Topic: Bridge Inn Acle

KevBloke    -- Aug-12-2009 @ 10:26 AM
  We stopped at The Bridge Inn, Acle last week for the first time in 4 or 5 years. Unfortunately the moorings are not very good at present with no mooring posts and a lot of broken mooring rings along the main frontage. It does give the impression to passing boats that those boats moored up have been very selfish spreading themselves about not leaving room for more boats. However, that was the only downfall. The grass is nicely kept, the childrens play area is very good, they have catered for smokers (not that I am one!), the interior of the pub is lovely and the quality of food is excellent. We first thought that £9.50 for cod and chips was a bit steep but when we saw the size of the cod we changed our minds - it was huge to the extent that it was hanging off both sides of the plate! Good food, good beer, will come again but please sort out the moorings!  Cheers

BroadAmbition    -- Aug-12-2009 @ 8:54 PM

Yes those rings, there are not enough of them and most of them are too small.

Phill is aware of this situation. Apparently there is to be some bank flood defence work carried out after the high season ends then the mooring fixings will no doubt be looked into at the same time.


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philbridge    -- Aug-13-2009 @ 7:39 PM
  Hi kevbloke,Just to let you know we had ten rings on the moorings replaced this week(good timing me thinks).
I was looking at them myself last week and due to increase in trade and ware and tear noticed we were looking a lot spaced out.
Thank you for your kind words on the rest of the pub its nice to get feedback like this!
Also Thankyou to my p a griff update is october for defence works when the bank will be raised but the plus point is we get great new moorings with lots of rings(hopefully)
Phil & Ness

LEECHY41171    -- Aug-13-2009 @ 8:13 PM
  Harvey on the bikes at the Bridge last wednesday..

He loved them , couldn`t get him off them..well worth a quid.

He cant wait til were back in October Half Term so look after them or we will have a very upset little boy..

I may be slow but I'm ahead of you

suew    -- Aug-16-2009 @ 5:41 PM
  We had a wonderful meal at the Acle Bridge Pub last night. Was Helen and Steves Wedding anniversary.We were made very welcome had lovely a lovely meal,and even though they were very busy we were not kept waiting.The staff were very attentive and friendly.
I could not help to notice how they kept outside, and the grassed areas clean.They were constantly going round with dust pans and brushes collecting cigarette butts from the floor. We had been in earlier in the day with the dog and had sat outside in this lovely setting.Our labradoodle was made very welcome also.
In my opinion well worth a visit.

cheers take care
Sue W

This message was edited by suew on Aug-25-09 @ 11:25 AM

MJG    -- Aug-16-2009 @ 10:27 PM
  The Bridge is a great pub and they have great staff, never had a bad experience there.

Life grants nothing to us mortals without hard work.
Horace 65-8 BC

BroadAmbition    -- Aug-16-2009 @ 10:56 PM

I suppose the best acolade with regards to the Bridge Inn

look back to three years ago . . . . . .

We used to avoid the place like a hot plague.

The one common denominator??

Phill, Ness, and the team the have put together.


'Broad Ambition' - 'Dreams do come true' - Afloat at last 06-10-07

Helen    -- Aug-24-2009 @ 8:50 PM
  As SueW said earlier had a great meal.  Even better and a MUST for those who love breakfast is to go in and have one here.  Best ever value a ready supply of coffee and orange juice available.  freshly cooked and hot what more can you ask to set yourselves up for your 1st Wedding Anniverary

Life is always fun when I'm about

Snuggles    -- Sep-13-2009 @ 6:47 AM
  We moored at the Bridge last Tuesday, 8th September and were amazed when Phil recognised us... our only previous visit was on the 22nd September 2008!!! He even remembered I'd used the wi-fi then...

Together with the excellent selection of real ales, scrumptious food, free wi-fi and Phil and Vanessa's warm welcome it won't be so long before we return!

John and Mary-Jane

This message was edited by Snuggles on Sep-13-09 @ 7:48 AM

billabongboy77    -- Sep-15-2009 @ 10:57 AM
  i had there steak and ale pie last october it was amazing very welcoming staff and good cosy atmosphere arcades for the little ones good outside area too all round the best pub on broads for me good job keep up the good work we will be visiting again 1st week in october on the sunrise

Kind Regards

SteveO    -- Sep-15-2009 @ 1:08 PM
  Eight of us had a great meal at the Bridge the Saturday evening before last. This was only my second visit in 3 years. Most of us had Fish and Chips, which were both humongous and delicious - served with mushy peas. Mrs O had the steak and ale pie, which she said was excellent and my brother in law had the seafood medley, which also got a very big "thumbs up". We ate in the round dining room, which had a very pleasant ambience that you don't find every day in pub restaurants, together with a good view of the river. The service was superb, so overall a well-earned 10 out of 10. The bridge will certainly be a fixture on our itinerary in future.



Compulsive lavatory reader, in touch with my feminine side 10/4/09 and 03/7/09

shakespeare    -- Sep-16-2009 @ 7:52 AM
  We also called there last week and had an excellent evening: Phil and the team have certainly turned the place from an "avoid entirely" to a "must go there" so far as we are concerned.


muchus    -- Sep-21-2009 @ 2:32 PM
  Had one of the best steaks I've ever had in here last week, and like the greedy git I am I had to go for the 20oz. Yum yum. Will definately be going back next year

thbfisherman    -- Sep-21-2009 @ 8:40 PM
  Visited there at the start of September for lunch as my eldest son had remembered their play area as his best bit of the previous trip. Excellent food and atmosphere, very friendly and lovely place to go.
Meal was however cut shorter than expected as a less then family friendly conversation between one of the younger bar staff and two male friends visiting her had got my son's attention and language used was not what I wanted him to hear and then ask me to explain.

