Natural colours and modern artwork define this relaxed and stylish north Norfolk pub, where the sea views are beyond compare. The conservatory dining room maximises the view and puts the emphasis on fresh fish, taking in lots of local stuff such as Brancaster Staithe’s famous mussels and locally smoked salmon. Roasted megrim sole with confit potatoes, shaved fennel salad, cucumber and caper butter or grey mullet with chorizo, squid tagliatelle and basil pesto reveal decent cooking technique, but there’s always something meaty, say 28-day matured Norfolk sirloin steak with garlic and brown shrimp butter or pork tenderloin and belly with butternut squash lasagne. Local beer and wine adds appeal. Outside, the cool, modern terrace rewards lingering over drinks with great sunset views, and the relaxed attitude of the young, cheerful staff adds to the all-pervasive charm.
The Marshside Bar and Marquee takes advantage of the views and looks set to remain a popular summer fixture. While stopping off at the Staithe Smokehouse (in the garden) is a rewarding experience if you're looking for high quality smoked produce for home meals or picnics.