6 Beer Gardens you need to enjoy this summer!

Are you one for enjoying a drink of your choice in a beer garden? Well I hope the pubs listed below will provide you with a new destination to enjoy on sunny days.

Norfolk offers a wide range of pubs and bars, some hosting wonderful gardens, play areas and views over the Norfolk countryside. With so many options available, the 6 I’ve listed below are not only some of the best beer gardens in Norfolk but personally some of my favourites.

If you have any recommendations please feel free to comment below.

1. The Hoste Arms, The Green, Burnham Market

best beer gardens in norfolk - The HosteThe Hoste is a modern hotel, situated in the very popular north Norfolk village of Burnham Market. The garden itself offers a sheltered walled garden which makes for a real sun trap in the summer months. With plenty of seating available (as shown above) you are able to sit back and relax with family and friends. I also find the seating is well spaced, resulting in not feeling over crowded.

Food is available, offering a range of quality locally sourced produce, which is well presented and tastes great!

The outdoor space isn’t the largest but with the food on offer and the vibe in which the setting offers, results in a pleasant location to enjoy the warmer weather.

Like many of Norfolk’s pubs, dogs are of course welcome.

2. The Plough, St Benedicts Street, Norwich

best beer gardens in norfolk - The Plough
The Plough is located along a popular unique street in the heart of Norwich. With a well presented and kept garden, it’s makes for a great location to enjoy a few drinks. The garden can only be accessed through the front of the building, which in itself offers a cozy warm atmosphere, even better in the winter months!

Outside offers a spacious seating area surrounded by colourful flower beds. There are a few seats within a sheltered section which has outdoor heaters, keeping those who feel the cold that little warmer.

During the summer months, food is available from the outdoor BBQ area, offering great burgers!

With one of the biggest beer gardens in central Norwich, it’s certainly worth the visit.

3. The Lion at Thurne, The Street, Thurne

Best beer gardens in norfolk - thurneThurne is a small village just north of a Town called Acle. The Lion is located over the road from the river Thurne (Broads), which provides a lovely walk. There’s plenty of wooden benches here, located out the front and to the side of the building.

Head through the gap in the trees to the left and there’s an open green with children’s play area. Keeping those children busy while you sit back and relax. We had table service which was really nice, it was quiet on our visit so could change at busier times.

Food here is really good with a good range to choose from, all served with a smile.

Inside offers a clean and modern, yet still traditional finish. Dogs are of course welcome.

Overall a real pleasure to visit and highly recommended.

4. The Bell, The Green, Brisley

best beer gardens in norfolk - The bellThe Bell at Brisley is a real picturesque hideaway. Located between Norwich and the coast, it’s within a beautiful common which over offers wonderful views over the countryside and common.

The 17th century building was renovated in 2017, resulting in a stunning modern finish while maintaining the characteristics of the building.

The large beer garden is also very special with a lovely patio area with a central tree sculpture (shown above). There’s also a croquet lawn which again provides more great outdoor spacing. Surrounded by wonderful greenery and planting, it provides a very picturesque setting to enjoy your company and drinks.

Certainly one of my recent favourites.

5. The Kings Head, Holt Road, Letheringsett

The Kings Head - LetheringsettThe Kings Head offers one of the largest beer gardens in Norfolk along with a lovely setting. Located in the village of Letheringsett next to the town of Holt in north Norfolk, it’s spacious enclosed outdoor beer garden is great for enjoying warmer weather.

Surrounded by parkland, the garden is kid friendly with a play area and climbing tower, keeping the children entertained while you sit back and enjoy the sun.

There’s food available, which I haven’t tried but looks very good and heard many good reviews.

Inside offers a homely feel with an original and modern finish, making it an attractive venue to relax in.

Dogs are welcome.

6. Redwell, The Arches, Norwich

best beer gardens in norfolk - redwellRedwell isn’t a pub, but even better, a brewery! This location is becoming more and more popular due to its unique setting and style. Offering a range of their fantastic brewed beers, it’s personally one of my favourites.

Located in Trowse, Norwich, this great small batch brewery is located under a bridge, known as ‘The Arches’. Redwell have one of the largest beer gardens in Norwich, which on summer days is a fantastic space to enjoy a beer and time with friends. With plenty of barrel seats and cable drum tables it certainly makes for a unique experience. The air stream (pictured above) is often hired out by local companies offering food and drink, which adds to the New York industrial feel.