Quick exit via the play area before a return to the boat!

Minimum268    -- Sep-22-2009 @ 11:41 AM
  Such a contrast now to 2 years ago when we stopped off for a meal, as it appeared as though the place was being run by kids!

Not sure how long Phil and Ness have been running the Bridge but they have done a great job with it. Lyns and I stopped there at the start of September during our weeks holiday and really love the place.

Cider does NOT rule, Real Ale Does though

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Captain-Joshie    -- Oct-14-2009 @ 4:34 PM
  Hi All

We had a joint birthday party at The Bridge Inn last Friday night (10th Oct), Larry's 65th and my 61st! Their were 6 of us in 3 boats. Yes the mooring rings have seen their best but don't worry Phil did say that the work to redo the quayheading will start shortly (November??).

As for the meal and drinks they were great. The Steak & Kidney Suet Pie was absolutely fantastic, just couldn't move very quickly after having eaten it;p and Phil and Nessa's staff were realy great, thanks to Jo and her crew you did us proud.


Kind regards, John(Captain Joshie)& Jo, 'Rosie L'Ondine' L799.

millerman    -- Nov-10-2009 @ 2:45 PM
  Had a meal there last Friday,(Nov 6) after a week on the river. Excellent fayre, all our party were pleased. However I did feel that the sweets were a bit overpriced, but that seems to be the policy in a lot a places thesedays.

DurhamLad    -- Nov-15-2009 @ 10:33 AM
  When my son and I stayed in Acle,before picking the boat up at Stalham the next day(early Oct)we spent the afternoon at The Bridge with a drink or two watching the boats come and go.Great facilities all round.Returned on the evening for a monstrous fish and chips-and drinks-and again found everything tip-top,food, presentation and staff all fantastic.

Will certainly be back when we come down next May!



Dibbler    -- Dec-29-2009 @ 10:07 AM
  There are more comments regarding this pub Here

And Here


This message was edited by Dibbler on Dec-29-09 @ 10:15 AM

zacthedog    -- Dec-29-2009 @ 4:10 PM
  boxing day came up to get my boat out,so to a pub by car. called in after going somewhere else, called in at 1.10pm and i would like to compliment the staff that were working that day, the place was packed out but did not have to wait to be served drinks was asked if we wanted food and was told where the best place to sit, got served with ther food very quickly and it was fantastic the girl who served us was fantastic a credit to the place. thanks, i was up with my brother in law and he thought it was great.

zacthedog    -- Jan-18-2010 @ 2:30 PM
  called in again sunday with two friends of mine who have never seen the broads, booked a table for 1.00pm
we got are food and where eating by 1.05pm now thats service, food was unbelievably good and the size of the portions are more than expected as i have said before 100% service from one of the greats of the broads system.if you don't eat anywhere else while up there eat here you will not be disapointed,mind you we had to walk up the tower at st helens ranworth afterwards not a good idea with a full belly!

easyrider    -- Jan-18-2010 @ 6:57 PM
  after reading the great reviews of this pub me and my brother have just got to visit it when we are on the Broads in June. Can you moor overnight there at all?

all the best

steve    -- Jan-18-2010 @ 7:06 PM
  hi jim,
yes you can and even better you can book a mooring there ,i don't know if there is still a forum discount avaiable there ? but mention your a member if you book a mooring ,
good luck

steve and vicky

easyrider    -- Jan-18-2010 @ 7:15 PM
  cheers for that Steve, will definately be spending a night there then. Just another 5 nightspots to sort out now

all the best

geoff1101    -- Jan-18-2010 @ 7:17 PM
  Hi Steve,   It does say on the bridge inn website, Free mooring for forum members.   Cheers Geoff.

geoff1101    -- Jan-18-2010 @ 7:26 PM
  Sorry,   I have just been looking on the bridge inn website, And they seem to have took it of,, sorry again.   Cheers  Geoff.

Richard    -- Apr-21-2010 @ 12:25 PM
  just got off the phone with phil, sorry nessa i didn't recognise your voice!

I'm happy to report that they doing free moorings for members this year.

The new quay heading is all finished, along with new mooring rings.

If you notice any bite marks on the wood, dont worry as phil and nessa have both just given up the fags, well done!

coling    -- Apr-21-2010 @ 5:26 PM
  Sorry to have to ask, but what does one have to do/display to be considered a Forum member rather than just a browser?


jaguar    -- Apr-21-2010 @ 5:33 PM
  bottom of the page is a heading, make my logo, click it and make your logo, print it off and display it on your boat, hey presto, instant recognition.


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easyrider    -- Apr-21-2010 @ 5:41 PM
  or even better buy a forum t. shirt and cap Smile

all the best
"experientia docet"

BroadAmbition    -- Apr-21-2010 @ 10:20 PM
Better still get a forum flag as well.


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zacthedog    -- Apr-22-2010 @ 6:19 AM
  after 5weakends on the trot up on the boat. maintenance, cleaning and repairs etc i now feel i can call the Bridge my local. Phil, shame you were not about 2weeks ago i brought zac in to see you, he sat under the table by the toilets door, the place was heeving which was good to see

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andrewleighcook    -- Apr-24-2010 @ 7:54 AM
  Hi all to Forum Members. I've just had a week on the Norfolk Broads now back home sob sob. I would just like to say a thank you to Phil And Vanessa for the very nice Sunday Lunch as for the New revamp Moorings that have just been completed that is spot on as this Pub now deserves a five Star rating. Phil and Vanessa deserves praises for working tirelessly as to keeping the Pub in ship shape over the last few years now.

