Historical pubs in Norfolk: 12 of the best

PUBLISHED: 14:16 18 December 2018 | UPDATED: 13:07 08 September 2020

The Rose & Crown, Snettisham (Elliott Brown, Flickr, CC BY 2.0)

The Rose & Crown, Snettisham (Elliott Brown, Flickr, CC BY 2.0)


Norfolk is steeped in history and has a plethora of historic pubs to explore. Wonky windows, traditional food, secret corridors and cosy corners are in abundance as we pick 12 of the best historical pubs you should try in Norfolk

Adam & Eve, 13th century

17 Bishopsgate, Norwich

The oldest pub in Norwich is the Adam & Eve in Bishopgate. At least 700 years old, this pub serves up well kept ales and is well known to have excellent food as well. Flowers bloom from windowsills and hanging baskets that adorn the flint and brick exterior, making for the perfect setting in the summer. In the colder months, find a cosy nook and keep warm with a spread of fine food and drink to while the evening away.

The King’s Head, 17th century

Harts Lane, Bawburgh

With a host of awards and accolades, The King’s Head in the pretty village of Bawburgh was built in the 17th century and retains many charming features from times gone by while still providing a fresh and bright environment, complete with whitewash walls, in which to enjoy a drink.

The sympathetically decorated interiors come with log burning fires, exposed dark wood beams and wonky doors; and with two AA Rosettes for Culinary Excellence under its belt, you’ll leave feeling satiated.

Green Dragon, 14th century

6 Church Street, Wymondham

One of our top dining pubs in the county is also one of our top historical pubs in the county. The Green Dragon in Wymondham exudes olde worlde charm with its medieval exterior and dark wood décor. Locally sourced ingredients go into the food and there are many local names served at the bar too.

Ale, cider, and music festivals at the Green Dragon are always heaps of fun. Keep updated on the website.

The Wig & Pen, 17th century

6 St Martins Palace Plain, Norwich

The Wig & Pen on St Martins Palace Plain in Norwich is a 17th century pub that’s renowned for its beers; it boasts an impressive 19 year run in CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide. There is a large outside seating area that is perfect to soak up some summer sun, or head inside for a cosy glass of real ale.

With pub food staples on its menu such as Norfolk ale battered Cod tail fillet with chips and mushy peas or steak and ale pie with rich gravy, season vegetables and a choice of potatoes, this is the perfect history-soaked pub to refuel in after a ramble around Norwich.

Kings Arms, 17th century

Westgate Street, Blakeney, Holt

The beautiful north Norfolk seaside village of Blakeney is a popular spot to spend some time with the vast seas and skies that are famous in this part of the county.

Once you have finished your seaside walk, head to the Grade II listed, 17th century Kings Arms for locally sourced food. This traditional inn, complete with unspoilt historical features, serves fresh seafood, pub classics, and has plenty of beers behind the bar.

The Feathers Hotel, 17th century

6 Market Place, Holt

Updated with chic interiors but still retaining nods to its history is The Feathers Hotel in Holt. An open brick fireplace next to the bar stocked with lots of beers and fine wines will greet you in this cosy establishment.

With nods to Victorian design, rooms at The Feathers offer a luxurious place to lay your head after a meal in the restaurant or drink at the bar.

The Chequers Inn, 17th century

Front Street, Binham

Dark wooden beams, open brick fireplaces, historic exteriors, and plenty of beers, The Chequers Inn is a no-nonsense traditional pub in the north Norfolk village of Binham. Sample the latest changing beers and relish some quiet time or conversation with friends and family at The Chequers.

When you’ve finished, explore the village that includes sights such as Binham Priory and is a short way from the picturesque north Norfolk coastline including the popular Blakeney Point.

The Bowling Green Inn, 17th century

Church Street, Wells-next-the-Sea

Using local suppliers for its varied food menu, The Bowling Green Inn in the pretty seaside town of Wells-next-the-Sea is supposedly the “oldest pub in Wells” dating at least as far back as 1673. Explore the town before retreating to this friendly pub for a refreshing pint or a full on feast.

The Earle Arms, 16th century

The Green, Heydon

With ephemera from days of yore decorating the cosy interiors at The Earle Arms in Heydon, this is certainly a cosy and historical spot to enjoy a drink.

Whether you try some fresh seafood, a game stew or juicy steak, creations from the kitchen are always popular with pub goers.

The Blue Boar Inn, 17th century

Great Ryburgh, Fakenham

If your idea of a relaxing afternoon is sitting with a pint in hand next to a wood burning fire surrounded by period features such as exposed brickwork and dark wooden beams then look no further than The Blue Boar Inn in the pretty village of Great Ryburgh. In the warmer months, there is a picturesque beer garden to soak up some rays in too.

Having served patrons since the time of King Charles II, this pub has a lot of intriguing history to discover; whether that’s secret passages or navigating the wonky rooms.

The Banningham Crown, 17th century

Church Road, Banningham

The Banningham Crown exudes that traditional country pub ambiance that’s so attractive to tourists and locals alike. After a walk through this country village on a Sunday afternoon, head to The Crown – which was originally an inn with stables, a shop and cottage – for a Sunday roast accompanied by one of the draught ales available.

With at least one ale from within 30 miles of the pub, you can sense the community spirit and support for local producers.

The Rose & Crown, 14th century

Old Church Road, Snettisham

Located along the west coast of Norfolk in the village of Snettisham is the quintessentially British country pub The Rose & Crown. Shabby chic meets nautical for the décor with plenty of historical features displayed throughout including an open brick fireplace and charmingly wonky wooden beams. Gather friends round for an intimate drink or meal that makes use of ingredients in its dishes sourced locally. If you want to extend your stay, spend the night in one of the 16 inviting rooms.

Stunning vistas at Snettisham beach make for the perfect morning walk after your stay at The Rose & Crown!


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