- Category: Norfolk & Suffolk
Wroxham & Hoveton
The Capital of the Broads, Wroxham, is where boating holidays began in the late-1800s. Wroxham is on the right bank of the River Bure and the village over the bridge on the left bank is actually named Hoveton, although today they are collectively called Wroxham. An ideal Norfolk holiday location at the centre of the broads – yet just 8-miles from the fine City of Norwich and 10-miles from Norfolk’s sandy beaches.
River Bure from Wroxham Bridge
Tourist Information Centre
Located along Station Road, Hoveton, and is open from April 1st to October, tel: (01603) 782 281. To get there turn left beside The Kings Head and Roys, and its a little way further on the left – there are also public toilets there too. The best Wroxham online guide with a great tourist map is here.
The Bridge Restaurant is just 5-minutes from the Peninsula, on the left before the bridge in Wroxham. Very good fresh lobster, fish and other sea food with quality wines. Great outside seating by the river. Best place to eat in Wroxham! Tel: (01603) 783509.
Wherrymans Restaurant and Pizzeria is on the right by the river in Wroxham, just before the bridge. Fantastic to sit outside watching the boats in summer.
The Golden Fish is both a fish & chip shop and a Chinese take away, just over the bride on the left in Hoveton and only 10-mintues walk from Bure Cottage. Open every lunchtime and evening, except Tuesdays. Tel: (01603) 783361.
Roys Café between Roys Food Hall and McDonalds, is a “traditional” friendly low-price eatery serving fresh pastries, tea & scones – free wi fi.
McDonalds you can’t miss in the centre of Hovaton – free wi fi.
The Bridge Tea Rooms does a great Full English as well as cream teas and eat-in or take away fish & chips all year. On the right as you cross over the bridge into Hovaton.
The Star of India is a Tandori Indian restaurant and take-away next to the Bridge Tea Rooms in Hoveton. Open 6pm to 11.30pm 7-days a week, Tel: (01603) 784243. Free delivery over£12.
The Old Mill Restaurant & Café Bar has a fantastic location by the river, on the left just over the bridge into Hoveton. Great to sit outside by the Bure, watching the ducks & swans at sunset over a pint of ale. Tel: 01603 783744.
Kens Fish & Chips offers sit-in and take-away, on the left just past The Golden Fish.
Wroxham Hotel, by the river on the right just over the bridge, offers bar food and an attractive-price carvery. Also has al fresco dining on the terrace by the river. Tel: (01603) 782061
Canton Orient is a Chinese restaurant & take-away that was an old railway building at Platform 1, Hoveton & Wroxham Railway Station. Closed only Sundays, tel: (01603) 783939.
Yim Siam Thai Resturant & take away is on the right just past the bride in Hoveton, opens Tuesday to Saturday and Sunday lunch. Tel: (01603) 781133.
Wroxham Kebab & Pizza Shop is along the main road in Hoveton, great eveing take aways.
Wroxham Brewery, known as The Shed, is just a 20-seconds from Bure Cottage – your local watering hole! Real ale fans will be amazed, thanks to its unique system it is able to serve over fifty fine local real ales, all crystal clear and fresh. Tell Tracy your preference in flavour and she will recommend the best for you, try half a pint at a time. They also brew their own ale, have free wi fi, large-screen TV, pool table, books & magazines, and don’t mind you calling for a take-away to eat there.
The Kings Head is a pub and hotel with free wi fi, next to Roys in the centre of Hoveton, open all year.
The Old Mill Café Bar has a fantastic location by the river, on the left just over the bridge into Hoveton. Great to sit outside by the Bure, watching the ducks & swans at sunset over a pint of ale.
Wroxham Hotel sells real ale both inside and by the river - on the right just over the bridge.
The Lodge is well worth a visit, about 1.5-miles outside of Wroxham on the lane to Salhouse (NR13 6HD) - if you don’t want to drive, it’s only a fiver by taxi. This traditional Norfolk hotel & bar is set in 8-acres of parkland and has a friendly owner of over 18-years and big log fires in the winter.
The Salhouse Bell, although 3-miles away, is well worth a mention. A traditional country pub with three open fires in winter and real ales and good food - Lower Street, Salhouse, NR13 6RW. If you don't want to drive, Salhouse is only 5-minutes away by train.
The Swan Inn, Horning is only 10-minutes drive from Wroxham, 3.5-miles - another Norfolk pub worth visiting. Fantastic location on the river with riverside beer garden. Log fires on chilly nights, not just in winter! Great food and real ale. Lower Street, Horning, NR12 8AA.
Roys have about everything, see below. However, there are some other interesting specialty stores, like the traditional Norfolk butchers and delicatessen along Station Road, and a fishing tackle store a little further on the right. Norfolk Marine sells all you need for you boat, on the right along Church Road, first right over the Wroxham Bridge. Wroxham Barns, 1.5-miles from Hoveton has craft shops, children’s fun fair and farm, restaurant and much more, see here.
Roys of Wroxham
Roys is known as the largest “village” store in the world – the ultimate out-of-town shopping experience! Actually located over the bridge in Hoveton, and open 7-days-a-week until 8pm Wednesday, Thursday & Fridays. There is free parking for over 1,000 cars, easy mooring, and free wi fi at it’s McDonalds and café next door. Roys sells at a discount an amazing selection of goods from it’s many stores, all close to the main department store with own-brand clothes – Food Hall, Roys Toys, Garden Centre, Children’s World, DIY Centre, Floriana, and Pharmacy to name a few (see at Roys.co.uk). Roys was founded in 1895 when brothers Alfred and Arnold Roy opened their first general store at Coltishall, Norfolk. In 1899, a second store was opened 3 miles away at Wroxham to meet the needs of the holiday makers visiting the Norfolk Broads.