An award-winning restaurant near the north Norfolk coast has been named the best in England.

Socius in Burnham Market won the prestigious accolade at the AA Hospitality Awards 2022 at a ceremony in London on Monday night (September 26).

Owners Natalie Stuhler and Dan Lawrence, who attended the event with their team, said: "We couldn’t quite believe it when we were told.

"To win the same award as some of the country’s best restaurants – it shows that our hard work and determination is paying off, especially for such a young business.

"We’re delighted to be recognised by such a prestigious organisation within our industry.

"This is an incredibly proud moment for all of us and something we won’t ever forget."

Located in Foundry Place, just off North Street, Socius offers locally sourced and seasonal produce in the form of snacks and small plates, designed to share.

The restaurant, which has a "Scandinavian feel", is completely open plan with the kitchen on full view.

It also has a mezzanine floor where guests are able to dine and watch the scenes below.

Ms Stuhler added: "We’re so proud of our incredible team who work tirelessly to ensure we are constantly growing and delivering a memorable experience to all our guests.

"This really does mean the world to us and we couldn’t be more grateful to everyone who has helped us in our journey to get here.

“A huge thank you to not only our amazing team, but also our customers for getting us to this stage with their continued support."

Socius, which was opened by the couple in 2018, also features in the 2022 Michelin Guide and holds two AA rosettes.

Food critic Giles Coren also raved about his trip there in The Sunday Times in 2020.

Elsewhere in Norfolk, Congham Hall hotel near King's Lynn was awarded a coveted four red-star rating at the ceremony.