Locals News

Report last updated – 8th Jan 2018

The White Hart, Hopton

The ACV protected White Hart in Hopton is now back open! The pub has been taken over by Mr. Craig Applegate. He has leased the pub, free of tie, from Criterion and has refurbished the property to a high standard. The business is now a mainly food driven gastro pub but he is serving two real ales on hand pumps in the two bar areas. Craig also runs The Turnstone public house, under Enterprise Inns, in the same village.

The Feathers, Gorleston & The Feathers Hotel, Great Yarmouth

The Feathers in Gorleston and  The Feathers Hotel in Great Yarmouth are both back open after being refurbished to a high standard. Both the pubs have been handed over to Enterprise Inns sister company Craft Union Pub Co. Both pubs are live sports, live music, community based pubs and are predominately wet sales driven.

The King William, Gorleston

The King William in Gorleston has reopened and being ran, free of tie, by Jan Rainer and Mark Ashby. This Criterion / Wellington Inns owned pub has had a good clean up and has been redecorated to a good standard. They are stocking two local real ales (Lacons) on the two hand pumps.

  • Branch meeting scheduled here 12th Feb 2018

The Queens Head, Burgh Castle

The  privately owned Queens Head in Burgh Castle is up for sale and also has redevelopment plans passed by the local council. The main reason given for these sale/redevelopment plans was that they have been extremely quiet and have had little to no support from the local community over the winter months. As of the 1st March 2017 an ACV has been approved on the pub by GYBC.

The Albion, Gorleston

Mr. Vincent Mee has taken on the Punch Inns owned Albion in Gorleston. He is now serving three rotating real ales on the three hand pumps and is pleasantly surprised by the demand for real ale. The function rooms is hired out most weekends as well which is good news for the business.

  • Branch meeting scheduled here 9th Oct 2017

The Rumbold Arms, South Town-Great Yarmouth

The Rumbold Arms is in the South Town area of Great Yarmouth. The current landlady, Sue Gallant, ran the pub 15 years ago and has taken on the property once again via Enterprise Inns. The pub offers one ale on the three hand pumps. She’s is hiring out the function room again and is looking to welcome patrons old and new.

The Iron Duke, Great Yarmouth

The long closed and neglected, Bourne Leisure owned, Iron Duke was looking set for demolition. Construction workers had removed the iconic falcon statues and hoppers from the entrance and it was looking very grim for the old building. Luckily, after much hard work and campaigning  by Caroline Jones of the Save the Iron DukeEnglish Heritage have granted a Grade II listing on the building protecting it from demolition and ensuring it’s condition doesn’t deteriorate any further. More good news is that local businesses have shown great interest in purchasing the property from Bourne Leisure, refurbishing the historic interior to it’s former glory and reopening the pub.

The Troll Cart, Great Yarmouth

The long awaited reopening of the new, extended and extensively refurbished J. D. Wetherspoons Troll Cart happened on the 12th December. They have a new and improved real ale stillage, ale cooler and line cleaning system in the extensive 1st floor ‘cellar’.  The kitchens have also been relocated upstairs along with the toilets with the addition of an outside seating/smoking area to the rear. The most major difference is the utilisation of the upper two floors that have been converted into a well appointed 23 room hotel including suites for disabled guests. They are stocking 3 staple real ales with a further 6 guest ales available.

Food is available 7 days a week from 7am – 11pm with the bar serving alcohol from 9am – midnight.

The White Swan, Great Yarmouth

This Enterprise Inns pub is currently closed. There is a landlady on the premises but they are not trading.

The Suspension Bridge Tavern, Great Yarmouth

The rumours that redevelopment plans were to be submitted for the Suspension Bridge Tavern in Runham Vauhall have come to fruition. Plans have been submitted to redevelop the site and build a block of flats. See the Great Yarmouth Mercury 6th Oct 2017 for more information.

The Red Herring, Great Yarmouth

This former Oak Taverns pub has been bought and owned by the long time landlord Darren Grice.                  He has owned the pub outright now since 31st July 2017 and still has the 7 hand pumps on the bar, some serving real cider, and also stocks a selection of bottled beers as well.

Darren and his team are open 7 days a week.                   Mon – Fri: 12 – 3pm  & 7pm – midnight.                                       Sat & Sun: 12pm – Midnight.

The Gallon Pot, Great Yarmouth

The Enterprise Inns owned Gallon Pot on Great Yarmouth market place is closed once again. The good news is that it is marked for a major refurbishment into an american smoke house grill and bar. The EI Publican Partnership website quotes:

We have planned a major refurbishment which will transform the Gallon Pot in to a fantastic smoke house grill and bar. The interior is going to be bought up in to the 21st century which will enhance the customer offer and make it one of the most attractive sites in town. New quality wooden flooring will run throughout with rustic wooden and corrugated iron panelling and stunning fixtures and fittings which include neon lights and American style booths providing a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere. The exterior will also be upgraded with brand new signage, lighting and plants to improve the pub’s kerb appeal. The courtyard will also be developed into an mini oasis and will be an ideal setting for a relaxing drink or al fresco dining during the warmer months.”

