The Area

What's nearby

There are so many places to walk around here – as well as all the local footpaths, there are lovely woods include Pigneys Wood, and Bacton Woods, both a few minutes drive away. The Weavers Way is also a beautiful walk, you can join it at various places including a little car park in Honing. 

Our favourite local beaches include Happisburgh (walk from White Cottage, past the Lighthouse), Cart Gap is the next beach further south.  At Cart Gap we have Smallsticks cafe (dogs welcome in the garden).  Head south again to Eccles beach and then Sea Palling beach. 

Sea Palling has a little arcade great for kids (or great big kids!) and a cafe.  Another 5 mins drive further south and you’ll reach the Dunes cafe Waxham at Waxham Barns (dog friendly), you can also walk at Waxham beach here.  Even further south (approx 25 mins drive from White Cottage) is Winterton Beach, beautiful and there are two catering vans in the car park serving great snacks.

  Below is a list of our favourite local pubs, followed by cafes, shops and takeaways.

dog friendly pubs

The Star, Lessingham, NR12 0DN 01692 580510

One of our favourites. In the middle of pretty much nowhere! Good quality food, not expensive. Excellent for Sunday lunch. Proper old country pub with beer garden. Very welcoming. Booking recommended for meals. Good guest beers. No food on Mondays/in January.

Dogs made very welcome in bar (which is the nicest place to eat anyway for atmosphere) and enclosed garden area with lovely sunset views.

Poachers Pocket, Walcott, NR12 0LS 01692 650467

On the coast road, with bench seating overlooking the sea. Always friendly, good food has pool table and TV in bar area. Very good for Sunday lunch. Properly dog friendly too with dogs being welcome in the restaurant/bar area downstairs. Great for stopping off after a beach walk.

The Hill House, Happisburgh, NR12 0PW 01692 650004

Quiet historic location next to the church. Friendly pub full of character and characters! Pub grub, open fire and seating outside. Very well-kept beers. (They have an annual beer festival – very popular). Extremely dog friendly.

The Pleasure Boat Hickling, NR12 0YW 01692 598870

One of two pubs at Hickling. Friendly local with small shop attached. Food is reasonable and menu changes seasonally. Great location overlooking Hickling Broad and Staithe with a good garden. Open fire. Very dog friendly.

The Greyhound, Hickling, NR12 0YA 01692 598306

Cosy, comfy and old-fashioned pub with open fire in winter. Good pub style food. Pretty enclosed back garden. Very dog friendly.

The Lighthouse, Walcott, NR12 0YA 01692 650371

Large pub with bar, café and restaurant. Check website for food service times. Very family friendly, pub garden, dog friendly.

Nelson Head, Horsey, NR29 4AD 01493 393378

Good pub and great for a pint after a walk on the beach at Horsey. Dogs are welcome in the bar and there is a lovely garden opposite. Keep an eye and ear out for their cider festivals!

The Fisherman’s Return,  The Lane, Winterton, NR29 4BN 01493 393305 

17th century free house serving several real ales. Homemade food, sourced locally and cooked to order. Being close to the sea, fish features prominently on the menu. Dogs welcome.

dog friendly cafes

Sugar and Spice, Bacton, NR12 0AA.

VERY dog friendly. Famed for their cakes and breakfast too! Eat in and take away available. Check their Facebook page for varying opening hours.

Smallsticks Cafe, Cart Gap, NR12 0QL.

Fantastic café with dog friendly garden and beach huts. Great breakfasts and Famed for their cakes and breakfast too! Eat in and take away available. Check their Facebook page for varying opening hours.

Doggie Diner, Cromer, NR27 9DB.

The Doggie Diner is a canine cafe for both humans and hounds. Serving home baked biscuits and cakes for your pooch, and something delicious for you!

The Corner House, Mundelsey, NR11 8BE. 

Tea and Coffee Lounge with a relaxed atmosphere. Breakfast, snacks, cakes and light lunches with quality coffee and teas.

Poppylands, Horsey, NR29 4EQ.

A 1940’s themed tearoom. Poppylands is dog friendly outside and upstairs, where there is also a gift shop. There is parking, including disabled spaces.


Fish & Chips

Broadland Fish & Chips – top of Stalham High Street, NR12 9AH 01692 580247 (highly recommended)

Kingfisher Fish & Chips – on Walcott sea front, eat in also available or take them to the sea wall opposite and enjoy the view! Seagulls aren’t too thuggy here!  NR12 0AP 01692 652999

Bacton Fish & Chips – on the coast road towards the gas terminal, NR12 0AA 01692 650450 (highly recommended)


Oriental Garden – Bacton, just opposite caravan park, NR12 0EW 01692 650080. Takeaway and restaurant. CASH ONLY


Oasis2 – Stalham, NR12 9AQ 01692 581470

Takeaway and restaurant, delivery available. Very good menu.


Family Kebab & Pizza – Stalham High Street, NR12 9BB 01692 584100 Longstanding business in the high street. Kebabs always very good/fresh.


Eco Burrito

Great burritos in Sea Palling. The Totem Field, The Marrams, (back of the dunes) Sea Palling. There is seating here. Summer only.

Local shops

Local shops include Meales Farm Shop – great fruit and veg. Cookes of Ingham  – more fruit, veg and general supplies– on the coast road towards Sea Palling. Causeway Butchers on the same road. Fair Maid fresh fish shop is at the top end of Happisburgh Village.  Local supermarkets include Tesco in Stalham, Sainsburys, Lidl and Waitrose in North Walsham.