The Globe at Wells Chestnut

UK England East Anglia Norfolk Wells-next-the-Sea

01328 710 206   The Buttlands, Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk NR23 1EU

  • 19 Guest rooms
  • Contemporary Coaching Inn
A superb old coaching inn with great food and luxury rooms that's perfectly placed for exploring the fabled North Norfolk Coast

Situated right on the pretty Georgian square of Buttlands, at the top end of the high street of the busy seaside resort of Wells-next-the-Sea, and more or less at the centre of the North Norfolk Coast, this 19th-century inn is many things to my people. First of all, it's a good place to drop by for a drink, and many people do; it's also an excellent restaurant, serving some of the best food you can find in an area where the standards are frankly set pretty high; and it's a terrific place to stay, too, with a set of comfortable overnight rooms that make it a ideal base for seeing this fabled stretch of coast.

​The pub features 19 bedrooms – a wide selection of Classic,  Deluxe and Superior doubles and larger suites with kitchenettes; they even have a single room (the 'Bolthole') which they promote to solitary hikers or birdwatchers. Some are on the ground or first floor of the original pub building, others in the newer Courtyard Wing. All the rooms and suites combine the quirky Georgian charm of the original building  with home-from-home comforts, top-quality pocket-sprung mattresses, duck-down duvets and luxurious bathrooms complete with Duck Island toiletries; they all come with flatscreen Freeview TVs and tea- and coffee-making facilities and seven rooms welcome dogs. It even has 3 self-catered rooms with open spaces and kitchenettes, for you to enjoy your own seclusion and space, but with the option of inn-hospitality just outside your door whenever the need should arise.

Meanwhile the food they serve in the restaurant is a seasonal and local blend of Norfolk and foreign influences, with Norfolk Coast bouillabaisse sitting alongside local beer-battered fish and chips, seafood platters, crab salads and local steaks – all at moderate prices. They also serve renowned wood-fired pizzas – naturally all made with local ingredients – in summer.

Just eight miles from Blakeney, and a few miles inland from swanky Burnham Market, Wells-next-the-Sea is a pleasantly unpretentious seaside town, quite unlike some of  the more chi-chi spots you find along the North Norfolk Coast. That alone is a reason to visit, but Wells also benefits from being close to one the country's best expanses of sandy beach at nearby Holkham Bay: backed by a grove of scented pines, you'd be mad not to come here and not get at least  some sand between your toes. The Holkham Estate adjoins the beach and is similarly alluring, with extensive grounds centring on a magnificent Palladian pile crammed full of paintings and sculptures. But really you have the whole of this gorgeous coast to explore in both directions from Well's relatively central position: from the seal colonies of Blakeney to RSPB reserves of Cley, with the long-distance Norfolk Coast Path offering an easy route between them. What are you waiting for?




Open all year


Doubles £151–£271

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Contact Website  01328 710 206  The Globe at Wells, The Buttlands, Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk NR23 1EU

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  • Dogs welcome
  • Parking
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Wifi
  • Beaches
  • Walking

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Rated ★★★★★ over 6 reviews


Staff made our stay so special!

Just back from a fantastic first stay at the Globe Inn. I have stayed at dog-friendly hotels before but the Globe takes it to the next level - others could learn a lot from them! The staff were all so friendly and accommodating to both humans and dogs! The room was clean, and the food was great but it really was the staff that made our stay so special! Thank you so much! We will be back! Louise, Ron, Bruno and Juniper 🐾🐾
Sep 7, 2023 by Louise Elizabeth

Cut above ordinary restaurants

Whenever we go out to eat, it's good and you know what flavours to expect, but the Globe's restaurant is a cut above ordinary restaurants. The flavour combinations were like nothing I have ever experienced. Food was unexpectedly exceptional.
Aug 7, 2023 by Mark Figgins


Beautiful pub in Wells, the decor is tasteful giving it a classy yet relaxed vibe. The rooms are what you expect, you're not going to get top hotel quality but they are very nice for the price you pay. The stand out is the staff. On being greeted, to our evening meal to departure everyone was attentive and friendly. Jordan manages his staff like clockwork, we were very impressed with the knowledge of the younger staff members! Thank you for a lovely stay. We have booked again for next year.
Mar 19, 2023 by Randall


From the warm welcome we received on our arrival to the time we left, we couldn't fault The Globe in any way. Our room was extremely comfortable in every way with the toiletries the best we have ever enjoyed and our bed was extremely comfortable. Breakfast was served nice and early with no wait at all, and our suppers were extremely good. We can only say further that we are very much looking forward to our next visit. Perhaps we should also add that there is plenty of parking adjacent to The Globe.
Mar 8, 2023 by Roberta R

Excellent wheelchair-accessible facilities

Excellent wheelchair-accessible facilities. Helpful and considerate staff. The accessible room was one of the best we have ever stayed in. The bathroom was particularly well designed with roll-in shower and low level and mirror. Wide choice for breakfast and very good dinner menu. Highly recommended.
Feb 16, 2023 by Michael H

First time to Wells & would definitely go back again to the area & the globe

It was a very clean place . Food was very good & room was lovely. The staff were good but think could do with being a bit more warm but not a big problem just an observation. For us the location of hotel was perfect with the lovely green in front & shops etc so near to walk to & then the lovely walk to the beach . Definitely recommend it to others .
Sep 21, 2020 by Melanie Dove

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