Norfolk Broads pubs, restaurants, shops
and other amenities on the River Waveney
Bars & Restaurants: Amazingly for it's size, Geldeston has two public houses. The Locks Inn is situated by the now disused locks in Geldeston. There is plenty of free moorings and an extensive menu is available. Live music venue. The Wherry serves bar food but is not open on Tuesdays.
Local attractions: A 4.5 mile circular
walk will take you through the village of Dunburgh, then on through the countryside viewing halls and churches en-route back to your start point.
Bars & Restaurants: Beccles is a market town and as such has a multitude of bars and restaurants. Closest to the Yacht Station are the Bear and Bells and the Royal Oak. The latter does not offer food whereas the Bear and Bells has bar food and a restaurant. There is a charge to moor at the Yacht Station.
Shops: Full range in the town centre.
Local attractions. Beccles is a delightful market town worth exploring. An outdoor swimming pool is available during the summer months and regular passenger boat trips will take you beyond Beccles's low bridge to the Geldeston Locks.
Waveney River Centre
Bars & Restaurants: The Waveney Inn is situated in the Waveney River Centre which includes camping facilities, a swimming pool and mobile homes for rent. Extensive menu available. There is a charge to moor here. Live music is offered in the Waveney Inn most weekends in the summer.
Shops: The site has a medium sized supermarket on the quayside selling provisions, newspapers clothing and fishing gear.
Local attractions: The on-site indoor swimming pool is
available to use for those who have paid overnight mooring fees. Not usually considered as an attraction but special mention has to be made of the heated shower and toilet facilities on-site which are surely the best on the Broads.
Bars & Restaurants: The Wherry Inn, The Commodore, The Waveney and The Lady of the Lake are your choice of public house at Oulton Broad. The Wherry and the Commodore both have their own moorings whereas the Waveney and Lady of the Lake are not more than a five minute stroll from the Yacht Station which also attracts a fee to moor. The Lady of the Lake has recently been renovated following a flood and is the venue for many live bands at the weekend.
Shops: A small supermarket, a newsagent, various restaurants and gift shops are all a short walk from whichever moorings you choose. Several takeaway establishments are also close at hand.
Local Attractions: Spend an hour or so walking around Nicolas Everett Park with it's waterside location where all manner of water-sports can be observed. Speedboat racing is also an attraction on most Thursday evenings throughout the summer.
Bars & Restaurants: The Dukes Head describes itself as a Gastro-pub and has an extensive menu. It is a 10 to 15 minute walk from free moorings riverside.
Shops: Somerleyton Post Office and Tea rooms is situated in the village centre around 15 minutes walk from the moorings. It sells provisions as well as offering a refreshing cuppa before you make your way back to your boat.
Local Attractions: Somerleyton House is a stately home open to the public, complete with formal gardens and a maze.
Bars & Restaurants: The Bell Inn is riverside with extensive free moorings for patrons. Reputed to be the oldest public house on the Broads, it offers restaurant or bar food. Priory Restaurant, a short walk from the free moorings, offers an A-la-carte menu.
Local Attractions: The Priory Restaurant has a collection of Llamas and small farm animals in its grounds.
Bars & Restaurants: The Fisherman’s Inn is riverside with free moorings. The view from here across Breydon Water is stunning. Good choice menu. Convenient if waiting for advantageous tidal conditions to cross Breydon.
Local Attractions: The remains of a Roman Fort can be found a short walk from the moorings, built at a time when this area was actually open to the sea.