LEECHY41171    -- Apr-25-2010 @ 1:57 PM
  Well i`ve booked my table for 7 0`clock on 31St July...Nowt like being prepared .. only 97 days to wait now...

I may be slow but I'm ahead of you

w-album    -- May-2-2010 @ 7:59 PM
  An excellent lunch on Saturday. Arrived just after 1.15 and only one mooring space left for Water Rail.

Both agreed food was excellent.

Rather unfair/selfish a hire boat was moored up eating their lunch of 'bread and cheese' on their boat. Maybe they had a drink before lunch............but preventing someone who wanted to eat in the pub! We came close to missing a mooring and knew we would have had to pay £3.50  to moor on the other side of the bridge to eat at the pub otherwise

RobDoig    -- May-22-2010 @ 2:53 PM
  First time on the broads this week and tried many pubs along the way. Moorings at the Bridge Inn were full on our way out to Yarmouth but my son in-law managed to shoehorn us in very professionally on the way back. Had a lovely meal on Weds night accompanied by more than a few beers. I thought I might lose my wife in the water after all the wine she drank.....never mind, there's always next year!

Bass is Best

BroadAmbition    -- May-22-2010 @ 3:10 PM


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Sharon&Tony    -- May-22-2010 @ 8:28 PM
  What time do they stop serving food on a night?  We are planning to cross Breydon at tea time one of the days, but think we may be pushing it to reach The Bridge before 9.00

Sharon & Tony

Is it Pimms O'Clock yet ?

CoolUncle    -- May-23-2010 @ 8:13 AM
  It seems that you can book tables there but not moorings. It's in the plan(Ha Ha) for us to dine there on 2nd July, but I don't expect to get to Acle Bridge until 6:30, then hunt for overnight moorings. There should be some space left on the other side of the bridge I guess, on a Friday night.


thirdmate    -- May-24-2010 @ 8:19 AM
  Decided to give it a go for a meal on sat after the racing.
Excellent friendly service but the food while large in portion was at best very average. When asked for our comments the best we could manage after a long pause for thought was "Well it filled us up"


"I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work."

leftofcentre200    -- Jun-7-2010 @ 9:17 PM
  Stopped here twice last week.  Dissapointed after last years nice memories.

First visit was for evening meal in a half-full restaurant.  Meal mediocre but had to complain about 45minute delay in bringing out our deserts of icecream.

Decided to give a 2nd chance and returned later in the week.  Sat outside for drinks and overheard a lady complain about the prawns still being frozen on her prawn cocktail so we decided not to eat here that night.

We did speak to the manager on our first visit who offered his apologies.

Bubble burst after last year though am afraid Frown

Pulse    -- Jun-8-2010 @ 12:12 PM
  Stopped at the Bridge on Sunday and i must say the food was excellent.  Top marks to Phil and his staff.


irs101    -- Jun-15-2010 @ 4:35 PM
  Stopped at the Bridge overnight on Friday. Great meal. Very welcoming of the children (4 & 2).

On Saturday morning the kids had a run around in the playground, on the quad bikes and they even had a quick go on the 2p machines in the arcade.

We were at the end nearest the road, but it didn't disturb us and the pub was quite quiet by 10.30.

An ideal spot for families. Thanks to Phil and his team.


jamesthethyrste    -- Jun-15-2010 @ 9:28 PM
  Stopped here three weeks ago, overpriced for what was after all very unimaginative and basic pub food, sure it was plentiful but I got bored with it, in all fairness it was exactly what we expected from a pub principally trading on its location

Must a heretic on the back-burner

mick3003    -- Jul-17-2010 @ 10:41 AM
  stayed at the bridge thursday 8th july. first return in over 15 years. the place was well maintained and staff were all polite and friendly. great place for kids to let off steam with plenty to keep them occupied. was nice to get free moorings for the night, due to being a member of this forum but still had to pay £4 for shore power, but you cant win em all. would like to thank all staff for a great effort and will be back soon.

Hirecraftuser    -- Jul-17-2010 @ 3:59 PM
  We booked a table for friday 9th july as last night of boat hire. When we booked was told a 45min wait. Can see why it was so busy as food was very good. but didnt mind as in no hurry to leave! Maybe more staff needed.

Alan and Sally

Triptych    -- Jul-17-2010 @ 6:20 PM
  Had a meal here on 8th July, food was very good if a bit
dearer than anywhere else we had eaten.  The beer garden
was a lovely place to eat and the other half enjoyed
watching the boats going by.

Somerset born and proud

T.P.Flanagan    -- Jul-18-2010 @ 6:34 PM
  food good to average

last august absolutely inundated with wasps

grandchildren love it

mooring no problem  even until late either side of bridge or river

service slowish [means food freshly cooked according to daughter a chef]

recommended value for money they try!

[ok children]  

Good Boating

mick3003    -- Aug-4-2010 @ 12:24 PM
  Next time you visit the Bridge inn check out the awards won for the service they provide. They are on the wall by the bar and well deserved if i must say so. I can honestly say that on my visit to the broads i did not see any awards in any other establishments.
Keep up the good work Bridge inn as this has got to be the best loved pub on the broads. (shame other pubs dont follow their example) Surely a place that will never end up boarded up, I hope!!!

