Locals News

Report last updated – 12th April 2018

The Rumbold Arms, South Town

The formerly Enterprise Inns owned Rumbold Arms went up for sale as a free house in February 2018. It was bought in April 2018 by an undisclosed party, has been rented by Alex Smith and is going to be ran as a pub, from the 30th April, by new manager Amy. There are plans to build two houses on the rear of the large car park but this is not expected to affect the future of the pub or beer garden. They are still serving two real ales on the 3 hand pumps, offering the function room for hire and the hearty Sunday carvery. It seems little will change in all honesty, pool and darts teams will still run as normal, but there is great excitement in being free of tie on their beers and ales. The new manager Amy is hoping to start live music acts on a weekend and introduce a new menu once the dust settles!

The Kings Head, Acle

The King Head reopened its doors in May 2017. This Enterprise Inns owned pub in the center of Acle has a large car park and sizable beer garden to the rear as well. Andy the landlord is serving 2 real ales at present, with Jennings Cumberland Ale as a staple and a guest ale normally sourced from local breweries, on the 4 hand pumps. They are serving food from 12-3 pm & 5-7.30 pm and have various music acts on every Friday night. There are 6 B&B rooms available above the pub for anyone wishing to rest and relax after exploring the beautiful local countryside.

The White Swan, Great Yarmouth

This Enterprise Inns owned pub situated on the river Bure ,next to one of the last remaining medieval town wall towers, reopened on the 6th April 2018. The landlord, Local man Andy, is serving one real ale, currently Adnams Ghostship, on the 5 hand pumps they have available. They are looking forward to extending the real ale stock as trade increases and are looking forward to serving good pub food once the kitchen issues are fixed. They are also hoping to have live music acts on Friday nights and are trialing the idea over the next few weeks with local acts.

The Lion, Thurne

The Lion at Thurne reopened on the 23rd of March 2018 after completing the second phase of the refurbishment program. Most of the 2nd phase was external ground work that included the moving of the large gas tank in the car park, reworking of the waste water system and completing the upstairs flat renovation. The unchanged bar still comprises of 6 hand pumps supplying local ales, 14 craft keg taps on the back wall hosting various craft lagers, craft ales, milds, stouts etc and next to those the stillage for the 6 real ciders. They are still serving food in the two large restaurant areas and in beer garden areas from 12.00-14.30 & 18.00-21.00


The King William, Gorleston

Jan Rainer and Mark Ashby celebrated their first anniversary in The King William on the 17th March 2018. They threw a party with live music to thank the local community for their support since taking on this Criterion / Wellington Inns owned free house. They normally stock two local real ales (Lacons) on the two hand pumps and are looking forward to another busy summer season near the Gorleston beach front.


The Green Gate, Caister

The Enterprise Inns owned Green Gate is set to open again on the 26th April after an extensive refit. The pub has been taken on by local lady Mel who is looking forward to getting back into the hospitality business after a long break working in retail. The theme of the pub is to make the large rear function room a sports orientated bar and to keep the front, main bar more traditional in feel. The function room will remain available for private party hire and will also host the monthly live music event featuring local bands. Mel is hoping to serve one real ale, possibly Sharps Doombar, on the one hand pump to see how it goes but she is also going to have a selection of real ale in bottles available. She is very keen to get the local darts and pool teams up and running once again.

They will be serving pub meals Mon to Fri: 12.00-14.30 & 17.00-21.00. Sat: 12.00-21.00 and Sun: 12.00-17.00.

The Acle Bridge Inn, Acle

The Enterprise Inns owned Acle Bridge has been ran by Phil and Vanessa Hannon for 11 years now. They moved to Acle from Seven Oaks in 2007 and built the business up to what it is today. They are now serving a fourth real ale, all four hand pumps are occupied and are concentrating on supporting local breweries where possible. They also serve food in the extensive dining areas in the pub and outside beer gardens next to their river Bure moorings.


The Two Necked Swan, Great Yarmouth

The grade II listed and long closed, North West market place positioned, Two Neck Swan looks set for redevelopment. This old pub was first listed in 1974 by English Heritage and has been known under various names over the centuries. It is one of the oldest pubs in the town according to local historian Colin Tooke. The building was first used as a public house in the 1700’s and was a Lacons brewery pub by 1819. Nevertheless plans have been submitted to convert the old pub into 5 residential  flats possibly dashing the hopes that one day the pub would reopen.

The William Adams, Gorleston

The newly built JD Wetherspoons, The William Adams, opened on Gorleston High Street on the 13th March 2018. There are 12 hand pumps on the bar serving the three staple ales that JDW serve and a further 9 rotating guest ales. There were 5 bag in box real ciders available on my inspection, hopefully they will continue with that amount in the future. They have the usual high tech 1st floor cellar set up including state of the art climate control for the cellar, a separate dedicated Real Ale cooling system and auto line cleaning system as is standard with new build JDW premises. The bar/eating areas are decorated to a good standard with local fishing and seafaring memorabilia adorning the walls and ceilings. There is a mural with information on William Adams, the famous local swimming lifesaver that the pub is named after, on the back wall of the pub.

