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 New name
This pub is now called The Hour Glass.
Tuesday, November 15, 2016Rating: No rosettes

Richard Williams
 A lovely spot for a pint and a bite.
Thursday, November 10, 2016Rating: rosettes

Jack Redgrave
Very outdated inside. Oddly, had sound level equipment outside . Argument was happening when I visited so I left .
Monday, July 25, 2016Rating: No rosettes

William Acton
My two sons and my grandson came down to Norfolk for the weekend looking for bed and breakfast but could not find any all booked. We came across the Red Lion,called in and was offered one nights accomondation which we accepted. We were shown two our roo0ms and within 10minits the manager said he had another room spare which we gladly accepted. No complains on anything from rooms,food or service and we was made very welcome,even got a discount on the price of the rooms. We are hoping to book again in two weeks time at the end of August if possible.A very satisfied customer.
Tuesday, August 13, 2013Rating: rosettes

David Phillips
 This is the Best Pub In East Anglia
I'm astonished by the poor reviews submitted by some contributors. I stayed here recently whileon business in the area and I thought the pub was amazing in every way: good food, sensible prices, warm and friendly staff, great locals and -- most important -- fantastic atmosphere. There was a real buzz about the place, which you don't get very often these days as more and more pubs become glorified restaurants, with a sterile atmosphere to match.
I'm a professional journalist and had been outdoors all day, taking photographs. It had been my intention to come to the bar at 6pm, have a pint and a bite to eat and retire for an early night, but I ended up chatting with the locals until last orders. There was a steady stream of locals from early doors onwards, seeking both food and drink, and I had a cracking time.
My meal, incidentally, was roast beef from the carvery. It was rare breed (shorthorn) from a named local farm, butchered by a named local butcher and matured for 28 days. It cost just £8.95! It was probably the best beef I have ever tasted (and I promise you I have eaten great beef all over the world, in some great restaurants). I can't comment on the real ales, as I was hot and thirsty and drinking ice-chilled Amstel lager, but the Greene King IPA and Abbot looked in good condition.
Anyone who knows me professionally and socially will also know that I don't throw praise around lightly. And I have also supped and stayed at hundreds over the years. So when I say this is probably the best pub in East Anglia, you can be assured this is not hyperbole. Although my first visit (June 14-15) was on business, I will be returning for pleasure soon. I can't think of a better place to stay for a break in Norfolk, within easy reach of the north of the county (where most of the pubs have been turned into bistros or gastro pubs, sadly).
Finally a big thank-you to the lovely Lynne, cheerful, funny and hard-working all night behind the busy bar. What a star!
Sunday, June 23, 2013Rating: rosettes

Steve and Philippa
 Birthday Present - Short break.
We, wife and I made a one night stop over at the Crown.

Parking area was good and the front of the pub was well presented with loads of flowers in full bloom.
This was a truly olde worlde building with low wooden beams and some very steep stairs to negoiate to the rooms.
We stayed in a twin room that in the realms of Health and Safety had a nice green light that always illuinated the area in the room from the entrance door, hall way where the beds are located making it a little hard to sleep.
Perhaps a little more eye on detail too, signs could be laminated instead of tacky bits of paper stuck up for guidance of the guests.
There was no proper plumbing in the area of the pub where we stayed, so we always had the great sound affects from the water being pumped up to the toilet etc.
Room decor could have been better and things like boiling the kettle proved not easy, cable length, watch that boiling kettle of water placed on the bedroom floor!!
Food was adverage and we are still trying to work out how the same so called drinks could have gone up in price in 30 mins of having the first round, increased from £6-20 to £6-75, the young lady behind the bar said it was a different wine, despite saying we will have the same again please ?
My wife also noted it was a freshly opened bottle of wine she had on the first round too ?
Sunday, September 9, 2012Rating: rosettes

Seems to have gone down hill since the change.
Wednesday, July 11, 2012Rating: rosettes

I Dont mind you calling me a huge Lady, I Dont mind you coming on here and slagging the pub off.
Sticks & Stones etc
What i do mind is people smoking drugs in the beer garden.
Barry Lund you are old enought to know better.
Wednesday, May 30, 2012Rating: rosettes

