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7 of the best places to get BBQ food in Norfolk this summer

7 of the best places to get BBQ food in Norfolk this summer

From chicken and beef to hotdogs and seafood, a barbecue can come in many forms and is not just limited to smoked meats.

To celebrate National BBQ Week, which runs until June 4, we’ve put together a list of some of the best places in Norfolk you can find great barbecue food.

1. Archers Butchers

Where: Plumstead Road, Norwich, NR1 4AB

Great Yarmouth Mercury: Archers Butchers is celebrating National BBQ Week with a range of smoked and marinated meatsArchers Butchers is celebrating National BBQ Week with a range of smoked and marinated meats (Image: Newsquest)

Serving Norwich for more than 90 years, Archers Butchers is one of the city’s best meatmongers. 

This week it is offering a range of specially-prepared barbecue meats, ready for the home grill, as well as a range of Norfolk-made rubs. 

Based in Thorpe Saint Andrew, the company also offers click-and-collect, home delivery, catering, and a takeaway service which includes hot baguettes, jacket potatoes, pastries and daily specials.  

2. The Station Smokehouse

Where: Station Road, Hoveton, NR12 8UT

Great Yarmouth Mercury: The Station Smokehouse does barbecue in style, a real slice of AmericanaThe Station Smokehouse does barbecue in style, a real slice of Americana (Image: Newsquest)

Start your barbecue journey at the Station Smokehouse with any of its traditional American-style starters including wings, nachos and jalapeno poppers.

The restaurant’s “Pit Boss Tray” comes with your choice of ribs, brisket and pork.

Tables go quickly so book early to ensure you get in.

3. The Smokey Grillhouse

Where: Nursery Drive, North Walsham, NR28 0DR

Great Yarmouth Mercury: North Walsham's Smokey Grillhouse offers a wide range of steaks, grilled chicken, pork and moreNorth Walsham’s Smokey Grillhouse offers a wide range of steaks, grilled chicken, pork and more (Image: Newsquest)

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This North Walsham restaurant has been serving smoked barbecue since 2012.

Open Friday and Saturday from 5pm to 10pm in North Walsham Garden Centre, Smokey Grillhouse offers grilled meats and fish from local suppliers and fresh vegetables from local farmers.

It also offers gluten-free and vegetarian meals and can host evening functions.

4. Zaks Diner

Where: Gurney Road, Mousehold Heath, NR1 4HW, The Street, Poringland, NR14 7RP, Barrack Street, Norwich, NR3 1TS

Great Yarmouth Mercury: Zaks has three Norfolk locations and has been a county mainstay since 1976Zaks has three Norfolk locations and has been a county mainstay since 1976 (Image: Newsquest)

With two restaurants in Norwich and a third in Poringland, Zaks has been serving its diner-style eats since 1976.

From its “famous” burgers and mac and cheese to a range of desserts, either of its branches are the perfect place to find barbecue food all year round.

Zaks even has a line of merchandise.

5. Brix And Bones

Where: 68 London Street, Norwich, NR2 1JT

Great Yarmouth Mercury: Brix and Bones in Norwich has won the hearts of barbecue lovers from all overBrix and Bones in Norwich has won the hearts of barbecue lovers from all over (Image: Newsquest)

Nominated for this year’s best local restaurant by the Good Food Guide, Brix and Bones operates an ever-changing menu with local produce and seasonality. 

The restaurant’s special boards offer many different sizes and cuts of dry-aged meats that are always aged for a minimum of 45 days.

A team of “mixologists” assist chefs in providing each dish with a selection of carefully paired wines and cocktails.

6. Gorilla Street Kitchen

Where: Various pubs

Great Yarmouth Mercury: Gorilla Street Kitchen will be announcing more pop-ups soonGorilla Street Kitchen will be announcing more pop-ups soon (Image: Gorilla Street Kitchen)

Run by James Williams, a chef with 20 years of experience, Gorilla Street Kitchen is bringing barbecue food to a range of pubs in Norfolk this summer.

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At The Plough in Norwich, he served Japanese-style burgers and at The Ostrich in Castle Acre a Greek barbecue, saying the pop-ups allow him to adapt what he cooks every time and switch it up depending on the weather.

More pop-ups are to be announced soon.  

7. Liquor & Loaded

Where: Tower Street, King’s Lynn, PE30 1EJ

Great Yarmouth Mercury:

From “messy mains” to loaded fries, Liquor & Loaded is King’s Lynn’s answer to barbecue.

Along with barbeque food and cocktails, the restaurant also serves pizza and a Sunday roast with up to four meat options.

Booking is advised so call ahead to book one of its curb-side pick-up slots.

  • June 3, 2023