Report last updated – 2nd Oct 2018
The Decoy Tavern, Fritton
It is with great sadness that I have to report the death of Maureen ‘Mo’ Smith. The long standing landlady of the Fritton Decoy had earlier this year celebrated 30 years at the pub with a party and music event. Mo had been battling cancer along with consequent complications for a while and sadly lost the fight on the 10th July 2018. The Decoy Tavern continues to be ran by her partner Myles and the rest of the long serving team. The Decoy Tavern is in the 2019 CAMRA Good Beer Guide and continuing to serve quality real ale. I’m sure Mo would have approved.
The White Swan, Great Yarmouth
This former Enterprise Inns / Unique Pub Properties Ltd owned pub was sold recently to an undisclosed buyer for an undisclosed amount. The pub is currently closed and I haven’t been able to make any form of contact with the new owners. I tried to contact the regional E.I representative for more information but he refused to comment due to GDPR laws. The rumour on the street is that the pub is to be converted into a wet fish / fish and chip shop but without any form of proof or contact with the new owners i cannot confirm this. I guess we’ll find out if and when the doors reopen.
The Gallon Pot, Great Yarmouth
The Enterprise Inns owned Gallon Pot on Great Yarmouth market place is open and trading once again. The pub was recently taken on by Kirk and Maria Armstrong. After a £2,000 kitchen/bar refurb they are serving good quality, home style cooked food once more. They have converted the down stairs area, previously restaurant seating, into a children friendly games room. They are planning on providing entertainment at the weekends with Karaoke and live DJ’s.
Paul Divine, the Regional Manager for EI Publican Partnership has disclosed that the plan to eventually convert the Gallon Pot to a Shoke House Grill and Bar has changed! The pub is now going to be transformed into a Real Ale and Craft Ale pub with a +/- £150,000 refit in the plans.
Paul Divine went on to say; ”My proposal is to transform the pub into a ‘shrine’ for all things beer…Cask and Craft…with 8-10 cask hand pulls, up to 15 craft beers on rotation and a wide selection of real ciders. The pub would become a ‘mecca’ for beer drinkers, who will be met with a vast array of first-class beers and excellent homemade food to accompany them, essentially everything that you want to tuck into when you’re enjoying a few pints of great beer!
The pub would also be renamed the Brewery Tap House!
For the avoidance of any doubt, Ei Publican Partnerships are not a brewer but the name is a ‘nod’ and signal, that the pub will consistently and excellently present, the products of a wide number of brewers, for the enjoyment of the customer.
I am passionate about…People, Pubs and Community…and at the heart of this proposal, will be a like-minded publican, who can deliver the offer, as it should be delivered and who is an experienced purveyor of fine beer and friendly hospitality.”
When this plan is going to be actioned, whether Kirk and Maria will be the tenants or another publican will be found is also unclear.
The Cask and Craft, Great Yarmouth
This pub, owned by former Mayor of Great Yarmouth John Burroughs, is due to shut it’s doors permanently mid October 2018. Planning permission had been submitted by Mr. Burroughs to redevelop the pub into business/office units on the ground floor but leaving the accommodation upstairs. Half of the pub has been boarded up / sectioned off in preparation already. The Cask and Craft was one of the few remaining pubs still surviving on the historic Northgate Street, which was and still is, a busy thoroughfare into the town.
The Kings Arms, Martham
Lucy Watson and her partner Eric, originally from Hertfordshire, took on The Kings Arms four years ago. The pub had been shut and was boarded up for a while. After 3 months of extensive refurbishment the pub reopened in December 2014. The main bar, which is decorated in a traditional style with modern twist, hosts 5 hand pumps serving real ale with a further 4 hand pumps in the large function room to the side. To the other side of the main bar is a cosy, well decorated dining area with spaces for 25 covers. To the outside is a large car park which also leads into the expansive rear beer garden. The most exciting thing is that Lucy also offers 25, yes 25 different real ciders on top of the real ales! As per trend the Kings Arms also offers an eclectic Gin selection.
