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Andover House, Camperdown, Great Yarmouth, NR30 3JB

 

TOP TIP: Want to have a special night out with a group of friends? Perhaps a birthday celebration or a treat for your loyal employees? Then ask about the Copper Kitchen’s function room, which can seat up to 18 guests around one large table.

LOVED BECAUSE: SEASONAL INGREDIENTS - CHANGING MENU - ADULTS ONLY - LARGE FUNCTION ROOM

75 Howard Street South, Great Yarmouth, NR30 2PU

 

TOP TIP: This might be Great Yarmouth's tiniest restaurant, which guarantees a cosy and intimate atmosphere. But it also means that booking is essential, so visit the restaurant’s website to secure a table.

Many Great Yarmouth locals still have a soft spot for the much-missed Lazzarella’s. Tiny but serving tasty food, and tucked away in one of Yarmouth’s historic rows, this most intimate of Italian restaurants was an ever-popular choice with diners looking for lovely food served up in a cosy environment. Well, Lazzarella’s has gone now, but the good news is that it has a worthy replacement. Because the Courtyard has retained that wonderful ambience and teamed it with a changing menu of healthy and affordable seasonal food. Many of the dishes are Italian in origin, but often with a modern twist - and if you’re looking for candlelight and romance, then there’s really nowhere better for a laid-back night of dining for two!

LOVED BECAUSE: INTIMATE ATMOSPHERE - PASSIONATE ABOUT FOOD  - HIDDEN GEM - BAGS OF CHARM

Overlooking St. George’s Park, this Portuguese family-run restaurant is all about its awesome charcoal grill. You can sit and watch your meat being cooked, whether chicken, steak, pork belly or the incredibly succulent liver, but it’s when you taste that very first bite of the meat, which will have taken up all the flavour and smokiness of the charcoal, that you’ll realise what grill cooking is all about. Because it gives the meat a depth of flavour that you simply cannot beat. What’s more, the meat stays lovely and moist - and served with a side salad, chips and rice, you’ve got a wholesome, hearty and delicious-tasting meal.

 

Lovely vibe in this place, too! A real Continental warmth about it!

 

 

 

18 Nelson Road Central, Great Yarmouth, NR30 2JL

 

TOP TIP: The tip here is for restaurant owners. Don’t have a hundred things on your menu done averagely - just do one or two things really well. Because that’s the secret at Chicken BBQ! There isn’t much choice, but what they do is done to perfection. You just choose your meat and they  whack it on the grill and it ends up utterly delicious!

LOVED BECAUSE: CONTINENTAL VIBE - CHARCOAL GRILLED CHICKEN & STEAK - SIMPLE BUT DELICIOUS

42 Regent Road, Great Yarmouth, NR30 2AJ

 

TOP TIP: The ‘all you can eat’ fixed price format means you can try as many small plates of delicious homemade Spanish food as you like - and the fixed price is cheapest from Sunday to Thursday.

Great Yarmouth's only Spanish eatery is Charlie’s Tapas Restaurant on Regent Road. It has a stylishly decorated interior and an intimate atmosphere - ideal for couples and smaller groups - and serves an appealing range of smaller plates, like patatas bravas, sauteed chorizo in red wine and garlic, three cheese grilled peppers and chili prawns. Customers pay a set price and can select as many dishes off the menu as they like, but there’s absolutely no rush to eat it! Because the restaurant has a genuinely laid-back vibe and guests are encouraged to take their time and properly enjoy themselves.

 

 

LOVED BECAUSE: FIXED PRICE ‘ALL YOU CAN EAT’ TAPAS - EXCELLENT FLAVOURS - HOMEMADE CUISINE

STROLLERS

 

 Modern British food  

 

The in-house restaurant at Pub on the Prom serves an appealing menu of classic dishes in a stylish room.

