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Mar-15-2005 @ 2:43 PM                           Permalink
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The last time I went there was Saturday 20th November last year. No trouble mooring outside, we were the only boat Smile . Waited for pub to open at 6pm. Went in and had a couple of pints, no one else turned up so we left to walk to The Hermitage.

We arrived at the Hermitage to find it closed, due to an extension being built, so we continued on into Acle and found a restaurant I would recommend called Grumpy's. Good service, very large portions and reasonably priced.

We left Grumpy's and decided the walk back to the Bridge Inn to let dinner go down and a couple more pints would be good. We arrived back at 9.15 only to find the Bridge Inn closed. Luclily I had some beer on the boat Smile .

Next morning we had to pour warm water over the ropes to be able to untie them, where they had become that frozen.

I tired to eat there last May, but the resturant did not allow children and the family room had been pre-booked for a function, leaving no where for children to eat. That day we went to the Hermitage where we had a very good meal and the child was made to feel welcome.

I don't know if Grumpy's allows children, but in future stops at Acle will involve a visit to either the Hermiatge or Grumpy's to eat, although the Bridge Inn is not bad if your drinking only.

Keith

The picure is us leaving the Bridge Inn on a very frosty Sunday morning.




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This was the first pub we ever stopped at on our first trip to the Broads last year. We hadn't even picked our boat up by this time, just needed a drink and a rest after driving down from Yorkshire. We pulled up, all excited (well I was, men don't get that way do they?), but we were not impressed, and became a bit worried about how the week would pan out... Needless to say, after this, and then a ropey start with a tatty boat that we took back after a day (changed to another boat at another yard), all went well and we were hooked!

This message thread is a great help - am gonna check out all the places on our next route...

Karen

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k & m, check out the pub guide (link at the bottom of the page), and don't forget to post your own reviews!

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Thanks Richard - that'll keep me quiet for half an hour tonight! Need to look up a place we found at Neatishead last year, it wasn't the main pub, just a little restaurant and bar. Can't remember the name but hopefully it's listed...

Karen

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That sounds possibly like the Old Saddlery, on the right as you approach the White Horse Inn, from the public moorings.

The White Horse Inn hopes to resume serving food around mid Summer, after it's mishap with the gritting lorry. Still very good beer there.

Keith

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Oh thanks Keith, that must be it. We were walking from Gays Staith after finding the Barton Angler closed!(never been there before but were told it WAS good, though have since heard allsorts about the new owners...) So, thought we would go back to the other place as the walk was worth it!.

K & M

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The Barton Angler was once a fabulous place. Gorgeous garden setting and reasonably-priced food and drink plus a very warm welcome.

The last time we went there it was simply awful...the garden was partitioned off...we were made to feel as welcome as a bacon sandwich in a synagogue and then served almost mediocre beer at popular prices (well they liked them!) and food which was, quite simply overpriced "nuked" garbage.

Whoever had taken the place over seemed to have no idea whatsoever... Frown

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Had a look in at the Bridge at Acle in August 2005, luckily it was early afternoon, still had to book a table for the early evening even at that time, "very busy" they said. Went up at allotted time, it was quite busy. Not very impressed with the service, the food or the general attitude of any of the staff, including what looked to be the manager/owner? I won`t bother again. Looks like it`s a similar tale from reading other peoples posts.


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Feb-03-2006 @ 7:01 PM                           Permalink
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the worst of it all is you get bad service long queues for meals which are not memorable, then you get charged to moor there.
go to the hermitage further down no mooring charge if you eat there and better everything.

jim

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hi there had the last nite of our oct2005 holiday in the bridge i agree we would not go there again. Frown

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The trouble is that most of the Broadland Pubs seem to change markedly from year to year so that it may all be different in 2006. I was a bit suprised to see the adverse comment about being not 'child friendly' on this thread as I had got the immpression from comments made elsewhere that they were well catered for.

I cannot help but wonder whether the inconsistant standards are down to regional management policies.  Given the high proportion of the profits made from catering I can't see why any Landlord would wish to neglect this side of the business.  I guess that being away from the centre of things might make staffing more difficult than the two other pubs which are closer to the centre of the village.

'You may only be going from Loddon to Reedham Ferry but I still don't think that the power lead you have connected will be long enough' Bill...

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