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Noting that two of your favourites are in Hampshire Danjamben maybe I can suggest another not to far away in East Dorset, The Vine, Vine Hill at Pamphill near Wimborne Minster. If you get the chance to try it I think you will have to extend your list to 5!

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Following on from Boatboys post on the "End Thread", about this wonderful "NORFOLK" pub, for logistical reasons, we could only visit it on a Monday a few weeks ago.
Whilst the others were worrying about fishing, I was sent ahead to inquire if food was available. Unfortunately, being Monday, it wasn’t, but I felt compelled to have a little chat (as you do) with the Landlord & his wife, who gave me a quick demonstration of her talents on the violin.

I really love this place, so the mission took slightly longer than the management felt necessary. Making my way back to Shadow with the bad news (it some how didn’t seem that important now), I met them, also now on a mission to find me. “ No food on today Darling” I mumbled, trying to look upset, “ but don’t worry, we can eat at the Wherry Inn” This seemed to plicate the situation, so off we went, for the first time ever to the village itself.

Apart from getting confused when we reached the boatyard, and having to very carefully navigate under a very low bridge, this was a lovely place to stay for the night. The pub was great, nice food etc, also met a local Lady who was a friend of Susan Ellis. I can confirm that Susan was not a  relation of Ted Ellis (as stated earlier on this thread).

One final note, if you do moor here, please remember your torch, bit of a tricky walk to the pub, along the bank & through woods.

Tim


The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.

William Shakespeare

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Thanks to everyone on this thread for providing me with so much nostalgia!  A conversation with my parents by my daughter led to a "Locks story" and to my searching the web for info on it and a link to this site!
Having been born and raised in Norfolk, I "discovered" the Locks thanks to a fishing friend.  There followed many nights - and afternoons - with an increasing number of friends who heard the rumours.  Walter was a wonderful host, John on the accordion with his range of songs, everyone singing along or dancing, Merrydown cider, the log fire, hot pokers in the beer... wonderful days!  I have not been there for over 17 years - since I moved away to Cambridgeshire, then Herefordshire, but now have an urge to return and see how the old place is.  No more corrugated iron lean-to for the toilets it appears!  Thanks again all!

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Hi Mr M, and welcome to the site. I would urge you, should you find yourself in those dark parts of South Norfolk at some point to pop in to the Locks, I am sure you will not be dissappointed. The pub had real problems a few years ago, even closing at one point. I am really glad to say that despite the recent extensions the place is back to it's very best. The new owners seem very keen to maintain the long traditions the pub has and the live music nights are fantastic. The open fire still roars away and the poker sits ready for you on the hearth.



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Paul

"Better drowned than duffers, if not duffers, won't drown"

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Hi Mr M, welcome to the site.

It is one of my favourite bits of the Broads, although unlike a lot on here, I only found it about 7 years ago.

It certainly has changed a lot on the outside, but has a wonderful atmosphere inside. Had a fairly up & down history in recent years, but I've been there a couple of times this year, and just love it.

Tim



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A group of us are hiring White Moth for a long weekend next May and are planning to take her to Geldeston on that trip. Looking forward to it. My wife was a frequent visitor to the pub in Susan's time in the sixties.

Phil

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hi, anyone know if this pub can be reached by road please? would love to try it whilst we ar in norfolk in january  Playful Wink

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Hi Romany

The Locks is definately accessible by road - that's the only way I've got there so far, but not for about 8 years. Well worth the visit if you get the chance though does anyone know if they are open everyday throughout the winter?


Carol

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Hi Julie

Follow this link, you'll see the PH on the river with the track from the village.
http://www.streetmap.co.uk/newmap.srf?x=639500&y=291500&z=3&sv=639500,291500&st=4&ar=N&mapp=newmap.srf&searchp=newsearch.srf&ax=639106&ay=292055

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thanks tim, i am hoping to visit in the new year, but unsure if pub will be open everyday in jan. also i no longer got my 4x4 so im a bit concerned about the condition of the farm track, would hate to get stuck lol! im back down for the first may bank hols so might have to wait till then to visit this famous pub!  Cheers

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