Paul Divine, the Regional Manager for EI Publican Partnership said”This could become the leading venue for food and functions in this busy town – and cask ales are important here, too, so an understanding of good beer is a must.”

The Great Eastern, Great Yarmouth

The Great Eastern is now closed and a sign has been placed on the door stating that the reason for closure is due to the rent not being paid.

The Albion, Great Yarmouth

The Albion in Great Yarmouth is currently shut. Looking through the windows it appears to be in the process of a refurbishment but no other information is available at present.

The Golfers Arms, Great Yarmouth

Joanne, formerly of the Rumbold Arms, took over the Golfers Arms on Oct 2016. The Admiral Taverns owned pub has two hand pumps serving Adnams real ales and one rotating. They now serve pub food daily and Sunday lunches.

Note: Admiral Taverns has been bought by C&C Group (who own Magners) and Proprium Capital Partners.

Nelsons, (Star Hotel) Great Yarmouth

This bar, formerly know as the Quay Merchants Bar, is back open and refurbished to a lovely standard. They have two real ales on normally and I was told that the Real Ale sells very well there! They have managed to refurbish the second floor restaurant which is also open and have available approximately 19 of the hotel rooms to let at present. The function rooms and the rest of the hotel is a work in progress but it’s lovely to see this iconic quay side building back open again.

T. J’s Bar, Great Yarmouth

This Elizabeth Holdings owned property, formerly known as Allens Bar, reopened on the 9th of December. They are planning on doing regular Karaoke nights, lunches and hosting live music nights. They are not stocking real ale at present but will be getting the equipment, pipework and engines organised ready for the 17th of Jan. They are planning on stocking one real ale at first and then expanding the range as demand increases.

The St. Johns Head, Great Yarmouth

The St. Johns Head is for sale. The privately owned pub has four hand pumps and serves various rotating ales with Elgoods Cambridge bitter as a staple.

  • Branch meeting scheduled here 8th Jan 2018

The Ship Inn, Caister

The Enterprise Inns Owned Ship Inn has been taken on by Andy & Sue, a couple from Northamptonshire. They are hoping to get some real ales in from the Kettering area (Potbelly Brewery) and are enthusiastic about real ale.

The Green Gate, Caister

The Enterprise Inns owned Green Gate is closed again. EI are advertising for tenants to take on the Green Gate on their website.

The Centurion, Caister

The Centurion is open and being ran by landlords Darren & Dill. They have two Real Ales available and a real cider. We visited the pub during our Caister  area branch social on Sat 19th Aug.

The Bell, Hemsby

The landlady Julie is running this Enterprise Inns owned pub and has one rotating real ale on the hand pumps. She likes to try serving different ales rather than the usual run of the mill beers that are available and keeps them well.

The Kings Head, Filby

The ACV protected Kings Head in Filby is open after an extensive refurbishment. The large rear beer garden has been re-turfed and the bars are complete. Martin has three hand pumps in place, all serving real ale. He has Timothy Tailors, Landlord as his house ale and two rotating guest ales. He also has a keg craft ale for those who like the fizz.

The Kings Head, Acle

The Enterprise Inns owned Kings Head is now open again.

The Lion, Thurne

The Lion is now closed for the winter period. It would seem the lack of locals, isolated location and end of the summer season have deemed the Lion not profitable enough to keep open. Ricky Malt, the owner of the Lion, has Ben Gleason managing the business. They were serving real ale on 6 hand pumps and 6 real ciders. At the back of the bar are 14 craft keg taps supplying various craft lagers, ciders, fruit beers and the odd stout. They were serving food in the two large restaurant areas and have a good beer garden area.


  • One of the pubs included in our branch social 30th Sept 2017

The Decoy, Fritton

The privately owned Fritton  Decoy free house is up for sale while still trading. It normally has two hand pumps serving two well kept real ales. They also stock a good keg mild and have numerous bottled ales available. They serve good honest home cooked food in the small seated dining area.

The pub is offered for sale on the DaveyCo website for offers in the region of £395,000

The Arches, Bradwell

Steve, the owner of The Arches, finally closed the pub for good on the 8th December 2017. There is a steel fence around the property and it looks set for demolition very shortly. This will leave the Enterprise Inns owned Sun Inn the only pub left in the village.

The Fritton Arms, Fritton

This mainly food and accommodation driven pub near to Fritton lake is owned by the Somerleyton Estate. They have two permanent ales and one rotating guest ale on the three hand pumps. They also have Greene Kings, East Coast IPA on keg for those who like it fizzy and cold!

 The Crown, Haddiscoe

This substantial, formerly Enterprise Inns owned, grade 2 listed building is closed as a pub at present, boarded up and now appears to be sold. I can’t seem to find any further information at present but rumour has it that it will be redeveloped into housing of some sort.

The Red lion, Halvergate

The landlady, Jayne Pitchers, has signed a new lease agreement at the pub which is great news. Jayne and her family have been involved with the Red Lion for over 30 years now and hopefully she shall be there for many years to come!

Jayne and the Parish Council had assisted East Norfolk CAMRA in preparing and submitting the ACV nomination to protect the Red Lion and as of the 23rd June 2017 the ACV nomination has been accepted!


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