Barry Lund
 very disappointed
We went in for a drink on the 11th of May (Friday evening) and as I was unsighted of the bar I asked what lagers they had on draft. A lovely lady told me 2 lagers and as I didnt like either I asked for 2 bottles of Becks in a pint glasswhich cost £6.10 for a pint. When I questioned this very nicely I got the huge fat woman behind the bar answering me with a huge attitude problem as if to say you ordered it now pay it! Only for me to find out that they had another 3rd lager behind the bar--Amstel--which I would have had! I then watched this obnoxiuos female for the rest of the time I was there. A lady came upto the bar to pay her food bill and said can i settle up please only for the obnoxious one to say--no not at the moment im busy and walked off! She has one of those attitudes which is, that she is doing you a favour by allowing you into her pub! What an obnoxious prat!
Friday, May 18, 2012Rating: No rosettes

Steve Quay
 Great Meal
We had a very good meal at the Stifkey Red Lion on saturday night. My wife had local Lobster which was very good. I had a steak which was very tasty. It was nice to go to a pub which was not only extremely busy but had a very friendly atmosphere.
Monday, April 23, 2012Rating: rosettes

Pat French
Have just celebrate my husband birthday with another lovely lunch.Haven't had a bad meal yet the welcome is always warm and nothing is to much for the staff.
And we celbrate all our birthdays and anniversays at the Crown I'm looking forward to my birthday.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012Rating: rosettes

 Pathetic Food
You would expect oustanding fish and chips and you would be wrong. The fish was so small you would be forgiven for thinking it died from malnutrition. The Batter was overcooked (or the oil needed changing)and the peas were cold. Shabby bar area but nice log fires. I live in Norfolk and I have to say that this was probably the worst fried fish I have experienced
Wednesday, March 7, 2012Rating: No rosettes

 Put your mind at rest!
At the Great Danes you can be assured of all the comforts you require!
A comfortable, clean, well serviced room.
A very pleasant Licensed Lounge Bar and Restaurant serving excellent wholesome food and a good range of Wines, Beers & soft drinks.
An easy and relaxing stay is assured
Tuesday, November 15, 2011Rating: rosettes

 very welcoming
what can i say ...the food was of high standard....and so was the welcome we had off terry and carrol also other staff ...accomadation was most appreciated would go there again very clean thank u all for the welcome ..................tina fom wales
Friday, July 1, 2011Rating: rosettes

 what a outstanding welcome
stayed here the nite we could nt ask for more the food was brill and the welcome second to none will visit again and would advise any one to try the food welll done to you both keep it up what you offer you can t get in shops
Friday, July 1, 2011Rating: rosettes

 Listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide 2011
Tuesday, June 14, 2011Rating: No rosettes

 Listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide 2011
Tuesday, June 14, 2011Rating: No rosettes

Pam Bottom
A party of eight of us has just returned after having lunch at The Crown.The food,and even more so, the service were excellent,especially the help so readily given to our friend in a wheelchair. The buffet was first class, with a great choice. I would most readily recommend this venue to anyone seeking a relaxed and appetising lunch.
Tuesday, June 14, 2011Rating: rosettes

Raw and uncooked food, Landlady rude and unprofessional.Great place if you like poor microwaved food and being charged for extra dishes that you had to send back.
Monday, June 13, 2011Rating: No rosettes

 raw chicken
Party of five having two courses on 8th June.

Roast Chicken was raw and bloody.

Poorly cooked freezer chips still hard in middle

Steak & ale pie turned out to be full of tomatoes!

Could clearly hear shouting in kitchen when chicken meal was returned, making insulting remarks.

The chicken was then brought back to table claiming it was properly cooked. Was rejected again with even more screaming from kitchen.

Requested an alternative meal instead of inedible chicken, but management insisted on charging for both, despite over £100 bill.
Sunday, June 12, 2011Rating: No rosettes

Marie Broderick
Do not go near this pub.

Rude and belligerant proprietor will ensure that you have a miserable time that is if he chooses to serve you.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011Rating: No rosettes

