The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Norfolk Edition

Category: 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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5 pubs with great beer gardens

24 May 2016

You’d be right in thinking that city pubs don’t tend to have good beer gardens – space generally being at a premium – but in Norwich, that couldn’t be further from the truth. From riverside gastropubs to real ale spots, the city has some great places for al fresco drinking. So, in celebration of summer being around the corner, I’ve rounded up the top 5 places to sip in the sun (you’re welcome).

The Eagle:
This pretty Georgian-style pub boasts a larger-than-average tree-lined beer garden with a children’s play area and climbing frame.

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Revamp for The Black Horse

11 Feb 2016

It’s always a pleasure to join the buzz when a tired, old – and frankly rough – pub gets revamped, attracts a new crowd and generally causes some local excitement.

Located in one of Norwich’s most popular areas, and sitting smugly in an oversized handsome redbrick Victorian (with a car park and a large beer garden to boot), the Black Horse Inn has a head start on many other pubs in the neighbourhood (of which there are over 30).

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