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Rocky Bottoms, Cromer, Norfolk

Rocky Bottoms

4.6
4.6
1269 Reviews
£26 to £40
Seafood
Rocky Bottoms started out as an 1800s brick kiln with a purpose to fire bricks. Eventually the brick kiln was unable to compete with larger competitors and closed down after WW2. Since this time the brick kiln has offered itself as agricultural storage until it collapsed and stood derelict.

In 2008 the brick kiln’s potential and need of restoration was spotted by local fishing family; The Matthews. After years of love and attention, Rocky Bottoms, as we know it today was born. Our doors opened in May 2015, just in time for the start of the crab season. We deliver local shellfish from pot to plate in a laid back environment. Rocky Bottoms believes in enjoying the simpler things in life!

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2 people

19:00


Booked 11 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    Seafood
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 12:00–17:00 Fri, Sat 12:00–20:00
  • Phone number
    07848 045607
  • Payment Options
    Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress

What 1,269 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Norfolk/Suffolk

    Innovative

  • Norfolk/Suffolk

    Hot spot

  • Norfolk/Suffolk

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Norfolk/Suffolk

    Great for scenic views

  • North Norfolk

    Best Overall

  • North Norfolk

    Best Food

  • North Norfolk

    Best Service

  • North Norfolk

    Best Ambience

  • North Norfolk

    Best Value

  • North Norfolk

    Great for brunch

  • North Norfolk

    Child-friendly

  • North Norfolk

    Healthy

  • North Norfolk

    Neighbourhood gem

  • North Norfolk

    Great for outdoor dining

  • North Norfolk

    Good for special occasions

1,270 Reviews
  1. KarenM

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Highly recommend- great food and great service. Fabulous atmosphere and all staff very friendly.

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  2. SandraA

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic venue 1st visit of many awesome staff very attentive and lovely ambience delicious seafood great choices cannot rate highly enough we visited on Sunday 29th and as it was the last day of the season we're treated to music from the shanty men awesome afternoon thankyou all for making our day and anniversary so special regards Sandra from Ely

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  3. PaulB

    Derbyshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a lovely time, staff more than accommodating food was the best we’ve tasted in the uk so far will try again definitely in the summer so can take advantage of the sea views.

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  4. Lisa

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 28 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent.. food outstanding, staff friendly , helpful and knowledgable , would recommend and visit again

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  5. DannyB

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 28 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    All agreed this was the best sea food we had ever had. Three shared the platter with some extra sides. One had crab salad, one had half lobster and chicken burger with crevetts. The spread was so good and fresh we all had clean plates at the end. The service was so friendly and helpful. We would love to go back in the summer and sit outside.

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  6. KerrieD

    Hertfordshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 28 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    fabulous ! can't wait to come back. amazing food, great location - perfect!

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  7. TimM

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience. Second time there and was still great

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  8. Judand

    Cambridge

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 October 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Been looking forward to eating here for so long and was very disappointed. It felt very cafe-like. The seats were really uncomfortable. Only 1 toilet which involved queuing outside (it was a wet and cold day). The seafood platter was enormous and tasty but the slices of bread were very thickly sliced and no butter was included. No finger bowls were included for use after peeling crevettes. Would have preferred brown shrimp as a local shellfish instead of imported crevettes. Took away the idea of the place being locally caught fish although I appreciate you can’t catch everything on the Norfolk coast! The oysters had too much water in them but nowhere to pour the excess away. Very expensive meal and although the offer is there to remove the service charge, you feel intimidated enough standing at the time with lots of customers and staff milling around and it’s hard to ask for it to be removed. The outside dining area looked great and would be an excellent place to eat when the weather is good.

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  9. DerrynE

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 28 October 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Very friendly staff and delicious lobster and lemon posset. The glass of Gave was lovely too.

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  10. Richard

    Leicestershire

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 October 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    We arrived at our reservation time and were greeted well by the friendly staff. I ordered a 'Crab & Avocado on Toast' as a starter which came with chilies and lime wedges...I specifically asked 'Emily' for no chilies...which she later said she had told the kitchen...but when my starter arrived it was dressed in chilies and had a lemon wedge on top instead of the lime mentioned in the menu...our perception then was that no-one cared about the details...the starter with chilies on was still brough to the table despite what the ticket said? The waitress 'Emily' didn't offer the exchange my starter, so I had to pick the chilies off and eat it hoping that I'd got them all. My wife had the smoked haddock chowder, as she is a coeliac, but as a suggestion, it would have been nice to have had some nice, warm GF bread with it.
    Rocky BottomsResponded on 31 October 2023
    Hi, we're sorry to hear that there was a mistake with your order. However we would always swap or take away the starter and re do if this problem was made aware to our staff.

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  11. PaulR

    Brighton

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    From start to finish a wonderful meal. Priced at what we expected

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  12. SarahM

    Berkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved it great seafood great venue, brilliant atmosphere.

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  13. lindar

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely fantastic food , beautiful views out to sea and the staff were so friendly . We're definitely going to return

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  14. DaveH

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service by friendly and cheerful staff and great sea food that made a special lunch outing perfect.

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  15. janine

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 27 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our last visit for this season. Always a pleasure to go. It’s my elderly parents favourite place for lunch. The food is always fabulous and the staff are super friendly and helpful.

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  16. EmmaM

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing! Staff, location, and food… well what can I say? Will return on our next trip to Norfolk. I would highly recommend this restaurant

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  17. ChrisB

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 26 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fresh food, imaginative selection cooked, to order. Friendly reception and excellent table service.

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  18. cerian

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very tasty and the perfect place for a birthday lunch after a morning exploring the rock pools.

