Food & Drink in Fakenham

When you’ve spent time exploring the town and worked up an appetite, there’s a very wide selection of tempting places to eat and drink in Fakenham.


Places to Eat


Fakenham boasts a great variety of food outlets – approaching 40 at last count! From homely cafes and takeaways to restaurant pubs, the town has something for everybody. Thai food, Indian or Chinese cuisine, pizzas, kebabs or good old British fish and chips. It’s all here and some will even deliver your meal direct to your door.

Most pubs have food available, with some within the town centre as well as edge-of-town pub/restaurant chains. Venture out a mile or two and you’ll find gastropubs, Thai restaurants and specialist seafood restaurants to satisfy the most fastidious foodie.

Fakenham has coffee shops galore, from national chains to little independents and others attached to local attractions or in stores and supermarkets.

So whether you fancy a light bite, a quick coffee or a three course family meal, you’re really spoilt for choice in Fakenham.

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Pubs in Fakenham


Currently, Fakenham has no fewer than eight pubs to choose from in the town itself and there are many more to visit in the surrounding area. North Norfolk has a fine tradition for top quality barley growing and this finds its way into the amazingly broad spectrum of real ales produced by specialist Norfolk breweries.

The Bull, Bridge Street
(Currently closed) Tastefully renovated freehouse specialising in a range of guest real ales from the wider region. Modern and comfortable with an eclectic mix of customers. Coffee and freshly-cooked food available, with some seating outside.

The Crown, Market Place
Reopened in July 2016 after extensive refurbishment, this pub/hotel/restaurant in the Market Place is a focus for the town centre. Ever popular with locals until its closure in 2009, this is a former coaching inn built in 1738, which has been known as The Crown since 1795!

The Gallery Bistro, Market Place
Trendy spot with a youngish clientele and outdoor cafe style seating. A taste of the continent on a Norfolk Market Square! Originally called The Red Lion in the 1700s, skilfully reconverted to a pub/bistro in 2000 after 30 years being used as council offices.

The Henry IV, Greenway Lane
1950s building situated slightly away from the town centre. Greene King (Suffolk brewery) pub with at least one ale on handpump. Integral Hungry Horse restaurant catering for families and kids, with good value food. Sports themed with big screen TV.

The Limes, Bridge Street
Reopened after extensive refurbishment and now run by JD Wetherspoon. Half a dozen or so real ales on offer and food available from early morning. Open until midnight during the week. Outside seating at the rear, with TV but no music in the pub.

The Rampant Horse, Queens Road
Popular and unpretentious pub. Large screen TV featuring scheduled sports and a lively atmosphere with live music and a younger clientele at the weekends. Walled outdoor area to the side.

The Running Horse, Clipbush Lane
Large newly-built family friendly pub/restaurant on the edge of town, serving food all day. Run by Marstons. Real ales on offer.

Wensum Lodge, Bridge Street
Real ale and a wide choice of wines. Restaurant and hotel, originally a grain store by the water mill, with lovely views by the river Wensum where you can sit and feed the ducks.


Social Clubs in Fakenham

Our town’s social clubs may have membership requirements but can usually allow non-members in.

Fakenham Sports Centre Association,  Hempton Road
The Gallow sports centre has a lounge/restaurant/bar where you can meet with friends for coffee or a meal. Carvery on Sundays.

The Conservative Club, Whitehorse Street
This listed building was originally built as a congregational chapel.

The General Townshend Club, Cattle Market Street
A family orientated Royal British Legion social club with a friendly & relaxed atmosphere. Food, regular quiz nights and live music.