12 Pubs With Fab Gardens
Google maps at the ready, time to start planning your summer day trips around our favourite beer gardens.
Make hay while the sun shines – we’ve certainly done our best and have been bombing around finding the best pub beer gardens in the county. And yep, I’m sure I’ve left off some goodies so if you think there’s been a disgraceful omission please let me know! I love to hear your suggestions!
So, drinking heads on, sunscreen too and enjoy!
The Bell, Brisley
Fabulous beer garden at this lovely village pub. It’s large enough to find your own little space, there’s a seated veranda for enjoying some great gastro grub, a giant weeping willow for a pint in the shade and a croquet lawn for the kids to destroy… errr play on!
Plus there’s a meadow within the grounds so the kids can safely go exploring/disappear for a couple of hours and let you enjoy a large glass of something fizzy and simply exhale – the perfect antidote to a busy day/week/life!
The Ffolks Arms, Hillington
Perfect for little Ffolkes, this beer garden is truly awesome! Big high five to the creative minds behind the zip wire, boardwalks, slides and climbing wall. Perfect for families with younger kids as they’ll be happy for hours leaving the grown-up’s to sample the delicious grazing menu.
Plus, there’s an indoors games room for the older kids with pool, table football and board games. New Fav Pub!
The Kings Head, Letheringsett Near Holt
Great food and service make this pub just outside Holt a winner anytime of year but it’s their enormous garden with enclosed play area for the kids – including a climbing tower – which make it just the ticket on a sunny day.
The Fur & Feather Inn, Woodbastwick
Set in the beautiful village of Woodbastwick and a stone’s throw away from Salhouse Broad, this traditional thatched pub is the epitome of an idyllic country inn. A great little sun trap with plenty of outdoor seating overlooking fields and moo cows!
Ale drinkers delight, this is home to Woodfordes Brewery, and THE place to sample from source! Great traditional pub grub, plenty of space for the kids to run around a summer programme of events that’s worth checking out.
The Georgian Townhouse, Norwich
An outdoor bar, BBQ in the summer, large garden, small play area and great food. Seriously, nothing not to like about this city based pub. Perfect for after work drinks and weekend gatherings.
The Jolly Sailor, Brancaster
This is a real foodie heaven and The Jolly Sailor has fully embraced the beauty of outdoors cooking!
There’s a Smokehouse in the back garden offering smoked meat and fish, BBQ with seafood sourced from across the road and stone baked pizzas.
Sit back and relax on a deck chair among the brightly coloured beach huts which include an ice-cream hut. Lots of weekly entertainment from quizzes to live music plus the largest selection of rum on the coast (the pub does have “Sailor” in the name, after all).
Not forgetting the kiddies – the beer garden is huge, there’s a playground with both a pirate ship and a climbing frame, a stand for taking silly photos and a snug room with darts board for older children.
The Three Horseshoes, Warham near Wells-next-the-Sea
This is you proper community village pub with a great sized beer garden. Incredibly pretty and bursting with character, it’s off the beaten tourism track and well worth the detour!
The Rose and Crown, Snettisham
Worthy finalist in this years Muddy Awards ‘Destination Pub’ category, the Rose & Crown is a great family pub serving amazing food (check out their instagram) in the west Norfolk village of Snettisham. There’s a huge beer garden with a very cool wooden play structure so book ahead for a table as it’s usually heaving with families during the summer months.
The Hoste, Burnham Market
This sheltered walled garden is a gorgeous place to sit, relax and enjoy glass or two of something bubbly. It’s the perfect setting for an afternoon tea with girlfriends or an al fresco romantic meal. You could even make a weekend of it as they have some great accommodation and spa packages!
The Eagle, Norwich
This pretty city pub boasts a larger than average tree-lined beer garden with a children’s play area and climbing frame. Ideal for a relaxed family get together, there are tables under cover, an outdoor barbecue and a bustling, friendly atmosphere. Try the roasts on a Sunday – they are legendary.