Topic: The Maltsters Menu

GaryCantley    -- Feb-25-2007 @ 8:54 AM
  Here is the long awaited menu.

I can thoroughly recommend the Steak Pie and as for the chocolate mountain well, what can I say.

Thoroughly stuffed at this point!

> Original posts removed at Gary's request

There is still time to be a sailey, even at your age.

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GaryCantley    -- Feb-25-2007 @ 9:04 AM
  and the other page

There is still time to be a sailey, even at your age.

Dibbler    -- Feb-25-2007 @ 9:12 AM
  Nice one, Gary...  Cheers


Jimbo    -- Feb-25-2007 @ 9:13 AM
  I can feel a Homer moment coming on !!!!!!

Dibbler    -- Feb-25-2007 @ 9:23 AM


Rondonay    -- Feb-25-2007 @ 10:49 AM
  Looks wonderful. Are they still planning to do a breakfast menu too?


'Stop it you silly ass!' cried the Rat from the bottom of the boat 'You can't do it! You'll have us over!'

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Boatboy    -- Feb-25-2007 @ 10:54 AM
  I have to add my approval

One desperate Dan Pie and a Chocolate mountain tucked away by myself and the Scampi followed by Apple pie by mother - all were very good.

The pub is now clean and welcoming and the food was very good.

GaryCantley    -- Feb-25-2007 @ 12:09 PM
  Not sure about the breakfast menu.

The carvery should be online within two weeks, it will be situated on the left side of the bar (where there are no pumps). Tony does have a slight problem at the moment with this, the stella line runs through there and until he can reroute it he cant redesign the area. Either that or he upsets Roya Smile

There is still time to be a sailey, even at your age.

romany    -- Feb-25-2007 @ 1:51 PM
  Warm Stella might not be such a bad idea in Winter Gary, It would certainly combat the Cold draught around table 22!  Evil Grin

Takes me back to my childhood memories of a Landlord at the Crown in Hadiscoe who would put the poker into the open fire to get it red hot, before putting it into a pint to remove the icy chill on a cold night, quite popular served this way with a few of the regulars too.  Cheers

Come Summer they could always serve the stella in Ice buckets!

One of our Local pubs does a roaring trade in summer by serving up a Cold Carvery and Salad bar, mains include a whole home roasted Gammon Ham, Fresh Glazed Whole Salmon,a selection of cheeses, a Cold slicing Pie, home baked Vege Quiche, plus a selection of composit salads, such as Coronation Chicken, Prawn and pasta Marie-rose and a homemade quality Waldorf, which is packed full of Fruit and Nuts and very popular with the veggie people Wink

Customers get the choice of a portion of the 'main' which is served to them the same as a hot carvery , before helping themselves to a selection of Garden Salad and Coleslaw, fancy Bread Rolls and Butter, a portion of Chips or a Plain Jacket Potato can be ordered from the main menu for a small extra charge.

Its very popular with Ladies that Lunch and those following special diets, and runs from Easter till October, before reverting back to a traditional Hot Carvery for Winter.

As the Malsters is quite a Seasonal trade Pub, this may solve the problem of having to run a Hot counter over the cold Stella pipes!

Julia  Smile

ncsl    -- Feb-25-2007 @ 5:02 PM
  W A R N I N G ! ! !

The Maltsters could cause your plimsoll line to change  !!

Could this be  their new Pub Sign???


"Lord Paul of Sealand"

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GaryCantley    -- Feb-25-2007 @ 5:34 PM
  nice bit of work there Paul.

I will leave it to the ladies to rate your body LOL

There is still time to be a sailey, even at your age.

JBx5    -- Feb-25-2007 @ 5:50 PM
  Thanks for the menu Gary.

We will be calling in next sat lunch time if the pulled muscle in the back will alow me to drive for 4 hours.
Any one else around next weekend?

Regards John

JBx5    -- Feb-25-2007 @ 6:00 PM
  Forgot to ask is the Malsters dog friendly?

Reg our Fox Terrier will be most upset if he cant sit under our table.

Regards John

dannyboy    -- Feb-26-2007 @ 1:54 PM
  We were not allowed to take Molly in last summer... The only table she sat under was outside! We found the Lion and the Kings Arms more welcoming! Don't know whether things have changed now...?


billmaxted    -- Feb-26-2007 @ 2:05 PM
  I see Paul, so that's how they got the price of the lease down.


roya    -- Feb-26-2007 @ 2:12 PM
  Blimey Paul,
What a thought.
Danny a dog was allowed in on Sat,but i think if folk are eating its may some daft H @ S rule.  


A Day without a smile is a wasted day

ncsl    -- Feb-26-2007 @ 2:45 PM

It use to be " the face that launched a thousand ships"

Now the "belly that drank a hundred pints"   lol


"Lord Paul of Sealand"

CPW2006    -- Feb-26-2007 @ 6:45 PM
  Gary - that's a great idea to publish the menu - now instead of trying to lose a few pounds to make room for a visit to the Maltsters - I'm contemplating stitching me gob up until Easter!! Playful Wink   That way I can persuade the other 'arf that we will have to stay more than one night at Ranworth, have lunch and evening meal in the pub every day that we are there, have steak pie followed by choc fudge cake followed by..... followed by.... followed by.... oh heck - anyone want to hire a human mudweight for after the Easter break???? Blush



Chris (the older one!)and Brenda (the younger one!)

Dibbler    -- Feb-26-2007 @ 7:11 PM
Now the "belly that drank a hundred pints"   lol

Paul m8, you certainly wouldn't get to drink that many with a certain North East person around!  Playful Wink


Dibbler    -- Feb-26-2007 @ 7:14 PM
  A slightly more flattering picture of the one-and-only "Marsh Monster"


romany    -- Feb-26-2007 @ 8:47 PM
  The subject of dogs being allowed inside pubs is a difficult one for all concerned, whilst customers may dearly love their pet(s), us included, some people are scared stiff of them, and would leave if a dog entered the pub.
Most dogs are well behaved, but we all must have seen at sometime examples of 'The Mut from Hell' who barks loudly at any stranger near him, dribbles like crazy all over the floor at the smell of food, and pushes his nose firmly into the business of everyone around him, sometimes Physically into areas where its most unwelcome!
There is the other problem that on a busy day in high Season, Ranworth staithe can become very popular with dog owners, and the 'walkies' parade in the mornings can often resemble a scene from crufts, with some craft having an entire family of a particular breed on board!

If everyone took the 'Malsters' at their word if they did declare 'Dogs Welcome' it could leave them in a sticky position if everyone turned up with their 'Fido(s)' in tow!  
Not all Dogs get on with other members of there species, and some are niggled by the attention of well meaning Children and Adults who think the cute little Doggie enjoys fuss 24/7 even if it is Hot and Bothered by its Thick Coat on a Hot Summers Day!

Add to this the risk of 'woopsies' on the carpet under a table where food is being served, and you may begin to understand why some pubs only allow dogs outside in their gardens.

One pub that did seem to have a good compromise last year was the Waveney River Centre, which had ample covered outside seating areas, which could be occupied by dog owners during busy times, although im not sure if they were allowed in the bar areas at all when quieter.

Maybe a non-food corner of the 'Maltsters' with an easy-clean tiled floor could be reserved for the purpose, maybe with a limit as to the ammount of dogs allowed in at any one time?

Julia  Smile

ncsl    -- Feb-26-2007 @ 9:00 PM
  Dibbler,  it's taken nearly a full 12 months and still waiting for the first one.

Not too sure if I was laughing or growling !!


"Lord Paul of Sealand"

JBx5    -- Feb-26-2007 @ 9:20 PM
  I take thats a no then Julia

Must remember to look under the tables for anything unpleasant when were in Sutton Staithe hotel fri evening.

Regards John

plesbit    -- Feb-26-2007 @ 9:48 PM
  Julia does not speak for the Maltsters, nor does she claim to.  She is merely putting across a valid example as to why not all pubs are dog friendly.

