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Coltishall Parish sits on the River Bure as the gateway to the Norfolk Broads. It straddles Broadland District Council and the Broads Authority, and also contains Coltishall Conservation Area. It is blessed with no fewer than four Commons, all managed by the Coltishall Commons Management Trust. 

As befits a village with a proud history of brewing, Coltishall has three excellent dining pubs - the King's Head, the Red Lion (which also has a cafe) and the Rising Sun and a riverfront hotel and spa - the Norfolk Mead. It has a fine tea room/cafe at A Piece of Cake. There are also three great takeaway food options: Ali Spice for Indian food; Landamore's Fish and Chips, and The Royal Blossom for Chinese food.

Many visitors to Coltishall arrive as part of a Broads boating holiday. However, there are also plenty of places to stay in and around the village, including Bridge House B&B, Seven Acres, Wherryman's Cottage as well as the King's Head and Norfolk Mead. Coltishall also has its own station on the Bure Valley Railway between Aylsham and Wroxham.

Coltishall has a full range of shops including the Post Office/Mace store, a Pharmacy, a Petrol Station, the Central Garage, a Londis Store, Hewitt & Grant Butcher's, Top of the Crop greengrocer's, and several hairdressers and a nail salon. It also has The Little Interior Company for furnishings, Forget Me Not for clothes, the Capital Culture Gallery and the Antique and Period Glassworks.

Coltishall High Street
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