All the best,


zacthedog    -- Aug-4-2010 @ 12:49 PM
well it was a bowl of water ! LOL
called in sunday for our favorite sunday roast, wife ordered the food and again had it on the table in minutes, went down a treat, talking to Phil(the landlord) and he asked where zac was, i said i was going to get him after i had eaten,was off i go and fetch him, Phil comes over to say hello, and then one of the staff came over with a dog bowl full of water for him,as i have said before service just deosn't get any better than this, and one or two pubs ( not only broadland) could do well to be half as good as this place,I for one can not recomend this place highly enough. But maybe i should stop and keep it to us that know. thanks again to Phil and his very good staff
If you don't go to any other pubs make sure you go to this one  Cheers

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easyrider    -- Aug-4-2010 @ 5:07 PM
  Poor Gary, if only you were as good looking as Zac you might have got a free pint as well Playful Wink

all the best
"experientia docet"

examiner    -- Aug-4-2010 @ 5:40 PM
  We stayed at the Bridge last year for the first time and I have to say it was excellent and it is definately on the itinerary for this October. Little perturbed about some of the negative comments recently so will have to see for ourselves I guess. I don`t mind waiting for my food though, after all I am waiting in a broads pub with excellent ale and, as mentioned in another post, waiting probably means the food is fresh.

andyfish    -- Aug-4-2010 @ 6:46 PM
  Always had good food and drink at the Bridge Inn and
plenty for the kids to do,will be stopping off on our way
to the southern broads week after next too

Boating through all the seasons

Batfink    -- Aug-22-2010 @ 1:02 PM
  We stopped at the Bridge on Sunday 15th August, based
mainly on reviews from this website, so I thought it
only fair to add our experience to the list.

On first entering it was clear the place was very busy
(7pm-ish). After ordering drinks at the bar I was
pointed in the direction of Vanessa to find a place to
sit. I must admit that Vanessa seemed rather stressed
out and things didn't appear to be running all that
smoothly, but I figured that everyone has bad days. We
were then seated in the bar area almost immediately and
as there were 5 of us, we had one seat on the end of
the table. Vanessa came over shortly after to block off
the small passageway adjacent to our table to prevent
people disturbing us. Good start! It then became
apparent that things were running smoothly with the
waitresses coming in and out of the kitchen constantly,
all under the watchful eye of Vanessa.

While we perused the menu, the beer was going down very
well by the way. There were 5 adults in our party and
we ended up going for the following: -

Sausage and mash in a giant Yorkshire pudding
Chicken tikka massala
Fish and chips x 2
Steak and Ale pie

The verdict on all of these was outstanding. I tried
all the dishes and can personally vouch for them all.
However, as we have two teenagers who work part time in
a local fish and chip shop/restaurant, the standards
needed to be pretty high to get their approval.
Thankfully it did not disappoint. I am told that the
mash was also the best my wife has tasted. Perfectly
buttery without being too rich.

The one thing that seemed strange was that you cannot
open a tab and continue to add drinks / desserts to the
bill, but you actually have to pay for everything
before you receive it. This was only a minor
inconvenience and did not taint the experience at all.

All in all, the Bridge thoroughly deserves all the
excellent reviews it receives and I would have no
hesitation in recommending it to anyone visiting the

Well done Phil and Vanessa!!

P.S. We also ate at the Wayford Bridge later in the
week (which is owned by the same group as those who own
the Bridge) and we mentioned to the landlord that we
had eaten at the Bridge. He remarked how well Phil and
Vanessa coped with the tiny kitchen facility available
and had nothing but praise for them. No wonder it
seemed chaotic to start with!! The food at the Wayford
Bridge was also excellent by the way.


yorkie4411    -- Sep-1-2010 @ 8:41 AM
  A glowing review there batfink ! Indeed the kitchen is tiny , the ammount of people they serve from it is incredible ..The staff they have are super friendly and cant help you enough! you may have a little wait for your food but its worth it.
On monday evening they even catered for a celebrety albeit a minor one , stacey soloman from last years x factor was there with her family

This message was edited by yorkie4411 on Sep-1-10 @ 9:46 AM

JoJo66    -- Sep-1-2010 @ 9:59 AM
  We went to the Bridge last October and couldn't fault the service. Hope to get back there this time as we missed it in April due to staying south. We are keen to see the new quay heading as we've only experienced the old very small rings !!!

I do remember Jona had whale n chips which he thoroughly enjoyed although I don't think he could manage it all so Ollie and Murphy got a treat !!



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August 2010

purplegoffer    -- Sep-25-2010 @ 3:57 PM
  Went to The Bridge last night, it was packed.  However
the staff were brilliant and friendly and the Wherry was
good.  Only downside, as usual the veggie choices were
limited and when it came it was not very nice.  Plenty of
it and good hot plates but I think cooked by someone who
eats meat.  Never mind though maybe just bagettes next

lookskywalker    -- Oct-15-2010 @ 8:31 PM
  We were at The Bridge Inn on 2nd October and were not disappointed.  Managed to get moored up at the pub which was good as my wife is a wheelchair user, the concrete path from the quay heading was great to get her to the building with only a couple of steps over the flood defences to negotiate.
This was the first occasion that I was unable to finish a meal, not because it was bad, just so much food that I couldn't take any more.  Anyone who knows me will understand that this must be some place!!
Apart from the quantity, the quality was excellent with friendly staff and good beer.
We also ate at the Wayford Bridge which was excellent too, however, I was able to finish the meal there with the help of some good single malt whisky.
Had a great holiday and never had a bad culinary experience including a great chinese take-away in Horning.
Happy days.  Smile