The problem with this, as with so many things in life, is that you cannot pick and choose the dogs you allow.  Some may be absolutely fine, others may not and you have no way of knowing in advance which ones will be which.



romany    -- Feb-27-2007 @ 2:00 AM
  John, the problems are not just confined to fellow Humans in the pub, sadly last year whilst visiting Beaumaris on the Isle of Anglesey, we witnessed a small Yorkie get badly bitten by a German Shepard whilst the owners were enjoying a pint and a meal in the local pub, the Yorkie owners were distraught, and a blazing row broke out between the menfolk owners. I drove the Lady owner of the Yorkie over to Bangor to the nearest vet, but sadly the Yorkie did not make it, the nerve damage to its spine was too great, and it had to be put down.

As a member of a leading Animal Welfare Society and Rescue Centre, and a owner of 2 Rescued dogs myself, I try and look at it from both sides in the intrests of the Dog and its Owner, and IMHO I feel it is much safer to keep the dogs outside of the pub, where you can make a quick get-away if any other dog shows signs of being unfriendly, in a crowded pub this is not so easy, and a child may well be caught up and injured in any scruffle that broke out between two Dogs.

I entirely agree with Simon, you just dont know which dogs will be ok and which wont, and the risk is just not worth it.

There is also the question of carpets in public places that have had many different Doggies bedding down on them over the years becoming a breeding ground for Fleas and Ticks, sadly not all owners groom and care for there pets coat as they should, again not very hygenic or pleasent for your Dog.

Julia Smile

Dr-Diesel    -- Feb-27-2007 @ 7:46 AM

I find your post quite comical. During the late 70's and early 80's I used to work pub doors in East London and by your logic I should be saying that people should be not allowed inside pubs, two dogs having a scrap would have been a refreshing change from some of the stuff I used to have to put up with.

I have used a number of dog friendly pubs on the broads over the years and can honestly say that I have never seen anything left by a dog under any table and my dog has never come back to the boat with fleas or ticks.

Personally I think it is entirely up to the owner of the pub whether or not they let dogs in and I fully respect that. If we have the dog when we go to the malsters we sit outside if its raining we don't go as simple as that. In the winter we tend to use the sutton staithe hotel, no fleas, ticks or poop lurking about there. The Kings arms is the same. I wonder how they manage it.

Just a thought, this pub you went to on Anglesey? Was it really a pub or did you stumble into an illegal dog fight?


Paul H

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Dibbler    -- Feb-27-2007 @ 7:56 AM
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roya    -- Feb-27-2007 @ 8:14 AM
  HI All.
As i said earlier ,a couple came in and asked if they could bring their dog in,Tony said ok as no one was eating in the bar ,they were in the (posh) bit.
So at the end of the day i guess it will be an on the spot decision,
We dont have a dog now ,but i think there is somthing nice having a dog curled up under a table,just seems to make the Bar more friendly,i wish some of the young children were as well behaved.


A Day without a smile is a wasted day

Dibbler    -- Feb-27-2007 @ 8:27 AM
i wish some of the young children were as well behaved.

Roy m8...once again, the nail hit squarely on the head! Nice one.! Cheers


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romany    -- Feb-27-2007 @ 9:05 AM
  The pub in question was right at the foot of the Menai Bridge, and was far from the type of 'pit' that some pubs on the north of the island resemble.

As I said before, some dogs ARE well behaved, but they dont carry any type of certificate to prove it!

My comments were mainly to point out the difficulties from the point of the Landlord and the Dog.

At the end of the day I suppose its what you value more, Your comfort inside a Pub whilst you drink your pint, or the comfort and safety of your pet.

Julia  Smile

billmaxted    -- Feb-27-2007 @ 9:50 AM
  I remember that there used to be a Broads Pub that had a sign by the door that said

“You may willingly bring your dog in, if it can get past ours otherwise please use the veranda”

They had a little Jack Russell, which would happily allow one other dog in but faced with a second one “No way, not in my home, even if you are a Doberman”


Jamesey    -- Feb-27-2007 @ 10:10 AM
  For the benefit of dog owners, it may be worth a look at which gives a listing by county of those pubs which are happy to admit doggies!

Not only that, it gives the food a stars rating as well (whatever will they think of next?)

It is however, a voluntary list so there may well be doggie welcoming pubs that aren't shown.

I like the bit about the doberman Bill, can't say I blame the JR one bit!!

Cheesyquaver    -- Feb-27-2007 @ 4:04 PM
  Julia....I know this is way off topic but you should have let me know you were coming to Wales.You must have passed our house.Sally


dannyboy    -- Feb-27-2007 @ 5:06 PM
  I think the real issue is that pubs have changed a great deal in recent years and frankly, many of them are not really suitable places for a dog.

As to behaviour, that is nothing to do with the pubs. If you have a badly behaved dog, or one that is not sociable with other dogs, you must take responsibility for it. Mine tends to bark a bit if she knows there are other dogs about but can't see them! If she was a pain, we'd take her outside. I choose to own dogs, but other people shouldn't have to tolerate them if they are badly behaved or noisy. Sometimes that's a nuisance for me, but that's the correct way round!

I wish more people felt the same way about their children... Mad


JBx5    -- Feb-27-2007 @ 10:25 PM
  Hi Julia


Regards Reg!

bdean8    -- Feb-28-2007 @ 10:29 AM
  Hi,all,We have just spent a week in a cottage in Horning whilst we checked on our house buying sale in Stalham,we hope to move in around middle april,anyway last monday we went in the Maltsers and met Tony the landlord,had a pint of Stella £3.20 dearest i have paid in Broadland,Tony said he is getting rid of it as it is too dear and replacing it with Kronenbourg the new menu's look good nice selection.he also said the pub will become non smoking in July when the new rules come in.He is putting some lights outside as well just waiting for planning permission(red tape) The pub will stay the same at the moment but will look into possibly refurbishing (painting etc)when the time/money allows.Our next visit to Broadland will possibly be when we exchange contracts.

Regards,Barry & Olive

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pks1702    -- Feb-28-2007 @ 11:19 AM
  I sense a 'Road to Damascus moment for Roya  Scared



It is not wealth or ancestry,
but honourable conduct and a noble disposition,
that maketh men great

Boatboy    -- Feb-28-2007 @ 11:32 AM
  the worst bit about it is I'm going to have to start amending all my jokes about stella to read "kronenburg", and I can't think of anything that rhymes!

Jamesey    -- Feb-28-2007 @ 11:33 AM
  I sense panic!!!!  Evil Grin

romany    -- Feb-28-2007 @ 11:35 AM
  Hi Sally, we did make it down for a few days before Christmas, but spent most of our time over on Anglesey.

We will be back again to Portmadoc on 2nd June with our daughter and her family, before returning home on the 9th with just a few days to re-pack before Bill and I will be setting sail for the North cape and Iceland for 3 weeks, were going to see the effects of Global warming for ourselves, and hopefully some great wildlife, were hoping to spot a whale or two!

Hope you are keeping well,  maybe catch up with you in June, when we plan to tour the Snowdonia region once more.

Take care,
Julia  Smile

roya    -- Mar-1-2007 @ 2:58 PM
  It just shows the unfair hold Breweries have on Tennants.
At our club in Lynn (only 60 miles away in Norfolk) we can sell Stella at £2 and make a profit.
With all the same overheads as any other Buisness.
Tony bless him did ask what other top notch lagers were in the frame,
Kronnie is a good second.
ITS the System thats wrong,just imagine if you were told who you must buy from and how much you must charge ,dont seem fair in my book.

But i love the Malsters and will continue to use it,maybe not drink so much but eat more.
When you think i can go to Makro and buy a 24 pack of 500ml Stellas for under £20 its not giving the local pubs a fair chance.


A Day without a smile is a wasted day

B17    -- Mar-1-2007 @ 3:40 PM
  Great reviews about the Maltsers from everyone.

Look forward to my future visits to one of my favoate locations on the broads.

The only thing which is bothering me about this thread is that no one has yet commented about the IMHO most important thing.

Is there Woodfore's sold there still?

And is it any good?

Food I can cook

The dog can sit outside.

But good beer only comes thru a pump in a pub.

Wink   Playful  


You mean the other Starboard then...

pks1702    -- Mar-1-2007 @ 3:54 PM
  Hi Rod,

I can report Wherry was on 'the menu' last Saturday and very good in my view.

