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Saracen's Head - Pub in Norfolk

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Wolterton, NR11 7LZ, Norfolk
England, United Kingdom

Tim & Janie Elwes
+44 (0)1263 768909(landline)

This country pub lured owners Tim and Janie back from the Alps - Norfolk ales, fine French wines and local Morston mussels on the menu

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Lost in the lanes of deepest Norfolk, an inn that's hard to beat. Outside, Georgian red-brick walls ripple around, encircling a beautiful courtyard where you can sit for sundowners in summer before slipping into the restaurant for a good meal. Tim and Janie came back from the Alps, unable to resist the allure of this inn. A sympathetic refurbishment has brightened things up, but the spirit remains the same: this is a country-house pub with lovely staff who go the extra mile. The bar hums with happy locals who come for Norfolk ales and good French wines, while the food in the restaurant is as good as it ever was, perhaps Brancaster mussels, pork belly with mustard mash, whole sea bass with ginger and spring onions, and seasonal game. Explore the coast at Cromer or play golf on the cliffs at Sheringham. Blissful.

Children welcome
Children of all ages welcome in some public rooms (highchairs not necessarily available).
Wireless internet access available in the bar.
Vegetarian meals
Good vegetarian options on the menu.
Licensed premises
Alcohol may be served.
Dogs welcome
Dogs welcome in some public rooms.

Local points of interest from Tim & Janie Elwes:

Local points of interest from
Tim & Janie Elwes:

  • In Norfolk we have many different types of beach. Sandy ones for children, long deserted ones for the dogs and walkers, muddy and wet ones for the wild life and twitchers, ones with cliffs and pebbles and of course those with pine trees and sand dunes.
  • The Saracens is surrounded by large country houses. Wolterton and Mannington are both within 3 miles. Blickling hall, the old home of Anne Bolyne is a 10 minute car journey or a beautiful hour long walk over the meadows and Blickling park.
  • If you want a base whilst playing golf, there's nowhere better, with courses on the coast at Sheringham, Cromer, Brancaster to mention a few and on the other side there are courses just outside Norwich at Eaton, Wensum, Barnham Broom and The Royal Norwich.
  • Norfolk is the place to visit if you like churches. Even the smallest villages have the most enormous church. visit Salle, Aylsham, Reepham (2 churches) Blakeney, Booton, Burgh and Brampton all within about 20 minutes drive.
  • What to do on the rainy days? well Norwich is well worth a visit, with two Cathedrals, a castle, lovely cobbled streets and old buildings. The Theatre Royal has great productions or Cinema City. The Sainsbury Centre for visual arts is close to the UEA.
  • All you need now is to sit down to a delicious locally sourced meal here at the Saracens. Being that we are in the middle of all this farmland we would be crazy not to make the most of all the great produce that is surrounding us! Great local food.
Points of interest

Guest feedback
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"Excellent lunch, best treacle tart EVER! Welcoming friendly staff, lovely setting. Wish it was our local."

Alison - Winchester , United Kingdom

September 2017
"My husband, dog and I have just spent an incredibly relaxing two nights dinner, bed and breakfast at the Saracen's Head. Wonderful food, quality accommodation and tranquil atmosphere. Felt like a much longer holiday and we are looking forward to returning in June 2015. "
April 2015
"A group of us stayed for 4 nights and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Newly decorated rooms very tastefully done. Excellent food and drink. Tim and co were very accommodating, we would highly recommend. Lovely inn would definitely re visit."
May 2011

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Lunch from £6.50. Dinner, 3 courses, £25-£35.


Mondays and Tuesdays all day. Wednesdays to Sundays from 3pm to 6pm.

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Handy to know:

Many local walks for dogs and their owners; beaches nearby too. Dogs on leads please as there are sheep and cattle very nearby.

Dog treats:

Dog bed, and towels for drying off wet, nicely tired out dogs.

Dog fee:

Dogs £5 per night. Max. 2.

Bringing your dog

Wolterton, NR11 7LZ, Norfolk


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