Real ale pubs in Norfolk: 11 of the best

PUBLISHED: 15:53 10 March 2016 | UPDATED: 14:50 20 December 2016

There is nothing like a glass of real ale

There is nothing like a glass of real ale


Whether you want a refreshing pint after a country walk or to sit next to a cosy fire and enjoy a drink, we have the real ale pub for you

The Red Lion

Located in the village of Coltishall, The Red Lion is a traditional pub with period features that has been refreshed with some contemporary décor. Serving delicious food as well, this is the spot for a relaxing village walk finished by a glass of real ale.

The Fat Cat

With over 30 real ales, The Fat Cat in Norwich is an award-winning pub that is very popular with beer lovers. The lively and welcoming atmosphere is sure to get you in the mood to try out one or two (or more) of the extensive range of real ales on offer.

The White Horse

The bar in The White Horse Inn in Brancaster serves a well kept selection of real ales from Brancaster Brewery. With walls of books, historic photographs on the wall and ephemera featuring Brancaster’s colourful history, the cosy interiors add to the charm.

The Pigs

The Pigs in Edgefield serves five real ales, including its own Edgefield Old Spot which is brewed by Wolf Brewery. Whether you want a meal or just a quick pint, you can find what you need here.

The Dabbling Duck

Tucked between two large ponds in Great Massingham is The Dabbling Duck, a charming pub that serves real ale and has been awarded Norfolk Pub of the Year in 2011 by CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale).

The Marsham Arms Coaching Inn

With locally brewed real ales displayed in its newly refurbished tap room, you can enjoy these refreshing ales in the cosy Marsham Arms Coaching Inn in this village north of Norwich.

The Chequers Inn

The iconic thatched roof of The Chequers Inn in Thompson covers the cosy, historic countryside pub which is dog friendly and serves real ales inside the beautiful 15th century building.

The Stag

Although The Stag in the village of West Acre is a small pub, it is nevertheless a charming and busy inn in the centre of Norfolk. With at least three high quality real ales that are regularly changed, you can wile away an afternoon in this relaxing place.

The Ship Inn

The Ship Inn in Weybourne is a traditional pub with at least three real ales at any one time. With delicious, locally sourced food as well, you will leave feeling satisfied.

The Walpole Arms

With traditional interiors including wooden beams, exposed brick and a log fire, The Walpole Arms in Itteringham is a cosy place to enjoy a glass of real ale.

The Wellington

The Wellington in Cromer is a charming family-run pub located on the Norfolk coast near the beach and the pier, serving real ales year round - and, being next to the sea, it’s the perfect location in summer or winter.

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