The Wildebeest

“Seasonality and traceability in peaceable surroundings” - AA Inspector



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Set in a village just far enough out of Norwich to enjoy tranquillity, The Wildebeest is a haven of refined eating and drinking. The interior is a feast in itself, rich with beams, aged floorboards, solid wood tables and dark ochre leather-clad dining chairs. The pub’s reputation for fine food has been built over many years, and continues today in the hands of chef-patron Daniel Smith. Settle on a bar stool for a pint of Adnams Southwold or Greene King Abbot Ale; or select a wine from the dozen sold by the glass while perusing the menu. Land on a nearby farm is given over to the cultivation of much of the kitchen’s seasonal produce. The Norfolk coast sees deliveries of Brancaster mussels and diver-caught scallops. A typical main course is pan-roast salt marsh lamb, parmesan and rosemary polenta, braised carrots, Swiss chard and red wine jus. Finish with a blood peach soufflé, vanilla-poached peach and thyme biscotti.

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AA Pick of the Pubs
The Wildebeest
82–86 Norwich Road, STOKE HOLY CROSS, NR14 8QJ
Phone : 01508 492497


  • Children welcome
  • Children's portions
  • Free Wifi
  • Coach parties accepted
  • Garden
Opening times
  • Closed: 2
  • 2

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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