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A seaside treasure and thriving dining destination on Norfolk's glorious North coast, The Ship is a classic country inn with newly refurbished rooms and a big welcome to dogs.

Its interior is bedecked with all manner of curiosities, including a colourful map of Norfolk wallpaper in one of the dining rooms. Evocative photographs of Norfolk seaside life adorn the walls, firelight crackles in the stained-glass windows and a pile of board games teeters in the corner of the rustic-chic bar. Here you will find scrubbed tables on rugs and bare boards, wood-burning stoves, shipping memorabilia, antique mirrors, and soothing heritage colours.

There's a smart gravelled garden with a seaside feel and a quirky beach bar cabin for sunny days and an inventive seasonal menu featuring fresh and generously portioned food, from classic beef and horseradish sandwiches to large seafood platters.

Rooms from

12 doubles: £110

Good to know

  • All major credit cards accepted taken
  • Disabled access
  • Alfresco & private dining
  • Parking available
  • Dog stay: £10

Water and waves
Situated on the coastal path, The Ship is a ten minute stroll from the fabulous Brancaster beach.

Family favourite
With a great kid's menu, plenty of colouring-in and wordsearch books and family-friendly rooms, this inn makes for a perfect family getaway.

Dogs are welcome in the main bar or garden, with their own bed, towels and bedside snacks available in six of the rooms - North & South Creake; Titchwell, Holkham, Thornham and Brancaster.


Cosy, individually decorated rooms were revamped in 2021 with a fresh and contemporary feel by interior designer Nicola Lovell.

Just like downstairs, the bedrooms demonstrate a real talent for filling antique spaces with modern design. Bold colours and striking wallcoverings combine with cosy tartan and bright cushions, and carved headboards, big lamps and quirky artwork give each room a boutique feel. Rooms are names after surrounding villages.

Room 5 (Thornham) has fine antique wooden bed and can easily combine with Room 6 (Brancaster) to create a comfortable family suite. Room 4 (Holkham) and Room 9 (Captain's Cabin) are luxury junior suites with double sofa bed, roll-top baths, separate walk-in rain showers, and oodles of space.

You'll find posh toiletries in the bathrooms, newspapers to order as well as fresh coffee and irresistible homemade biscuits. Wake up to a hearty full English breakfast, or order smoked salmon and scrambled eggs, smoked local kippers, or home-made porridge.

Restaurant & bar

Seafood is a local staple in these parts, so expect seasonal menus brimming with shell-on prawns, Cromer crab, Brancaster oysters and smoked salmon, alongside well-cooked pub classics.

For meat lovers, there's rare roast beef and horseradish remoulade sandwiches, homemade rump burger with pickles, fried onions, aioli and fries, and on Sunday's you can tuck into delectable roasts such as beef sirloin or lemon and rosemary chicken with all the trimmings.

Behind the bar, you'll find Adnams Ghost Ship, Dry Hopper lager on tap and Aspall's Harry Sparrow cider. There's a dense raft of gins (40) and cocktails, including Bullards and St Giles Norfolk gins and a decent global list of wines (20 by the glass).

Things to do

Soak up coastal life and head out for a seal trip, with plenty of local proprietors offering local excursions. Watching seals at home in their natural environment on Blakeney Point is a popular day out in these parts, with boats leave from Morston Quay. Trips last an hour, but if weather conditions are favourable, boats will land on Blakeney Point for an additional 30-60 minutes.

This magnificent grand Palladian mansion of Houghton Hall is well worth a visit, lying in picturesque parkland near King's Lynn. It's the home of Sir Robert Walpole, Britain's first Prime Minister, and has imposing state rooms, an impressive collection of model soldiers and a restored walled garden.

For those needing a floral fix, Heacham, near Hunstanton, is the home of Norfolk Lavender, where you can see the world-famous lavender gardens, the lavender oil distillery and the national lavender collection and herb garden. The gift shop has a wide range of Norfolk Lavender products and plants.

Getting here


Nearest train station: King's Lynn
Taxi from station: 40min
Drive: Fakenham 26min; Norwich 1hr 7min


Main Road, Brancaster, King's Lynn, Norfolk PE31 8AP

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To make a booking enquiry, please use the form below or you can call our reservations team on 020 8161 0100. Our phone lines are open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 11am - 3pm.

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