Best pubs in Norfolk
The characterful pubs of Norfolk are truly first class, with many featuring in leading pub guides. There are an array of gastro pubs serving locally sourced Norfolk food such as shellfish and catches of the day, while many have an outstanding selection of real ales from the region’s microbreweries.
Beer haters need not fear, however, for there is almost always a great gin list on hand and many pubs serve wines made in Norfolk itself such as those from Winbirri and Chet and Waveney Valley vineyards. Many of the pubs on this list have a great coastal setting, with beer gardens overlooking the sea or the tidal creeks and most are near Haven sites so you needn’t go out of your way to find excellent accommodation. Many of the pubs in Norfolk are dog friendly and great for walkers as well as catering for vegans and vegetarians.
In Norwich, the city centre pubs often screen the all-important big sporting events live on huge televisions so there really is something for everyone. Take a look at our list of Haven-approved recommendations for the best pubs in Norfolk so you know exactly where to go for a refreshing drink and a hearty meal on your East Anglian holiday.
1. The Fishermans Return, Winterton-on-Sea
The Fishermans Return, one of Norfolk’s best pubs, is a favourite with the locals of the quiet seaside village of Winterton-on-Sea and tourists alike. This historic country-style pub is full of character, hosting a beer and cider festival in August and serving many of the local brews.
Beer connoisseurs are in for a real treat here, as are foodies. The meals here are spectacular and use local produce including freshly caught fish and meat from local butchers. Dishes change as seasonal staples become available throughout the year.
Live music every Saturday night, quiz nights and a dartboard will keep you entertained while outdoor seating is available. The pub is just a stone’s throw from Winterton Beach and four miles from Haven Caister-on-Sea Holiday Park so there’s no reason to leave it off your Norfolk itinerary.
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2. The Dog at Ludham Bridge
As you might expect from its name, this gastro pub in the beautiful Norfolk Broads is one of the best dog-friendly places to indluge in Norfolk. The Dog at Ludham Bridge offers a water station and waterproof dog beds for your pooch’s comfort, while children can keep themselves with an outdoor play area, leaving you to enjoy the peaceful country surroundings.
Serving classic home-cooked pub grub, there’s also a whole host of regular live music and local real ale for you to sample. There’s loads of space to pitch up and relax and the outdoor seating area is an ideal spot when you bring your pooch along.
3. Great Yarmouth Brewers Fayre
On the west side of Great Yarmouth, at the entrance to the famous Norfolk Broads you’ll find a pub that gives you more of what you love - classic pub food at affordable prices. Brewers Fayre in Great Yarmouth is the perfect restaurant to visit with family and serves the best Sunday roast in town. See our best restaurants in Norfolk for more great restaurant choices.
The varied menu reflects the seasons using quality ingredients from hand-picked suppliers and has a range of quick bites, full meals with plenty of vegetarian and vegan options. If you go for the quality pub food, its likely you’ll stay for the great atmosphere and a drink or two at one of the best pubs in Norfolk.
4. The Farmhouse, Norwich
Those looking for a Sunday Roast in Norwich need look no further. Treat yourself, family or friends to the famous Sunday carvery at The Farmhouse in Norwich, you’ll sure to leave with a satisfied stomach and perhaps a few extra belt notches.
The pub’s restaurant is one of the best in the historic capital and simply put, it is one of the best pubs in Norfolk. The wide and varied menu can cater to those who want a snack, a speciality meal, or a full three course dinner. Make sure you don’t miss out on the fabulous range of desserts for afters! As well as the amazing food, the staff are renowned for being lovely, welcoming and dog friendly so make sure to schedule a visit to The Farmhouse into your Norfolk sightseeing tour!