Beautiful riverside pubs in Norfolk

PUBLISHED: 15:35 08 July 2020 | UPDATED: 16:18 08 July 2020

These are some of the best riverside pubs in Norfolk (photo: Getty Images)

These are some of the best riverside pubs in Norfolk (photo: Getty Images)


The warmer months means drinks in the sun, and there’s no better place than next to one of Norfolk’s beautiful broads or rivers. We’ve selected some of Norfolk’s best waterside pubs to visit

Ferry Inn

The Green, Stokesby, Great Yarmouth NR29 3EX

Inside, dark wooden beams and a fireplace greet visitors at the bar of the Ferry Inn in the village of Stokesby.

Outside, the River Bure rambles right past the pretty seating area and makes for the perfect spot for summertime sipping.


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Acle Bridge Inn

Acle Bridge, Acle, Norwich NR13 3AS

Made up of pretty old buildings and surrounded by beautiful Norfolk countryside, the Acle Bridge Inn serves traditional pub grub.

Expect panoramic views across the meandering River Bure, as you watch boaters mooring up to sit outside with a pint. This is a dreamy spot with greenery in one direction and the rambling river in the other.

The Lion at Thurne

The St, Thurne, Great Yarmouth NR29 3AP

A stone’s throw from Thurne Mill is The Lion at Thurne. This is a wonderful pub to duck into after a ramble in the countryside with a family on a Sunday afternoon. Pizza is a big favourite at The Lion along with traditional pub fare.

The garden is just over the road from the water and all the moored boats at Thurne Dyke.

The Wroxham

Riverside Centre, The Bridge, Hoveton, Norwich NR12 8AJ

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Directly on the bank of the River Bure in Hoveton, The Wroxham is a hotel and restaurant that makes for a great spot to sit by the river with a pint of beer or glass of wine.

The food menu is dedicated to dishes created using ingredients sourced as locally as possible. To be enjoyed on the terrace overlooking the river.

Reedham Ferry

Ferry Rd, Reedham, Norwich NR13 3HA

With a large river-side terrace and front garden overlooking the river, the Reedham Ferry pub has some stunning views over the River Yare.

Check the website for social distancing regulations and details on booking your visit.

The Ship

19 Riverside, Reedham, Norwich NR13 3TQ

With well-kept real ales on tap, The Ship has earned a Cask Marque accreditation, so beer lovers will be at home. Traditional pub food comes in hefty portions and the pub is situated in a picturesque riverside location.

The beer garden is an idyllic place for summertime drinks with kids and dogs very welcome to join.

The Swan Inn Pub & Restaurant

10 Lower Street, Horning, Norwich NR12 8AA

Having started life in the late 17th century as a cottage, The Swan is steeped in history some of which can be found preserved in the old oak beams. The menu also reflects this with “country pub classics” in abundance.

Gaze out over the River Bure and passing boats as you sip your drink on the terrace beer garden.

Water’s Edge

Woods End, Norwich NR14 7ED

With stunning woods surrounding it at the back and the River Yare rumbling past in the front, the Water’s Edge is idyllically located for peaceful riverside drinks.

Local businesses supply the pub from seafood to ice cream, so you can rest assured that you’re supporting Norfolk’s fine producers while enjoying your visit to this pub.


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