Bruce Carter
Unfriendly welcome by female on entering the bar area. Did not stock bottled or caned diet pepsi/coke and was told pump only, take it or leave it attitude. If only looks could kill. We were eventually shown to our table and left sitting for at least 10 minutes without service until we caught the eye of a passing waitress. Not as if they were busy, only two other tables occupied on a Sunday evening. We were not offered starters and was told to go and just help ourselves to the carvery. The food was so poor I guess it was the remnants from the Sunday lunchtime carvery. The 3 meats were sliced and left warming in tins of gravy. The meat on the surface was hard like leather, over cooked and the gravy had a burnt gravy skin covering most of it. The roast potatoes were also burnt and over cooked as was the stuffing balls. The vegetables save the peas and leaks were soft, drab and tasteless. Even the apple sauce had no taste to it. We all left food on our plates. As my wife and I were guests that evening I felt it inapprpriate to complain in front of our friends. After finishing our main course we were left waiting for about 45 minutes before I was forced to make a comment to one of the young waitresses. (Schoolgirl ?), cheap option? In the meantime another couple entered the room and sat down to eat and were ignorred for about 15 minutes after which time they left. I sarcastically said to the waitress, Oh, there are waitresses about to serve then, to which she smiled and said,Yes and promptly walked away. (Didn't take the hint). After a further 5 minutes I spoke again and was told, I should have asked. I decided it was better keeping quiet. We gave our sweet orders and when this same waitress returned with my and my friends sweet, the plate was actually dropped onto the table in front of us in what appeared to be an act of anger going by the noise the plate made. Again, I said nothing. When I paid the bill expecting 5p change which never come back to us. Did they assume it was a tip? Not bothered about the 5p, it was the principal and assumption. On our leaving, the lady with no smile at the beginning of the evening completely over smiled, opened the door and said goodnight. I guess one each for sarcasim on the evening. If this attitude from an adult member of staff (possibly the owner?),is reflected down the line to members of staff, it is no wonder we had the service we had. Couldn't care less. Quite frankly, the food and service was appauling and I will never frequent that place again, which quite frankly is very sad being a local resident.
Wednesday, May 11, 2011Rating: No rosettes

Robbie Cozens
 now and a gain sunday lunch visit
Not been recently but when we do the standard is top class, food is wonderful and very good value, Some people seem to make a mountain on their plates and then leave half of it ,just greed ,eyes bigger than their bellies! . No problems excelent food ,Drinks, and the Bar and REsturant Staff always friendly and Helpful. Sadly some people are never satisfied, they would probably complain at the Ritz or any other top hotel in the country.
We Hope to see you again for a sunday Lunch when the weather picks up.!
Monday, February 21, 2011Rating: rosettes

 Great experience
Feb 2011, Decided to have my 30th birthday meal here, and fantastic atmosphere and staff. Well organised and everyone enjoyed thier food !
Thanks guys we all had a great time!
Sunday, February 13, 2011Rating: rosettes

Helen Wood
 Great pub
Lovely home cooked food, ample portions (too much actually!). Nice vegetarian choices for adults. Owner very welcoming. Nice outdoor play area for the kids. Very unspoiled quaint pub. Highly recommended.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010Rating: rosettes

Wednesday, August 11, 2010Rating: No rosettes

Hugh Sanders
 A very good experience.
Initialy,the Crown was picked at random for its geographic location and close proximity to a business contact.

Expecting a normal Country Pub we were more than surprised to find something out of the ordinary.

Our stay was of only three days duration but during that time we were very impressed with all aspects of our sojurn.

We found the Staff, without exception, friendly and helpfull and the food and acommodation excellent.

The Crown Ticked all our boxes and did what it said on the Tin.

When once more in the area we will stay at the Crown.
Wednesday, July 7, 2010Rating: rosettes

janine smythe
 foods really unusual kids hated it left
The menu in this pub is wierd the kids hated it and none of our group could find much on the menu to eat so left without ordering. very snobbish pub more like a posh restaurant than a pub didnt feel welcome. saw the portions coming out looked very small if you are hungre i would go somewhere else
Tuesday, July 6, 2010Rating: rosettes

mrs o leveridge
 great pub lovely people food just great
This pub has not been ruined by modernisation its so quaint. the foods lovely not any of this a la carte or wierd food we all loved it expecially the kids. There is a tree house with slide and swings, and to top it all they have chickens running round with babies,that kept the kids well entertained. would highly reccomend,shame we were only on holiday otherwise we would always go there. Noticed quite a lot of other really good comments so obviously this pub generates brilliant feed back
Tuesday, July 6, 2010Rating: rosettes

D Large
 Food and Service were awful
Friday, June 4, 2010Rating: No rosettes

 Bad experience
Visited Crown inn during the evening of Friday the 28/05/10 (a regular event - but never again).
Was asked if the food was ok, responded by indicating that one meal was not and subsequently the meal was left uneaten.
Received bill for all meals and commented that the meal not eaten due of its condition should be subtracted from the said bill.
After a verbal tirade from a member of staff, she snatched the bill from my hand which was amended -reducing it by approx. £6:oo with no apology forthcoming - she then stormed off - leaving a member of the bar staff in an embarrassing situation.
Declined to mention at the time as I did not wish to create further problems (as we were supposed to be out for an enjoyable evening) - was that some cutlery was dirty and thus avoided its use -
It would appear that standards are in decline.
Friday, June 4, 2010Rating: No rosettes

