This dog friendly pub is just a short walk away from the salt marshes of the North Norfolk coast.
When we arrived the colourful stickers on the door beckoned us in with promises of award-winning food and drink.
We visited The Wiveton Bell on a very, very hot day in September 2016, looking for somewhere to cool off and have some lunch. The pub is sectioned out into a bar, a more formal restaurant area and a beautiful garden at the back. Dogs are allowed in both the bar area (pictured below) and the garden, but it was simply too hot outside in the sun with the ongoing heat wave.
A bowl of water was brought out for Elsa straight away and there was a cool breeze coming in from the windows and door. Fortunately we were there early so it was relatively quiet and the staff were very patient as we shuffled around from table to table, trying to find the best spot for Elsa!
We put her cooling collar on (a specially designed bandana style collar that can be soaked in cold water to help cool dogs down in hot weather) and Elsa soon relaxed and took the opportunity to catch up on some sleep…
The menu had plenty of variety and we went with lighter options including a yummy chicken and bacon salad which was delicious!
Elsa eventually cooled off and was very well behaved while we enjoyed our food.
The interior of The Wiveton Bell is very stylish – we love the tweed covered chairs and are big fans of this elegant country, rustic look.
The bar is very well stocked with many local, fine ales available including Moon Gazer Golden Ale on tap.
We particularly liked this little fella!
We had a drink from the bar with our meal, but also really enjoyed the complimentary cucumber water – just what we needed to help us cool off on this hot day!
To finish, we had the sorbet selection which was perfectly light and fresh.
The Wiveton Bell is a lovely place to relax, the atmosphere is calm and we didn’t feel rushed at all. Elsa enjoyed the staff making a fuss of her too! This is definitely somewhere we would visit again.
- If you are looking for somewhere to stay, The Wiveton Bell also has six luxurious and beautifully decorated rooms. Sadly these rooms are not dog friendly though, which is a shame as we would have definitely stayed here with Elsa!
- The car park is a short walk away from the pub itself, and you have to cross a couple of roads to get to it. Fortunately these are not busy roads, and The Wiveton Bell will lend you a torch to use if it’s dark! There is a postbox to pop the torches into for collection on the car park. Even though we didn’t make use of them, we love these thoughtful little touches.
Blakeney Road, Wiveton NR25 7TL