Closed Mondays (except Bank Holidays) Bar: Tues-Sun 12 – 10.30pm; Food: Tues-Sun 12 – 9pm
The Locks Inn, Geldeston
Colin Smith, the long serving landlord of the The Locks Inn, is leaving the rural pub in late October 2018 after 13 years. He has enjoyed this quirky pub and has found that having to find unique solutions for the ‘Locks’ unique problems both challenging and rewarding. The Locks Inn is one of those pubs where the landlord has to roll with the seasons and weather to get the full potential from the business and Colin felt he had a good understanding of what the Locks Inn needed. Although he feels that his stewardship of the Inn has gone as far as he can take it, he will miss the pub along with the people who frequented it. He is looking forward to spending more time with his family before looking to ventures new. At present I have not spoken with Leigh Bellis the owner of the Locks Inn so I have no idea who will take the pub on. The pub has 9 handpumps in the bar and function room areas stocking various local real ales. I hope, either way, that this unique, quirky pub will continue to charm visitors with it’s beautiful surroundings, good food and quality real ale.
Pubs for sale or lease in East Norfolk.
The Horse and Groom – Bar, Hotel & Restaurant, Rollesby (Sale, Freehold, £975,000)
The Victoria Inn, Martham (Lease, E.I, £16,000 PA)
The Gallon Pot, Great Yarmouth (lease, E.I, £25,000 PA)
The Coachmakers Arms, Great Yarmouth (Sale, Freehold, £199,950)
Back to Backs, Great Yarmouth (Sale, Freehold, £169,000)
The East Suffolk Tavern, Cobholm/Great Yarmouth (Private Lease)
The St. Johns Head, Great Yarmouth (Sale, Freehold, £200,000)
The Lacons Arms, Great Yarmouth (Sale Freehold £195,000 or Lease £20,000 PA)
The Colonel H, Great Yarmouth (Sale, Freehold, £275,000)
Blackfriars Tavern, Great Yarmouth (20 yrs Lease, Free of tie, £12,000 PA)
Tipplers, Great Yarmouth (Sale, Freehold, £130,000)
The Oliver Twist, Great Yarmouth (Sale, Freehold, £150,000)
The Tramways, Gorleston (lease, E.I, £15,000 PA)
The Queens Head, Burgh Castle (Sale, Freehold,£350,000)
The Fritton Decoy, Fritton (Sale, Freehold, £395,000)
The Queens Head, Thurlton
This community bought and owned pub is now being ran by Peter and his wife Jules. They have had a number of ideas to enhance the pub and are looking forward to being welcomed into the village. They have embellished the menu to include 100% Norfolk grown produce and Peter now serves Norfolk produced Gins on the top shelf. They will continue to stock local real ales (award winning Peoples Brewery to name one) on the three hand pumps and he has plans to introduce a fourth hand pump for greater real ale choice. The team are also planning a beer festival, with BBQ, on the August bank holiday to celebrate Norfolks real ales. Starting in July various live music acts are going to visit the pub on Sundays from 4 – 7pm to entertain the locals and new customers alike.
The Crown, Haddiscoe
This long closed and substantial grade ll listed pub was all set to be converted into three residential dwellings with two other new build houses on the pub grounds. For various reasons, perhaps mainly due to the building being a heritage asset, flood risk and highway issues, the plans have been refused at present. What will happen to The Crown now is unclear.
The Fishermans Inn, Burgh Castle
The seasonally opening waterside pub, The Fishermans Inn, re-opened it’s doors on the 14th June. The pub is owned by Rodney and as of this summer has a new manager. The new manager is planning on stocking real ale on the three hand pumps but is going to wait until the summer season gets going in early July to start stocking it. The pub has a good size beer garden, moorings for pleasure cruisers and beautiful views over the river Waveney and the broads beyond.
Food Hours. Monday: Closed, Tues-Fri: 12-2.30 & 5.30-8.00, Sat: 12-4 & 5-8.30, Sun: 12-5.
The Queens Head, Burgh Castle
The Queens Head is the last pub in Burgh Castle still open all year round and is ACV protected by GYBC. David James, the owner, has redeveloped a large part of the extensive beer garden and car park at the side of the property to build four new terraced homes. Although the pub still has a large car park it’s now lacking a beer garden at all. The pub is currently serving one real ale on the two hand pumps and they are serving good home cooked pub food in the restaurant area. There is also a popular Sunday carvery available.
