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DINING

70 Regent Road, Great Yarmouth, NR30 2AJ

 

TOP TIP: Leave plenty of room for something sweet and sticky, because the Dining Room offers one of the largest selection of temptingly tasty fresh cream cakes, tarts, sponges and Danish pastries in Great Yarmouth.

LOVED BECAUSE: GLUTEN-FREE SPECIALIST - OUTDOOR SEATING AREA - FAMILY-FRIENDLY WELCOME

Regent Road, Great Yarmouth, NR31 0NL

 

TOP TIP:  It’s worth stopping here just for that most classic of ice cream sundaes, the Knickerbocker Glory. Served in a tall glass, it mixes ice cream, whipped cream, fruit and strawberry sauce, and comes served with a wafer and that all-important cherry on top.

Established as far back as 1946, the Hamburger is a family-run restaurant with an American-style interior and a busy atmosphere throughout the summer months. The outside tables get packed with people feasting on good, honest food like juicy hot dogs, meaty burgers, sticky ribs and crispy fries, often followed by a Knickerbocker Glory, a Banana Split or another of their huge range of ice cream sundaes.

 

The junior menu offers great value for the under 12s; and there are plenty of light lunch options for those with smaller appetites. A great daytime option.

LOVED BECAUSE: US-STYLE INTERIOR - BUSY OUTSIDE TABLES - GOOD HONEST FOOD - LUSH ICE CREAMS

This bustling diner on the promenade - between Wellington Pier and Merrivale Model Village - is a great place to stop for a light lunch, afternoon snack or early evening meal. It has a huge range of items on the menu, including foot long hot dogs, beef burgers, jacket potatoes, baguettes and fish and chips, as well as delicious whippy ice creams and freshly made doughnuts for dessert.

 

The outside tables get packed in the summer, but there’s also plenty of benches nearby. Prices are very reasonable; and service always seems to be attentive and quick no matter how many people are around.

 

Marine Parade, Great Yarmouth, NR30 3JW

 

TOP TIP: Once the kids have finished their hot dogs and doughnuts, then be sure to take their pictures next to Mister Hot Dog and Mister Doughnut, the two cheeky and cheerful advertising figures that help liven up the outside eating area.

LOVED BECAUSE: OUTSIDE TABLES - SEAFRONT LOCATION - VARIED MENU - DELICIOUS ICE CREAMS

34 Marine Parade, Great Yarmouth, NR31 2EN

 

TOP TIP: With so many dishes to choose from, even the most fussy child in the world will be able to find something that appeals to them here. In fact, all the family will.

Tucked between the Gold Rush and Caesar’s Palace amusement arcades on Marine Parade lies the Flame House International Buffet. A relative newcomer to the Great Yarmouth food scene, it offers a vast array of different food options in a serve yourself ‘all you can eat’ buffet format. Options include pasta dishes, Indian and Thai curries, Singapore noodles and Chinese food, plus a range of desserts, including chocolate brownies, cheesecake, jellies and carrot cake.

 

With so much choice and unlimited portions, this is a great way of appealing to everyone in the family. Why agonise for hours between an Italian, Chinese or Indian when you get them all in one place?

LOVED BECAUSE: ALL YOU CAN EAT - HUGE RANGE OF DISHES - FAMILIES WELCOME - HELP YOURSELF

THE GRILL & GRIND

 

 Bargain burgers  

 

On a budget? Then you can feed a whole family cheaply here. No nonsense burgers and hot dogs at rock-bottom prices.

 

36A Regent Road, NR30 2AJ

BEACH TERRACE

 

 Sarnies by the sea  

 

Great little cafe serving sandwiches, toasties, burgers and cakes near Britannia Pier. Outside tables overlook the beach.

 

North Drive, NR30 1ED

SUNSHINE CAFE

 

 Cheery seafront cafe  

 

Lovely little seafront cafe serving breakfasts, lunches and proper cheese toasties. Plenty of choice for children.

 

7 Marine Parade, NR30 3AH

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Treat the kids to a special lunch at this family-friendly restaurant at the bottom of Regent Road. The extensive menu offers a wide range of simple but ever-popular dishes, all of which are cooked fresh on the premises and served up with real care and attention. There’s a nice little outside seating area, which is right in the thick of the hustle and bustle of the seafront; and as well as being great for lunch and afternoon snacks, the Dining Room dishes up a pretty mean Full English breakfast, too.

 

The Dining Room also prides itself on its numerous Gluten-free options, so if dietary requirements are important to you or your kids, then this is the perfect place to choose.

24 Marine Parade, Great Yarmouth, NR30 2EN

 

TOP TIP: Don’t worry! They don’t serve the sharks or the penguins or the jellyfish - and none of the marine life on show in the Sealife Centre ever ends up deep fried in batter and served with chips.

LOVED BECAUSE: WIDE RANGE OF CHOICES - GREAT VALUE-FOR-MONEY - SPECIAL CHILDREN’S MENU

If you’re bringing the kids to Great Yarmouth to visit the popular seafront attraction, the Sealife Centre, then you won’t have to look very far to find a family-friendly restaurant during your trip. Because its in-house diner, Urchins, has an extensive menu of popular dishes at great value-for-money prices. The children’s menu includes fish fingers, lasagne, chicken nuggets and burgers, while adults can feast on gammon steak, whole tail scampi or beer battered fish and chips. A range of lighter dishes is available, too, including jacket potatoes and paninis. And you can follow all that with one of their fresh cream cakes!

You can combine eating and family-friendly entertainment at the Wellington Bowl Diner on Wellington Pier. As well as Tenpin Bowling, pool tables, air hockey and arcade machines - so, plenty there to keep the kids distracted - you’ve got a ‘no frills’ diner serving up the kind of simple dishes that will keep even the fussiest of children happy. The place has a charming Retro vibe and even serves scampi in a basket, like back in the good old days, as well as burgers, hot dogs, baked potatoes, fish fingers, baguettes, chicken nuggets and BBQ wings.

 

And if it’s warm enough - and it sometimes is, honest - you can even take your food outside and eat at a table on the pier. You’ll have a perfect view of the beach and sea while you tuck into your nuggets or your basket meal.

 

 

Wellington Pier, Great Yarmouth, NR30 3JF

 

TOP TIP: If you fancy a game of Tenpin Bowling with the children before or after your meal, then the Wellington Bowl has child-friendly bumper bars available to help get your little ones into this popular seaside pastime.

LOVED BECAUSE: SIMPLE FOOD TO PLEASE THE FUSSIEST EATERS - OUTSIDE TABLES WITH SEA VIEWS

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We all know that children can be very fussy eaters, but hopefully Great Yarmouth will have something to offer even the most problematic and challenging of diddy diners. The seafront is packed with cafes, stands and kiosks offering light bites, toasties, hot dogs, chips and burgers at family-friendly prices, while many of the larger attractions have their own in-house diners serving simple, honest, tasty food that won’t break the bank.

 

And of course, the kids will love to take advantage of all the delicious sweet treats that the seaside has to offer, so make sure they save some space for soft scoop ice creams, freshly made doughnuts and perhaps a stick of Great Yarmouth Rock, which they can see being made right in front of their eyes at Docwra’s Rock Shop on Regent Road.

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