 Really lovely pub with a welcoming atmosphere. :-)
Friday, May 28, 2010Rating: rosettes

we only live in the next village and like the crown for closeness,there telephone manner could do with some attention,and can not belelive they still dont have high chairs,food is ok for a quick sunday lunch,the yorkshire puddings would be better if they where home made,but on the plus side you can have as much food as you like,,,the food is hot and plentyful,i like the quantity but quality could do with a bit more taste,very basic sunday lunch and needs a little more of the homecooked ingredients,
Sunday, April 18, 2010Rating: rosettes

 excellent food
the food is top quality. Having moved from norwich where there are plenty of good pubs choose from. I as a family believe this is the only good food pub in lynn apart from the swam inn in south wootton. I have eaten in the crown for three years now. The burger are home made so burger man go else where like a pit stop
Friday, April 2, 2010Rating: No rosettes

 Updated details
Note the web site has been added - darbysfreehouse.com. Just click on the link above. Also Accommodation and Function Room for hire have been addded to the features for this pub. Thanks to Jack Nicholson.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010Rating: rosettes

 Web Site
note the web site has been added - theangelpub.co.uk. Just click on the link above. Thanks to Jack Nicholson
Wednesday, March 24, 2010Rating: rosettes

Tuesday, March 23, 2010Rating: rosettes

Susan Waters
 mothers day
the carvery is usually very good so i rang to book for mothers day and when we turned up with the parents, we found that we were tied to a £14 all in 3 course price which was not mentioned when i booked. The starter was a choice of veg soup or prawn coctail which was a small shot size glass with a bit of shredded lettuce and 4 prawns and the sweet was 4 choices. we had cheese which was extremely dissapointing. small dried-up pieces with 3 crackers. The carvery was up to the usual standard but i feel totally ripped off by being forced to pay for 3 courses, 2 of which were awfull. This has put the family off returning to somewhere my parents had previously enjoyed. Sad.
Saturday, March 20, 2010Rating: rosettes

Carole Gransden
Web Site: www.thegreatdanes.co.uk
Monday, January 11, 2010Rating: rosettes

 our camping at this pub
just got onto this site and saw the remark by Mrs Dale about her night at the lodge me and my husband have spent a few nights camping at this pub and cant understand why the toilet lights were switched of unless there was a problem with the switch as we have alwys had plent of light when we have stayed.
the food has always been of a very high standard and if there has been a problem then the landlord has always put it right straight away. we will go backagin to camp
Wednesday, December 16, 2009Rating: rosettes

 the whitelodge attleborough
just got onto this site and saw the remark by Mrs Dale about her night at the lodge me and my husband have spent a few nights camping at this pub and cant understand why the toilet lights were switched of unless there was a problem with the switch as we have alwys had plent of light when we have stayed.
the food has always been of a very high standard and if there has been a problem then the landlord has always put it right straight away. we will go backagin to camp
Wednesday, December 16, 2009Rating: rosettes

 A very good time was had.
Just back from a weekends walking in and around the Stiffkey area. The party was 23 strong whick of course added to how busy the place was on the Friday and Saturday nights.
I read the comments here before leaving for the weekend and I must say that given the VERY negative ones I was a tad apprehensive. I must say now that either these people were very unluck or are just impossible to please anyway!
We had a great time and the Manager, the bar staff and the waiting staff just could not have been any nicer or helpful. A cracking menu too kapt simple with a lot of fresh local produce and all cooked to a high standard.
This is a must for a return visit.
Sunday, October 4, 2009Rating: rosettes

Mrs Dale
 Weekend camping
Having just returned from a camping weekend at The White Lodge, I must say that I was a little disappointed. The mussels on the menu had been badly microwaved and were chewy, and the steak was small and average for £17.00. Although the toilets were left open at night, the landlord switched off the lights so you were in total darkness. This is not somewhere I would wish to stay over again for the night.
Monday, September 28, 2009Rating: rosettes

Mrs J Alldridge
 lovely pub clean friendly great food
Ive been to this pub many a time and are disgusted with Susan Sharps comments they are totally untrue . The pub is lovelly, people are friendly, foods great,and its perfectly clean, in fact after visiting recently have noticed they have 4 stars on the doors higher than all of the pubs in Holt town. (looked on internet)
Monday, August 31, 2009Rating: rosettes

We had a superb meal on two occasions when we visited The Crown for dinner. The staff were very friendly, helpful and polite. We had an absolute plateful of food - well presented and well cooked. So have to disagree with the Burger fellow - perhaps he/she should have gone to Burger King or McDonalds if that's what he/she wanted!!
Monday, August 24, 2009Rating: rosettes

 Red Lion Stiffkey
Had an excellent meal, service superb a lovelly traditional village pub. There are not many establishments than provide this level of service and quality of fresh local produce.

