Virtual Pub Crawl: East Anglia, 1975

Norfolk Broads by Peter Taylor, from Flickr, under Creative Commons.
Source: Peter Tay­lor, Flickr.

Earlier this week, we posted a gallery of photographs of pubs with tiled frontages, prompting some commenters to leave links to Google Street View pointing out some corkers we’d missed.

That gave us an idea: we’ve dust­ed down our copy of War­ren Knock & Conal Gre­go­ry’s 1975 paper­back pub guide Beers of Britain and retraced part of one of their routes using Google’s map­ping ser­vice. Tap­ping into Boak’s fam­i­ly roots, we’ve decid­ed to go for East Anglia.

Nor­folk is syn­ony­mous with the Broads, and a good start­ing point is Gelde­ston… The Wher­ry [is] an ear­ly 18th-cen­tu­ry-pub, with a tea­room serv­ing lunch­es and din­ners, in addi­tion to the excel­lent Adnams ale. Gai­ly-paint­ed orna­ments made from sea-shells… are sold here.”

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Near­by Nor­wich has a Tollemache pub in the Wild Man in Bed­ford Street, a city where it is oth­er­wise dif­fi­cult to enjoy tra­di­tion­al draught beer.”

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Towards the coast just west of the mar­ket town of Ayl­sham lies the chance of a good Greene King pint at the Buck­ing­hamshire Arms, only a stone’s throw from the mag­nif­i­cent Blick­ling Hall. Adnams is also often avail­able…”

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Oth­er Adnams’ beers may be enjoyed west of Sher­ing­ham at The Malt­ings, in the vil­lage of Wey­bourne…

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…or far­ther west along the coast on the A149 at Blak­eney’s The Manor.”

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Con­tin­u­ing west, the vil­lage of Burn­ham Thor­pe boats the birth­place of Nel­son and the appro­pri­ate­ly named Greene King house Lord Nel­son. Although the vic­arage where Nel­son was born no longer exists, this inn still boasts the room where the most famous of Eng­lish sea­men gave a din­ner for the vil­lagers before he took com­mand of the Agamem­non in 1793. The cask beer is drawn by grav­i­ty.”

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We were rather pleas­ant­ly sur­prised to find that, near­ly 40 years on, all of those pubs still exist and are still trad­ing as licensed premis­es. We also think we’ve picked up a touch of sun­burn. Ah, sum­mer…

2 thoughts on “Virtual Pub Crawl: East Anglia, 1975”

  1. Excel­lent! I believe Conal Gre­go­ry is very much with us and am hope­ful he is still inter­est­ed in beer. His book with War­ren Knock was an impor­tant mile­stone on the route to per­ma­nent­ly ensur­ing tra­di­tion­al beer in Eng­land. Even mod­ern U.S.-style keg beer owes a debt to them in that its full-malt and well-hopped taste recall some of the best qual­i­ties of good cask ale.


  2. Do try and pop into the Dew­drop in Cam­bridge while you’re at it, nice drop of Tol­ly, old school land­la­dy (now the Cam­bridge Blue) and a few min­utes away spare some time for the CAM­RA-owned Sal­is­bury (cheat­ing a lit­tle, this was late 1970s, we used to hold our Moun­taineer­ing club meet­ings in the Sal­is­bury on Wednes­day after­noons, nice pies, I drank Bud­var).

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