Currently, Fakenham has no fewer than eight pubs* to choose from in the town itself and there are many more to visit in the surrounding area. Lots of pubs in the region serve wonderful food and many specialise in seafood dishes and menus prepared with locally produced ingredients.
North Norfolk has a fine tradition for top quality barley growing and this finds its way into the amazingly broad spectrum of real ales produced by specialist Norfolk breweries. Look out for beers created by Norfolk breweries such as The Norfolk Brewhouse, Panther, Grain, Fox, Woodforde’s, Wolf, Buffy’s, The Iceni Brewery and Front Street.
PUBS IN FAKENHAM
The Bull, Bridge Street
Tastefully renovated freehouse specialising in a range of guest real ales from the wider region – Woodforde’s Wherry usually available. Modern and comfortable with an eclectic mix of customers. Coffee and food available, with some seating outside.
The Crown, Market Place
*Currently closed, this hotel in the centre of town with restaurant and set-back decked and ballustraded outdoor seating area. Ever popular with locals until its closure in 2009, this is a former coaching inn built in 1738, which has been known as The Crown since 1795!
The Limes, Bridge Street
Recently reopened after extensive refurbishment and now run by JD Wetherspoon. Half a dozen or so real ales on offer and food available from early morning. Open until midnight during the week. Outside seating at the rear and no music in the pub.
The Henry IV, Greenway Lane
1950s building situated slightly away from the town centre. Greene King (Suffolk brewery) pub but currently no ale on handpump. Integral Hungry Horse restaurant catering for families and kids, with good value food. Sports themed with big screen TV.
Wensum Lodge, Bridge Street
Real ale and a wide choice of wines. Restaurant and hotel, originally a grain store by the water mill, with lovely views by the river Wensum where you can sit and feed the ducks.
The Gallery Bistro, Market Place
Trendy spot with a youngish clientele and outdoor cafe style seating. A taste of the continent on a Norfolk Market Square! Originally called The Red Lion in the 1700s, skilfully reconverted to a pub/bistro in 2000 after 30 years being used as council offices.
The Oak Inn, Oak Street
*Currently closed. Restaurant pub in an imposing building formerly called Cawdron House, which used to be a wine merchants (The Vine pub, owned by the Cawdron family, stood here in the early 1900s). Check out the cool paved wine cellar eating areas, which make the place deceptively spacious.
The Rampant Horse, Queens Road
Popular and unpretentious pub. Large screen TV featuring scheduled football matches and a lively atmosphere with live music and a younger clientele at the weekends. Walled outdoor area to the side.
The Star, Oak Street
*Currently closed. Traditional pub which is recorded as being the oldest surviving pub in Fakenham – reputed to date from around 1600. Set back in a courtyard off this narrow but busy road. Lovely big beer garden.
The Running Horse, Clipbush Lane
Large newly-built family friendly 2 for 1 pub/restaurant on the edge of town, serving food all day. Run by Marstons. Real ales on offer.