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Berney Arms
18 Reviews
Berney Arms, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk NR30 1SB
Berney Arms
Phone : 01493 700303
Email :
Homepage :
Directions - Boat : Next to the Berney Arms windmill where the River Yare meets Breydon Water.
Directions - Car : No road access. You can walk or go by train.
Latitude:52.5886 Longitude:1.6415
Affiliation: Unknown

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Berney Arms                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Photo Provided by woodwose Berney Arms                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Photo Provided by woodwose
Pub Restaurant

Pub. Handy place to wait for the tides. Does food, and you can sit outside on a nice day and watch the boats go by. No tap water. Stopped the night about 2 weeks ago. Moorings are very good. Had to wait several hours in the evening for tide levels to disembark one of our party (84yrs old and not very mobile)but well worth the wait. Had several rounds of drinks to celebrate another of our parties news that earlier in the day she had attained great grandmother status. Quaint interesting pub. On leaving the pub the landlord followed us outside and enquired as to whether he had overheard us correctly, and promptly produced a bottle of Moet& Chandon champers to drink the new babies health on our boat, explaining that the label was slightly torn rendering normal resale impossible. He assured us the contents would be perfect and indeed he was correct. This very special kindness made our holiday and the two ladies concerned were still telling everybody when they flew back to Ireland a week later. We strongly recommend this enchanting hostelry and will definately return on our next visit and urge any passing river traffic to take the time to explore the Mill and patronise the pub which only opens in the season. Other boaters we spoke to confirmed the food is very good .

Entry Last Updated By : Paulgolden 15 Aug 2010

Reviewed By : Ian141
Review Date : April 10 2014

The Berney Arms is an enigma. You have to stop here despite thinking you won't this year. It needs a hell of a lot of money spending on it, but given it's position, I can see why that is unlikely to happen. I quite like the place, (my fiancee doesn't, she thinks it's a bit tired and old fashioned. The beer is usually pretty good however, and we generally have a drink here. The landlord was friendly the last time we stopped, and I quite enjoyed the visit. Our nephew's girlfriend (age 21), absolutely hated it, but then she is from London and is used to swanky wine bars not rustic, remote pubs!

Mooring Description :
Plentiful. Large tidal rise and fall though, so watch the ength of your warps!
Food Description :
The food was basic, but very decent. The problem isn't so much the food as the surroundings. The place is beyond tired really and I can't see it surviving in the long term, unless something is done to cheer it up!
Ratings Food: Mooring: Kids: Overall:

Reviewed By : PaulaWebber
Review Date : August 21 2011
Fabulous find!

Stopped here on our way to Reedham, love this place! Got there about 11AM, pub wasn't open until noon so went next door to their tea room/souvenir shop, had awesome cheap brekkie, a def must! Bought some lovely things to remember our visit then checked out Windmill. After a short walk went back to the amazing pub and enjoyed nice pint! The setting is fantastic! Love of the things in there, took about 50 pics it was so cool! Make sure you get a good look around! Great family run pub, def stop in next time! Oh and dog friendly, luved it!

Mooring Description :
Lots of side-on great moorings! Good place to wait 4 Breydon crossings x
Food Description :
Tea room brekkie was brilliant! I'm sure the food in pub would be just as good! x
Ratings Food: Mooring: Kids: Overall:

Reviewed By : trambo
Review Date : July 08 2011
Oozes character

Every one has to visit the Berney Arms at least once. Some will love it and I'm sure some will not but no one can deny it's uniqueness.

Mooring Description :
Abundent moorings from the pub to past the mill. Care is needed due to rise and fall but the moorings have been extensively renovated in recent years and are now much safer than in the past.
Food Description :
Very basic food and rather old fashioned. However plenty of it and reasonably priced. Only off putting thing was the table was sticky. No excuse really.
Ratings Food: Mooring: Kids: Overall:

Reviewed By : RobinS
Review Date : June 02 2011
A brilliant Character Pub

We stop here when we can, most recently at BH weekend. Very good "Little Sharpie" from Humpty Dumpty, and several other local beers at sensible prices. This one of the few true pubs of character left on the Broads. It's idiosycracies might not be to everyone's taste but we love it. The welcome is very friendly, and they are efficient enough in thier own slightly eccentric way. Please do not change anything!

