A local’s guide to the thrills and spills of East Anglia’s most popular seaside resort
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
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
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
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
LOVED BECAUSE: FIXED PRICE ‘ALL YOU CAN EAT’ TAPAS - EXCELLENT FLAVOURS - HOMEMADE
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
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
A sure bet
Great for a business meal or romantic dinner, the restaurant at the Grosvenor serves
a winning menu all year round.
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.
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
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...