Inside offers a relaxed, friendly community atmosphere. Sit right next to large stainless steel vats full of beer, with festoon and fairy lights providing the lighting in the evenings.

On Friday evening’s Danger Dave hosts a fantastic quiz, which I’d highly recommend joining in with.

Redwell have certainly got a unique experience which can’t be found anywhere else in Norfolk. Dogs and children are more than welcome.

Grab some beers and enjoy!

Thank you for reading..

Above are 6 of my personal favorite best beer gardens in Norfolk. There are many more that I could include with the likes of The Dun Cow at Salthouse and The Eagle in Norwich which also have great outdoor spaces.

I hope you find the time over the summer period to enjoy some of the above destinations and if you do I’d love to hear your experience.

I’d also love to hear your favourite beer gardens, so please leave me a comment below.

Enjoy and please drink responsibly.

Go Ape


  1. Sherpard4

    Hi there dear friend, first things first I would like to extend my interest in your skills and efforts your content is beautiful readable, enjoyable unfortunately got me I am not a beer lover but I would recommend some friends who might be interested overall you have picked a right topic and I know there are many who enjoy beautiful places to relax and enjoy a cold beer on a sunny day.

    Al tthe best 

    Sherpar d

  2. Isabelle

    I did certainly enjoy reading your article, which I found very interesting and useful. Theses places are just amazing and I really like the way you presented all of them. The places are quiet, simple, exactly what I am looking for.

    Thank you for sharing this post with us. Keep up with the good work.

  3. Tony

    I found this really useful, thank you!

    My favourite is Redwell, just because of the industrial feel to it.

    I am likely to use your list next year so I’ve bookmarked it both for myself and family members as we often take ages to decide on places to eat when renting cottages for holidays!

    Thank you for such a concise and useful list!

    Kind Regards,


  4. AJ

    Dang, The Bell One looks excellent, great pic too. I wish I traveled more, but I think I will be soon as money has become more affluent recently. This is on me and my wives to-do list now. If you had to choose one for the rest of your life, what would it be?

    1. Great Question! I think personally it has to be Redwell Brewery, just because of the industrial feel and vibe which comes with it. Not to mention all the beer available.
      I hope you are able to visit soon and if you need any advice please don’t hesitate to contact me.

  5. Thank you so much for this highly informative article! I am sitting here now, thinking about potential summer vacations this year. Norfolk is absolutely beautiful, and I appreciate the fact that it’s such a nice, clean, family and pet-friendly environment. While I’m not much of a drinker, I do enjoy a good beer once in a while, and Norfolk would be the perfect place to sit back, relax, and pop a cold one! I have saved your site, and will definitely spread the word! God bless you!

  6. I love a good beer garden. Although I now live in the States I am originally from Norfolk and have actually spent time at the lion. It had such a lovely atmosphere. Some of the best beer gardens in the UK for me and the ones that are on the riverfront. I used to live on a boat so am probably slightly biased.

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  8. Hi Damon,

    What a great guide to the beer gardens in Norfolk.

    At first glance, I’m immediately drawn to both The Lion and The Bell, but for completely different reasons.

    I can see the Lion as a perfect Saturday or Sunday afternoon spot with the Lads. A few beers, maybe a bite to eat, some football, and break out into the garden again in the evening (probably before regretting it all the following morning, LOL).

    The Bell is honestly the type of pub and beer garden that my other half and myself like to frequent. Possibly, a long walk in the countryside, then stop off at an “oldy-worldy pub” with some character, grab some lunch, and take in our surroundings.

    Honestly, I do love travelling around the UK, and it’s something I want kickstart again very soon.


    1. Hi Partha,

      You are 100% correct and I’m so glad I’ve been able to show those in my post.

      The beautiful thing about Norfolk is that we have a wide range of pubs/bars spread across the county. The ones I’ve selected are dotting around the county to help those looking for a local near where they are staying.

      I hope you get the time to visit Norfolk sometime soon and enjoy one the destinations listed above.

  9. Hi there,

    There’s such valuable information here, and very topical too. Nobody wants to be couped up in an indoor bar with the sunny weather and Covid situation. I love the Redwell beer garden, do they make many types of beer?


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