Keep it up we will be back.
Thursday, August 13, 2009Rating: rosettes

Michael Greenfields
 Little Gem
I have been a frequent visiter of The red Lion for many years. The transformation since The large barman arrived has been fantastic. The pub is very busy and the food and service has always been very good. As for Mr Byrne's comments towards a young lady and very personal coments at that is out of order.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009Rating: rosettes

Anthony and Sarah Dennis
 Sad to see.
After not visiting North Norfolk in a while, We decided to look up our old friend the Stiffkey Red Lion.

How we wished we hadn't. It seems that it's days of glory have long since faded. The lovely garden has been destroyed, with the most ugly of buildings that look so out of character with the rest of the village erected in it's place.

There was a real lack of atmosphere, the staff seemed to have their personality surgically removed, even trying to strike up a conversation with the large barman was a futile effort.

We will return again, in the hope that this once shining star of the Norfolk coast, does not turn into a black hole.
Sunday, July 26, 2009Rating: No rosettes

Trevor Byrne
 Rude and Amateur
It takes a lot for me to put a complaint in writing as I am not one to dwell. However the quality of service in the red lion is a joke. Theres a girl (I believe to be the owner's daughter) who walks around like a character from the catherine tate show. Her appearance is common, arrogant and ignorant and she should not be in a customer handling role. The manager stands there at the bar as if he's been hypnotised and the general atmosphere is clearly one of unrest. God knows how they manage out of season
Sunday, July 19, 2009Rating: No rosettes

The burgers are simply disgusting. They are presented between two slices of bread for a start. (Where’s the burger bun? Did I order a sandwich) It’s even cut in half. Has anyone ordered a burger that comes in 2 pieces!? At a closer look it is quite clear that it is not even beef. The Pattie has been put together in 4 separate pieces (i.e. left over’s). Basically methods in a kitchen used to try and disguise something. Please do not eat at the crown in gayton.
Sunday, June 21, 2009Rating: No rosettes

Mary Sutcliffe
 A very pleasant break
We stayed here for two nights and found the staff very friendly, we had to wait 20 minutes for our food but the whole pub was very busy! the rooms were comfortable and the views delightful.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009Rating: rosettes

Mike Hughes
 A really splendit stay
My wife and I spent 3 nights here and had a great stay. The bedrooms are not large but well equipped. We had a first floor double room with a south facing balcony which had very nice views over the valley. We ate in the pub all three nights andfound the food very good treating ourselves to a lobster thermidor on our last night!
Monday, April 27, 2009Rating: rosettes

Mrs S Dawkins
bad food ruined my holiday for the whole family, we had to go home early
Sunday, April 12, 2009Rating: No rosettes

 Mulberry Hawk at The White Lodge
Mulberry Hawk were at the White Lodge again on 2nd April 2009. We can't thank you enough for another wonderful night. Thanks again to Terry and Carole they always make us feel at home :)
Friday, April 3, 2009Rating: rosettes

 Thursday 5th February/Mulberry Hawk
Mulberry Hawk would just like to say a big thankyou to Terry and Carole for looking after us so well Thurswday night we had a great night and the crowd was lovely. Great pub and wonderful people. Hope to see you all again soon. Thank you Lesley Mulberry Hawk
Sunday, February 8, 2009Rating: rosettes

Ed Murray
 Very disappointing
The new bedrooms at the Red Lion are tidy and modern but small. There is no proper chair to relax on so had to endure sitting on the very low but comfortable bed. If you like privacy then the ill-fitted blind to the front window and front door means people can see through. This is not a place to take a disabled person as the rooms are up a steep slope away from the pub itself. So going down to eat and drink is a bit of a trek. The lighting outside is appalling and an accident waiting to happen. We found the food to be poor and staff inattentive - very disappointing.
Saturday, February 7, 2009Rating: No rosettes

Thursday, January 29, 2009Rating: rosettes

Wednesday, January 7, 2009Rating: No rosettes

John parkinson
I had a wounderful meal at this Pub and found the owners to be friendly and helpful and would certainly recommend visiting
Wednesday, October 22, 2008Rating: rosettes

