Finding the perfect Norfolk pub
With the city of Norwich once famously boasting a pub for every day of the year, our county's welcoming watering holes have something to offer everyone. We asked Rupert Farquharson, managing director of Woodforde's Norfolk Ales, to explain the appeal of Norfolk's pubs. And share his tips for where to raise a pint of real Norfolk ale this summer.
Be it the vibrant atmosphere of city centre pubs nestled alongside our 11th Century Cathedral and cobbled streets or situated along waterside settings, Norfolk pubs are part of the rich tapestry of our fine county.
With over 1000 pubs across Norfolk today, the chance to sip a perfect pint amongst beautiful scenery is never far away.
There are some real heroes that are a must for visitors to Nelson's County. And with 34 microbreweries selling their beers across the region, many made using locally sourced and world renowned Norfolk malt barley, a real taste of our county is something to be explored and enjoyed.
For mouth-watering home cooked dishes in Norwich washed down with a wonderful pint of real ale, visit the Wig & Pen in the historic setting of Tombland. Or for a wonderful range of ales try the Fat Cat on West End Street. Then there's the 13th century Adam & Eve, Norwich's smallest pub offering a warm welcome.
Fans of real ale won't be disappointed with the vast range of Norfolk ales on tap at The King's Head (Magdalen Street) and Trafford Arms (Trafford Road) both just a 10 minute walk from the city centre.
Travel further afield to the unrivalled Norfolk Broads and experience a true Swallows and Amazons style holiday or day trip. Stunning waterways, breath-taking countryside, big skies and endless opportunities for nature spotting. What better place to moor up and sip a pint?
The Ferry at Horning and Pleasure Boat at Hickling provide much-needed refreshment at the end of a long day's sailing. While the Fur & Feather Inn, our very own brewery tap located in picturesque Woodbastwick, serves pints of Woodforde's ale expertly crafted in our brewery next door.
North Norfolk is a jewel in our county's crown. For the simple pleasures of good pub food, try the Red Lion at Stiffkey or for simply stunning sea views, stop off at Brancaster’s White Horse. And for that special occasion, The Hoste Arms at Burnham Market or Victoria at Holkham, a favourite with visiting celebrities, cannot be faulted.
With all that choice, you might indeed need a year to explore everything that Norfolk's pubs have to offer!