Our plans for the Berney ArmsMore than a pub
The pub closed in October 2015 and has been missed greatly by the community and passing tourists since then. It seems a waste to let this Broadland pub be sold on only to be knocked down or converted so we are on a mission to buy it, give it a little spruce up and reopen it, ideally for Summer 2017.
The pub has a number of unique selling points that made us fall in love with it. It’s very remote and is the only pub in the UK not served by public roads but it’s actually still very easy to get to as it has its own train station, just 10 minutes walk away across the fields. It’s also easily accessible by water with plenty of pub-side mooring and it’s just a five mile walk from Reedham to the south west, and five miles to Great Yarmouth to the east.
The rural riverside location is what makes the Berney Arms special but because it’s so remote we understand the need for people to be able to stay over. We’ll have on-site wooden lodges and plan to add glamping facilities too. Just imagine how the stars will look with nothing around for miles.
The kitchen needs refitting but once that work is complete we aim to offer delicious pub food made from the best local ingredients. Until that happens we’ll be offering gourmet bar snacks and may even invite food trucks to come down for special events.
Our focus will be on local ales but you’ll still be able to find all your favourite beer, spirit and soft drink brands too. We’re keen to promote the work of locals and plan to team up with producers from all over Norfolk to offer special deals, rare brews and more.
We’re looking into the possibility of regular events for walkers, train enthusiasts, river adventurers, birdwatchers, local ale lovers, foodies and music fans.
The pub is situated in the Norfolk Broads between Reedham and Great Yarmouth on the River Yare. It’s closest neighbours are the RSPB site of Breydon Water and, across the river, the striking Burgh Castle. The beautiful Berney Arms mill, which holds the title of tallest windmill in the UK, is just next door too
Birdwatchers, you can expect to see oystercatchers, golden plovers, redshanks, widgeon and perhaps even a pink-footed goose or two.
Pop in for a drink and bite to eat while out for a walk, or make a day of it and get the train in from Great Yarmouth or Norwich on the Wherry Line. It only takes about 25 minutes!
Walkers, pull on those hiking boots and take in some of Weavers Way. Look out for the mill, follow the signs and you’ll find the pub and its beautiful vistas out across the water and beyond.
Cyclists, get some fresh air then refuel with some food and a drink by the waterside.
We’ve already spoken to the RSPB and Broads Authority and its clear that we all share the same vision for this beautiful part of Norfolk. We want to draw new people into the RSPB reserve and get people out on the water. This area is truly one of Norfolk’s hidden gems and while we don’t want to spoil it, we’re keen to work with any one we can to make the place more accessible. We have visions of offering early breakfasts to the birdwatchers out to see the pink-footed geese, and take-away food and beer to passing sailors. This is why the Berney Arms will be a community hub. Just because the community doesn’t live next door, doesn’t mean they won’t be stopping by on a regular basis.