A local’s guide to the thrills and spills of East Anglia’s most popular seaside resort
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.
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.
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.
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
CLOSED 2020: 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
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
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
Cheery seafront cafe
Lovely little seafront cafe serving breakfasts, lunches and proper cheese toasties.
Plenty of choice for children.
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,
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
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
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
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
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