Mooring Description :
Plenty of good moorings, both customers only and more further upstream, but watch the tide which is strong here with a large rise and fall.
Food Description :
Food was good, nicely cooked, and tasty. It was basic, but not in a derogatory way - lamd cutlets, steak pie, beef cobbler etc. - nothing fancy.
Ratings Food: Mooring: Kids: Overall:

Reviewed By : beedij
Review Date : July 26 2010
Great Food, Strange Pub

We stopped there after a late pass through Breydon Water, strange little pub massively in need of refurbishment. The glow in the dark Titanic was awsome. The food was brilliant, but I'm sure I heard some duelling banjo's in the background. Hick!

Mooring Description :
Moorings were plentiful and good, could do with a rubbish bin though.
Food Description :
What can i say, going on appearances we were not expecting much but the food was superb, in particular the lamb shank was to die for. :)
Ratings Food: Mooring: Kids: Overall:

Reviewed By : steve
Review Date : August 15 2009
great pub !

haven't stopped here for a few years , but stopped here over nite ,great pub , good food , great beer , very good price !

Mooring Description :
moorings next to the pub
Food Description :
meals were all great , excellent ,value for money !
Ratings Food: Mooring: Kids: Overall:

Reviewed By : norfolkloveremm
Review Date : June 14 2009
Berney arms !!

we wasn't going to stop here but we couldn't get under the bridge at great yarmouth so we turned round and ended up here but i have to say we will be returning there next year

Mooring Description :
The moorings were good and you could moor up infront of the pub and there were some more moorings further up the river near the windmill which you can moor up in front of and walk to the pub
Food Description :
we didn't eat here.
Ratings Food: Mooring: Kids: Overall:

Reviewed By : HarryDaTiger
Review Date : April 15 2009
Unique Public House always worth a visit

Ignore 'Theboatqueen' she appears to have some personal agenda. Have visited this pub each of last two years, staff, beer, food, moorings, ambience all very good, will be there again (probably several times) summer 09. Devastating cider in a barrel on the bar last summer (great for arthritis, not so good for short term memory loss)

Mooring Description :
Plentiful, large tidefall don't get strung up
Food Description :
Higher than average prices but greatly larger than average portions. Try the breakfast too!!!
Ratings Food: Mooring: Kids: Overall:

Reviewed By : ASEAWARD25
Review Date : August 01 2008
Berney Arms

Lovely pub-good service-friendly staff.

Mooring Description :
Moorings plenty and good.
Food Description :
Breakfast and evening meals very good-smashing staff and service-beer good I am told. 8 of us eat here in June 2008-all very happy.
Ratings Food: Mooring: Kids: Overall:

Reviewed By : chrtay1
Review Date : July 06 2008
Visited both tea-room and pub on separate occasions

Tea-room very good with tasty breakfast and attentive service. Tea-room is also gift shop and small store. If arriving, after 3pm, key to the shop can be obtained from the pub, so I understand. Note the pub does not take debit or credit cards due to remote location; not sure about the shop.

Mooring Description :
Plentiful, but tricky in strong tide and/or wind.
Food Description :
Prices seem high until you see the HUGE portions; Mixed Grill can easily suffice for 2 people. Our party ate Lamb Shanks, Chicken and Vegetable pie, Gammon, Sweet and Sour (I think) and Barbeque Chicken. Humpty Dumpty and scrumpy on tap.
Ratings Food: Mooring: Kids: Overall:

Reviewed By : theboatqueen
Review Date : June 06 2008
not the same since it changed hands in 2000

the berney went down hill very fast when Robert and Stephen sold the berney have been in twice in the last 8 years and not very impressed as the beer was over priced and the food was very expensive

Mooring Description :
the berney has plenty of river frontage that was all re done in 1998 at considerable cost and are now a very good mooring
Food Description :
did not and would not eat in this pub now
Ratings Food: Mooring: Kids: Overall:

Reviewed By : BOF2
Review Date : April 06 2008

The pub opens at 11am but in their cafe next door (to left of picture) you can get a very good breakfast from Full English to filled baps from 7.30 - 11am when the pub opens and does full meals. The cafe continues doing tea and cakes etc through the rest of the day.

