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The two bedrooms at the Duck Inn are currently unavailable to guests following the recent enforced closure and will only be made available for booking when it's safe to do so for both customers and staff. However, the bar, dining rooms and garden are fully open so do book a table to savour chef Ben Handley's exceptional food.

An unassuming pub set in sleepy Stanhoe and peacefully tucked away from the coastal throng, the Duck Inn is both a fabulous foodie-haven and a relaxing, country-smart pub with tip-top Elgoods Cambridge on tap in the slate-floored bar. The delicious food is served in the three cottagey dining rooms boasting wood-burning stoves, old farmhouse tables and bold local artwork on the walls. Passionate about sourcing top-notch seasonal produce from artisan suppliers, the menu bristle with local goodies.

The two contemporary upstairs rooms super comfortable with big beds, relaxing sofas and vast bathrooms with showers and deep baths to soak in after a day walking the coast path. The sheltered suntrap side garden, replete with flower borders and picnic benches with fresh flowers and posh brollies is the perfect spot for a summer alfresco lunch. If it rains, retreat to the open-sided wooden cabin.

Rooms from:

Doubles and twins: £110
Dinner, bed and breakfast: £165

Good to know:

  • Amex not accepted, Visa / Mastercard / Maestro all accepted
  • Disabled access
  • Parking available
  • Alfresco dining

Quiet romance
With its candle-lit restaurant and delicious refined fare, The Duck Inn is an ideal date night destination.

Outdoor adventure
The Norfolk coast offers gorgeous walking along empty beaches and stunning coastal paths.

Family favourite
Children are made very welcome throughout the pub; they have their own menu and can be accommodated overnight with z-beds and cots available (no extra charge)

With The Duck drawing discerning diners from far and wide, it's best to book one of the two contemporary bedrooms well in advance, so you can indulge on fine food and wine before climbing the stairs for a great night's sleep under duck down.

With all manner of creature comforts, expect comfortable beds and roomy bathrooms, along with additional extras from homemade cakes and real espresso coffee. Breakfast is a decadent affair too, with Brancaster smoked haddock or Letzer's smoked salmon.

Restaurant & bar

Chef-patron Ben Handley has spent his career cooking along the glorious Norfolk coast, working the stoves at some of best pubs and eateries in the area. Passionate about sourcing local and seasonal produce, his menus boasts Brancaster crab & cockles, steaming bowls of Norfolk mussels or locally smoked salmon with gingerbread. Sunday roasts of local pork and Holkham Estate beef are widely regarded as the best along the coast.

​The welcoming bar offers plenty of ales to choose from - expect to find Elgood's Cambridge Bitter & Golden Newt on tap alongside Aspall's Suffolk Cyder, as well as local Norfolk gins. Kick off your dinner with a cocktail or explore the good global list of wines, which offers 19 by the glass or carafe.​

Things to do

Nature lovers can arrange a seal trip on Blakeney Point. Boats leave from Morston Quay and the trip lasts for one hour, but if weather conditions are favourable, boats will land on Blakeney Point itself.

One of Norfolk's real showstoppers and the UK's finest Palladian stately homes and estates, don't miss the majestic Holkham Hall. Explore the house and gardens or get stuck into an amazing array of activities that the hall offers. You're not far from the wide expanse of Holkham Beach here, so take a picnic and make a day of it.

Those in search of some retail therapy should explore the charming market town of Holt, with a myriad of boutique shops, cute cafes and traditional pubs to enjoy a pint. The Mews Antiques Emporium is crammed with goodies.

Getting here


Nearest train station: King's Lynn
Taxi from station: 35min
Drive: 1hr from Norwich, 1h 30min from Peterborough


Burnham Rd, Stanhoe, King's Lynn PE31 8QD