Branfords Bar & Restaurant, Caister

The Branfords bar is situated within the Old Hall hotel gym and spa in Caister. Tyrone, the manager of the bar and restaurant, has been in the hospitality industry for many years now and leases it from Mike the owner of the Old Hall. They are a free house and have 3 real ales on the bar hand pumps with a selection of bottled ales including some gluten free. The restaurant, just off the bar, has 52 covers and is well decorated and cosy. Tyrone plans to extend the bar in the near future to increase his frontage, give himself the ability to stock more real ales and perhaps some craft keg. The bar and restaurant is open from 7:30am (for Breakfast) to Midnight.

The Iron Duke, Great Yarmouth

The long closed and neglected, Bourne Leisure Group (Haven Holiday Parks etc) 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 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 at present.

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. Any investment in the town and it’s local pubs is always welcome. 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 paneling 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 . Cask ales are important here, too, so an understanding of good beer is a must.”

The Great Eastern, Great Yarmouth

The Great Eastern is set to be reopen on the 4th Feb by new tenants Kerry & Aaron. The rumour was that the private owner was planning on redeveloping the building into housing if a new tenant couldn’t be found. I’m not sure whether they will stock any real ale but I will visit them once they open to check and say hello!

The Albion, Great Yarmouth

The Albion in Great Yarmouth is back open again full time. The pub is ran by Alison and Trevor, they also run the Prince Regent in Great Yarmouth. They don’t stock any form of real ale at present but would consider it if the  demand increased. They still offer Karaoke on Friday and Saturday nights.

T. J’s Bar, Great Yarmouth

This Elizabeth Holdings owned property, formerly known as Allens Bar, reopened on the 9th of December 2017. Karl Knights is managing the pub and is planning on doing regular Karaoke nights, lunches and hosting live music nights. They are stocking one real ale and are planning to expanding the range as demand increases.

The Ship Inn, Caister

The Enterprise Inns Owned Ship Inn was taken on by Andy & Sue, a couple from Northamptonshire, in July 2017 for a 4 year lease. They are offering two rotating guest real ales, are very enthusiastic about real ale and are enjoying running this lovely old pub.

The Lion, Thurne

The Lion is now closed for the second phase of its extensive refurbishment. This will include moving the gas storage cylinder from the front car park area to make way for a second beer garden, reworking the sewerage system and making the accommodation above the pub livable again. Rick Malt the owner of The Lion and also the White Horse in Neatishead is hoping to have the Lion back open by March in time for Easter. They will still be 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 will be serving food in the two large restaurant areas and in beer garden areas.


The Decoy, Fritton

The privately owned Fritton  Decoy free house is up for sale while still trading. They normally have two-three hand pumps serving  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 and have deals on most days. The current landlady has just celebrated 30 years at the pub!

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 there is nothing left of the old pub apart from a small pile of rubble. There is planning permission for 4 town houses and a bungalow on the plot of land once cleared and by the time this goes to print I should think they will be well under way. This will leave the Enterprise Inns owned Sun Inn the only pub left in the village.

The Wherry Inn, Geldeston

This Adnams owned village pub has been ran by landlords Janet and John since Halloween 2016. They have improved the pubs trade and have welcomed patrons new and old back into this cosy little pub. They are offering two permanent Adnams ales, normally Southwold bitter and Ghost Ship alongside a locally produced rotating guest ale. They also offer a good range of home style cooked food in the small snug area or the main bar. The pub is a welcome stop for walkers using the ‘Angles Way’ walk close by and by boat lovers moored up over the road on the river Waveney.

The Locks Inn, Geldeston

Colin Smith has been running the Locks Inn for 13 years now. This Mill keepers cottage then lock keepers cottage was finally turned into a pub in the 1830’s. Colin has 8 hand pumps offering 6 real ales, two Grain Brewery ales and one Lacons ale as staples with three rotating guest ales. He very is keen to support local breweries as much as possible. The Locks has live music most Sundays with numerous other seasonal events throughout the year.


 The White Lion, Wheatacre

The White Lion reopened it’s doors again Nov 2017 after an extensive refit. This large imposing free house, owned and managed by Jay Meades, offers four real ales with Southwold Bitter and Doombar as staples and two guest ales which are chosen depending on the season. They also offer food all day, 7 days a week in the large adjoined dining room and have live music acts entertaining the customers on a Sunday afternoon.

Jay has mentioned that he is considering a beer festival sometime in Aug 2018 and is hoping to continue being a desirable wedding venue in the future.

The Tombstone saloon bar, Gt. Yarmouth

The Tombstone saloon bar is the frontage and tap house for the Tombstone brewery at the rear of the premises. They have stillage for up to 10 gravity fed ales behind the bar, with a mix of guest and Tombstone ales, and store up to 9 real ciders out back. They are planning an Easter beer festival on the bank holiday weekend with live music and the promise of up to 40 real ales and cider on offer.

The White Hart, Hopton

The ACV protected White Hart in Hopton is open. The pub was taken over by Mr. Craig Applegate in 2017. 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 alone with a keg craft Greene King offering. 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. During the summers months the pub seems to do a good trade in both the bar and restaurant areas from the local holiday parks.

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 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 and approved 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 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.

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.

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.

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 2017.

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 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 former Enterprise Inns owned, grade 2 listed building is closed as a pub at present. It’s fenced off, 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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