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  19. RichardC

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent quality food, tasted fresh and good choice from the main menu and specials board. Great location and would imagine on a sunny warm evening to be quite the sun trap. Good, friendly service and great to eat locally sourced shellfish prepared in house. Will hopefully return one day when visiting the area.

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  20. KEVINB

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 25 October 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great choice of food, prices were good when you consider the quality of the food being offered. I had mussels - local from Brancaster - best mussels I’ve tasted and big portion. My wife fish cakes which were equally extremely good. Noticed a few people posting ‘not happy’ reviews but can honestly say we had a great dining experience and as we’re local we’ll certainly be back. Staff were extremely helpful and friendly and we enjoyed the laid back and relaxed surroundings 😊

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  21. HeidiD

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely food and service! Will definitely be returning next year 😁👍

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  22. catlady22

    Kent

    13 reviews

    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 24 October 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Disappointed with food after hype on the tv. Pate was ok but not great. Crab chowder tasted of nothing. Needed more spice etc. Shame

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  23. MoPe

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, team and location, always a favourite place to eat

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  24. JohnM

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 October 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    A lovely place to visit. Outstanding food and service. Prices a little steep but to be fair that is what you pay for top quality fresh local produce. Would certainly visit again.

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  25. Foodie

    London

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 21 October 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great pub serving fish and seafood. Layout is a bit quirky. Staff very friendly and helpful. Food was very good and portion size excellent. Definitely worth a visit.

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  26. Alfie

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 21 October 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a lovely meal on Saturday evening. Our starters -Sourdough with crab and avocado and fishcake from the specials board were very good and the lobster and crab and lobster tart were excellent. An enjoyable evening.

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  27. ChrisA

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    From start to finish our experience at Rocky Bottoms was fantastic! All staff were welcoming and friendly, food was fresh, tasty and well presented, a lovely cosy relaxed atmosphere, was a pleasure to dine there would 100% recommend a visit if your in the area.

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  28. JaneM

    Essex

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 21 October 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Charming, sweet staff - loved them. However, my lobster was slightly overcooked and chewy and the costs were high. For view and service we give top marks but for taste and price, not so alas.

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  29. PeterW

    Yorkshire

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 19 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our 1st visit to Rocky Bottoms and must say most enjoyable ! Recommended to go for the fresh fish and was not disappointed ! My wife had Lobster a whole one !! and I had the Chowder a special of the day ! Service was very good and polite and helpful staff made our visit most enjoyable ! Only one little thing was I thought the Lobster was a little on the small side , hence why my wife ordered a whole Lobster ! All in all , would highly recommend and booking is essential !

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  30. PeterP

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 October 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    We have been a few times, and just wanted to get one more visit in before you closed for the winter. Big disappointment as oysters were off, and that was the main reason we were coming. For Thai mussels and the fish curry there should be a warning as they were really hot and spicy! The squid were delicious as was the Lemon Posset - heaven in a jar! One of our drinks was a long time coming with no explanation.

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  31. FrancesC

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Return visit for my sister visiting from Australia- when we asked what she would like to do whilst here was a resounding- lunch at Rocky Bottoms Really great food in a really great place!

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  32. TomM

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely beautiful meal. Food was fresh and service was outstanding. My only minus stars were for if you arrive late the specials sell out fast as its all caught on the day. Theres still plenty to choose from on the menu though and its all presented great and tastes incredible. Prices are fairly high for lite bites and mains so just be prepared. We are all planning our next booking for a family day out again its that good well be going back many times

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  33. kareneu

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience again! Casual but efficient service. Locally sourced seafood expertly cooked and presented. The best creme brulee with jus from the garden. Our favourite lunch spot. Thanks

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  34. SDH7

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 October 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    My wife and I have visited Rocky Bottoms on her birthday for a few years now. While the food was okay, the prices seem to have sky-rocketed - I don’t think we’ll be visiting again.

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  35. JayneW

    Berkshire

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 October 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Our food was delicious a crab salad & crab linguine. Lots of really fresh crab, the gluten free pasta could have been cooked a minute longer.

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  36. JoyceJ

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food at Rocky Bottoms is top quality with generous portions. The salad which came with the main course was so fresh and again a generous portion. The staff were very polite and friendly

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  37. SallyB

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 17 October 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Interesting seafood menu and a good selection on the drinks menu. Friendly staff and comfortable seating.. Crab linguine really tasty .. fish and chips not such good value ..

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  38. BeckyG

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 October 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great meal and location but would be helpful to have some smaller plate options if possible. Needed to think on my feet about what mum was going to eat and probably could have been more creative rather than presenting her with such a large plate of food.

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  39. DavidS

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 16 October 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Quality of the food was very good but the lobster portion was small for the cost. Wine was expensive. Friendly and efficient service and good location near the sea.

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  40. StephenC

    Newcastle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious. I had the prawn, salmon and haddock fish pie from the specials board, my friend had the vegetarian curry. The portions were more than adequate and were very well cooked and presented. The fish pie had much more fish than potato which is always a good sign. The desserts from the specials board were sticky toffee apple tarte tatin and deconstructed apple crumble, both with cream. Both were excellent. The service was brilliant, very friendly. The prices are very reasonable and a 12.5% discretionary service charge is included. We really enjoyed our experience at Rocky Bottoms. It was the second time we have been whilst on holiday in the area and would thoroughly recommend. We will be visiting again.

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Rocky Bottoms is rated 4.6 stars by 1269 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 11 times today
Google Map for Rocky Bottoms

Cromer Road, West Runton, Cromer, Norfolk NR27 9QA

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Set back off Cromer Road
  • Area
    Cromer
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 12:00–17:00 Fri, Sat 12:00–20:00
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    Seafood
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Private Lot
  • Public Transit
    West Runton train station is only a 10minute walk, the bus stop is only 2 minute walk also.
  • Payment Options
    Mastercard, Visa
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