Wells: Food, glorious food!
27th May 2022
With its coastal position, it’s no surprise that Wells excels in seafood. But there’s much more on offer, as well as great places to stay
Legendary butcher Arthur Howell (www.arthurhowell.com) has a strong presence in the town, with his butchery always packed with the finest, locally sourced produce. But he also has a fishmonger’s, deli and bakery so the family business really looks after your stomach!
There’s is a great greengrocer’s, Country Garden, which always has very tempting displays of their colourful fruit and veg and Fenspirits Larder (www.fenspiritslarder.com) is the place for locally-produced vodkas, rums and gins plus cheeses, chutneys, cookies, coffee and more. How about a bottle of coffee rum, anyone?
Where to eat and stay
There’s everything from great fish and chips like French’s (www.frenchs.co.uk) on the quay, to the dog friendly Wells Deli (www.wellsdeli.co.uk), again on the quay, where you can get a decent coffee and tasty salad, waffle, toastie and more. Ground (find them on Instagram) is another firm favourite, with good, locally roasted coffee plus plenty of outdoor seating.
Bang in Wells (www.banginwells.co.uk) is a great lunch time venue – try their smoked haddock chowder – with a pretty courtyard, too, and it is very dog friendly and has four bedrooms, while The Picnic Hut (find them on Facebook) is all smoothies and salads and you can people-watch from their tables at the heart of Staithe Street.
For a treat, Wells Crab House (www.wellscrabhouse.co.uk), run by Scott and Kelly Dougal, sums up all that is great about small, independent eateries – with much of its menu coming directly from the quay just a few steps away. The menu changes regularly but if there’s a curry on – grab it!
The Golden Fleece (www.goldenfleecewells.co.uk) has great views of the harbour and across the marshes, and is the place to meet friends and chat, and yes, seafood again features strongly on the menu. Plattens (www.plattensfishandchips.co.uk) is another fish and chip option, with both a table service and takeaway and they also have three apartments to rent. Sands Restaurant (www.sandsrestaurant.co.uk), right on the quay, has a first floor dining room which specialises in seafood and has outstanding coastal views.
If you love ice cream, then bright and breezy Swirl (find them on Facebook) is for you. Owner Mimi Emmett, makes ‘soft serve’ ice cream, with flavours ranging from the traditional to the exotic, and there are lots of sauces and toppings to choose from so you can really create your own dream ice cream.
The newly refurbished Globe Inn (www.theglobeatwells.co.uk), on The Buttlands, has 19 bedrooms, a buzzy bar and a restaurant where you can tuck into smoked haddock kedgeree Scotch egg – the wine list is good, too.
The nearby Crown Hotel, (www.crownhotelnorfolk.co.uk) run by chef patron Chris Coubrough, has 20 bedrooms, including four with a real wow factor – large copper baths. Food is seasonal and local – and always with a bit of a twist!
Pinewoods (www.pinewoods.co.uk) is a five star coastal holiday park, with luxury lodges, caravans, and touring pitches and glorious beach right on your doorstep.
Blue Skies Campsite, (www.blueskiescampsite.co.uk) on the town’s outskirts, is very family friendly and dogs are welcome, too. The Quay B&B (www.thequaybandb.co.uk) has eight lovely bedrooms, including some for families, and a cracking location.
Norfolk Hideaways (www.norfolkhideaways.co.uk) has a lovely large office just on the town’s outskirts so you can plan your next holiday adventure! They have a comprehensive range of self-catering holiday accommodation, from romantic boltholes to big barns and large houses along the coast and inland too.