If there's one thing Norfolk does well, it's a good pub. In fact, it's common knowledge that Norwich city used to have a pub for every day of the year. Some even say that there were once far, far more. Either way, here are eleven of the best pubs, inns and taverns in the county as voted by you, our readers. 

1. The Lighthouse Inn Walcott

Where: Coast Rd, Walcott, NR12 0PE

Eastern Daily Press: The Lighthouse Inn at Walcott

Who doesn't like a bit of battered fish with their pint? Not David, apparently, who said The Lighthouse Inn had "the biggest and best fish and chips in Norfolk."

2. Ox & Plough

Where: The Green, Old Buckenham, near Attleborough, NR17 1RN

Eastern Daily Press: The Ox and Plough in Old Buckenham has become the Black Lamb for the filming of a new Paramount series.

We posed the question 'What's your favourite pub in Norfolk and why?' and Richard was more than happy to answer. "The Ox & Plough in Old Buckenham has to be up there. A proper village pub, great beer, live music, quiz nights, and many community events throughout the year.

"A landlord who tries to make a pub what it should be, a community focal point, a place to meet friends and have a good time."

3. The Foundry Arms

Where: Church Street, Northrepps, near Cromer, NR27 0AA

Eastern Daily Press: The Foundry Arms in Northrepps.

Many were quick to recommend The Foundry Arms in Northrepps Village for its welcoming staff and location.

Michelle said: "The Landlord and Landlady are always keen to get involved and support the village. Fabulous, friendly atmosphere."

4. Earle Arms

Where: Heydon, near Reepham, NR11 6AD

Eastern Daily Press: The Earle Arms, Heydon, north Norfolk. Picture: Archant

The Earle Arms in Heydon evoked Norfolkian nostalgia in Kevin, who said it, "reminds me of years gone by".

Annie agreed, calling it, "The most beautiful unspoilt village in Norfolk. Many happy memories of holidays in this very special village in a little cottage in the woods."

5. Angel Inn Larling

Where: Sallow Lane, Larling, near Thetford, NR16 2QU

Eastern Daily Press: Angel Inn, Larling

Located just off the A11, The Angel Inn offers much more than just convenience.

Chris said: "Great beers, great food, and always made welcome by wonderful people. Some of my best memories are from there."

6. The Reindeer

Where: 10 Dereham Road, Norwich, NR2 4AY

Eastern Daily Press: The mural on the side of The Reindeer pub on Dereham Road in Norwich.

Beating in the heart of Norwich's Dereham Road, The Reindeer is not one to miss. 

Clare said: "There’s nothing more I could want from a pub! Great music, a brilliant range of drinks, and the best Sunday lunch ever." 

Rose had something to add about the dining options. "Amazing food by the fabulous Too Fat Roasties team." 


7. The Dog Inn

Where: 65 Holt Road, Horsford, near Norwich, NR10 3DF

Eastern Daily Press: The Dog Inn reopens in Horsford with new owners. The pub will be managed by Ross Ivison.Byline: Sonya Duncan(C) Archant 2020

Unsurprisingly, The Dog Inn in Horsford welcomes more than just bipedal visitors.

"The Dog Inn is a very warm, friendly pub for humans and dogs," said Ross. 

Mick predicts the popular spot will need to expand its car park in a few months' time. We call that a win for The Dog Inn. 

8. The White Horse Brancaster Staithe

Where: Main Road, Brancaster Staithe, PE31 8BY

Eastern Daily Press: The White Horse, Brancaster Staithe

Kimmi gets straight to the point when talking about The White Horse in Brancaster Staithe. 

"The most beautiful place. The most beautiful food. Absolutely faultless."

9. The Fenman

Where: Blackfriars Road, King's Lynn PE30 1NT

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Danny gives his two cents on popular King's Lynn haunt, The Fenman. "Friendly, family ran. Kids and dogs are welcome. Excellent choice of beers and a decent price." 

10. The Recruiting Sergeant 

Where: Norwich Road, Horstead, near Norwich NR12 7EE

Eastern Daily Press: The Recruiting Sergeant pub at Horstead.

"The Recruiting Sergeant… because it’s the best pub in Norfolk," from Keith. 'Nuff said.  

11. Short Blue

Where: 47 High Street, Gorleston-on-Sea, near Great Yarmouth NR31 6RR

Eastern Daily Press: The historic Short Blue pub in Gorleston, named after the famous fishing fleet. The pub is shut in line with restrictions but has built up a global pub quiz community that is connecting people and keeping its landlord busy.

Nestled in the picturesque coastal town of Gorleston, Helen called Short Blue a 'friendly, happy pub'. If that's not a sterling review in and of itself, we don't know what is.