The Pleasure Boat Bar
Our warm and inviting bar area boasts a log fire, which is always alight and welcoming in autumn and winter.
There is plenty of seating and tables for dining or just socialising. The bar is our dog-friendly area - there is always a chew available behind the bar from our doggie loving bar staff!
To the side of the bar is a pool table and darts for traditional pub games.
We have four real ale pumps, featuring award winning beers, served at optimum temperature from our cellar.
Always on from Woodfordes at Woodbastwick on the Broads, is Wherry, which is a 3.8% former Champion Beer of Britain and Nelson’s Revenge, slightly hoppier and stronger at 4.5%.
Our other permanent ale is Adnam’s Southwold Bitter, brewed just down the coast in Suffolk. This popular ale is 3.7%.
On the bar we have a guest pump, where we serve either a well known national real ale, such as St. Austell Tribute or Young's Gold, or a local ‘micro brewery’ offering such as Tipples Longshore or Broadland Sunrise from The Humpty Dumpty Brewery at Reedham. We usually choose real ales around the 4.0% mark for this pump, which is always changing and well worth a try for something seasonal and different!
Behind the bar you'll see our "Tap Room" where a further five ales and ciders are available
Here's what one reviewer said of the Pleasure Boat and the guest beer she tried:
This pub is situated next to Hickling Broad. I had a lovely drop of Everards Tiger, 4.5%, and told the manager that it was the best Tiger I had ever tasted ... The Tram Depot in Cambridge has this beer on tap but the Tram serves their beers with sparklers and it detracts from the taste in my opinion ... It was fruity, malty, full of strong hop flavours and full bodied. Delicious.
You'll find us at the Perfect Pint web site where we try to keep them up to date with our current beers.
Our draught Ciders are Stowford Press, a Herefordshire medium sweet cider at 4.5% and Symonds Founder’s Reserve, a distinctive premium cider at 5.5% abv which some say "offers a characteristically fresh, crisp, fruity cider, with a high degree of complexity and depth of character".
We also serve locally produced ciders from Norfolk Trading based at Martham, on the other side of Hickling Broad. We currently stock Haymaker, a dry flat cider at 6.5%, and Weavers Way, again a flat dry cider, but slightly stronger at 7.3%.
Take care! Our warning signs are in "Norfolk"!
We also have a range of bottled ciders, including Bulmers Original and Pear Cider.
Our draught lager range includes Carling, Fosters, Carlsberg, Kronenbourg and Stella 4.
We also have a range of bottled lagers, such as Sol, Becks, Budweiser and Holsten Pils. Plus Becks Blue, an alchohol free beer for those driving!
Wines and Spirits
Our wine range is based on the Barefoot brand, featuring Californian Merlot and Shiraz red wines, Pinot Grigio and Cabernet Sauvignon in white wine plus a sweeter Valencia wine.
All of the Barefoot range is priced at £12 per bottle, or £3.60 per 175ml glass.
There are other wines on offer for the discerning palate marked on chalk boards around the pub, priced per bottle only.
We have an extensive range of branded spirits and mixers available, plus of course, our ‘house doubles’ priced at £2.70 for 50ml measure.
Always available, our teas and coffees are always popular - we have a range of coffee offerings including cappuccino, mocha, latte and espresso, along with hot chocolate. Our teas range from good old PG Tips to some of the Twinings Earl Grey and other specialist teas, including some herbal - just ask at the bar!
All hot drinks are sold by the cup / mug.
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