The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Norfolk Edition

Category: Gastro pubs

12 great pub roasts to try

28 Nov 2016


It’s roast season (hurrah) and Norfolk is well and truly stuffed with beautiful pubs serving some beautiful Sunday roasts between now and, well, February I guess (hurrah!). With inventive takes on traditional produce; medleys of colourful, local veg; Yorkshire puds as big as your head; and pork crackling so crunchy you could use it as a weapon – not to mention warming fires, local ales and cosiness galore – the choices are endless.

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8 of the best cosy pubs

17 Nov 2016

Winter: brrrrr. Cold, dark, damp… Despite the twinkly lights and the alcohol-fueled Christmas parties, this time of year isn’t always kind weather-wise. Thankfully, Norfolk is stuffed like a Turkey with cosy pubs to retreat to – open fires and hot cider at the ready. So, pick up a paper, a loved one and (or) a dog, and bunker down in one of these beauties.

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Muddy Eats: The Kings Head, Letheringsett

27 Oct 2016

Getting lost isn’t usually a good thing but if, like me, you miss the right-hand turn into the town centre of Holt and can’t turn round for another mile, the first place you’ll come to is The Kings Head – a sprawling country pub housed in a jaw-dropping Georgian manor. As soon as my tyres hit the gravel and I see this absolute beauty, spinning the car around is no longer a priority – upstaged by a convenience break, a quick snoop around, half a pint and a homemade black pudding scotch egg.

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Norwich Cocktail Week is coming

6 Oct 2016

Taking place in Norfolk’s arty capital every year, Norwich Cocktail Week 2016 kicks off this Saturday and runs until 15 October – eight days rather than seven cleverly incorporating two Saturdays (two bites of the martini-doused cherry, if you will). Participating bars across the city will be mixing their own concoctions for wristband wearers to try.

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Muddy eats: The White Horse, Brancaster Staithe

22 Aug 2016

From the outside, The White Horse in Brancaster Staithe looks like an ordinary pub and restaurant, but then you come face-to-face with *these* view from *this* floor-to-ceiling beauty and all pre-conceptions literally go out the window:

A pub and fine dining restaurant with 15 rooms, The White Horse unsurprisingly won the Best Destination Pub category in this year’s Muddy Stilettos Awards but – even with this insider knowledge tucked away in my hot pink stiletto – I was still unprepared for the lunch I was about to encounter.

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Muddy eats: The Wildebeest, Stoke Holy Cross

12 Aug 2016

If you tune into BBC2’s The Great British Menu  later this year and spot Chef extraordinaire Daniel Smith on the screen representing The Ingham Swan, marvel at this fact: Daniel is also head honcho at The Wildebeest in Stoke Holy Cross, bringing true the metaphor of wearing two hats (unless he transports his white chef’s hat between the two establishments, that is). As job shares go: not too shabby.

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New opening: Warwick Street Social, Norwich

30 May 2016

The Mad Moose in Norwich’s popular Golden Triangle has always been a handsome thing – perched on the top of a hill in the centre of two rows of red brick Victorian houses, it’s front lawn could almost double as a small village green.

With its yellow rendering, round bar and upstairs restaurant, this huge, detached gastropub has been a weekly institution for locals of all walks of life – students, doctors, young families, creative types – for over a decade.

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Muddy eats: The Dial House

11 Feb 2016

One of my favourite things to do on a Sunday afternoon is go for a roast. You could say I’m a bit of a fanatic, happily comparing a new spot to the one last week or the week before (the meat was better quality, but how hard is it to make your own Yorkshire puddings? etc). And the best place to eat a roast (other than at your mum’s perhaps) is definitely a Georgian beauty in a quaint market town.

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