The Crown Hotel

“Modern dishes and locally brewed beers”



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Owned by TV chef Chris Coubrough, this 17th-century former coaching inn overlooks a tree-lined green. Contemporary decor blends effortlessly with the bar’s ancient beams and other old-world charms. Whether you eat in the bar, the restaurant, the Orangery, or outside with its great views, the menus offer modern British and internationally influenced dishes. Gluten, meat and dairy free dishes are handily collected into dedicated menus. A selection of options include starters like venison and black pudding scotch egg; or marinated chicken wings, salmon belly, smoked chicken and peanut salad and a chorizo and crab spring roll; and mains like potato gnocchi sautéed with butternut, pecan, sage and goats cheese; or plaice fillets and prawns poached in a lime leaf and chilli broth with noodles and seasonal greens. There could be cinnamon apple puff with ice cream; or kiwi and passionfruit Pavlova with fruit coulis for afters.

Awards, accolades & Welcome Schemes

AA Pick of the Pubs
The Crown Hotel
The Buttlands, WELLS-NEXT-THE-SEA, NR23 1EX


About the area

Discover Norfolk

The North Norfolk Coast is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and probably the finest of its kind in Europe. Here you’ll find a string of quaint villages and small towns – Holkham, Wells-next-the-Sea and Cley next the Sea are 21st-century favourites, while Sheringham and Cromer are classic examples of a good old-fashioned seaside resort where grand Victorian hotels look out to sea. Further round the coast you'll find Great Yarmouth, one of the most popular resorts in the UK and packed full of amusements, shops and seashore entertainment. And let's not forget Norwich, the region's only city.

Norfolk prides itself on its wealth of historic houses, the most famous being Sandringham, where Her Majesty the Queen and her family spend Christmas. Many of Norfolk’s towns have a particular charm and a strong sense of community. The quiet market towns of Fakenham and Swaffham are prime examples, as well as Thetford, with its popular museum focusing on the TV comedy series Dad’s Army which was filmed in the area.

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