A new restaurant is set to open beside a picturesque north Norfolk harbour.

The Pop Inn Cafe has been given planning permission for a 168-seater eaterie on the first floor of its listed building in Wells.

Plans approved by North Norfolk council also include a 56-seater roof-top terrace and five ensuite bed and breakfast rooms.

In a planning statement, the business said: "These buildings form a key focal point within the area of Wells but are in need of refreshing in order to make the best use of this historic and visually-appealing site."

The cafe and its arcade - which are Grade II listed - stand on the corner of Freeman Street and Beach Road, at the western corner of the harbour.

Eastern Daily Press: The Pop Inn Cafe at Wells The Pop Inn Cafe at Wells (Image: Google)

Parts of the building, originally built as one of the many granaries around the harbour, date back to 1781. 

It has also served as a shipping office and chandler's until it became an arcade in the 1960s.

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The planning statement goes on: "The building lies in an excellent location and enjoys the benefits of being in a tourist area, an area of outstanding natural beauty and a conservation area.

"The proposal aims to rejuvenate and complement the character of this important local landmark, adding a new way for visitors to enjoy the space and views of this unique building and area."

Eastern Daily Press: Minor changes are proposed to the Pop Inn Cafe as part of the proposalsMinor changes are proposed to the Pop Inn Cafe as part of the proposals (Image: Google)

The development includes "minor alterations" to openings and new dormer windows to the upper floor, which the statement says will improve the appearance of the building.

It adds: "The design aims to both maintain the distinctive style of the original building and also enhance both its utility and appearance.

"Careful consideration has been made to maintain character in this property and as such unnecessary alterations have been avoided."