It’s been a while since I wrote about beer and pubs. My criteria for a good pub for Real Ale Women include a friendly welcome for single ladies, decent real ale, a bit of character and clean loos.
My favourite pub in Lowestoft, our nearest town, is The Triangle, a snug little place owned by the local Green Jack brewery. Green Jack’s flagship ale is Trawlerboys, a tasty bitter, but my favourite is the excellent Orange, an unusual wheat beer with lots of zest. The Triangle also has a great live music programme.
I’ve long been a fan of Adnams beer, and we’ve stayed at both Adnams’ hotels in Southwold, the pretty seaside town where the brewery is based. Many Suffolk pubs are Adnams houses, which is no bad thing. After some serious sampling, I’ve settled on Lighthouse as my beer of choice. My latest Adnams discovery is the Eels Foot Inn, near Leiston, where Boatbuilder Phil and I had gone to see a man about a boat. The boat was quickly dismissed as unlikely to be seaworthy this side of Christmas, so we consoled ourselves with excellent fishcakes for supper in this friendly inn, tucked away down a quiet lane on the way to Sizewell.
Over the border into Norfolk, there’s a whole new world of beer to explore. Today’s discovery was the Ferry Inn at Reedham. You can take your pint to the beer garden right on the edge of the river Yare, with the added appeal of watching the Reedham chain ferry in operation. There’s been a ferry at Reedham for centuries, and no doubt a pub next door to refresh yourself while you wait for the ferryman.
Inside, the cosy bar had an impressive four local beers on tap, from Reedham brewers Humpty Dumpty, as well as a Woodforde ale. For lunchtime, I chose the light, citrusy Ferryman, which slipped down nicely as I sat in the sun, watching the ferry work. From the Ferry Inn, it’s a pleasant riverside walk to Reedham Quay, where the Lord Nelson pub looks most appealing. One for another day.