Barbara Farris
 Excellent service for disabled guest
We stayed for two nights in a lovely spacius family room, my husband is disabled and the staff were kind and attentive to his needs even raising the bed on blocks for him.
We had a delicious meal and even breakfast was served in our room to make it easier for my husband.
Five star service!!
Monday, October 20, 2008Rating: rosettes

 Thank God for a traditional Village Pub
As a regular diner in North Norfolk it is a pleasure to recommend this delightful village hostelry. It is without doubt a gem amongst the so called Gastro Pubs and Celebrity Chef Eateries
The food is excellent, locally sourced and fresh, a wonderful selection of real local ales served from the cask and service which is genuine and sincere . Keep it up.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008Rating: rosettes

Tomas Mckay
 what a loverly evening....
i recently returned to north norfolk where i spent my childhood. Accompanied by my wife and kids, I found that a once closed villiage pub had been reopened and was flourishing in the small villiage of stewkey (stiffkey). with their tasty beers, traditional fayre, cheerfull staff and fantastic new bedrooms. We stayed in thier family room for two nighjts and enjoyed every second of it. i would recommend the red lion at stiffkey to anyone who looking for accomadation on the north norfolk coast, i would also like to thank thier staff once again for my families pleasent saty.
Thursday, October 9, 2008Rating: rosettes

The white lodge has currently been taken over (at last). The new owners are trying their best to get the pub back on track. There food is really good and the atmostphere is great. Also they have brought back the live bands oon thursday nights. I recomend a vist if you where put of by pam, completly differeent
Tuesday, September 9, 2008Rating: rosettes

chris cooke
 appalling customer
Appalling customer
I thought I might just clarify the review by crisi (a real man’s name!). This person of limited intelligence, limited financial resource and an abundance of foul and abusive language is not only banned by the Stiffkey Red Lion but should be by all establishments on the North Norfolk Coast. All this because his credit card did not work! Something we can all sympathise with, but to behave in such an appalling manner is totally unacceptable. A customer was so upset at watching his behaviour that she drove to the nearest garage and bought a bunch of flowers for the waitress (my daughter). Anyhow I hope all our real customers are having a great summer and we hope to see them soon in our “shabby” establishment!
Wednesday, August 13, 2008Rating: No rosettes

J Carluccio
 Couldn't bring mayself to book dinner!
We too have just stayed at the Red Lion. When we got there no staff were capable of booking us in. Then the manager found that they had not written the booking down despite taking our details, including credit card details, the previous week. While we sat waiting to book in I could not help but notice how shabby the pub looked and how filthy it was. We had planned to book dinner but I thought if the front of house was like this how bad was the kitchen going to be? Luckily for them they had a room free (despite being high season) and we were shown to it. During our stay we discovered that the shower leaked badly, the vanity light was broken, the room had not been dusted for sometime and evidence of previous guests had not been cleaned in the bathroom!
We went to breakfast with some concern the next morning. As expected the breakfast seating area was filthy. The tables had not been wiped properly from the previous evening and the cutlery and china were grubby, a theme of the whole stay. The waitress was wearing an apron that looked like it had not been washed for a couple of weeks. The full english breakfast arrived almost cold with a portion of black pudding that was cold in the centre. It's also the first time that I have been given a sausage that was cooked only from one side! I pointed out to the waitress that the food was cold and she promptly took it back to the kitchen were it was zapped in the microwave! We stay in North Norfolk at least twice a year and this has been the worst place we have stayed. Unlike the other places we have stayed we will not be returning.( The 1 score is for the nicely, if boringly, decorated room with great views of the countryside).
Saturday, August 9, 2008Rating: rosettes

andrew davis
 Worst experience i have ever had in my entire life
My girlfriend and I had booked a room at the Red Lion this evening for 100 pounds and on arrival we found the newly built rooms to be very tidy, modern and quiet, although small. We then went down to the restaurant and the service at the bar/restaurant was absolutely appalling. In addition the pub dining area is very shabby but it was the service which forced us to return the food to the kitchen and check out. We are now sitting in the Crown Hotel in neighbouring Wells, after spending 150 pounds for a bed, breakfast and dinner package. Candlelit white clothed tables with a superior a la carte 5 course meal, with 5 star service. At the Red Lion, what turned out to be the owner's daughter had messed up our order, misled us and amazingly instigated an argument with us. After countless rude actions from her, I said to my girlfriend 'fantastic service' with intended sarcasm but only for my girlfriend to hear, yet the girl came storming to our table ranting 'what did you say!?'. I said that I was not speaking to her and that her service was dreadful hence raising it to my girlfriend and she began to raise her voice and give attitude. When I calmly asked if she was arguing with me she said 'yes i am arguing with you'. That was enough for me to complain to the manager who had his hands tied as this useless waitress was the daughter of the owners, wherever they were I dont know! So if this pathetic excuse for a waitress is an example of her parents I doubt they would be much more enlightening to deal with. I am a great believer of things happening forn a reason and her lack of maturity and professionalism led us to the Crown in Wells. BUT PLEASE, READ THE REVIEWS ON THESE SITES WITH AN OPEN MIND AND IF THIS REVIEW SAVES ONE COUPLE FROM A BAD EXPERIENCE, I WILL HAVE DONE SOME GOOD. I STRONGLY ADVISE YOU TO AVOID THIS PLACE LIKE THE PLAGUE!
Sunday, August 3, 2008Rating: No rosettes

