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Hi we are going to the broads at the end of September and so I have been perusing the site for info but the pub reviews don't have any postings more recent than 2012.
We were on the broads last October and had a lovely lunch at the New Inn (Rockland Broad I think) and when we returned at the end of March it was closed down which meant a trek up to the village shop and me cooking tea, not something I aim to do much when on holiday.
I was hoping to catch up on which pubs are still going strong, which to avoid and which are now shut as once moored for the day we tend to stay put.
I was on the Broads in May and visited the following places.
Southern: The Waters Edge. (Bramerton) Gone up market with a recent total revamp to a very high standard and re-named from Woods End to The Waters Edge. Was very busy and seems to be very popular with the locals.
The Ferry House. (Surlingham) Looks a bit old and rickety but very pleasant with a nice atmosphere. Also had a nice early morning breakfast.
The Beauchamp Arms. (Buckenham) Had recently been taken over by new management who made us most welcome. We had a very enjoyable evening.
Coldham Hall. (Brundall) Didn’t stop there this time but last year found the place had been totally revamped to a very high standard and served us with really nice food.
The Rushcutters.(Thorpe) Still a really nice pub. Another place very popular with the locals.
The Wherry Hotel (Oulton Broad) Another place with a complete revamp to a very high standard. Had a nice roast and is still one of my favourite stops.
Northern: Hotel Wroxham: Still popular and still my favourite position for viewing the goings on at the bridge.
The Swan (Horning) Another popular place. Reasonable prices and a still nice place to sit outside and admire the river. Might have moorings restricted to allow only day boats till 17:00.
Ferry Inn (Horning) Games room now a restaurant. Have yet to try the food as only a flying visit. Might have a section of moorings restricted to allow only day boats till 17:00.
Ferry Inn (Stokesby) Had a really enjoyable evening, friendly management and serving great food.
Bridge Inn (Acle) Still a very popular place. Still one of my favourite stops.
We are back again from October 1 so may be there the same time as you.
Forgot to mention The Kings Head in Beccles. Now a Wetherspoon's total top refurb and much very extended in size. Usual good Wetherspoon's prices.
We are normally based on the Northern Broads and in the last two weeks have visited the following establishments:-
Ferry Inn (Horning) - They have done a lot of work to this place over the past few months. The old Games room now a very nice restaurant area. We have had both the Cavery which is pretty good value + also food from the menue. We find it good value. Moorings are available if you are eating in the pub. Lots of other threads on the mooring charges etc. Can get a bit loud if there is live music on.
New Inn (Horning) - We were there only last weekend. This pub is great if you have a young family. However, best thing to do is to call beforehand (01692 631223) as then you can reserve a mooring and also book your meal reservation (they have a fairly small kitchen I think which is why they only accept bookings). Gus is always there to lend a hand and sort out the mooring ropes. He got us a great space in their basin and even sorted us out the next morning. The mooring were full that weekend so really important to book beforehand. When we were there, there were about 9 other families moored up as well and it was a great atmosphere with the kids playing etc.
Bridge Inn (Acle) - I have only recently started to visit this place. I like it a lot. They are very well organised and the food is excellent in my opinion. The garden is also very nice when the weather allows. It is also very dog friendly - to the extent that they have dog bowls behind the bar!
Ferry Inn (Stokesby) Another of my favorite pubs. Have not eaten there recently but always an enjoyable visit. Just remember to watch the tide and see which way it is going before mooring up (always moor up into the tide it is easier).
Fur and Feather (Salhouse Broad / Woodbastwick). If you fancy a nice long walk - take the path from the broad to the car park and then turn left along Salhouse road. About 20mins along the road on your left is the Fur and Feather. Brilliant pub and the advantage is you can then walk off all that beer on the way back!