Dog Holiday Norfolk

A Holiday with your Dogs in North Norfolk

We all know that the beautiful Norfolk countryside is a wonderful place to be with your dogs. And we, at Boundary Stables, can guarantee that your dogs will be safe, happy, and very welcome. But what about when you’re out – when you need food and drink and rest?

Well, there’s good news. Norfolk is one of the most dog-friendly regions in the UK, and there’s an abundance of pubs, cafes, and restaurants that welcome dogs – and their owners, of course! In Happisburgh itself we have Hill House Inn and Smallsticks Cafe, two top-quality establishments where you can relax and enjoy locally sourced food, without having to leave your dogs behind.

Hill House Inn’s menu is rich in Norfolk produce – from the fish that’s caught just off shore by the local fishermen, to the meat and vegetables grown on local farms. At the bar, among the wide selection of on-tap beers and ales, are some of Hill House’s own brews from their in-house brewery. The Dancing Men Brewery owes its name to the Sherlock Holmes story, The Adventure of the Dancing Men, which was conceived in the mind of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle during a stay at Hill House in 1905.

Smallsticks Café, which is very close to Cart Gap beach, also welcomes dogs. Your dogs can play about in the enclosed garden while you enjoy freshly prepared food from local producers, including the café’s own farm. In the season, fresh crab and lobster is available, straight from the boat at Cart Gap.

Moving a little further afield, within five miles of Happisburgh, there’s The Star Inn, at Lessingham, where dogs are welcome in the bar and in the spacious beer garden, and The Lighthouse Inn, at Walcott, where food is served daily until 10.30 p.m. and well-behaved dogs are welcome to lie under the tables.

These are a few of the most dog-friendly pubs and cafes within a 10-mile radius of Happisburgh: the White Horse Inn at Neatishead (“We love dogs nearly as much as we love beer!”), with its own brewery; the Nelson Head at Horsey, an ideal place to eat and drink on a seal-watching trip; and Reefs Bar, in Sea Palling, open all day, every day, throughout the year, with live music every weekend, the whole year through.

Dog pub Norfolk

Ludham, 11 miles from Happisburgh, is a Broadland riverside village, which boasts a couple of comfortable, dog-friendly pubs. The Dog (the name says it all!) is open daily from midday to 11.00 p.m. and hosts live musical entertainment, fortnightly during the season, beginning March 17th with the popular local band, Evening with Bob. The King’s Arms, just a five-minute walk from the moorings at Womack Staithe, serves food throughout the year and also hosts live music on a regular basis.

About 16 miles from Happisburgh, on the coastal path, is Cromer, where you and your dogs can visit Shelley’s Pie & Mash Shop. This is a terrific little restaurant, serving … yes, pie and mash! Open seven days a week, Shelley’s Pie & Mash Shop welcomes dogs with open arms.

We hope that this brief insight into the dog-friendly attitude of Norfolk catering businesses will put to rest any worries you have about bringing your dogs with you to Boundary Stables.

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