cas    -- Oct-27-2010 @ 3:51 PM
  We had a lovely meal there on the last night of our hol, (thu 14 oct)think there were only about 3 other tables eating that evening so we were lucky to get a window seat!  John had a T bone steak & i had the mixed grill, both we really enjoyed & found it very tasty & plenty of it! we decided to finish off with the 2 -person 'beltbuster' (we couldn't resist the description of all that chocolate)needless to say it was delicious & we couldn't finish it!  It wasn't the cheapest meal we'd had that holiday but it was well worth it & we'd definately go back again.
There werent any notices about paying to moor or forum members, maybe they take the signs down out of season!

zacthedog    -- Dec-7-2010 @ 7:24 PM
  called in today for a bite to eat, and again Phil and his team did not disapoint. If you do go upto the broads call in for the 2 meals for £9.95 and i would strongly recomend the filled yorkshire puddings, we both went for the beef cassarole, which was fantastic and just the job for a cold norfolk day. Phil seems upbeat all things considered, but watch this space hey Phil? again if you want a great norfolk pub with great food and beer call here. nuff said

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Alone1    -- Dec-27-2010 @ 5:53 PM
  Family & friends had lunch at the Bridge Inn today. Very busy but service speedy and food was plentiful & good. Upstream of the bridge was completely iced over and looked reasonably thick. A good walk to and from the pub completed a good day out!! Cheers Smile

Bob Huppendoun

Be careful what you do and say -- you never know who is watching and listening!

grifftiff    -- Apr-25-2011 @ 4:58 PM
The food at Acle on Sunday 24/4/11 was fantastic. Phill and his staff couldn't do enough for us recommend to anyone probably best food on the broads. Our guests on board said it was there favourite pub. Lasagne,rack of ribs, garlic chicken and chicken tika masala curry all great.

Howard  (grifftiff)

Submariners do it deeper

BroadScot    -- Apr-25-2011 @ 11:31 PM
  Makes up for their Pate's.... bland and tasteless and grossly overpriced! But staff very pleasent! Smile

Lower your windscreen!!! Ooops too late!

Brent    -- May-13-2011 @ 7:26 AM
  Our saga lout tour took in Acle bridge this year after a vey disappointiong time at Thurne last year. Full of praise I must say. Food pre-ordered for a large group of 24, it all ran like clockwork through well organised and well trained staff, and all courses were well received. Steak cooked just how I asked for is a treat to find. Great ale too brought to the table and ordering and paying by boat welcomed.

Good stuff Acle Bridge!

Pate was £5. Doesn't seem out of the way nowadays for a starter!

fidear45    -- May-25-2011 @ 11:18 AM
  We squeezed ourselves into the mooring quite late on Sunday afternoon and retired to the beer garden with a pint (cider) and a large white wine, we had a lovely sit and relax and a play with the hounds who were in the garden. We booked a table for 20:30 and returned to the boat for more relaxing.....
We went back to the pub at 19:30 and had some more pints and more wines all of which were lovely, we started a tab and all drinks and food was on the one bill (so convenient)and ordered our meal (combo platter to share, and steak and ale pie for me and lasagne for Fiona)


The ambiance was lovely, staff great, food perfect (I mean perfect) in fact it was a lovely evening and made even nicer by the friendly staff and prompt service with a smile!

Cost wise it was great too and the biggest surprise was how low the bill was.. Add in the mooring fee we didnt pay (as forum members)and it just gets better and better.

Well done everyone it was really a pleasant evening

So much so we will be back next week with the children..  

We even had entertainment- a boat completely across the river for at least 20 minutes (we have video)and another oxygen thief / darwin award winner hanging onto the bridge as their boat passed under then unsurprisingly missing the stern when he dropped back down. He survived and went on his merry way after some help from the guys outside the stores.

Life is too short


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daviddownunder    -- May-26-2011 @ 2:55 AM
  G'Day Fidear45

Thanks for the update on how good this pub is.

Good to see.

We have a date with destiny on Sunday 10th July, and we are really looking forward to it.

Dave Downunder

This message was edited by daviddownunder on May-26-11 @ 3:56 AM

HarryDaTiger    -- May-26-2011 @ 1:44 PM

Hope you're going to put the video on Youtube?

Let us know if and when you do


fidear45    -- May-26-2011 @ 4:22 PM
  Going to do it right now so you can share in the merryment....There may be some profanity though...lOL

Life is too short


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fidear45    -- May-26-2011 @ 7:38 PM
  OK slight glitch, we may have uploaded the wrong video that was in fact the last trip but one and was of a duck deciding if she wanted to enter the cockpit of the boat...Eldest is uploading the correct one and a linky thing will be on here soon.

Life is too short


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fidear45    -- May-26-2011 @ 8:31 PM
  linky thing is here

Life is too short


Forum Girly Swot 11.02.2011

daviddownunder    -- May-27-2011 @ 2:24 AM
  Thanks for the link

Frustrating for other river user's

But obviously caused by a dispute as to who was to helm under the brdge, and until resolved decided to stay there LOL

Dave Downunder

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fidear45    -- May-27-2011 @ 6:44 AM
  We first saw the boat across the river when we rounded the corner half a mile upriver.. By the time we got there, 4 boats were waiting to come upriver and two (including us) downriver. This two minutes is at the end of a saga lasting at least a quater of an hour.
Everyone at the stores thought it was remarkable and said the boat had already collided with the boats on the opposite bank. That's why we kept well out of the way (on wrong side of the river)
Just about 40 minutes after this the darwin award winner I mentioned earlier fell in at the same spot.  

