The Crown Wells-next-the-Sea is a wonderfully relaxing hotel and pub all in one, which happily welcomes you and your beloved pets. Sitting just off the pretty green in The Buttlands, a little inland from the coastal road, this former coaching inn is a great find and one that you’ll be glad you booked into. And with the wide open skies and beaches a stone’s throw away from here, you couldn’t choose a nicer place.
The minute you walk through the door, you know you are welcome. Friendly faces from the staff, and the décor, (which isn’t too smart but not too shabby either) create an ambience that puts you at your ease straight away. The first time I came to The Crown, Wells-next-the-Sea, I immediately fell in love with it!
Quiet and unassuming from the outside, yet full of charm once inside.
Most of the rooms here are dog friendly. And there’s no need to worry about lugging beds, water bowls and towels from the car into the hotel with you! All of these are provided which is a huge bonus and makes your stay totally stress free.
You’ll even get colour coded towels, white ones for you and brown ones for your dogs! The reason for this is that many of you may have been for a wonderful walk on the beach and have wet or dirty dogs. No worries once you arrive here though as you are safe in the knowledge that it doesn’t matter how dirty you make the towels, you know they are for dogs only!
As this is owned by the renowned chef Chris Coubrough, The Flying Kiwi, the food is top notch. And, as in many of the establishments around Norfolk, the food is locally sourced.
With the sea not far away, you’ll get fresh fish from the local fishermen, wonderful meat from nearby farmers and many other mouth-watering offerings you won’t be able to resist! You certainly shouldn’t be disappointed. A bit unfair for your dog if it’s sitting under the table, but you’re here to enjoy yourself, and you know that your pooch will just love the many Norfolk beaches or coastal walks later on!
The bar area is very welcoming and comfortable and this is where you can bring your dogs with you, sit by the fire in the winter and have a meal or even just a drink.
The restaurant however, which is slightly smarter, doesn’t allow your pooch in with you there.
I'm going to put my head above the parapet here and say that if you want to get away from the rather stereotypical “London” atmosphere of Chelsea-on-Sea, aka Burnham Market (OK I know that may be a little bit unfair!), then move further along the coast and come and enjoy the delights of the wonderful harbour town of Wells-next-the-Sea.
Wells-next-the-Sea is a down to earth, fairly touristy yet deep rooted Norfolk seaside town without any airs and graces, and for that I love it.