Susan Sharpe
 What A Shame!
Such an idyllic location and building - used to do such wonderful wholesome grub. Whatever happened, its dirty, unfriendly and the meal we had was appalling. Don't bother going
Friday, February 9, 2007Rating: No rosettes

S Groombridge
Great food rightly priced and cooked to a very high standard. Friendly staff and a good atomsphere, would definitely go there again!
Sunday, February 4, 2007Rating: rosettes

M Peirce
 the food
The bar menu is fine but the restaurant is overpriced for theovercooked vegetables, dry tuna, stale fish on offer - the restaurant was disappointing but the pub is fine.
Friday, February 2, 2007Rating: rosettes

 was a nice pub
now frequented by tossers, who think they know it all, when a real local who was born in the village and lived in the village all their life and whos grandfather worked there when it was a farm in 1927 is told that he could be classed as a local...NEED I SAY ANYMORE..
Tuesday, January 30, 2007Rating: No rosettes

Sunday, January 28, 2007Rating: No rosettes

Thursday, January 25, 2007Rating: No rosettes

Garry Bowman
 The Best Food Around
If you want a meal in a pleasant atmosphere and you want high quality food then go to the Saracens Head. The menu is wide with regular specials and the portions are huge. It is always very well cooked and you will leave thinking that you will never be able to eat anything again. prices are very reasonable too. For those who need it they also have b&b rooms available.
Wednesday, October 11, 2006Rating: rosettes

Karen Hughes
 Excellent Pub and Food
Great food, plenty of it and excellent quality, the cordero lamb shank is exceptional.
Very well kept real ales and a good selection of quality wines.
Tuesday, September 26, 2006Rating: rosettes

 great support for this pub
A pub with good beers and some more-than-decent accommodation.

I had one night there, with great-priced dinner and a wow-breakfast.

Good beers, and an unusual guest. Very friendly welcome.
Tuesday, September 12, 2006Rating: rosettes

friendly and welcoming
Saturday, September 9, 2006Rating: rosettes

i feel that the buffers could benefit from some clean carpets. I thought they were filthy. Also the vegetables were obviously pre-packed or tinned. Everything on the plate looked artificial . nothing looked freshly prepared.
Thursday, July 27, 2006Rating: rosettes

 nice happy atmosphere
nice happy place
Wednesday, May 10, 2006Rating: rosettes

Simon Gray
 New Inn Worstead - Friendly locals drikers pub
The New Inn is a simple but friendly village local. Although the postal address might suggest it is in North Walsham it is actually in the tiny historic village of Worstead. Don't expect Novelle Cuisine or coctails but a reaonable roast lunch on sundays and a half decent pint of Youngs. They also have IPA and Black Sheep but the Youngs seems the best kept to me.
Friday nights tend to be the busiest with a very mixed crowd of varying ages from kids to 90 year. olds!! Occasional music ( you have to see the local legend - Ron Barrett) as well as a couple of muso's from the locally famous Scratch Band who happen to live in the village mean that we do get a few good gigs a year and things build to the Festival each year (last full weekend in July) which features crafts, rural persuits, music, vintage cars etc> It's a little like a friendly village fete but on a massive scale attracting some 25 to 30,000 people over the weekend. Camping is often available in the pub field.
Thursday, February 23, 2006Rating: rosettes

Gavin & Teresa Parslow
 Best Scoff in Norfolk
If you want Good Food and a Good Pint then this is the Pub to visit.
Once youve had a meal here youll definately come back again.
We Highly Recommend The Saracens Head
Thursday, January 12, 2006Rating: rosettes

 Great place to eat and drink and be merry!!
What else can I say, fresh brew, good food.. Good times.
Monday, December 5, 2005Rating: rosettes

Vince Stewart
 Bed and breakfast
we now have four ensuite rooms to let,including a family room.

