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“Under new management - a warm welcome.”
Review of Berney Arms

Berney Arms
Ranked #268 of 368 Restaurants in Great Yarmouth
Cuisines: Pub
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Reviewed March 24, 2014

Like one previous reviewer, we walked to this pub, starting from Halvergate. The pub wasn't busy as it was early in the year (March). We were given a warm welcome, including an open fire in the bar, by the landlord and his wife. The pint of Wherry beer was delicious and well- kept. The location is lovely overlooking Breydon water. It is obviously more use for those arriving by boat but well worth the walk.

3  Thank voyageuse6024
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Reviewed October 9, 2013

At first sight this pub is well worth a visit if only because of its intriguing location.

It is not accessible by road and can only reached by train (one train each way, each day), boat or foot. We decided to walk the near-four mile hike along the banks of the River Yare, leaving the car at the A47 near Great Yarmouth. And a very pleasant walk it is too with expansive views across the water to Burgh Castle and beyond.

When we finally arrived at the Berney Arms, it became apparent that much of its business is derived from the boating community, as the nearby moorings are quite extensive. From the outside, the pub looks uncared for and this impression was emphasised on entry to the premises. A dank smell envelops the place and this combined with the scruffy interior only served to put us ill at ease. The barman failed to greet us but nevertheless, having walked some 4 miles to the hostelry, we ordered drinks and food which we decided would be better eaten outside rather than in the gloomy pub (the barman asked where we would be sitting but as we were the only customers we found this question a little pointless). The barman couldn't really answer any of our questions as to the age of the building, its history or divulge how the beer gets to the pub etc.etc., replying to us in monosyllables.

We decided that almost certainly,much of the over-priced food on the menu would come out of the freezer and so we went for the safer ham, egg and chips (£8.50). The food was brought out to us by a female who also did not greet us but who we had heard (coughing) inside the pub and who we had seen outside, coughing as she smoked a cigarette. And by the way, the food was adequate although its presentation could have been better.

My wife later heard said female outside, slagging off the pub owner in dialogue with a male who my wife said was the chef. He didn't acknowledge us either.

The only other person we saw was a male who was outside pruning shrubs in the garden. He looked up at us when we arrived and again when we left, but didn't say a word to us.

The whole place had an atmosphere that could be used should somebody decide to make a British version of the film Deliverance.

And our experience could have been avoided had I consulted tripadvisor beforehand, as the pub is reviewed twice under another heading. And guess what? The comments of those reviews are about as complimentary as mine.

12  Thank TonyWindsor
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