A local’s guide to the thrills and spills of East Anglia’s most popular seaside resort
The people of Great Yarmouth live on chips. Unofficial statistics predict that over
85% of the local diet consists of this highly-prized local delicacy, with the other
15% made up off the thick mounds of cheese and mayonnaise they dollop on top. Because
that’s exactly what a deep-fried potato needs - a couple of extra layers of fat!
The local market place is famous for its numerous chip stalls - and the size of the
killer seagulls that hover around the area is a testament to what the Yarmouth chip
diet is capable of. Because these once very slim and sweet, natured birdies have
been fed and fattened into feathered thugs who will think nothing of swooping down
and snatching a whole battered sausage straight out of your hand - and will then
happily wolf it all down in one go, before nipping off for a donut and a Knickerbocker
Glory on the seafront.
So, forget the diet during your holiday here, because you really must eat some chips
on the market. Not least because adding a few extra pounds to your body mass will
give you some chance of fighting back against the killer seagulls. Yes, you really
do need to bulk up in order to deal with our feathered friends, so that means chips,
battered sausages, deep-fried haddock, candy floss, donuts and a nice 99. But do
keep an eye on the skies if eating outside - and please, under no circumstances,
feed the seagulls. If they get any bigger, they’ll be taking over Norfolk. In fact,
one’s already standing for the council this year.
But seriously, folks, it’s not all fish and chips here in Great Yarmouth. Well, yeah,
it is - but there are a few other options, including a few hidden gem restaurants
that are not to be missed.
FISH & CHIPS - PIZZA & PASTA - ICE CREAM - DOUGHNUTS - STICKS OF ROCK
I’M SORRY BUT YOU SIMPLY CANNOT COME TO GREAT YARMOUTH AND NOT EAT FISH AND CHIPS...
AT LEAST TWICE!
OR HOW ABOUT ONE OF THE FOLLOWING EXCELLENT RESTAURANTS INSTEAD?
FINE DINING - GREAT YARMOUTH STYLE
If you’ve got a red-hot date, a birthday to celebrate, or maybe you’re thinking of
popping the question, then where better than Great Yarmouth’s nearest equivalent
to a Michelin Star restaurant, Greggs? The locals flock there like seagulls - as,
indeed, do the seagulls - to dine on wholesome treats such as the pastry-based Steak
Bake, the pastry-based Chicken Bake and the mouthwateringly scrumptious pastry-based
cheese and bacon wrap.
A full a la carte menu is on offer, as well as a four-course tasting menu consisting
of a sausage roll for starter, another sausage roll for the fish course, a beef and
vegetable pasty for the meat course and two sausage rolls and a donut for dessert.
An extensive wine list does not exist, so I’d recommend a fizzy fruity Tango to cut
through the richness of the sausage rolls; and a classic Coca-Cola straight from
the can to bring out the meatiness of that Cornish Pasty. The 2018 vintage is drinking
very well right now.
Dress code is casual, with tattoos essential - and Greggs does not take bookings,
so there might well be a queue. Outside dining is available on the stylish terrace,
but do expect to fight a running battle with a some particularly brutal seagulls.
Cos once those buggers get a taste for something like a warm Greggs Steak Bake, they
will stop at absolutely nothing to get their dirty, filthy beaks on one.