I would not confess to be a Woodfordes expert but I work on the basis the more I try the better I will get  Smile



It is not wealth or ancestry,
but honourable conduct and a noble disposition,
that maketh men great

Boatboy    -- Mar-1-2007 @ 4:31 PM
When you think i can go to Makro and buy a 24 pack of 500ml Stellas for under £20

And I can keg them and re-gas them for you Roya - and even supply a "head tap" to fit on Joshua.

"And he shall have Stella where ever he goes!"

GaryCantley    -- Mar-1-2007 @ 4:55 PM

There you go, giving him ideas again LOL

There is still time to be a sailey, even at your age.

B17    -- Mar-1-2007 @ 8:56 PM
  Thanks Perry



You mean the other Starboard then...

PizzaLover    -- Mar-1-2007 @ 9:21 PM
  I really wish that I liked beer.
I do.
I see beer drinkers' eyes roll as they savour a pint.
And I am jealous.
But I can't stand the stuff.

I do, however, like the odd glass of wine.
There are two types of pub for wine drinkers: those that have, "white... sweet or dray, and red" and those which have a selection of good wine by the glass.

Last time I was in the Maltsters, I had a rather sad Dray Wait Wain. Could I hope for something better next time?

Jamesey    -- Mar-2-2007 @ 9:06 AM
  "Last time I was in the Maltsters, I had a rather sad Dray Wait Wain. Could I hope for something better next time?"

I dare say you could!!!

plesbit    -- Mar-2-2007 @ 9:15 AM
  Sounds like something better ordered in a Scottish wine bar!



roya    -- Mar-2-2007 @ 8:19 PM
  Paul mate what a Spot On idea,
Just think ,we can leave Gill and Mum sitting in comfy chairs at the mooring,
you and i could go for a chug and not have all that hard work opening cans,
i thought the best place for the tap would be beside the depth finder fish locater thingy.


A Day without a smile is a wasted day

waif    -- Mar-3-2007 @ 9:52 PM
  Just got bakc from the Maltsters. Food very good and the Wherry a very good example. Not many in when we were there. Hopefully things will go from strength to strength.

I'd rather be sailing

Boatboy    -- Mar-3-2007 @ 11:29 PM
  I do have a number of taps, perhaps one each side so that we don't need to upset Josh's trim whilst pouring a refil?

CRAZYDAVEFOUR    -- Mar-4-2007 @ 6:33 PM
  The wherry was wherry wherry enjoyable and the food pretty good on Sat the 3rd March, will be calling again soon


JBx5    -- Mar-4-2007 @ 6:39 PM
  Called in Sat afternoon for lunch but got refused entry as we had Reg in tow so had an early dinner at Sutton Staithe hotel exellent customer service and meal.

Not knocking the Malsters as in the words of famous pub landlord rules is rules!
Genuine good luck in your new venture Tony and Penny.

annarose    -- Mar-5-2007 @ 9:44 AM
  Hi All

Further to the previous message regarding letting dogs into the pub,  we have taken advice from Broadland District Council and have decided not to allow dogs into the pub for Health & Hygiene reasons.  Also, another reason is that our youngest daughter Rosie is petrified of dogs and will not venture into the pub if one is present, some of you have witnessed this and I don't think that its fair that she feels scared in her own home.  I am sorry if that upsets some of you but as the previous comment said 'Rules is Rules'!

Penny, Tony and Family

kimboship    -- Mar-5-2007 @ 6:43 PM
                    KIM AND GILES
                      THE SHIP

roya    -- Mar-5-2007 @ 7:00 PM
  Fair Point,
Tony,but i would add is the Public Bar part of your childrens home.
Bit dodgy this one mate cos if i had very young children not sure if i would let them loose in a pub.
As you say its your home.


A Day without a smile is a wasted day

JamesLons    -- Mar-5-2007 @ 8:09 PM
  No probs with that that tony it wouldn't spoil my holiday if I can't bring my dog into a pub.
I think thats a bit harsh roy I'm sure a lot of people take their kids into the pub so why shouldn't tony and penny be allowed to have his kids in here not that I'm saying your wrong just my point of view.


pks1702    -- Mar-5-2007 @ 8:28 PM
  I get the impression Roya is stuck between two mistress's  Wink



It is not wealth or ancestry,
but honourable conduct and a noble disposition,
that maketh men great

roya    -- Mar-6-2007 @ 4:30 AM
  .Hi Again,
yep my post was a little thingy,i was just trying to point out one of the oddities of living in a pub.
Customers on one side Family on the other.
Tony and Penny are a cracking pair so im sure it will be a huge success  
Yes i am old and grumpy cos i dont like children in Pubs,in the old days it was where you went to escape from them.
But times change.
Thats me Victor Meldrew bit for today.



A Day without a smile is a wasted day

Tony may i suggest you make table 22 a GRUMP ZONE

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romany    -- Mar-6-2007 @ 10:54 AM
  My personal feelings are that children are fine in pubs as long as parents are keeping a firmly fixed eye on them, without distractions.

given the close proximity of the Maltsters to the waterfront, and the fact that Anyone can enter a pub which may include those that have committed previous offences towards children, and maybe it would be safer for them to be on the living quarters side of the establishment, rather than risk any Heart-ache.

By all means let them through when you are there with them to do a one-to-one supervision of them chatting to people, but not when your attention may be diverted.

Julia   Smile

Dajen    -- Mar-6-2007 @ 11:34 AM
  Dogs in pubs, the Health and Safety argument is a total   myth, there is no legislation that states that animals are not allowed in pubs even where food is being served. It is entirely at the discretion of the manager/owner who often use this excuse as a cop out. If you have other issues with animals then that is fine, it is your choice. however in my opinion it is going to cost you custom which may not be a problem in the height of summer but in winter time you may need all the custom you can get. At home I do not go into the nearest pub to my house purely because they don't allow dogs. I often take the dog a walk in the evening and call for a pint or 2 on the way round.
I think animals in pubs should be handled in the same way as children in pubs; allow them in, if they are well behaved and not causing a nuiansce then that is fine if they are not well behaved or causing problems for other customers, ask them to leave.
One other point, as a child I was terrified of dogs, so much so that if I saw one loose in the street (and that was much more common in the 60/70's )then I would walk miles out of my wat to avoid it, in fact on 1 occasion I was fishing with my brothers at Oulton Broad when an Alsation came running up barking, I fled up to my neck into the Broad. I was cured by by Mom and Dad buying me a dog and taking me to places where dogs were.


Bruyere    -- Mar-6-2007 @ 11:47 AM
  Dogs and children in pubs.
Provided both are well behaved/trained.....I have no problem with either.
We have 2 kids who we take into pubs.....and fortunately ours are good.(most of the time Smile  )

However, I think it's unfair that anyone criticizes a landlord if they choose NOT to allow either or both.
It's their business....and home....and livelihood....and their decision.

It also seems Penny and Tony have a very good reason for not allowing dogs, in that one of their children is terrified of them. And so they've said no.
Seems perfectly reasonable to me.

Make it idiot proof and someone will make a better idiot.
The gene pool could use a little chlorine.

Dajen    -- Mar-6-2007 @ 11:55 AM
  I don't think I criticised them, as I said it is their decision I just pointed out the downside and the fact that the heath and safety (or even Hygene which I assume is what they meant) is not and excuse. Of cause they have the ultimate right to decide who goes into their property but don't hide behind ficticious legislation. There is enough real legislation without inventing more.


Bruyere    -- Mar-6-2007 @ 12:11 PM
  My post wasn't a direct reply to yours just looked that way because it was after yours.
And it wasn't specifically about dogs either.
My point's their pub....and they should be allowed to run it however they see fit.

If that includes not letting anyone in unless they wear a yellow jumper....then..... Rules is rules !!

Back off Brussels !!

Make it idiot proof and someone will make a better idiot.
The gene pool could use a little chlorine.

anubis    -- Mar-6-2007 @ 12:32 PM
  At the risk of being a pain in the bum....
What happens when I turn up on my annual pilgrimage to the broads with my mate and his guide dog?

