A local’s guide to the thrills and spills of East Anglia’s most popular seaside resort

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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.

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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!

HINCHINBROOK
FISHGRILL
FISHOLICIOUS
LIONHERRING
ROGERS
JOYLANDDINER

HMS HINCHINBROOK

 

 Lovely outside dining  

 

FISH & GRILL

 

 Delicious fish & chips  

 

 

FISH’O’LICIOUS

 

 Traditional & tasty  

 

LION & HERRING

 

 Family-friendly chippy  

 

ROGERS & SON

 

 Frying since 1923  

 

 

JOYLAND DINER

 

 US-style Diner  

 

 

BALEAL
PMONDO
ALBATROSS
PIZZAHUT
MFC
FRANKIES

PIZZA BALEAL

 

 Perfect pizza  

 

PICCOLO MONDO

 

 Modern Italian  

 

 

ALBATROSS

 

 A hidden gem  

 

PIZZA HUT

 

 Popular chain  

 

MFC PIZZA

 

 Terrific takeaway pizzas  

 

 

FRANKIES & BENNY’S

 

 US-style Italian Diner  

 

 

PP
SAVOYT
BNITE
MANDARINHOUSE
ENERGYCHINESE
REDLEAF

PLANET PAPADUM

 

 Seafront Curry House  

 

SAVOY TANDOORI

 

 Authentic Cuisine  

 

 

BOMBAY NITE

 

 GY’s Original Indian

MANDARIN HOUSE

 

 Stylish Chinese food  

 

ENERGY

 

 All you can eat buffet  

 

 

RED LEAF

 

 Pan-Asian Restaurant  

 

 

WELLBOWLDINER
SEALIFECAFE
DININGROOM
HAMBURGER
HJS
FLAMEHOUSE

WELLINGTON BOWL DINER

 

  Hot & cold snacks  

 

SEALIFE CENTRE

 

 Family restaurant  

 

 

THE DINING ROOM

 

 Great value-for-money  

 

THE HAMBURGER

 

 Regent Road burger bar  

HJ’S DINER

 

 Seafront Snack Bar  

 

 

FLAME HOUSE

 

 International Buffet  

 

 

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.

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PAMELA’S

 

 Champagne chic  

 

THE TERRACE

 

 Fab food & fab views  

CHARLIE’S TAPAS

 

 Y Viva Espana  

CHICKEN BBQ

 

 Continental charm  

 

COPPERKITCHEN
COURTYARD

THE COPPER KITCHEN

 

 Seasonal cooking  

 

THE COURTYARD

 

 Hidden little gem