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goodfortune    -- May-28-2011 @ 7:23 PM
  Argh!  When are we going to get the Darwin guy?  (I may forget why I asked that if we don't get a link soon!  LOL

Lisa, aka Scarlett or Dolly Daydream
Coastguard petition 11296

Unbelieving Girly Swot 08/04/2011, Friday the 13th/05/2011

"Zero Club" on the quiz 12/09/10, 07/01/2011 11/02/2011 - sob


fidear45    -- May-28-2011 @ 8:07 PM
  I wil get Fiona to post the darwin award winner as the pics are on her camera not mine...

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inky    -- May-28-2011 @ 9:31 PM
  bl##dy hell
it's no wonder us hirers get such a bad name!
did anyone ever figure out what on earth he was up to?

my son haydon at the wheel

fidear45    -- May-28-2011 @ 9:40 PM
  The folks at the stores said he had already crashed into the boats on the other side of the river before all that started. so nope we dont have a clue.

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dannyb1    -- May-30-2011 @ 1:42 PM
  I telephoned the bridge inn this morning to reserve a mooring for
thursday night as we will be coming through yarmouth late at slack
water to be told they dont reserve moorings,  obviously they only
want my money in the winter when they cant afford to be so

Not very helpful to a family of 4 wanting to eat and more than
happy to pay our way,  its little things like this that annoy the locals
the minute the season starts.


Karen&Mike    -- Jul-20-2011 @ 6:24 PM
  Yes, have had the same response very recently. They would be happy to book a table but not a mooring. So what should we do - swim there? We are out on a boat!

Many boaters would consider Acle a good first place to stop after a Breydon crossing and run up to the Northerns. If you want to get through Yarmouth and a good way up The Bure then it's the obvious stop, but the times a boatload of such trippers may get there will be governed by tide times so it's not always possible to arrive mid afternoon.

I am not suggesting they keep a mooring space till late - there could be a cut off time early evening (in the height of the summer)and I can understand they may not want to do it for 2 people only, but what about a group of 6 or 8?

Looking at it from their point of view, perhaps there is/could be an issue with no-shows, but what about a good bit of customer care and trying to find a way this could work?

As I understand it, most pubs rely on profits from the food sales more than anything else. I am also told that many pubs on The Broads are suffering from folk tightening the belt and eating on board. And most of the pubs suffer in the winter, when they then expect/hope that boat owners will use them, even though in the summer they refuse us moorings, wanting only day boats (that is not The Bridge, as far as I know but those of you who read the forum often will know what I am talking about).

C'mon landlords/managers - if we want to spend money at your establishment, and particularly if we are regulars/locals who may call more than once in a season, is there not some way you could work out a solution?

BTW folks, I am not saying a pub shouldn't do this for holidaymakers - The New Inn does this very well and we visit as hirers aswell as owners - I am just stating the case from my own angle.


"Wind up the elastic band Karen - we're setting off!!"

JonS1959    -- Jul-21-2011 @ 11:10 AM
  It's a market economy, supply and demand. As has been said previously businesses on the Broads appear to take the short term view and try to maximise margins for the quick gain. Then cry when their establishment is empty due to folks either not bothering with them or worse still boycotting them. As has been said before value for money wins out in business.

Remember it's not the employer that pays the wages, it's the customer. The employer just handles the money


Exile    -- Jul-21-2011 @ 9:39 PM
  I have said this before so I hope that I am not being boring...
Landlords adopt policies that best suit their business. They would be stupid to do anything else.
We boat owners often believe that we are pivotal to riverside pubs success. We are wrong. We are merely just one part of the picture.
If we, who know the system, book all the pub-side moorings what sort of experience would first timers to the Broads have?
Just because we own boats (or hire regularly), that should give us no priority over others.
Do not forget that we have a free run in the out of season times. We should just make the most of that.

gblondon    -- Jul-24-2011 @ 8:27 PM
  Basically - we love the bridge Inn - it's one of the best
pubs on the broads and is a lovely mooring spot, its
great for the kids play area and the food has always been
good when we visit - back there on 6th August and again
in October - also lovely place on those special blue sky
norfolk broads evenings.


fidear45    -- Jul-25-2011 @ 8:21 AM
  We were there last week and what can I say , there were ten of us, so no small party and we had a superb meal- sevice 10, food 10, atmosphere 10. Excellent, outstanding, and our friends from Romania loved it.

Phil also said that they would take mooring reservations from forum members. Not sure if all the staff know this one though.

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NEB    -- Jul-25-2011 @ 9:22 AM
  Thanks for the info on booking a mooring spot at the Bridge.  I will try in a couple of weeks and let everone know how we get on.

stevensue    -- Aug-5-2011 @ 6:47 PM
  hi all, we love the bridge hav'nt been since last year but will be there in 4 weeks time, with a bit of luck and the housing market picking up it will be our local cant wait to see phil and ness around 2nd sept, steve and sue  Smile

wish i was there

Paladine    -- Feb-7-2012 @ 2:34 PM
  Having lived in the area for 12 years and avoiding the Bridge Inn at Acle because of the poor reviews, I thought I'd give an update.