Dr-Diesel    -- Mar-6-2007 @ 12:34 PM
  I honestly feel for any shop owner/boat yard owner/pub landlord who comes ontop this website. I think it's great that they take the time to come on here to tell us wht they're up to. And then to see threads which end up moaning about the way they want to run their business.

Lets face it we have seen it before.

You have to remember the Malsters has not allowed dogs since around December 2004, nothing to do with the new proprietors. I'm a dog owner and take our dog with us when we are on the boat and in the pubs where possible, would I want a dribbling dog sitting next to me in the Malsters while I am eating my mile high chocolate pudding..... course not! I always look at walking into a pub the same as going into someones house, no matter how stupid or awkward the rules seem they are still the rules.

Julia, cracking post as usual Mad  , I dare say Penny and Tony hadn't thought about any of the dangers of bringing kids up in a pub and near the water.

Good luck Penny and Tony


Paul H

madmancs    -- Mar-6-2007 @ 12:41 PM
  Hi Dave
You have a fair argument,but on the other side of the coin,I am personally allergic to certain breeds of dogs.
Now,if I was dining and a long haired dog came into the pub,I would end up with streaming eyes,full of snot and looking like the Elephant Man(maybe no differance there then).
Maybe that could be classed as a Health & Safety and a hygene issue??   Smile

PizzaLover    -- Mar-6-2007 @ 12:51 PM
  This drift into a debate about dogs and/or children in pubs is not specific to the Maltsters. Could it be continued in a thread of its own?

This one seems appropriate for Dogs In Pubs:

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Dr-Diesel    -- Mar-6-2007 @ 1:05 PM
  Sorry PL

I thought "we loved a good drift on here"  tounge-in-cheek


Paul H

Dajen    -- Mar-6-2007 @ 1:38 PM
  Paul H, don't feel sorry for the poor business owners who come on here, they come on to get free advertising.


Dr-Diesel    -- Mar-6-2007 @ 1:46 PM

I do feel sorry for them though.

We have seen businesses come on here before and everyone chips in with their two penneth about how they should be running their business, very often without any practical knowledge of how it should be done. I can think of a couple of boatyards who have come on in the past couple of years who have backed off and disappeared after similar threads like this one for which Tony will be unable to make a decision which wil suit everyone.

They get a bit of free advertising sure, but would I have visited the Malsters if Tony and Penny had not posted on here? course I would, as I'm sure many other people will.

What really gripes me is that what started off as a thread about the Malsters menu has ended up covering dead dogs, paedophiles, and kiddies falling into the water.

Never mind soon be summer Smile


Paul H

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Karen&Mike    -- Mar-6-2007 @ 1:52 PM
  Hi Penny & Tony

I think its fab that you have joined the site and have included us all in your thoughts, plans, research etc. Good on you for doing this.

We love pets, though don't currently have a dog, but I fully agree that this is a difficult one for any landlord, and that, as Kev says, the decision is ultimately yours. And I also think that dogs next to diners (which is a lot of your customers I think)may well put off more than it would attract - again a factor which no doubt affects any sort of business decision.

When I read back over this thread, I reckon there is just a teensie weensie bit which appears to be telling you guys what to do, IMHO, but I hope it doesnt put you off!

Anyway, we are looking forward to visiting - hopefully this coming weekend - and will be pleased to meet you.


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

Dajen    -- Mar-6-2007 @ 1:53 PM
  Judging by the majority of posts on the previous thread re the maltsters being up for sale/ under new management, it had such a bad reputation many people would not have visited it. however the publicity generated on here has encouraged people to go and post complimentary reviews and comments therefore encouriging many more people to consider giving it another go. So as the old adage says "there is no such thing as bad publicity". Having reviewed the threads , i don't think any one was critising they were making suggestions or putting their point of view.


steve    -- Mar-6-2007 @ 2:15 PM
  hi all ,
we to fully respect the desceion of any pub landlord ,like kev ,we have 2 children ,and are well behaved when were out and if were in a pub on the broads , if anything it's good to see the landlords kids playing with customers children ,we'll to be visiting the Malsters this weekend , ( hope you've got plenty of the chocolate mile high cake in penny ? otherwise there'll be trouble from my vicky ! lol  Evil Grin )
cheers  Cheers

steve and vicky

Karen&Mike    -- Mar-6-2007 @ 2:15 PM
  Well I could quote some specific lines that are very directional to me! Frown

But I'll resist!  Wink  


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

W_De_Worde    -- Mar-6-2007 @ 8:05 PM
  Hi, Penny, Tony and Family

Welcome to the site and congratulations on taking over the maltsters - i wish you every success.

In response to Julia's post about the inherent dangers of owning a pub near a waterfront (which is a good 100 feet distant)and the ever present risk of your toy dog getting stuck in the throat of a larger and hungrier canine cousin. Have you considered the other clear and present dangers of a life as an incumbent publican.

For instance what about migrating herds of startled wildebeast stampeding down Broad Road seeking a watering hole or the flocks or Hitchcock-esque wildfowl that constantly circle above on the lookout for lone travellers beating a path to your establishment. These two alone are enough to deter anyone let alone flash floods, lightning strikes, Tsunamis, earthquakes et al.

Can you imagine the insurance premium to cover your customers against those (unlikely) events?

Well, that's enough of that tosh.

Of course, for those people that subscribe to the 'nanny-state' mentality that seems so prevalent in our once free and liberated country these are situations that must be legislated against, forcing 'normal' citizens and businesses alike to approach life with safety nets, barriers, body armour and every other possible protection from lawsuits and compensation action.

Where will it all end?

Well, probably when every scrap of enjoyment has been sucked out of the simple things in life like having a drink with friends, eating good homecooked food and dare i say it - having a smoke in a public place.

So - to all you Pub owners (and this is only my humble opinion) - don't take seriously the crowings of over zealous do-gooders with their 'you must do this' - 'must do that' autocratic 'advice'. Just run a nice friendly pub with not too many rules (dogs and kids is a difficult one) - good food and drink and people will always return - the reason - there aren't enough pubs doing it!!!

To quote an anonymous quote

“Why be afraid of what people will say? Those who care about you will say, "Good luck!" and those who care only about themselves will never say anything worth listening to anyway.”

Good luck

W De Worde

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annarose    -- Mar-6-2007 @ 9:04 PM
  Hi All

Thanks for all your comments even though I don't agree with them all! We have considered bringing up children in a pub and near a waterfront very carefully and did not enter into this lightly.  With regards to dogs Breckland Council advise against letting any dogs into an establishment that serves food, they don't ban them but we have decided to ourselves, of course we will let in Guide Dogs and Hearing Dogs but this is all.  We both like dogs but unfortunately our children don't and a lot of our customers don't as has been proven here, yes we will upset a few but that is the risk we have to take.

Penny, Tony and girls

kfurbank    -- Mar-6-2007 @ 9:21 PM
  Penny, Tony and girls,

As the old saying goes, you can please some of the people some of the time, but you can't please all of the people all of the time. This forum is very much like that. Smile

Speaking as someone who for many of my visits to Ranworth last year, used to pass the Maltsters and head towards the Ship, I shall make sure that I visit you during the week before Easter. I may be a relatively newcomer to the Broads, compared to some on here, but one thing I have seen is that approx 15-20% of Broads pubs seem to change hands over the course of the year, add in the ones that either improve or get worse over the course of the year and it seems only fair to give them all at least one visit over the course of a season to judge for myself.

I'm sure you'll work out soon enough what works for you and your customers, good luck and look forward to visiting you soon.


plesbit    -- Mar-6-2007 @ 10:21 PM
  Hi Penny,

Nice to see you're still here - I did wonder if we'd see you again after some of the rubbish posted on this and another thread.

As has been said, you can't please all of the people all of the time but it's your pub, run it how you want.  At the end of the day it'll either work or it won't but based on the evidence so far I'd be favouring the former and you can count on me as an ongoing customer - that is provided I am not too scared to go out without Uncle Tony and his nice government providing legislation to ban wildebeest stampedes in the Ranworth area.



This message was edited by steve on Mar-7-07 @ 2:12 PM

W_De_Worde    -- Mar-6-2007 @ 10:27 PM

It's a risk you may just HAVE to take!



