Eat your way around some of our favourite restaurants and cafes in the historic town of King’s Lynn. Find out where you can munch through a mountain of BBQ food, some magnificent full English breakfasts and which bistro we think deserves a Michelin star.
Places to eat in Kings Lynn
If you’re looking for casual eats and corking cocktails, Liquor & Loaded on Tower Street is one of the most popular restaurants in King’s Lynn. It’s a grill house with biblical portions of meat, some smoked, some barbequed, some cooked low and slow, all tasting absolutely divine. You can wash it down, along with some dastardly loaded fries, with their creative menu of colourful cocktails. It’s open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, so you can visit at any time of the day.
Market Bistro is probably our favourite restaurant in King’s Lynn. You’ll find it on the Saturday Market Place around the corner from King’s Lynn Town Hall. It’s a beautiful historic building, which houses a sublime chef who concocts some of the finest dishes we’ve ever eaten from the best of Norfolk’s local produce. Everything is plated exquisitely, the decor and restaurant layout is stylish and considered, plus the service is par excellence. How it hasn’t been awarded a Michelin star yet, we’ll never know.
If you’re looking for a good gastropub, make your way to our page of King’s Lynn nightlife recommendations for a long list of excellent pubs with some seriously pukka food, particularly Crown & Mitre on Ferry Street.
The Rathskeller is a popular riverside bistro and wine bar with a menu of simple but tasty food. It’s relaxed and reasonably priced, plus the location is convenient, as you’re just around the back of King’s Lynn Minster, which is one of our top activities in King’s Lynn.
Another top choice is the Riverside Restaurant, which is housed in a characterful 15th-century warehouse on King Street. The terrace and garden overlook the River Great Ouse and are the best places to eat in town when the sun’s shining and you fancy some al fresco dining. It’s particularly beautiful at sunset when the river reflects the scarlet hues of the sun. The food is good without being pretentious. It’s a solid option.
Where do we begin with a place like Archers? This exceptional cafe is on Purfleet Street, just away from the bustling shops of High Street, and serves a seriously tasty menu of British and American favourites, including fluffy pancakes, full English breakfasts and healthy, veggie, vegan and gluten-free options as well. The decor is rustic, simple and stylish, there’s a decent amount of seating, and it’s fully licensed so that you can call in some of the best cocktails in King’s Lynn.
Cafe Roasta on Tower Street serves a wide menu of homemade food that’s simple, tasty and very reasonably priced. The location is ideal for calling in for a quick bite during the day. The decor is a bit outdated, but who cares? The food’s good, the portions are big and the service is great. It’s also fully licensed and has one of the best buffets in town.
Last but by no means least, Soul Cafe & Restaurant is a stonkingly-good, family-run eatery that takes Norfolk’s exceptional local produce and puts it into an inspired menu that takes culinary influence from African, Asian, European and especially Caribbean cooking.