Feeling thirsty? For an authentic taste of Norfolk you can’t beat a pint of Woodforde’s ale. Crafted from local barley, water sourced from a bore hole beneath its brewery and a diverse range of whole hop flowers, the aromatic and flavoursome tipples have won countless awards and a legion of fans (and not just bearded beer lovers).
One of the region’s most well-known and largest brewers, Woodforde’s is located in the beautiful village of Woodbastwick, a stone’s throw away from Salhouse Broad and six miles from Norwich.
There’s something for every taste, from the classics like Nelson’s and Bure Gold through to the cool craft collection, Fiftytwo° North. But the star of the show, for me at least, is Wherry, named for Norfolk’s famous large sailing cargo boats. It’s citrusy, floral and eminently drinkable – I’ll have another!
For a truly local brew, sample from the source at Woodforde’s Fur & Feather, where the beer travels metres not miles from brewery to bar. This traditional thatched country inn is all exposed brick walls, flagstone floors and cosy fire places, with a vast garden overlooking the countryside. The recently revamped restaurant offers dishes which incorporate Woodforde’s beers (the Wherry Catch of the Day for me please!).
If you can tear yourself away from your pint – not easy on a summer’s day in that beer garden – then you’ll be rewarded by a behind-the-scenes brewery tour, which winds up at the onsite shop. Especially perfect for ‘him’ themed presents, the shop is filled with the full range of beers, Woodforde’s gift sets, local produce and creative merchandise (available to buy online too).
Like your beer with a side of salty sea air? Woodforde’s also run The Lord Nelson pub in beautiful Burnham Thorpe, a short drive from the golden sands of Holkham and Wells-next-the-Sea. Stylishly restored and extended by the Holkham Estate, the pub boasts cosy snug bars with burning stoves, original wooden settles, stone floors, and a large sun-trap garden. You don’t need me to tell you what’s on tap, but rest assured the food is hearty with a hint of sophistication. Just how Muddy likes it.
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Slad Lane, Woodbastwick, Norfolk, NR13 6SW
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