News from The Saracen's Head...

Welcome to our news page, where you’ll find directions to our blog page, info on seasonal offers and what’s on in our area. 
As usual our kitchen is inspired by local, seasonal produce and we love seeing what our suppliers have for us, from season to season – all reflected in our ever changing menus and specials board. 
Now is the perfect time to get snug by the fire or sit in the sun in our courtyard garden and eat some heartening good grub. 
Take a look at our menus and head to the bookings page on our website to book a table. 


June in Norfolk is an exciting time as it’s when everything is just getting into full swing for summer. There’s the all important Father’s Day – don’t forget to book your table for lunch! 

We’ve also got the famous Royal Norfolk Show this month, on  26/27th June where you’ll see a huge array of animals, livestock, farm machinery, fun family activities and local business networking opportunities at this awesome commercial and agricultural show.

There’s some lovely summer solstice events happening too – if you fancy a lovely Summer Solstice Yoga Retreat, look no further than this evening of sauna and sea swimming, picnic and cacao ceremony with Yoga with Nell, on 20th June in Sheringham – the perfect way to prep yourself for the pre-summer holiday planning. 

Don’t forget the wonderful Time, Horizon Anthony Gormley exhibition at Houghton, where you can explore this huge dramatic installation for the first time in it’s UK showing, set in the marvellous hall and grounds. 

We’re right on the Weaver’s Way and love seeing new and familiar faces on their walking holidays or local jaunts. With miles of wonderful rural paths, woodland escapes and breath-taking coastal views, this summer come and see us and make it a staycation to remember. 

Celebrating 14 years at The Saracen’s Head

This April we celebrate 14 years as owners at the Saracen’s and to mark the occasion we chat to Tim about how it all started, the adventures they’ve had and what brought the family back from France to the UK. 

Head to our monthly blog to read the full article. 

We’re delighted to announce we’ve maintained our 4* Inn status from the AA guide.
Here’s what the inspector says about us:

‘The Saracen’s Head is a lovely 19th-century Inn situated in a rural location surrounded by open countryside and ideally placed for touring the North Norfolk coastline. The public rooms have a wealth of character including brick fireplaces and log burners. The bedrooms are individually decorated and equipped with modern facilities – many have superb views of the surrounding Norfolk countryside.’

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David Ward of Norfolk Deer Management talks to us about his work and sustainability around managing the large numbers of deer in our county.

David describes the impact the deer population has on Norfolk’s wildlife – from the damage to large areas of woodlands, and the subsequent depletion of environmental habitats. 

To read more follow this link to our blog page


We were delighted to speak to our wonderful suppliers of Norfolk produced Shiitake Mushrooms; Woodfruits. 

October in the kitchen wouldn’t be the same without mushrooms – and we’ve got the insider knowledge on growing these deliciously woody flavoured fungi, plus a couple of top tips on how to start your own sustainable off-grid enterprise. 

Head to the blog page to read more…


We will be closed for a short break from after Sunday lunch on September 24th – reopening for dinner on Wednesday 4th October


This month’s blog is all about where to go and what to do in Norfolk this September. There’s so much to pick from but we’ve decided on five of our favourites to keep you and the family entertained, before the colder weather hits. 

From boating about on the broads, seal spotting visiting historic buildings and hearing fascinating stories from the past on in our heritage open days – we’ve got things covered for your September break in Norfolk. Head to our blog page for the full article.


Summer Pudding Recipe

It may have been a bit meh this summer, but we’ve got a recipe that will make you feel like you’ve stepped into the most glorious summer day. 
Even for beginners, this recipe is as easy as 1,2,3. So grab a basket, and get out foraging in Norfolk’s hedgerows before autumn hits. 

Head to our blog page for the full recipe. 


This month’s blog is a chat with our friends over at Dann’s Ice Cream. Dann’s is famous for its natural, creamy taste and amazing flavours. 
Simon and his family have been creating bespoke Norfolk made ice cream, lollies and sorbets since 2007, on the stunning countryside farm in Tuddenham. 
Using milk from their own dairy cows and eggs from their free range hens, this award-winning Norfolk business supplies The Saracen’s with the finest flavours of ice cream to go with our home-made desserts.
Head to our blog page to read the full piece.
Dann's Ice Cream


Norfolk is well known for its abundance of celebrations, festivals, fetes and summer events. Whether it’s a small traditional village gathering, with quintessentially British dog shows, car boots and a tombola, or one of our bigger organised events, like Classic Ibiza or the famous Lord Mayor’s Procession, there’s certainly something for everyone this summer.