My wife and I went there for the first time for lunch last week. We were greeted by a roaring log fire and an equally warm welcome from Ness and the staff. They made us feel like we were old customers.

We chose from the 2 for £10.95 menu and were well satisfied. So much so, that we went back again today, to make sure it wasn't a 'one off'. Again, made to feel very welcome.

Once more, we chose from the '2 for' menu. What good value.

We have been rather disappointed with the offerings of some of the local pubs of late and have been searching round for somewhere to take our visiting guests during the summer. Although we'll be checking it out some more over the coming weeks, The Bridge at Acle is certainly top of our list at the moment.

JonS1959    -- Feb-7-2012 @ 3:19 PM
  That sounds like a lot better value than it has been recently. A meal at just over a fiver each is excelent value.

I just read the menu and it is only Mon - Fri during the day (till 7.00), shame it couldn't be extended to the weekend when a good number of tourists are around. For the weekender it is still an expensive trip out.


Have I been to Trafalgar.....of course, had a lovely time sat on the steps and watched the lions....

This message was edited by JonS1959 on Feb-7-12 @ 3:29 PM

JBx5    -- Feb-7-2012 @ 3:36 PM
  Having moved to the area recently this is now our prefered pub for food.

The welcome & service is second to none not to mention value.

Soon be Fri stoke up the fire Phil.

Regards John B

Skipper_Peter    -- May-1-2012 @ 7:08 PM
  found myself very unexpectedly with a hired boat from Richardons that does NOT provide for a Laptop-PC to recharge - no outlet 110/220 V. Are we in 2012 or ... ?
Also found myself on the rivers with this terrible weather end April where one even more loves to sit and check mail (YES, you don't go to the broads for that) or just watch a DVD you brought.
Turned in to the Bridge Inn moorings Acle Bridge.
- most helpfull and kind offering a side table with a power socket aside even on a busy sunday at lunchtime, cared about passwords etc. to finally get online access,
- always charming and caring service (over many hours with recharging the laptop for use on board),
- great choice and quality of food and drink,
- perfect mooring conditions (4 L overnight after 6 pm refunded against the food bill).
=> Hope the guys from that place read this and remember the grey haired chap from Germany, coming in Apr 29 to May 1 with his laptop under his arm in the afternoon ... thanks, chaps !  Smile

Women and children: Follow me !

This message was edited by Skipper_Peter on May-1-12 @ 8:12 PM

PaulaWebber    -- May-2-2012 @ 7:28 PM
  Loved this pub! Went there on our 2nd night on a cold, wet, windy day in Apr after hearing so much about it and what a warm and welcoming place!

1st off, it's great they offer free mooring for forum members who have logo displayed, great way to get alot of people in and show your appreciation! TY very much! x

It's such a lovely location! The grounds are lovely, so much for kids to do! Games, arcade, mini bikes, climbing area, etc So nice you can see your boat from the pub in most places! The pub itself is full of antiques, looks classy but homey and the staff were very welcoming and friendly! Very nice getting warm by the fire, my Zep dog really loved laying there 2!
The service was great, didn't have to wait long to get a drink, they were attentive and nice to have a little conversation with the bartenders! It was busy being a Sun but the service was not lacking. We were so impressed by the food and prices! I had a steak special which was perfectly done, loved every bite! Potato's and veg were perfect and fresh cooked! Hubby had the pork loin and was so happy with it! A good sized portion 2! Lovely sauces and he's still bugging me to try and make the mustard mash? I think it was? He still salivates thinking about it! Daughter was actually happy with her food also and she's impossible to please!? Had quite a few drinks there as we loved the ambiance so much! Very clean, very quaint, felt very at home there and they make you feel like it's your local, we'll deff be back!

TY for a lovely evening on such a dreary day and keep up the great work! I'd deff recommend this place to all who are lucky enough to be in the area!

PS.. our friend moored near the bridge and the traffic noise kept him up abit? We were abit further down on other side of pub and didn't hear it at all! Had a great sleep after a great night out! x

BroadAmbition    -- May-8-2012 @ 5:28 AM
Just back from a weekend afloat, a wet/cold one but great all the same.

Spent Sunday afternoon/Evening at the Bridge Inn, as per usual we had a great time, food was top notch as was the welcome and the staff once again

Well done to all at the Bridge Inn


'Broad Ambition' - 'Dreams do
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jasperoo    -- May-8-2012 @ 12:39 PM
  During our Easter break we made a point of mooring here as we had heard such good reviews.  I have to say that the moorings are top notch, but sadly the food wasn't.  The most disappointing meal we have had for a very long time and one of the most expensive.  My daughter requested a plain burger with chips, how difficult could it be?  The burger came out with cheese salad and mayo.... it was immediately sent back, but instead of redoing the order they just scraped off the topping and bought it back!! In my opinon, not a good service !! Frown

springsong    -- May-8-2012 @ 1:14 PM
  We were there for lunch on Saturday. Food was excellent and the service as quick as one would want and by thoroughly pleasant people. Good well kept beer, great company what more could one possibly need or want.


" A well balanced man has a
drink in each hand "   Billy
Save the Coastguard 11172

jasperoo    -- May-8-2012 @ 2:01 PM
  "What else could you ask for?"  Maybe what you ordered!!!

