Pubs of the Norfolk Broads I
The Rivers Yare and Chet

The Yare: Flows from Norwich, Norfolk’s premier city, through Reedham with its chain driven ferry, past the Cantley Sugar Beet factory, across the wild open space of Breydon Water to Great Yarmouth. The biggest of the Broadland rivers, it was the main trading route between Norfolk’s capital city and the sea.

The Chet: A smaller river, linking Loddon to the River Yare.

Navigation Authority: Broads Authority, 18 Colegate, Norwich NR3 1BQ : Telephone 01603 610734 :

 ● All pubs listed were reached by boat (especially in the case of Berney Arms) and are next to or near suitable moorings.
 ● As well as the light blue links, clicking on most pictures or logos will link to the relevant third party sites. Smaller text is additional information found on the Web.

Reedham (Map) (Reedham Link)

The only remaining car and passenger ferry in the Broads operates in Reedham, taking people across the River Yare. It is the only road crossing between Great Yarmouth and Norwich offering travellers a convenient alternative to the otherwise long drive round. There is a variety of locally designed crafts at the Old Brewery.

The Reedham Ferry Inn (Map) (Reedham Ferry Inn)

Ferry Rd, Reedham, Norwich, Norfolk, NR13 3HA  Tel: 01493 700429

The Railway Tavern at Reedham is less than a minute's walk from Reedham Station. The pub serves a ever-changing range of Real Ales, and is a member of both the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), and Cask Marque. There is also a range of over 80 Malt Whiskies, and a restaurant specialising in fresh local fish dishes.

 ● Not visited this pub yet.

The Railway Tavern

The Railway Tavern,17 The Havaker, Reedham, Norwich, Norfolk. NR133HG. Tel: 01493 700340

 ● Closed down.

The Lord NelsonLord Nelson (Map)

Riverside, Reedham, Norwich  NR13 3TE Tel: 01493 701548 Web:

 ● The smallish pub is in the middle of the village on the banks of the Yare. There are a few free mooring places outside the pub (double aloud during busy periods) but avoid the private mooring nearer the bridge. The pub served good bar meals and four beers appear available in season but only Woodforde's Wherry was on draught out of season. The pub had a dart board and closes Sunday afternoon (at least out of season).
See the website for latest information (2010)

Ship Inn (Map)

Riverside, Reedham, Norwich, Norfolk, NR13 3TQ Tel: 01493 700287

The Ship is situated near Reedham Swing Bridge, around 15 minutes walk from Reedham Station. The pub caters for visitors to the riverside area of Reedham, both on foot and by boat, with free mooring available next to the pub.
 ●  The ship is at the far end of the village near the railway bridge. There are a few free moorings directly outside, but due to the nearness of the bridge double mooring is strictly not allowed. Because of the current it is best to approach these mooring from downstream (i.e. from the other side of the bridge). The pub has two bars with a pool table. Food available but we did not eat here. Normal national beer. Open all day Sunday.

Breydon Water (Map)

Berney Arms WindmillBerney Arms

 ●  Probably the most unique pub on the Broads. The Berney Arms, along with the restored windmill is set in 26 acres of marshland, and hence because of its isolation can only be reached by boat, foot or train. The pub has several rooms with stone floors and high back settles. Served national beers including Courage Best, Directors, Green King XX Mild, IPA, Abbots. This pub along with the Fishermen's Bar are the last moorings before Great Yarmouth, and as the only moorings there are beyond a low bridge crews should check the tide tables before progressing down stream.

Surlingham (Map)

The Coldham Hall (Map)

Surlingham, Norwich, Norfolk, NR1 7AN Tel: Tel: 01508 538591

 ● Free stern mooring. Good food restaurant and bar food, with separate eating area if required. Seems popular with locals as well as boating fraternity. Background music. Beers were normal national varieties including Green king IPA, Abbots and Triumph. Large bar serving drinking and restaurant areas. Separate area with pool table.

Ferry House (Map)

The Ferry House, Ferry Road, Surlingham, Norwich, NR147AR  Telephone:+44(0)1508 538227

 ● More of a restaurant then a Pub but the food was excellent and the beer well kept. Quiet and friendly with the customers mainly coming from the boats.

Loddon (Map) (Loddon Site Link)

RuddlesKings Head

Loddon Road, Beccles, Suffolk, England

 ● The Kings Head along with the Swan Hotel are along the main road to the left of the moorings at Loddon. The smaller of the two bars the pub had a dart board and pool table. Served national available beers.

Swan Hotel

Loddon Road, Beccles, Suffolk, England

 ● The Swan Hotel has two large areas and served good food. The pub also had a pool table and was fairly crowded at night, but with a friendly atmosphere.

Chedgrave (Map)

White Horse (The White Horse - 1) (The White Horse - 2)

5 Norwich Road, Chedgrave, Norfolk. NR14 6ND. Tel: 01508 520250

 ● The White Horse is in Chedgrave but is easily reached form the Loddon moorings. The pub is to the right of the mooring but did not do any food. Serves Adnams and national beers.

Norfolk Broads Pub Guide Part 2. The River Waveney

Comments and additional material on the bars in this area are always welcome.
I can be contacted on Neil MacPherson.
Last Updated 5th February 2000
Last Revised 23rd December 2004