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waif    -- Mar-7-2007 @ 9:07 PM
  When we went last Saturday there were no Wilderbeasts (perhaps we got there too early) but there was a lovely Owl sitting beside the road having a drink from a puddle. When i asked it why he was drinking and not the Malsters there he said that some chap at table 22 had the monopoly on the Stella  Wink

I'd rather be sailing

roya    -- Mar-8-2007 @ 12:24 AM
  I am a GNU
How do you do.
Evil Grin

Sorry all could not resist that one ,back in the corner Roy.


A Day without a smile is a wasted day

BOATERS    -- Mar-10-2007 @ 8:55 PM
  Hi to the crew at the Maltsters.We have read all the threads and must say that we think it is great that you (and others in Broads based concerns )come on here and face all the posts from members not like the faceless organizations that have come in and destroyed the reputations of many of our well loved and liked Broads based attractions.We look forward to coming back to the Maltsters and enjoying the pub as we have over too many years to mention here!(my grandson says he hopes you still have the air conditioned pool table?).Without the forum bringing us the news  most of us would have carried on by passing the places that have had bad posts in the past. So enjoy ,and keep up the good work. LOL

See you down the river,
Roy and Diane

This message was edited by BOATERS on Mar-10-07 @ 9:16 PM

Bruyere    -- Mar-10-2007 @ 9:27 PM
  Myself, Liz and the kids are just back from a truly fab meal at the Maltsters.
Tony and Penny are lovely people....very welcoming and accomodating.

We devoured,

Steak and kidney suet pudding, mash and veg
2 x Tagliatelli and garlic bread
Kids macaroni cheese
Sides of onion rings and Tony's secret recipe sweet chilli mushrooms (I will be back for those alone)


Rhubarb crumble and ice cream (the ice cream is home made I think and superb)
Lemon meringue cake (yum) and ice cream
Mile high chocolate cake and ice cream
Rainbow ice-cream

All the meals were top notch....seriously tasty.

If this is a taste of things to come.....the Maltsters will become much more of a regular stop. Huge improvement on last year already and they've only been there three weeks !!

Can't wait for the daily carvery in the summer months.....oh.....and the breakfasts that will be served from 8.30am till 10am.

The summer is looking better already.

Well done Penny and Tony.....keep that up and you'll be turning people away at the door because you are too full !!

I'm a bit full too ....I'm not eating again until Monday.

Make it idiot proof and someone will make a better idiot.
The gene pool could use a little chlorine.

corinna    -- Mar-11-2007 @ 6:31 PM
  hello everyone wow they do a nice milehigh chocolate Gateaux me and my mum had it last night and we really enjoyed it my mum says it to die for lols Playful Wink


Bruyere    -- Mar-11-2007 @ 6:42 PM
  Our daughter Tyler agrees with you Corinna.....and she's an EXPERT on chocolate gateaux's !!

She said it's hands down the best she's ever tasted.

Make it idiot proof and someone will make a better idiot.
The gene pool could use a little chlorine.

steve    -- Mar-11-2007 @ 9:09 PM
  hi there ,
just would like to say well done to Penny & Tony for excellent service and also for the mile high chocolate gateaux that my vicky has been waiting to try since Gary Cantley put the menu on the site , but well done you 2 , personally think you 2 will do well over the season and we'll be back there more often now .
Well Done !  Cheers

steve and vicky

annarose    -- Mar-12-2007 @ 6:03 PM
  Hi All

Thank you for all your comments, it was great to meet so many of you on Saturday night, both Tony and I agree that it was the best night that we have had since we took over about a month ago.  Everyone was very friendly (if not a bit merry too!), even the herd of wildebeast that wandered through!

Glad the chocolate cake went down so well! Glad it was worth the wait Vicky!!

Hope to see you all again soon.


roya    -- Mar-12-2007 @ 10:22 PM
  Young Madam,
i have only one word to say to you


Evil Grin


A Day without a smile is a wasted day

BroadAmbition    -- Mar-12-2007 @ 10:27 PM
  That Roya if I may say so, put in the context it was, is the most funny one-word post on this site I have seen (IMHO of course)  -  Griff

One of these decades we WILL finish Broad Ambition !!

Karen&Mike    -- Mar-12-2007 @ 11:07 PM
  Well it certainly seemed like a baptism of fire for Penny  and Tony thats for sure!(to forum members I mean!)

As has already been said they were excellent hosts and I'm sure I'm not alone in saying how pleased Mike and I were to feel that fine old pub atmosphere back at the Malsters, with good measure of hospitality and tasty food  as well.

It was great to meet up with some "motley crew" forum members for the first time this year, so....

Cheers to Tony & Penny, and the coming season of course!

Karen & Mike

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

W_De_Worde    -- Mar-13-2007 @ 12:32 AM

In Ranworth! - well i never


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Bruyere    -- Mar-13-2007 @ 8:58 AM
  Now...if we could just work out a way to catch said wildebeest....I'm sure we could talk Tony into an open air spit-roast event during the summer.


Make it idiot proof and someone will make a better idiot.
The gene pool could use a little chlorine.

roya    -- Mar-13-2007 @ 9:46 AM
  i still say they are


A Day without a smile is a wasted day

waif    -- Mar-13-2007 @ 6:11 PM
  The best way of catching one is to put a pint of Stella on table 22 (or so I hvae heard)

I'd rather be sailing

BOF2    -- Mar-13-2007 @ 6:48 PM
  If you don't put a pint of Stella on table 22 you get an even wilderbeast.

BOF - Clive

This message was edited by BOF2 on Mar-13-07 @ 6:49 PM

roya    -- Mar-13-2007 @ 7:46 PM
  To Quote a very old Poem

The crowd helds its breathe hoping that Death would brighten an otherwise dull afternoon.

Right a special prize for the first one to tell me who wrote the complete Song (poem).

Sorry a mega drift is on Pennys Menu.
Evil Grin

See what happens when you mess with Table 22.


A Day without a smile is a wasted day

Bruyere    -- Mar-13-2007 @ 9:40 PM
  In Old Mexico by Tom Lehrer

Make it idiot proof and someone will make a better idiot.
The gene pool could use a little chlorine.

roya    -- Mar-14-2007 @ 7:51 AM
  Smarty pants  LOL

R U about this weekend?
cos i hope to introduce Richard to Table 22.


A Day without a smile is a wasted day

romany    -- Mar-14-2007 @ 8:35 AM
  Roya, before you read any further think you better take your Red pills and have a rest, whilst we were up in Yorkshire last week, we were charged £2.60 for a HALF of Stella in a well known Steak house chain, that obviously equates to over a FIVER A PINT  Scared

Enjoy your Malsters Stella and celebrate that by some pricing standards, its quite a cheap place to Drink and enjoy your Stella!  Cheers

Had great fun watching the White Water Rafting and Canoeing on the River Swale, reminded me a lot of Nigel's canoe lessons ready for the meet, plenty of Gasps, Thrills and Spills!  Playful  Evil Grin

Julia  Smile

Bruyere    -- Mar-14-2007 @ 10:31 AM don't think I knew that did you ?

However, I am a Google Jedi Master  LOL

I don't think we're out on the boat this weekend mate....doesn't make much sense to take her out at the weekend when we are trying to sell her.
If she's not on her moorings.....she can't be viewed.
And weekends are when a lot of boats get viewed.

I'm sure with Richard over here now there will be plenty of opportunites for a beer or three Smile

Make it idiot proof and someone will make a better idiot.
The gene pool could use a little chlorine.

annarose    -- Mar-19-2007 @ 10:26 PM
  Hello there!!

Sorry I haven't posted earlier but been held prisoner in the pub by the landlord, only been allowed home today for good behaviour!!! I know you can now get wireless broadband in the pub but for some reason it doesn't work on our own computer which is great! Not!

Nice to see you all again on Saturday, some of you more than once! Both Tony and I commented on the fact that there is now more of a pub atmosphere now which is what we aimed to create.  