This week (4th July) begins with Cromer Pier’s dazzling summer variety show, which runs right through until September, so there’s plenty of opportunity to see it. On Saturday 9th July we have the Lord Mayor’s Procession, which sees Norwich transform into a huge parade of fun, dance, artistry and acrobatics. A visit to Houghton Hall is always breathtaking, and this summer Turner Prize nominee Sean Scully has a remarkable exhibition up in the grounds and inside the hall. Smaller Than The Sky is on until the end of October. 

So, why not book a room with us, and come and enjoy some of the wonderful events Norfolk has on offer this summer? Click on the images below to find out more. 

In our June Blog, we chat to Phil of Staithe Smokehouse, in Brancaster Staithe.

Phil gives us his insight into the traditional operations of an artisan smokehouse, top tips and favourite smoked fish recipes for all seasons. 

Head over to our Blog page to read more…

Asparagus season is here! 

This means it’s time for Buffy’s top tips on how to grow and prep this delicious and versatile veg. 

Head over to the blog page to read more…

Keep an eye on our news page for more tips, recipes and info from our kitchen and suppliers! 

(Voting is now closed – until next year)


You voted for us and we are now shortlisted as BEST PUB in the Countryside Alliance Awards East of England aka The Rural Oscars….

Now we need your help to WIN!

Please follow and share this link to vote for us as your winning pub!


Voting Opens from Wednesday 1st February – closes 5th March.

The Countryside Alliance Awards 2023 honour the skills and produce, tradition, enterprise and the people who go the extra mile for their communities. 

The Saracen’s Head, Norfolk, has long prided itself on sourcing the finest local ingredients to create an ever-changing yet classically appealing menu, that reflects the best of Norfolk.  

Our enduring, loyal relationship with each of our suppliers, whether it’s local game and beef, fresh vegetables, seafood, or ice cream, is equally as important as the food we put on the table for our guests. 

It’s this dedication in knowing and respecting our supply chain that sets us above our competition, as well as our carefully curated menus. We believe we have what it takes to win the Rural Oscars 2023 Best Pub in the East of England, and hope you do, too. 


Overnight stay for two – Friday 10th or Saturday 11th February, £195.

Includes double room, 3 course dinner and glass of fizz as well as next day breakfast…

Give us a call for last minute bookings! 

01263 768909 


Catch up on all the local news, views and info with our blog posts

To read our blog just follow this link! 

From places to visit locally at Christmas, to how our kitchen team works and what inspires them, find more in-depth stories, interviews and articles over on our blog. 

If you’d like to contact us about any local news you feel we should include, please do get in touch! 

4 Stars awarded from AA as well as prestigious Rosette plate for culinary excellence

We are delighted to announce that we’ve been awarded 4 Stars from AA, as well as the long established and much coveted Rosette Award for culinary excellence.

This acknowledgement and award are a huge achievement for our team both in front of house and kitchen. We are enormously proud of the standard of food we serve, and it is great to be rewarded in the wider industry for all our hard work. 


Nominated for Countryside Alliance Awards - The Rural Oscars

We are thrilled to have been nominated for a Rural Oscar aka Countryside Alliance Award 2023, for remarkable contribution to our local area – this is the gold standard in rural business awards and a huge achievement to be nominated… but we need your help to WIN!

Please support us – nominations are open until November 18th 2022 – just follow link below!


Countryside Alliance Awards Nomination Form (

Thank you 🏆🤞🥂

News from summer 2022 - Passion for local ingredients earns restaurant a 'Food Hero' accolade

We were hugely delighted to be presented with The Aylsham Show Local Food Heroes Award. Read the EDP story here…

‘A restaurant where the menu is laden with seasonal local produce has won the “Food and Drink Hero Award” at the Aylsham Show.

The trophy was presented to the team from the Saracen’s Head at Wolterton during the traditional agricultural show at the nearby Blickling estate on Monday.

The Georgian inn is owned by Tim and Janie Elwes, who said every effort is made to use locally sourced ingredients and support Norfolk producers.’