc.org Tel (Club Sec) 01485 210087 or (Club Stewards/Clubhouse) 01485 210223

Sheringham

Sheringham, NR26 8HG. Clifftop long distance course with scenic steam trains. Open to visitors.  www.sheringhamgolfclub.co.uk Tel 01263 823488

Tennis Courts

Courts on Clubspark can be booked online. Quickest way is to Google the location and ‘tennis club’. Phone numbers listed where available.

Blakeney

Behind village hall (free parking). Two hard courts. Non-members £10 per hour. www.blakeneyparishcouncil.org.uk or blakeneysc@icloud.com or 01263 740158

Brancaster

Two hard courts behind the village store and Post Office. Open to non-members. £5 per hour. Ask at the store. 

Brancaster Staithe

Two hard courts. £10 per hour for non-members. https://clubspark.lta.org.uk/DBSTennisClubor email tennis@brancasterstaithe.co.uk

Burnham Market

Two floodlit hard courts. Open to non-members. Club morning Sun 10am-12pm, open to all. https://clubspark.lta.org.uk/TheBurnhamsTennisClub

Cromer

Cromer Lawn Tennis and Squash Club, Norwich Rd. NR27 0EXFour floodlit hard courts and ten grass courts. £5 per hour for non-members. www.cromerltsa.co.ukTel 01263 513741

Fakenham Tennis Club

Part of the Fakenham Sports Centre at the Racecourse. Hard courts available to non-members. www.fakenham-tennis-club.co.uk Tel 01328 862867

South Creake

Two grass courts in the middle of the picturesque village. Available for hire on ad-hoc basis. https://clubspark.lta.org.uk/SouthCreakeTennisClub Tel 01328 823377

Thornham

One floodlit court, with windbreak. £5 per hour, open to non-members. www.thornhamvillagehall.co.uk/tennis

Wells-next-the-Sea

Two hard courts in centre of town. Open to non-members. https://clubspark.lta.org.uk/wellstowntennisclub Tel 01328 710752

Other local courts

Details below are from the LTA website’s Norfolk search page. It is certainly wise to call ahead or drop by in advance. 

Bircham Newton Training Centre, PE31 6RH, 2 hard courts. Tel 01485 577577

Hindringham Primary School, NR21 0PL, 1 hard court. Tel 01328 878323

Litcham School, PE32 2NS, 3 hard courts. Tel 01328 701265

North Elmham Primary School, NR20 5JS, 1 hard court. Tel 01362 668318

Sheringham Recreation Ground, NR26 8WB, 2 hard courts, Tel 01263 588231

Bicycle shops/repairs

Huff and Puff

Rental, bike sales and repairs. Efficient and friendly operation in Kelling Heath Holiday Park, NR25 7HW. www.huffandpuffcycles.co.uk Tel 07500 865095

Black Bikes

Classic small town small bike shop, family run, excellent service. Sheringham NR26 8EH www.black-bikes.co.uk Tel 01263 822255

RJ Francis

Bicycles and motorbikes, family run business. Large selection of bicycles in good-sized showroom upstairs. Cash and carry available, i.e. you make final adjustments yourself. Service and repairs. Fakenham NR21 8DY www.rjfrancismotorcyles.co.uk Tel 01328 862336 or 851261

Pedal Revolution Norwich

Since the demise of Fat Birds in Hunstanton, this is the nearest main shop for serious roadies, MTBers, Mamils and Puffins. Excellent service and wide range of brands, parts, extras and clothing. Rumour of events in July and August.  Subscribe to the newsletter. Bethel St, Norwich. NR2 1NR www.pedalrevolution.co.uk 01603 614400

South Creake Cycles

A local institution. Large selection of second-hand bikes, all sorts. Low prices. Repairs. Ask for Michael. Open daily 9am-6.30pm. The Common, on the B1355 just south of South Creake. NR21 9JA Tel  01328 823036 

Bicycle Hire

Bike Art

High Lodge, Thetford. Open daily 9am-5pm. Only 300 cars allowed on site at High Lodge, so at weekends best aim to be there by 11am. No bookings, hence only standard bikes available. For bike hire bring a passport or photo id such as driving licence. Café open for take-outs. Thetford Forest IP27 0AF www.bikearthire.cc Tel 01842 810090

Huff and puff

See Shops/repairs above.

On Yer Bike

Remote location but they deliver. 20 hybrids, 12 children’s bikes, 2 electric bikes. Nutwood Farm, Binham Rd, Wighton, NR23 1NX www.norfolkcyclehire.co.uk Tel 07584 308120

Wells Bike Hire

Selection of hybrid bikes. Well-next-the-Sea NR23 1HG www.wellsbikehire.co.uk Tel 07920 016405