The Rumbold Arms, Great Yarmouth
The formerly E.I. owned Rumbold Arms on Southtown Road reopened it doors as a free house on the 18th May. The pub was bought freehold by Darren (last name withheld) and is being long term leased by landlady Maria. They are currently serving 2 real ales on the the three hand pumps but are planning on adding a third as the demand for real ale is high! Maria is in the process of reintroducing the pool and darts teams along with an all day food menu to accompany the Sunday carvery currently available. Weekly music acts and a weekly Thursday pub quiz is also offered along with the continuing function room hire.
The White Swan, Great Yarmouth
This Enterprise Inns owned pub had been put on the market as a free house, and is reported as being sold as of early July 2018. The business was was marketed by Roche with an asking price of £180,000. Alan, the current tenant, is still open and operating the business for the foreseeable future until the sale is finalised.
The Great Eastern, Great Yarmouth
Planning permission has been approved by GYBC to redevelope the existing, albeit currently closed, Great Eastern at ground floor level to provide 3 residential, 1 bedroom flats and dividing the existing pub accommodation upstairs into 2 residential second floor flats.
The Trafalgar Tavern, Great Yarmouth
This closed and privately owned, former Punch Taverns pub is on Victoria Road in Great Yarmouth. A change of usage application from public house to restaurant has been granted by GYBC. Mrs. Sedorele Alia is planning on turning the old pub into a high class family run restaurant. What the theme or type of cuisine the restaurant will serve is not clear at present.
The Cask and Craft, Great Yarmouth
This pub, formerly known as The Apollo, is situated on Northgate St. in Great Yarmouth and owned/ran by John Borroughs. Planning permission has been submitted by Mr. Borroughs to redevelop the pub into business/office units on the ground floor but leaving the accommodation upstairs much the same. The Cask and Craft is one of the few remaining pubs still surviving on the historic Northgate Street, which was and still is, a busy thoroughfare into the town.
The Barking Smack, Great Yarmouth
This old Lacons seafront pub now a free house, named after the famous 19th century Short Blue fishing fleet, has reopened its door for the 2018 summer season. Tony, the long serving landlord, normally offers at least 3 real ales on the five hand pumps, normally stocks local Grain brewery creations and also stocks local real cider. They have regular music acts and have a BBQ in the front beer garden/outside seating area weather permitting.
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.
Acle Social Club, Acle
The social club in Acle is now accepting card carrying CAMRA members through it’s doors as guests. The bar and restaurant area serves 4 real ales on the hand pumps with a tasty looking menu to boot. They offer food Mon-Thu: 11.30am-3pm, 6.30pm-11pm; Fri-Sat: 11.30am-11pm; Sun: 12.00pm-10.30pm. There are darts and pool facilities there and they are hosting monthly live music acts for all to enjoy.
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. Rick Malt the owner of The Lion and also the White Horse in Neatishead, has unchanged the bar which 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 opened 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 serving real ale on the three hand pumps and 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 Never Turn Back, Caister
The, now grade II listed, Never Turn Back public house opened in 1957. It is the only pub of its name in the country, chosen as a memorial to the Caister Lifeboat disaster of 1901, which claimed the lives of nine lifeboatmen and caught the attention of the nation. It was designed by the architect A. W. Ecclestone, who designed many pubs in Norfolk and Suffolk and was Chief Surveyor of the local Lacon’s brewery. The pub has been successfully ran by Sandra Goldspink and Ian Hyam since 2011. They are offering 2 real ales on the two hand pumps, both Adnams and have bottled ales available. They are serving food daily, from 1pm to 7pm and offer a Sunday carvery as well. There is a monthly live music act and various other charity events throughout the year.
This lovely quirky beach front pub survives largely as it was built and is decorated with naturally sourced local materials such as flint and cobbles.
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 approved to convert the upper levels , and a small section of the ground floor, of old pub into 5 residential flats. As part of the conditions of approval the main part of the old bar area is to remain intact and the current owner is very keen for someone to take the business on as a public house once again! Lets hope we see this iconic market place pub opens again soon.
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 Duke, English 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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