Pub Update: Tony managed to wreck the bar (sorry, cut it out!) in the Dining room bit today to make way for the carvery which will hopefully (fingers crossed) be in place by Easter!  Scared   If not blame the Landlord not the Landlady who has been chained to the sink for the last few days as the Glass washer has been broken  Indifferent

Hope to see you all again soon

Penny (Tony and the girls)

P.S. Table 22 is offically a Grumpy Zone as Roy has provided a sign for when he is in residence - and we now no longer sell Stella!!

GaryCantley    -- Mar-20-2007 @ 6:36 PM

I will call in and see you tomorrow and hopefully sort your connection for you, all at forum rates.

There is still time to be a sailey, even at your age.

annarose    -- Mar-21-2007 @ 2:34 PM
  Gary and Richard

Thank you very much for all your help today with the computer and tills!  We are finally online at the pub - yippee!!!

Thanks again


roya    -- Mar-21-2007 @ 3:14 PM
  Penny Please,
They are both saileys,heads in the clouds as it is.
Evil Grin

Hope theyleft me a pint in.


A Day without a smile is a wasted day

GaryCantley    -- Mar-21-2007 @ 4:36 PM
  No problems Penny.

Roy, just goes to show that saileys at least know what they are doing LOL

There is still time to be a sailey, even at your age.

roya    -- Mar-21-2007 @ 6:33 PM
  Garry mate yes,
Thanks to you i now have wireless and instant video replay.
Cheers mate,your knowledge is awesome.
So all i can say is
Blimey .


A Day without a smile is a wasted day

GaryCantley    -- Mar-21-2007 @ 7:36 PM
  All you need now is a laptop to make use of your wireless connection, and for live feeds from the grumpy zone.....

There is still time to be a sailey, even at your age.

VetChugger    -- Mar-25-2007 @ 8:22 PM
  Had a night at Ranworth on saturday and visited the Maltsters. I'm a gammon fan and it brought a tear to my eye to see a gammon special being wiped off the board just as I entered. I pleaded that there might just be one left but no chance. So it was an aberdeen angus burger with all the trimmings and very good it was too. Not quite as good as a gammon steak with egg and pineapple might have been but excellent.The place certainly feels smarter all around with a much improved atmosphere. Well done.


annarose    -- Mar-25-2007 @ 9:59 PM
  Hi Trevor

Sorry about the Gammon!  It has been really popular the last few days so I expect it will become a regular thing on the menu.  Thank you for your comments about the pub, it is appreciated.

Hope to see you again soon


Gordon    -- Mar-26-2007 @ 8:04 AM
  Trevor  We might have been on the table opposite you, we overheard the landlord relating to a distraught customer that the last two Gammons had just gone, not guilty mate, I had the Cajun chicken and it was greats


Karen&Mike    -- Mar-26-2007 @ 1:44 PM
  We were there too on saturday night!

Had another superb meal since Penny and Tony took over, but I am not gonna recommend the particular item 'cos its my favourite and I want to make sure there's always some left when I turn up  Evil Grin  

Had a quick meal last night too before heading off home and it was to the now usual high standard.

Have to say the whole atmosphere at the pub is great and the food and service excellent. Plenty of folk around at the weekend (sunday in particular).

Sorry if we missed some members! (Richard included apparently   Blush  )

Bottoms up for the new season!, Karen
(thats nothing to do with the fact that we came down at the weekend to dewinterise/set up the boat again for the season and I remembered the curtains but FORGOT the hooks!  Gasp  )

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

annarose    -- Mar-26-2007 @ 10:31 PM
  Hi Karen & Mike

Great to see you both again at the weekend, just to let you know that James will be making quite a lot of what we cannot name tomorrow so there should be plenty for your next visit!  

Thanks for all your comments, it makes us realise that all the hard work we have been putting in over the last 6 weeks has been worth it!  At least I can say one thing, taking over a pub is really good for weight loss!  Tony has now lost nearly 2 stone in 6 weeks and I have lost a stone, we will both be stick insects by the end of the summer!

See you both soon

Penny, Tony and the girls LOL

roya    -- Mar-30-2007 @ 10:32 AM
  HI All,
Well Gill and i had a super meal at table 22 on Tuesday.
We even had some flowers on the table.
I had the BIG Pie thingy,blimey could not move afterwards,
Gill had the Salmon and said it was super.
All in All spot on.
Even the sun was shining.


A Day without a smile is a wasted day

roya    -- Apr-10-2007 @ 3:31 PM
i need to know is the carvery in yet,i have worked very hard this week and lost over one ounce,  Evil Grin
it seems i have to meet Richard on Sat lunch so thought a carvery may be nice.
Playful Wink


A Day without a smile is a wasted day

annarose    -- Apr-10-2007 @ 10:05 PM
  Hi Roy

The carvery itself is in, just waiting for Tony to get the carvery pads.  We are going to try and have it up and running this weekend providing the pads turn up in time.  You can then regain that hard lost ounce and a few more as well!

Hope you had a great easter, ours was a wee bit busy!! Smile

Swordfish    -- Apr-10-2007 @ 11:36 PM
  Had a great meal in the Maltsters last week, the pies are absolutely huge. Could not manage the desert though so had to buy one and take it back to the boat Smile

Place was heaving with punters and a great atmosphere.
Well done Penny & Tony, was nice to meet you both..


annarose    -- Apr-10-2007 @ 11:46 PM
  hi all dont get much chance to post but just wanted to thank all those that visited us over the weekend and hope that the service was nt to bad learnt a lot and hope to improve,the good news was that we didnt run out until today of wherry, sorry but i wasnt aware of how much of this stuff you guys drunk, back on tommorrow,even filling water bottles of the stuff,as penny said i will do my best to trial the carvery this weekend if i can get the pads in and breakfast trial Friday and Saturday 8am to 10 am.It has been really great to meet so many forum members recently thanks again a Wherry Tony. Cool Indifference

This message was edited by annarose on Apr-10-07 @ 11:50 PM

Antares_9    -- Apr-11-2007 @ 5:29 PM
  "even filling water bottles of the stuff"
Shhhhhhh, what will people think of us, we even had to empty the origonal contents into the potable water tank. It was good beer but we must bring a bit bigger than 2 x 5L next time. Cheers

Meus stilus es pelagus testes

Cat philosophy:
Life was sweet for a broads ships cat

annarose    -- Apr-11-2007 @ 11:16 PM
  Just purchased from woodfords 4pint take away jugs so no longer do we need to use substitutes,for that lazy beer swigging cruise along the water these are just the job.


nautiuser    -- Apr-12-2007 @ 8:38 AM
Called in last Saturday lunchtime, 2 good pints of Wherry, and Flaming chicken in a bun, most enjoyable.
Tony I have to think you have several body doubles, because you kept appearing from outside, without passing me on the way out (spooky).


annarose    -- Apr-13-2007 @ 9:42 PM
  Thanks Hugh for your message, there is enough of Tony to have a body double but I think there is only one!! I hope so anyway!

Just to let everyone know, there will be no breakfast tomorrow (Saturday) as someone leant on the new carvery unit and broke a few of the tiles, so hopefully the carvery and breakfast will be on next weekend.  


BroadAmbition    -- Apr-13-2007 @ 11:03 PM

I know an excellent professional wall and floor tiler, NVQ Level 4, registered with the CITB / TTA. CSCS card holder. Reliable / honest and a bit of a Yorkshire Gigalo who can fix the tiles on your carvery. I reckon he will do it for a free breakfast (The travelling is another matter though)   LOL  -  Griff

One of these decades we WILL finish Broad Ambition !!

steve    -- Apr-15-2007 @ 5:12 PM
  hi all,
had a fanstatic meal here on friday nite ,food was absolutely GREAT !!!! fully recommend this pub / resturant to you all , keep up the good work Penny & tony ,!

steve and vicky

SteveO    -- Apr-16-2007 @ 8:48 PM
  Having watched this post grow to 5 pages, Mrs O and I felt it was time to  try the Maltsters last Saturday night. Compared to the last time we visited, about 3 years ago, I thought that the place was transformed and had a real buzz about it. The staff were friendly, the decor and atmosphere pleasant and we were shown to a nice table.

The Woodford's Wherry was, unusually, a bit nondescript, although the Old Speckled Hen was OK. The food, when it arrived, was good, plentiful and attractively presented.

