The Wildebeest

“Delightfully rustic looks and consistently excellent cooking.” - AA Inspector



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Once a country inn, the Wildebeest is now a charming country restaurant. Inside, you’ll find wooden floors, leather chairs and rustic black metal framed tables with chunks of wood on top (like cross sections from trees). There’s a friendly atmosphere, and service is professional and attentive. Menus change seasonally and daily, offering bright, thoughtful modern British cooking that has been consistently great for many years. Dishes such as a lovely starter of seared scallops with crispy pork belly, salmon caviar, cauliflower purée, and cauliflower verjus show precise technical skill while a main course pan-fried Gressingham duck breast with pressed new potato terrine, spinach, choux farci and celeriac is packed with flavour.

Awards, accolades & Welcome Schemes

3 Rosette Award for Culinary Excellence
The Wildebeest
82–86 Norwich Road, STOKE HOLY CROSS, NORFOLK, NR14 8QJ


  • Seats: 80
  • On-site parking available
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Steps for wheelchair: 1
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome
Opening times
  • Closed: 25–26 December
Food and Drink
  • Wines under £30: 14
  • Wines over £30: 95
  • Wines by the glass: 16
  • Cuisine style: Modern British/European
  • Vegetarian menu

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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