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now i may kick myself next year for doing this but...
the place has re-opened this year after being closed for renovations and other things for a while.
and to be honest i am not really one for change normally except in this case this lovely place needed some work and to be honest they have done it proud.
the actual moorings have been raised by i'd say 3ft, that step has gone and there appears to be only one mooring space which has to be booked in advance phone the hotel direct.
interior decor does not look to bad, three types of adnams on the bar for you real ale enthusiasts, also which i like san miquel.
we tried the cod and chips, it was so fresh it may of been caught that morning.
all in all a worthwhile trip under the bridge and if you have the time, if not make it hour up the beautiful waveney to geldeston to either the locks or the wherry. hand on heart it is beautiful scenary, you really have to do it,that is if you haven't already!
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Totally agree with you, Les...We tried the place in July and were very impressed with the refurbishment...and what a view from the patio! Excellent. Shame we had to moor the other side of the bridge and walk it though...our boat's air draft of just under 9' doesn't mix well with Beccles old road bridge even at the lowest of low tides! Guess it's 'buy a dinghy time' if we wanna see Geldeston again!  Smile



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Is it actually in Beccles then? i gather wherever it is it is easily reached on foot if a mooring reservation isn't possible. Quite fancy it mesel.

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Yeah...if you walk into the town from the marina you'll see a direction sign to the right...the hotel is on a road called Puddingmoor.

At a leisurely pace, its about a 5-10 minute walk from the marina.



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heh dibbler,
if memorry serves, is there not a walk from beccles to geldeston along the banks of the waveney??
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As far as I can remember there used to be, Les but I'm unsure as to whether it's still traversable. We don't get down that way often enough unfortunately. Bill from Riverine (billmaxted) might be the man to know the answer to that one.





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Footpath from Beccles bridge (old one) (on Norfolk side of the river) goes all the way along the bank to at least Dunburgh (above Gillingham) and from memory, if you don't strike off right, up the hill to pick up the road through to Geldeston, you should be able to find the old railway track (line lifted donkey's years ago) which will dump you at Rowancraft in Geldeston anyway, not far from the Wherry with good beer to slake the walk-induced thirst  Smile .  

Never got any further than that, so don't know about path from Geldeston village to the Locks though, sorry. May or may not exist....anyone else know?

The riverbank footpath used to be very overgrown this time of year, but it's a while since I did it and may be better (or worse) maintained now. In Spring before the nettles get high it's a lovely walk of 2-3 hours, and brill (with wellies) in winter

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Paid a lunchtime call here week before last...very pleasant. Nice pint but quite expensive. Not surprising really...it's a hotel after all. New conservatory is first class. Huge dredger outside spoiled the view a little bit but not a real problem as the work needs doing. Got a bit envious as low airdraft boats wended their way to Geldeston though...



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Yesterday being aged mother’s birthday I planned to take her into Beccles for lunch.  The proposal was to try the Bear and Bells about which we had many good things.  Upon arrival however we found it surrounded by Taylor’s Electrical vans and a sign saying closed till the evening.  Whilst a bit put out, we saw the sign for Waveney House Hotel.  Having not been there since the rebuild we thought we would try it.  The grounds have been vastly improved although the Victorian greenhouse has gone.  The drive if anything is even steeper than before something to think about if less agile.  Inside it has been transformed a bit bland perhaps but not sterile with all its nooks and corners.

The restaurant was it seems only open in the evening but food was available in the Riverside Bar.  A pleasant room with its conservatory extension, the menu was not extensive but nicely cooked, generous portions and well presented. Service willing and cheerful but not overly experienced.  Floors all level, door wide so looks as if the requirements of the disabled have been taken into account.

The one thing I would criticise was the cost of the wine at £13 for a bottle of indifferent German Hock in the bar a bit over the top.  With full silver service in the restaurant maybe but creaking a couple of bottles before a meal a bit OTT. Two course meal as much as we could eat! £12 each.

Their site can be found here

http://waveneyhousehotel.co.uk/index.html


'There's ice in the dinghy! Don't worry there's gin in the cabin'  Bill...

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