 

74-77 Marine Parade, NR30 2DH

COLUMBIA TAVERNA

 

 Traditional Greek Meze  

 

Family-run taverna offering authentic Greek dishes just off the seafront. Nice food. Nice atmosphere. Awesome meze.

 

60-61 Crown Road, NR30 2JQ

 

GROSVENOR CASINO

 

 A sure bet  

 

Great for a business meal or romantic dinner, the restaurant at the Grosvenor serves a winning menu all year round.

 

Marine Parade, NR30 3JG

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As the in-house restaurant at boutique hotel Andover House, the Copper Kitchen serves an ever-changing menu that takes full advantage of seasonal produce. The chef likes to give his own modern twist to classic dishes and always excels in terms of presentation, so bring your camera and get ready to savour some highly Instagrammable food. The restaurant, like the hotel itself, only caters for people over the age of 18, so expect a quiet, intimate and romantic atmosphere with no noisy kids to kill the mood. And to top it all off, you can order some excellent cocktails from the hotel bar, such as an Espresso Martini, Cosmopolitan, Mojito, Sweet Betty or Rhubarb Twist.

The Imperial Hotel, North Drive, Great Yarmouth, NR30 1EQ

 

TOP TIP: Fancy doing a bit of cooking while you’re there? Then order Steak Stones on the Terrace - a ribeye or fillet steak brought to you on a sizzling hot stone for you to cook to your liking at the table.

LOVED BECAUSE: LOVELY SEA VIEW - LOCALLY SOURCED FOOD - AFTERNOON TEA - FRIEDNLY SERVICE

There are two fabulous restaurants at the Imperial Hotel. The basement restaurant Cafe Cru serves a lovely a la carte menu and a fabulous Sunday lunch, but it’s the view that makes the Terrace my pick of the two. The food here is geared more towards light lunches and bistro classics; and is served in view of the beach and sea. Many of the ingredients are locally sourced, including Lowestoft kipper for breakfast, Suffolk ham in the sandwiches and breast of Norfolk chicken served with creamed potato and buttered kale.

 

As well as breakfast, lunch and dinner, the Terrace also serves Afternoon Tea from 12pm to 5pm. Or why not push the boat out and make it a Champagne Tea? Cheers!

 

 

 

Your probably don’t think Great Yarmouth has a restaurant quite like Pamela’s, because this hidden gem is a world away from the fish and chip and ice cream stalls for which the town is rightly famous. Tucked away in a narrow road behind the Carlton Hotel, Pamela’s offers a true fine dining experience for lovers of haute cuisine. Starters, mains and desserts feature only the highest quality of ingredients; and the presentation is out of this world. Throw in super-slick service from the friendly and attentive waiting staff and you have the perfect venue for an ‘expensive but worth it’ romantic night out. Booking essential.

Camperdown Cottage, Wellington Road, Great Yarmouth, NR30 3JJ

 

TOP TIP: Dress to impress and be sure to arrive early for a drink or two in the glitzy champagne and cocktail bar. The quality of the cocktails at Pamela’s is every bit as good as the food; and the theatrical smoking cocktails have the genuine wow factor.

LOVED BECAUSE: HIDDEN GEM - HAUTE CUISINE - CHAMPAGNE & COCKTAIL BAR - ATTENTIVE SERVICE

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You need to have at least one extra special night out while on holiday here in Yarmouth, and while the town is still waiting for its first Michelin Star, it’s certainly not lacking in classy modern cooking, romantic tables for two and restaurants that offer something just that little bit more different. Perhaps the pick of the bunch is Pamela’s, with its immaculately presented food and funky champagne and cocktail bar, but there are plenty of other options for couples who want a romantic night away from the kids; or for the businessman or businesswoman who needs to impress an important client; or the family celebrating a special occasion like a birthday, engagement or wedding anniversary. Of course, visiting these restaurants will often mean splashing out a bit more cash, but that’s because they all offer something unique, like fabulous food, attentive service, a truly beautiful dining room and, most important of all, great memories of an unforgettable night out...

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