As we’ve mentioned before, the North Norfolk coast is one of our favourite places to walk our dog, Roma. The main attraction is the dog-friendly beaches. We’ve walked for miles and not come across a single person, all along the beach following the route of the Peddars Way, from The Strange Arms in Old Hunstanton to Thornham, about 4 miles each way.
By the halfway point, we’re always ready for a bite to eat. And one of our favourite places to grab some grub is the Marco Pierre White-owned The Lifeboat Inn at Thornham. It’s popular with ramblers, twitchers and dog walkers alike, from its cosy front room with warming fireplace to the bright and airy conservatory.
And, of course, the food isn’t half bad either. There’s something to suit everyone, from sandwiches, such as cheddar cheese, onion and Branston pickle (£5.50) and warm Cumberland sausage, caramelised onion and HP sauce (£6), to full-on filling lunches. The traditional beer-battered haddock, chips, tartare sauce and mushy peas (£11.75) always go down well.
In winter, when the days are short, rather than walking the return leg it’s sometimes better to head into Thornham after lunch and catch the Coasthopper bus back to Old Hunstanton.
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