Vmisty    -- Oct-9-2012 @ 5:15 PM
  So, am currently sat in the bridge inn, acle, about to consider having some food. Wasn't sure the NBF mooring waiver was still in place, as I thought I'd heard a year ago that this had been stopped. We had our £4 ready, but were told that it's ok, it's free for NBF members showing their signs. Yey. More money for booze.  Better get off here and go and spend it. Need to be back for the NBF 8Pm bar.... if it's still open ?

Vmisty    -- Oct-9-2012 @ 6:50 PM
  Oh no, just found out that my tablet pc or phone don't have flash player so I can't come to the NBF pub until I'm home next week.  Frown

boat-mad    -- Oct-10-2012 @ 8:56 AM
  Spent the afternoon & evening in The Bridge Inn Wed 3rd oct. Lovely pub and restaurant. General Managers Phil and Vanessa were very friendly. Didn't have a meal as we had allready eaten onboard. The meals looked exceptionally nice with extremely generouse portions. Couldnt resist a portion of chips and they tasted as good as  they looked.  The pub was very warm having a lovely open fire.  Here is a direct link to the Bridge Inn web site: I was most impressed and have now provided a link from my website to The Bridge Inn web site.  

Kind Regards

Paladine    -- Feb-25-2014 @ 5:10 PM
An update for the Bridge Inn, Acle, for the 2014 season.

Overnight moorings are still free for NBF members. Just display your forum logo, (which you can print off, using the link ‘Make My Logo’ at the bottom of each forum page).

Otherwise, overnight mooring is £5 (Phil, you need to update your web site  Smile  ), refundable against a main meal in the pub. Electricity is still £4. The pub is child and dog friendly, but they must be kept on a lead (that goes for dogs as well Smile  ). Free wifi.

Moorings cannot usually be booked, but Phil keeps two mooring available for boats with a disabled crew member, which can be booked, if necessary, but there are plenty of moorings a short walk away, just the other side of the road bridge. In the height of the season (and at weekends) it’s worth ringing ahead and booking a table, as this is a very popular pub. Their web site is at

I have no connection with the pub, other than it is my favourite eatery on the Broads.

Charlie    -- Feb-25-2014 @ 6:41 PM
  Having had lunch there last Friday, I can confirm that the food is still to a great standard. Very yummy!
Had one of those vegetarian types with me and she loved her meal too.


8 x forum girly swot & Official Aston

Nontecky    -- Feb-26-2014 @ 1:56 PM
  Cant wait to return... roll on April!


BroadAmbition    -- Feb-26-2014 @ 5:34 PM
I hope to spend an evening there week after next during my solo cruise week.  Not planning on visiting many pubs but will visit The Bridge Inn


'Broad Ambition'
Queens Diamond Jubilee Thames Pageant 2012 - H91

'Dreams do come true' - Afloat at last 06-10-07

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SternMoor    -- Feb-27-2014 @ 3:37 AM
  Thought I would add my sixpence worth.  As I have said elsewhere recently on this forum, I think The Bridge Inn is my favourite of the hostelries that I have frequented, never a dud meal.  
Hope to be there again towards the end of March. Smile  Strange thing about The Bridge Inn is that it is ten minutes or so by car from we are moored or roughly four and a half hours by

Keith - PR4 & NR13 (11185)

"We're comin' in hot."  

"Truth is the Daughter of Time."

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Paladine    -- Feb-27-2014 @ 9:40 AM
"Strange thing about The Bridge Inn is that it is ten minutes or so by car from we are moored..."

I don't want to make anyone feel jealous, but it is ten minutes or so by car from where I live. Yum, yum, indeed!  Cheers

Lil    -- Feb-27-2014 @ 9:46 AM
quote:"......I don't want to make anyone feel jealous, but it is ten minutes or so by car from where I live. Yum, yum, indeed!......."

About the same distance for me also Playful Wink

OldBill    -- Feb-27-2014 @ 10:30 AM
  I agree with everything that's been said.
I live 170 miles away (approximately) but have visited The Bridge 3 times in the last 2 years & despite them being very busy, service, quality & value could only be described as first class.
Although we aren't on a boat this year, we will endeavour to visit on our way down to Brundall (even though it will mean a detour.
I was also very impressed last year, in the way a potential unpleasant situation was handled by the staff. We were eating outside, close to 3 young men who had apparently consumed a fair measure of falling down water & were steadily becoming antisocial when, who, I presume was the manager (young man in a suit) came & quietly removed them from the grounds with a minimum of fuss & to the relief of other diners in the vicinity.

Boatboy    -- Feb-27-2014 @ 3:22 PM
  top pub is the bridge, non finer on the broads. where it is especially successful is that it seems to have found a happy balance between serving diners and drinkers, something so many pubs fail to do.

Paul - "Unsuspecting Tyro"
Since 1985.

“Rivers know this: there is no
hurry. We shall get there some

zacthedog    -- Feb-27-2014 @ 6:44 PM
  Called in Sunday on the way home for a Sunday roast,  we were still in pain Sunday night. Its just not right that a meal should taste that good that you clear a well proportioned plate of food causing you to eat more than you should. Phil, and your staff keep up the good work, we will be back.

A bad day on the Broads is better than a good day at work !
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JLC67    -- Feb-28-2014 @ 10:56 PM
  I shall certainly be visiting in July, and it's 936 miles form me, one way. The grub better be good!

Paladine    -- Feb-28-2014 @ 11:09 PM
"Called in Sunday on the way home for a Sunday roast..."

ZtD, I don't really want to add to your pain, but the 'Sunday' roast is now available 7 days a week!

JLC67, worry ye not. It's gonna be worth it.

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