The only downside was that we had to wait almost an hour for our meal to arrive and, whilst we were there at around 7.30, the pub wasn't full. Maybe this wasn't typical, but if it was, then this might not bode well for visits later in the year when there are likey to be many more customers about.

All in all, we gave the Maltsters a 7 out of 10 on the night, which was a big improvement over past experience  and could easily have been a 9 had the wait time been a little shorter.

Tobi    -- Apr-22-2007 @ 8:05 PM
  Cheesey chips, at a request arrived better than ever hoped for. Not only were they steak cut, but also had the skins on. Parfait. What's more, when left to soak in the Sweet Chilli Sauce from the mushrooms, the mouth was filled with an explosion of flavour. Loved every second of this snack and shall be stopping by again. This was just what was needed after a short canoe trek from Salhouse to Ranworth. Thank you

roya    -- Apr-23-2007 @ 8:06 AM
  HI Tobi ,
welcome to the site mate.

Steve O,
hi mate yep the average wait is 30 to 40 mins but thats cos the food is fresh cooked,not ladled out of big pots,i spose if ready type food could be just bunged in the microwave that would be quicker but not as nice as Freshly cooked stuff.
i prefer the wait,when Gill cooks its over 90 mins normally,cos if i had my way Micro wave ovens would be history.
When the new carvery is up and running that will help waiting time (i hope)  Smile


A Day without a smile is a wasted day

annarose    -- Apr-24-2007 @ 10:42 PM
  Hi all

thanks to all of you that have been posting great comments, we value them highly, we also value constructive comments that are not so good, which can only help hopefully to get better, SteveO i am sorry you had to wait so long for your food, having been here now for 10 weeks we have found that the length of time to get food out to tables is fairly long when busy due to us cooking fresh food in fairly strict order.Having also spent time in the kitchen recently i have discovered that the kitchen actually copes fairly well for its size, very small like myself     .Hopefully in time we will learn to produce food quicker, however i will never compromise quality for quicker service. I hope that the time you waited did not spoil what you actually had eventually served to you,still not bad if you gave us a 9 if food served quicker,thanks again for your comments they are very much appreciated,

PS For those of you eagerly waiting to try the carvery the saga continues, damaged tiles by stray customer, produces poor grouting by company, now waiting for retiling of unit I am promised will be done by end of week, hold your breath you never know!            
tounge-in-cheek tounge-in-cheek

annarose    -- Apr-24-2007 @ 10:44 PM
  oops tongue in cheek should have been in space after myself, novice forum member, novice landlord, hey never mind!

Brian    -- Apr-25-2007 @ 7:50 AM
  Sorry for the Numpty Question, but were is the Malsters ?

GaryCantley    -- Apr-25-2007 @ 8:01 AM
  Ranworth, by the staithe

Driving a safety boat does not constitute being a stinky.

roya    -- Apr-25-2007 @ 12:29 PM
  Brian mate,
when i leave late at night i ask the same question,well nearly, its where are my moorings?

Happy Daze.


A Day without a smile is a wasted day

Brian    -- Apr-25-2007 @ 1:18 PM
  Many thanks Smile

Is it Child Friendly ?
Do they have any High Chairs ?

As im looking at other places to eat on the Broads apart from Pizza Hut and McDonalds LOL

roya    -- Apr-25-2007 @ 3:03 PM
  yes to both questions.


A Day without a smile is a wasted day

Karen&Mike    -- Apr-25-2007 @ 3:59 PM

You really MUST try The Maltsters - I'm sure you wont be disappointed!Tony & Penny are excellent hosts and the place is child friendly (they have two small girls). It's in a great spot, there's plenty of outside seating for a pleasant day, and best of all the food is lovely and home-cooked!

Ranworth Staithe is a great spot to moor up so if you are planning an overnight visit, make sure you get there in good time so you are assured of a mooring. No point mud-weighting on the Broad unless you have a tender - but I guess that as you are asking about children, then rowing across and back for a beer and evening meal is not such a good idea!

All the best, Karen

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

Brian    -- Apr-25-2007 @ 4:29 PM
  Thats great news, it goes on my list of places to Eat in the near future Smile

We have a Horizon boat out in a month or two, which cant go under any Bridges. Its at Acle, so this will make a great overnight stop Smile

Cheers guys and gals


annarose    -- Apr-30-2007 @ 8:45 PM
  Well folks we been spotted outside of the pub tucking into a chinese meal,seems like our covers been blown, or has it?

Perhaps the t shirt gave it away, anyway it made a change but were back at the wheel and sailing onward.

Where re tiling the carvery this week update to follow when finished!


Richard    -- Apr-30-2007 @ 9:20 PM
  Tony, don't rush on the carvery, I was planning on having  your website finished at the same time Smile

annarose    -- Apr-30-2007 @ 10:51 PM
  Richard its the Norfolk way it will get done eventually see I am learning very quickly,i like this Norfolk time!

annarose    -- May-4-2007 @ 7:28 PM
  Hi All

Finally! The carvery will be up and running on Sunday, hopefully everything will go ok and there won't be too many hitches!  

Hope to see some of you over the weekend.

Penny and Tony

Swordfish    -- May-4-2007 @ 7:40 PM
  Great news Penny and Tony, look forward to trying it soon... Smile


cathy45    -- May-6-2007 @ 1:55 AM
  Cant wait to try the carvary i eat here every time im on the broads be in on the 23rd June looking forward to the big event counting the days now. Cheers Smile

mike2409uk    -- May-6-2007 @ 8:03 AM
  hi,have been reading thru the posts and it looks like i missed out on somthing special when we we're on hol before easter. however i hope to recify this when we're back in Oct for the half term and hoping to get some of that good home cooking everyone is raving about.keep up the good work and hope to see you in oct.


p.s. is table 22 the forum table?  Wink

roya    -- May-6-2007 @ 1:53 PM
i use 22 cos its near the door and i get the fresh air ,cos the pub has a low roof and if a few folk are having a fag,
Thats my excuse and im sticking to it.
Evil Grin

But the other bar is Smoke free.
where most folk a big change soon when the Law changes,wonder how many smokers can cram into the telephone box opposite.if they are nice ladies i may take it up meself.


A Day without a smile is a wasted day

This message was edited by roya on May-6-07 @ 1:58 PM

kfurbank    -- May-6-2007 @ 2:02 PM
  Roy, That excuse will run out on the 1st July.  Playful Wink


The low tides seem much higher this year!!!

annarose    -- May-6-2007 @ 10:42 PM
  Well ladies and gents you are all going to think that the saga of the Maltsters carvery is over and you would be right! For the 73 people that enjoyed the pork/turkey and beef carvery today,

But wait the saga continues no hitches, wrong! yes there was, too much load on the electrics and we kept having a power cut just another problem to sort out before we try again!.

But the last word is down to those 73 that enjoyed what was and will be a great carvery and there were no complaints!??????????

Thanks to all for bearing with us today I will let you know when the second run will be.

Thanks Tony        

andyc567    -- May-12-2007 @ 3:20 PM
  I was moored at Ranworth on a couple of evenings last week, and ventured over to the Malsters on both nights.

Can I just say what a delight the food was, especially the side order of Chilli Mushrooms Smile

For those of you visiting the Malsters, the Chilli Mushrooms are a must..


annarose    -- May-15-2007 @ 11:00 PM
  Thanks for your comments, they are Tonys' secret recipe - although I think he has told quite a few people how to make them now!

Hope to see you again soon


Karen&Mike    -- May-16-2007 @ 1:54 AM

let me give you a little tip...

...if you have a favourite on the Maltsters menu, dont tell a soul, keep it to yourself, or it will become so popular you may not get any on your next visit cos somebody got there before you!

I did this with my favourite dish and guess what? visited on the May Day Monday evening, and there was still some left!



