My two teenage boys and I were sailing our boat on the Broads and West Somerton was one of the places we were scheduled to stop. It rained during this leg of the journey so we decided to stop off for dinner. The food was good and filling, the staff and locals very friendly. We decided to have a full English the following morning. They opened up early for us, we had breakfast and spent the morning playing pool as the weather was so unsuitable for sailing. Next time we go to the Broads this will be on our itinerary. Many thanks.
Right, in the interests of full disclosure, I should point out that I have been going to this pub on and off for the last 40 years or so. Clearly it has been through a few pairs of hands in that period. It's the only pub in the village - thank god it's a good one.
John, the current landlord, has been in-situ for around 2 1/2 years as I type. He's a very personable chap and always makes me and my family welcome. As Peter says (See review below) he's no oil painting; you probably wouldn't want to bump into him unexpectedly in the night - but I can vouch for the fact he won't put you off your meal.
The food is proper pub grub – well cooked and presented, top notch and he serves a good pint as well (Woodfordes Wherry is the local brew) - always well kept. There's typically a good convivial crowd in most weekend evenings with high local representation and plenty of parking. If you are in one of the surrounding villages John will pick you up (And drop you off) in his minibus.
I've not used the accommodation here myself but members of my family have and they have all reported the rooms to be well appointed and very clean - breakfast is well reviewed as well. Finally and most important - there is free wifi – and it works :-)
Somerton itself is the ideal place for Norfolk fishing and bird watching holidays; in wildlife terms, the countryside around here is positively fecund. I am biased but I think this is one of the prettiest small villages in the Norfolk broads. I'm told that Somerton Staithe is the source of the river Thurne and has the cleanest water in the Broads - If you're arriving by boat - there is free mooring here too (A mere five minute walk from the pub). There is some beautiful scenery within a short walk (See my photos), the seal colony at Horsey is a very short car trip away (Park at Horsey mill and take the footpath across the road) and the beach & dunes at Winterton are a similar distance in the other direction - in fact when visiting me & the dog regularly walk down to the Winterton beach cafe for breakfast (About 30 minutes if I step out, 40 minutes otherwise)
Fun and welcoming family pub, good food and made at home...
Lovely Norfolk surroundings, you wont be disappointed. .........
Although isolated they offer a free minibus to and from the venue , so no worries about driving, you dont get this sort of sevice anywhere else. ...
This B&B, Pub has gone from strength to strength since the new landlady & her husband took over! I have stayed there a total of 3 times up to now, for usually 5 nights, & have no grripes about food or rooms.
A short walk from the free staithe moorings brings you to The Lion, but don't forget a torch, the street lighting in this area is a bit hit & miss & having a torch means you can see, but also be seen!
On a recent trip to the Norfolk Broads I discovered this hidden gem. This B&B and pub is hidden at the end of Martham Broads. Free quiet moorings. The peace was loud. It has come under new management a year ago. The landlord was friendly. We had a lovely meal, generous portions of traditional pub grub.Well priced. Local ales and ciders also feature behind the bar.
It could do with a childrens play area to attract more families to this quiet village. Ample parking. The sign posting from the Broads and moorings could be better to attract more customers. I hope this new business goes from strength to strength.