Mooring Description : Not Reviewed
Food Description :
Too early for the pub but the cafe was excellent.
Ratings Food: Mooring: Kids: Overall:

Reviewed By : NorfolkNog
Review Date : June 21 2007
Elvis Lives!!!

Please visit the pub if you are using the moorings, you won’t be disappointed. Where else can you be greeted by Elvis as you go in :-) This is a thoroughly authentic pub, no plastic here. There is a main bar area, separate room with a pool table and a beautiful dining room at the rear of the pub. The main bar area sports a real vintage jukebox and lots of nautical memorabilia. An oasis for local real ale, the superb Humpty Dumpty beers are on offer and very tasty they are too. On top of everything else this must be the most sensibly priced pub on the broads, drinks prices are very reasonable for the area. Excellent friendly service on top of everything else. . Don’t miss it.

Mooring Description :
Plenty of moorings available outside and upstream of the pub. Please use the pub if you are mooring. use springs and allow plenty of slack. The mooring have been resurfaced and are looking good.
Food Description :
Not reviewed
Ratings Food: Mooring: Kids: Overall:

Reviewed By : tidesmine
Review Date : April 16 2007
A ggod place to stop before crossing Breydon Water

Have eaten and drunk here many times. Quite a broadland landmark with some beautiful scenary and magical sunsets.

Mooring Description :
Tide is strong so be careful and leave planty of slack as there is a big drop at low tide.
Food Description :
Steaks are superb, large and good value but the veggie choice is very expensive. Beer is normally very good with several choices.
Ratings Food: Mooring: Kids: Overall:

Reviewed By : nicanlee
Review Date : January 03 2007
Highly recommended. Didn't fancy it at first sight (slightly spooky), stopped out of tidal necessity.

Great family pub, obliging staff, some of the best food, pound for pound, we've found. And a quiet game of pool. Play area slightly under-cared for.

Mooring Description :
Plentiful every time we've visited and surprisingly easy.
Food Description :
Meals substantial and good quality. We always visit on Sundays before heading back to the northside. Always enjoy it.
Ratings Food: Mooring: Kids: Overall:

Reviewed By : micknew
Review Date : September 08 2006
One of the best.

Visited on 4-9-2006. Found the landlord to be one of the frendliest and genuine guys we've met during our 2 week holiday. He is understanderbly sensitive to people who blatently ignore numerous signs that moorings are for customers only and that barbeques are forbidden. Nice to meet an honest guy offering good value and not trying to rip people off! Remember he relies on boat trade during the summer to survive. Will definately visit again.

Mooring Description :
Excellent newly refurbished moorings. Prime site for views and birdwatching when the tide goes out. Excellent walks following the wherryman's way from this spot.
Food Description :
The food was excellent and very good value, choice of different potatoes, not just chips with everything. Drinks were very fairly priced and probably the best value encounted.
Ratings Food: Mooring: Kids: Overall:

Reviewed By : lenny
Review Date : June 04 2006

Nice little boozer,very friendly-even the landlord came out to say he was closing soon if we wanted another drinky-highly rcomended stop off.

Mooring Description : Not Reviewed
Food Description : Not Reviewed
Ratings Food: Mooring: Kids: Overall:

Reviewed By : CPW2006
Review Date : April 22 2006
First Timer's Visit!

Seems to be a decent pub. Dogs are allowed in, even where meals are served so we were happy as it was lunchtime and we didn't want to leave our dog on the boat. There were a few people in when we visited which gave it the feel of being full (space is a bit tight!). I had a pint of Wherry (not bad)

Mooring Description :
Moorings were ok, we had no problem in mooring up just before the pub.
Food Description :
We both ordered bacon baguette and a basket of chips each. Meal was good, hot and huge!! We felt the price was ok - £6 each.
Ratings Food: Mooring: Kids: Overall:

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