[edit for typo - its getting late)

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

This message was edited by Karen&Mike on May-16-07 @ 2:56 AM

JamesLons    -- Jun-28-2007 @ 11:15 AM
  Had a the carvery at the malsters on saturday really good value and really good food all the staff who work there are friendly really liked the place oh and the chilli mushrooms are good as well definitely be back again.


billmaxted    -- Jun-28-2007 @ 11:24 AM
  Just as soon as he remembers where he put his recently over-used wallet  Tinhat

Bill...(The Ancient Mardler)

Rondonay    -- Jun-28-2007 @ 11:49 AM
  Be kind Bill, James is clearly still in shock, it was Sunday we had the carvery. tounge-in-cheek
And it was the best I've ever had. Well done Tony & Co!


'Stop it you silly ass!' cried the Rat from the bottom of the boat 'You can't do it! You'll have us over!'

roya    -- Jun-28-2007 @ 2:13 PM
  I have to say the Mushrooms were a freebie from Penny as were the baked spuds,
Evil Grin

but the food is good.
James  i think Penny saw you get the round in and took pity on you LOL.
Wish i knew what you was saying though .




Swordfish    -- Jun-28-2007 @ 5:09 PM
  He'd be asking for 3 Yorkshire Puds like he did at the Ferry Friday evening...  LOL


annarose    -- Jun-28-2007 @ 8:25 PM
  The mushrooms are my speciality and i decided to let James try them, didnt know Mr 22 would gate crash them    Playful Wink  but hey never mind three yorkshires or free Mushrooms it was a good weekend and was nice to see most of you, damp squid NO! just good honest fun, thanks for the Ferry over, first trip on Broads and ive got the taste,and we are definately looking forward to our trip on Broad Ambition. Thanks again


Bruyere    -- Jun-28-2007 @ 9:57 PM
  Hi Tony

Speaking of the Broad Ambition permitting...Liz and I may take a tootle down the river and drop in on you this weekend.

Make it idiot proof and someone will make a better idiot.
The gene pool could use a little chlorine.

NEB    -- Sep-1-2007 @ 4:32 PM
  Can anybody please advise what the serving times are for the Sunday carvery at the Maltsters?


norwichsparky    -- Sep-4-2007 @ 10:20 PM
  the carvery is 12pm till 3pm, although people are normally waiting at the door from 11:45am!

Brent    -- Apr-29-2008 @ 8:37 AM
  Hi Tony / Penny,
The weekend 16th - 19th May our group of 24 well behaved, hungry and ale thirsty blokes have our annual sail, which usually includes the Sunday night (18th) at Ranworth staithe.
Having seen the positive responses since you took over the pub, you are an obvious choice for the evening meal and drinking. A bit of a concern though is that , with two of the chaps having recently been in for a recce, on one occasion only one pump was dispensing real ale, and on the other occasion, neither were!
Will you be able to accommodate (feed) us in those numbers, and can we be assured of plenty of ale being available? Nelsons Revenge and Wherry are very popular!


mardler    -- Apr-29-2008 @ 4:59 PM
  Brent, possibly a better bet is the Fur & Feather: bigger range of Woodfordes beer always available plus good food.

You'll have to look elsewhere for a Woodfordes alternative, though, which is a shame as the Maltsters should, surely, stock an alternative to the brewery tap just up the road?

Try the King's Arms, Ludham and Cross Keys at Dilham, the latter still selling great real ale despite the sign outside! Lots of fun for the boys in the KA, XK a tad more rural.

pks1702    -- Apr-29-2008 @ 7:08 PM
  One of the draws of The Maltsers apart from Ranworth was the Wherry. Don't tell me being a spit from Woodfordes this is no longer available..... Please



It is not wealth or ancestry,
but honourable conduct and a noble disposition,
that maketh men great

mardler    -- May-3-2008 @ 11:16 PM
  Perry, I meant the Maltsters is a stone's throw from Woodbastwick yet sells the same beer: no imagination.

Further comment on beer quality at Ranworth is best left unsaid.

Darned shame: the Maltsters could be a great pub.

annarose    -- May-3-2008 @ 11:25 PM
  We do still sell Wherry which we have to pay quite a large premium for to Punch as it is not on their list which we willingly do so as we know it is so popular - we are not able to get any other Woodforde ales even if we wanted to, we had to fight the pub company to get the wherry, it is nothing to do with lack of imagination.  We do have two ales on over the season but not during the winter as we do not sell enough to keep them in tip top condition.

As to the fact that we could be a good pub, today we have served over 400 meals and not had one single compaint - say no more!

roya    -- May-4-2008 @ 8:06 PM
  Penny ,
sweetheart i think you run a great pub,as you say on Saturday it was packed solid by folk all enjoying themselves,
Well done and keep up the good work,my only nag is now you live in Norfolk forget Wolves and support
Norwich FC.

Best pub on the broads INMHOP.


Bittern code 57.

Have you smiled today???
if not why not!!


annarose    -- May-4-2008 @ 8:32 PM
  Roy, can't do that sorry! Old gold and black will come first everytime!

andrewleighcook    -- May-7-2008 @ 1:44 PM
  Dear Penny & Tony I would like first of like to say a thank for the very nice Pate my that my very good Lady Friend had enjoyed on Tuesday evening and your Curtis's service has now helped to persuade her to come on the Norfolk Broads in a few weeks time. roya has your team got promotion yet? as for my Hammers while what disastrous season and I hope they can and will do better in 08-09 season.

roya    -- May-7-2008 @ 2:59 PM
  Andrew ,
yes mate a real Norfolk team ,
KLFC is going into the Conference league  next season,its only took 30 odd years but hey this after all Norfolk so whats the rush.
3MPH is good ok.


Bittern code 57.

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if not why not!!

This message was edited by roya on May-7-08 @ 4:00 PM

steve    -- May-7-2008 @ 8:33 PM
  hi all ,
this pub just gets better & better every time we visit , pennie & tony were very very busy saturday nite as it was b/hol w/end , and belive were 2 staff down , BUT !! they battled on and got the food orders out ,(400 meals i belive by the end of the nite)  everyone was happy and heard no complaints ,the place was packed out , but the good service contiued and smiles all round ,
well done you 2 , keep up the good work !!

steve and vicky

This message was edited by steve on May-7-08 @ 9:35 PM

annarose    -- May-7-2008 @ 9:35 PM
  Thanks Steve and Vicky, its nice to know all our hard work and aching feet are appreciated!


roya    -- May-8-2008 @ 3:10 PM
  Penny ,
just had a thought,on the brekkie menu what about a slice of black pudding,

yum yum.


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TerryTibbs    -- May-8-2008 @ 3:40 PM
  How about Potato cakes? mmmmmmm and White pudding and as Roya says Black pudding, yummy

Dave Smile

roya    -- May-8-2008 @ 3:43 PM
whats white pudding,
if its yummy i will love it.


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TerryTibbs    -- May-8-2008 @ 4:12 PM
  Roya it's a traditional Irish Breakfast dish (as are potato cakes) made from various cereal products and herbs and spices. I believe they sell it in Morrisons, not had it from there so can't say if it is as good as the original but got to be worth giving it a try.


andrewleighcook    -- May-13-2008 @ 10:56 AM
  Hi all as I was up on the Norfolk Broads on Tuesday 6th may and popped in to the Malsters Pub in Ranworth to have a drink and found their Breakfast Menu is all right but would this alter the price of having it due to the costs of Food has gone terrific and would that mean roya having a very small Breakfas in the near future lol due to costs of Food going up.

roya    -- May-13-2008 @ 2:24 PM
  Andrew ,
me and a small brekkie,

blimey ,
no way

Gill can you please get a night shift in or three.


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if not why not!!


Iceman    -- Jun-22-2008 @ 5:08 PM
  Saw roy today at the Maltsters and had a good chat and what i saw coming out of the kitchen i liked so sunday lunch came to mind (roast) bloody marvelous.  


andrewleighcook    -- Jun-22-2008 @ 9:51 PM
  I must add my weight on this Malsters Menu as I was at the Malsters today for this splendid Sunday Carvery that me and my nice Lady friend had and I could not fault any of the things that Tony and Penny putting out including the Roast Potatoes they were as roya would say spot on. I really and truly say Tony and Penny at the Malster have put the good name back on the map once again. The Malsters at Ranworth is well worth a visit for Sunday Carvery Lunch or during the week for there Menu meals.

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