16 of the best pub gardens in Norfolk
The sun is out, the sky is blue, it's time to pour a rose or two! From snazzy gastro pubs to rustic seaside inns, we've got your Norfolk summer hit list right here...
1.) The Maltsters, Ranworth
The Maltsters has a big terrace and garden overlooking Malthouse Broad, where you can watch the swans, ducks and boats go by! There’s a sweet little boardwalk walk to the floating visitors centre nearby, too, which is well worth a look.
This dog-friendly pub also has free public moorings, if you’re coming by boat. Ahoy there!
2.) The Green Dragon, Wymondham
Lush greenery and pretty flowers set the backdrop at this roomy beer garden in an atmospheric 14th century pub – one of the oldest pubs in England, in fact.
The Green Dragon also hosts live outdoor music nights, and it’s perfectly placed for a stroll around the medieval market town of Wymondham (or glorious nearby Wymondham Abbey).
3.) The Duck Inn, Stanhoe
This flint 1700s inn, gorgeous sister pub to the equally lovely The Hunworth Bell, lies just a few miles from the West Norfolk coast – matching village spirit with proper gastropub appeal.
Famed for its locally-sourced foodie menu, it also has a great garden room and plenty of attractive outdoor space.
4.) The Black Horse, Norwich
Located on Earlham Road, this Norwich boozer is popular with both students and trendy Golden Triangle types. It also has a humongous, light-festooned beer garden and offers some of the best roast dinners in town – should the weather take a turn for the chillier!
5.) The Ship Inn, Mundesley
A huge beer garden with sweeping sea views, featuring a nifty little play area to keep the kids busy. Er, can this truly be real?
Mundesley has a beautiful sandy beach, a quieter alternative to nearby Cromer, and if you’re up for making a proper weekend out of it The Ship Inn has boutique rooms with nautical-chic decor.
6.) The Rose and Crown, Snettisham
The Rose & Crown is a fabulously traditional family pub in the west Norfolk village of Snettisham. There’s a lovely sun trap beer garden, amazing locally-sourced food and a very cool wooden play structure for the kids.
Last year they also introduced a jaunty blue ‘beach hut’ bar and a heated double marquee. Plus, local boy Prince William has been known to pop in on more than one occasion.
7.) Coldham Hall Tavern, Surlingham
In Norfolk we really are spoilt for picturesque country pubs. However Coldham Hall Tavern with its riverside location, beautiful garden and stunning sunsets is up there with the prettiest.
8.) No. Twenty 9, Burnham Market
Ok, so it’s not technically a “pub.” Nevertheless, we just adore the cool courtyard at No.Twenty9 (a restaurant, bar and boutique hotel) and the way the whole place struts vintage glamour.
The courtyard area is a suntrap by day, festooned with magical fairy lights by night. Perfect for cocktails and catch up with gal pals. And the rooms are pretty special too, if you fancy making a night of it!
9.) The Brisley Bell, Brisley
This award-winning village pub has a fabulous beer garden. 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 play on!
There’s also a meadow in the grounds, so mini explorers can safely go adventuring for a wee while and let you enjoy a large glass of something sparkly. And breathe…
(P.S we’re all about the gardens in this post, but the interiors here are totally gorgeous, too!)
10.) The Ffolkes, Hillington
This lovingly restored 300-year-old coaching inn has a truly awesome beer garden that’s perfect for little “ffolkes”! There are heated and covered areas and our biggest high five goes to the creative minds behind the zip wire, boardwalks, slides and climbing wall.
The Sunday Pie Roast is legendary here, as is Street Feast every Friday and Saturday – think fantastic street food, drink stalls and DJs banging out some mellow summer choons.
11.) The King’s Head, Letheringsett
The ginormous garden at The King’s Head features an enclosed play area for the kids, making it just the ticket on a sunny day.
An ultra-tempting menu showcases plenty of fresh local ingredients, plus an extensive drinks menu includes various hand-crafted Norfolk gins – hic! Even better, you’re not far from the pretty Georgian market town of Holt or lovely Holt country park if you fancy a prepandial wander.
12.) The Fur & Feather Inn, Woodbastwick
Set in the beautiful village of Woodbastwick, a stone’s throw away from fabulous Salhouse Broad, the traditional thatched Fur & Feather Inn is the epitome of an idyllic country pub.
It’s a great little sun spot with plenty of outdoor seating and good slap-up food – think crispy pork belly bites and baked brie. An ale drinkers’ delight, this is home to award-winning Woodforde’s Brewery, and THE place to sample from source or take home from the shop.
13.) The Georgian Townhouse, Norwich
The Georgian Townhouse is a fantastic Norwich hotel-restaurant-pub which boasts an outdoor bar and BBQ in the summer, a large garden, a small play area for urban fidgets and great food (with especially good vegan and veggie options).
We just love this hidden city centre oasis and it’s dog friendly, too, with Pooch Hooch (aka water) for laid-back urban hounds.
14.) The Jolly Sailors, Brancaster
The Jolly Sailors has won a whole bucketload of awards and welcomes sandy feet, muddy boots, paws…and stilettos, of course!
There’s a lovely vibe here, just across the road from Brancaster Staithe harbour and beach. They serve real ales from their own microbrewery, Brancaster Brewery, and even have their own smokehouse out the back.
Grab a homemade pizza and take a tot from a rum menu which features the largest selection of rum on the coast. Yo ho ho!
Talking of pirates, the garden’s enclosed with a giant play area that’s brilliant for small scallywags who’ll love the Jolly Roger boat. Seating for adults includes deck chairs, so you can lie back and spill your third Pimms in style.
15.) The Three Horseshoes, Warham
This is a proper village pub dating from 1725, incredibly pretty and full of character. The Three Horseshoes has a beautiful, sunny walled garden, nicely sheltered, with a garden bar. They love pies and puddings and all pub classics – what a coincidence, so do we!
Local ales are from Woodfordes and Adnams and the children’s menu includes Dragon’s Blood (tomato) pasta and Pebbles and Starfish (beans on toast). Pampered pooches have their own treat menu too, available at the bar (hair of the dog?!). And (another) best thing? It’s so close to popular Wells-Next-The-Sea but right off the tourist track and well worth the detour for those in the know.
16.) The Dun Cow, Salthouse
Just across the coast road from the wild saltmarsh, The Dun Cow pub garden is hard to beat.
There’s a sweeping front garden edged with airy plants, which provide dancing splashes of colour overlooking the whispering reeds and wheeling skies of North Norfolk’s stunning coast. Even the sunniest day can be breezy, however, so bring a jumper and then sit back and enjoy the gorgeous view!
Dogs on leads are most welcome, as are families (leads optional). But if you can slip off without attendant children, there’s a beautiful Secret Garden at the back where only adults are allowed. Sssshhh!!