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The Globe Inn

The Butlands

Wells-next-the-Sea

NR23 1EU

Tel: 01328 710206

www.theglobeatwells.co.uk

 

A beautifully decorated versatile pub, restaurant and hotel for those seeking quality and finesse in their food and surroundings.

The Globe Inn - Wells-next-the-Sea

Where to find it

The Globe Inn is just off the beaten track (although only minutes from Staithe Street) in Wells-next-the-Sea, behind the quay and main tourist footfall, in a quaint Georgian leafy square. With tables outside to soak up the sun whilst relaxing in pleasant surroundings, this area of Wells has an instant up-market vibe. There’s no screaming children, no boy racers driving by; it has a tranquil feel that provides a contrast to the traditional seaside front of the town.

 

A new dimension to Wells

In the past, Wells has been criticised for fearing development. Being such a quintessential old English seaside town oozing with authentic character, I can understand the locals concern in modernisation spoiling its appeal. With the flood damage of 2013, change was inevitable but I’m delighted that some of this task has fallen in the hands of such capable developers as Stephen and Antonia Bournes, formerly of Southwold Pier. Whilst in keeping with all that is loved about Wells, its coastal fishing heritage and fine beach, The Globe Inn has added another much needed quality which in my opinion will secure its place as a top destination in Norfolk for years to come.

 

What to expect

The Globe Inn has undergone a complete re-vamp and now consists of  seven beautifully decorated B&B rooms, a comfortable and relaxing lazy bar, large sunny restaurant leading out onto an old picturesque courtyard (where further development of eleven extras rooms are already underway) and a front terrace overlooking the Buttlands square.

 

The decor throughout as been designed by Holly Pagani of Salt Interiors in Norwich and somehow seems to completely reflect all that is loved about Wells. She has captured its coastal qualities of individuality and local charm perfectly, each room creating its own theme yet moulding in sync with the whole vibe. It’s classy, comfortable and up-market without feeling pompous at all. It’s clear the owners have taken great effort in fitting in with the town and locals, involving them in every aspect, from building work through to decor and menu selection, to result in a place that complements the traditional, not ignores it.

 

What can you eat here?

The resident chef, Jonathan Gardiner, has a vision in keeping with the owners too, providing exceptional yet simple fresh delicious food. Using products sourced as locally as possible, Jonathan has a great relationship with the independent fishermen of the town meaning the creels of lobster and baskets of crab are brought straight up from the quay bringing special unbeatable flavour. My partner and I sampled an incredible seafood platter of shell-on prawns, dressed crab, smoked salmon and marinated mackerel which was delectable in every way.

 

A winning formula

The manager, Jenna, is attentive to her customer’s needs, taking genuine pride in her job which has a knock-on effect to all her staff; the place runs smoothly creating a haven of sophisticated charm. Throw into this mix the highest quality food, reasonably priced too, local ales, and discerning cliental, and you’re on to a winning formula for a most enjoyable meal or overnight stay. All are welcome, even dogs, with a children’s menu and light bite bar snacks as well as many varied seasonal dishes. Spend a few hours here, or a day or three if possible; relax, unwind and take in the view. Eat well and feel revitalised – Wells just got even better!

 

The details

The Globe Inn is open daily for Breakfast (open to ‘drop-ins’ too), lunch and dinner. Dogs are welcome outside and in the bar but not restaurant. The menu always has vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options. Events take place on various days with special overnight offers – please see our What’s On & Offers pages for latest information.

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