Liberty’s Rock Cafe

Great Yarmouth:

We visited this twice, once at 11:30am, and once later in the evening. It was St Patrick’s day, and the landlady was suitably attired, but the first visit felt wrong: professional drinkers were in (we drank water & coke), and we’d had a walk through some of Gt Yarmouth’s less salubrious areas.

Later that day, we found ourselves back, and went back in, and celebrations were in full swing: a nice atmosphere, cheap Guinness, and the landlady welcomed us back- there was karaoke on with a suitably oirish theme (apparently, the landlord is Irish), and we happily stayed for a few pints…

The Yare

Brundall, Norfolk Broads:

Our nearest pub for a few days. The Tripadvisor reviews seemed to be polarised between shit and brilliant, but I can’t for the life of me think why; it is neither.

What it is is a fairly average traditional pub, with decent beer (3 ales), and a fairly extensive if unremarkable (in that it’s exactly what you’d expect) pub-food menu. The food itself is pretty good- home-cooked pie, for instance, and the beer was fine, as were the staff and prices, so there’s plenty to like here, even if it’s not incredible, it’s certainly not shit by a very long chalk.

Revisit: The Queens Hotel

Original post here.

We actually visited twice this day: once before our curry, and then, in the company of Andy, so we got to add it to #100pubs.

First visit wasn’t encouraging; the football was on the TV at stupid volume, and we gave up waiting to get served, bought beer from the Co-op, and headed for our curry early. Returning later, a party was in progress in the back, and the whole pub was rammed, but the atmosphere and the beer was good (and there were enough staff). I’ve never seen it so busy.

The Grand Victorian Hotel


A stunning building next to the railway station. It’s a hotel, but the bar is very much a pub. Both inside and out are stunning victoriana, and most of the fixtures and fittings are there too.

Beer was fine, and the food looked ok, but the surrounding area would be described as “vibrant”, but the pub itself was fine.

The Wheatsheaf


On the fringes of the town centre, we dove in to escape the rain. Inside, it’s the currently fashionable stripped floor look. There’s a huge TV in one area, but thankfully the volume was down. The music wasn’t too loud either, but all the hard surfaces and something about the sound system (and perhaps the gobshites at the bar) made conversation tricky. Beer and staff were fine, and it wasn’t a bad place at all.

The Royal Oak


Local’s pub on a thoroughfare. This was on my way back to my hotel, and I dropped in for a swift pint. Friendly enough, and pleasant enough- a nice place for a quiet pint, but my West Midlands beer price index got upset by the £3.85 price for a pint- though that was unfair, as elsewhere in town, prices were higher.