Our running target for cask ales is 160 since 13/08/04 and we can now be found in the good beer guide
Wednesday, November 23, 2005Rating: No rosettes

The Robin hood always had a reputation and frankly I wouldn't go in there however the pub has recently changed ownership and has been re vamped to a high standard. Theres a good selection of real ales IPA, Spitfire, Adnams and Old speckled hen. The food is great! The pub is very clean and the staff are well presented all in all a wonderful pub.
Sunday, October 9, 2005Rating: rosettes

helen bloom
 Good size portions, lovely food, friendly, dogs al
Monday, September 19, 2005Rating: rosettes

Peter Jamieson
 Poor Public Relations
A member of staff took our boooking by telephone. When we arrived they said they had no record. They then admitted that it was a member of the kitchen staff who had wrongly taken the booking. The staff were most offensive and said that they didn't care if we came again or not, they had plenty of customers
Tuesday, September 6, 2005Rating: No rosettes

B Matthews
 A place I could take my mum to.
well kept beer/ largers guest beers wine sensible prices. Coffee.

Ever changing very variable menu , local meat , fish and vegetables and fruits.

Portions here are not for the faint hearted on a diet.

Good quality country food at honest prices.
Thursday, July 7, 2005Rating: rosettes

Lauren Stewart
well done to my dad who and ian who own the bull a great sucess
Tuesday, February 22, 2005Rating: rosettes

Ian Bell
 A warm and inviting pub with great beer.
Having drunk in The Bull many years ago I was thrilled when I saw its latest incarnation. An enormous amount of work has been done to create a pub which effortlessly combines the contemporary with the traditional. The atmosphere is warm and inviting, with excellent service and a well thought out availability of wine and well cared for beers. This is definately a pub well worth a visit if you appreciate all that is good about an English pub
Wednesday, February 16, 2005Rating: rosettes

 The Black is GREAT
I loved this pub! Cheap pool, a duke box and the drinks aren't that epensive either! Great!!
Monday, January 31, 2005Rating: rosettes

Davy ellis
 good pub
well what can i say this pub is a superb place for a good pint!
Sunday, January 30, 2005Rating: rosettes

Darrell Thomas
 great pub!!!
Cockers is a really nice place to enjoy a quiet drink.The food on offer is excellent and all the locals are friendlly
Sunday, January 30, 2005Rating: No rosettes

 Traditional roadside pub with good food
You'll find the White Horse on the north side of the A1066 at South Lopham, 4 miles west of Diss. Good food served all day and a friendly atmosphere is the norm.
Monday, January 24, 2005Rating: rosettes

John Harrison
 Great, friendly village pub. Busy on Friday night
Great friendly village pub situated opposite village pond. Can get very busy on Friday nights (my regular evening) so need to go early to get a seat. For non-smokers, try and sit near fan that sucks in fresh air; its the one by the fireplace. Alex, the owner, runs a friendly bar and the sun lounge restaurant serves good wholesome food at reasonable prices. Only problem is that the food has to be carried through the bar to the restaurant.
Sunday, December 26, 2004Rating: rosettes

lee brown
it is a fantastic pub and phyllis brown is a wonderful manager very helpful
Wednesday, November 3, 2004Rating: rosettes

wayne smith
 Not happy
We went there after getting married on the 20th oct 2004.
The hospitality was great.
Now the bad point we had to wait 45 mins for our meal when it arrived it looked as tough the chips and onion rings had been cooked in old oil (black bits all over them)
three little mushrooms half a tomatoe and the steak the size of a burger and the peas must have been a table spoon full.All this was served on a huge plate making the meal look even more meager.There was also flies flying around our food. What more can I say apart from £56.00 wasted.Not the only one unhappy the other two partys with us for the wedding unhappy too.
Friday, October 22, 2004Rating: rosettes

jim stark
 best barmaid
met a gorgeous barmaid when i was in the crossways bar, she is totally gorgeous her name is heidi, she has a great personality and pours a great pint..give her a rise!!!!! she deserves
Thursday, August 12, 2004Rating: rosettes

Stu Read
 An (Almost) perfect Pub!
Classic Pub!
Great beer, great food, proper traditional bars with real fires, lots of hand pumps and Woodfords Wherry (the local Norfolk Brew) served from the barrel.
Why only 'Almost' perfect? .....because a new rule now banishes our children the bar (maybe its the 'Nobby' types who are now moving up to the area, pity)
Still a great pub though and within easy walking distance of a smart campsite !!
Tuesday, September 9, 2003Rating: rosettes

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