QUAFF ‘EM IN SWAFFHAM

 

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Pubs serving beer again !  Sort of.

Kentish Paul requested this trip out to Swaffham, capital of the, er, North Brecks.

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One of the better signs

I had Swaffham down as a town of at least 10,000, with eight pubs, three supermarkets and a lucrative trade in selling fish and chips to pilgrims/gentlefolk on their way to Walsingham and the Thursford Christmas show.

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Pebbled chippy

But it’s ANOTHER town of 7,000, plus the 3 million tourists who come to see the Eco-centre that dominates your view of the town from the A47.

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Wind turbine powers all the autovacs in Scotland

I walked the bounds, folks.

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Actually, I did rather more than the pubs, taking in the marvellous church, named after the 60s popsters.

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Church of Peter, Paul & Mary

I also walked New Sporle Road and its medieval “Beware Ducks” sign.

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Proper sign
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Duck foot path

With an average age of 67.3, it’s no surprise there’s a lack of street art, but the Community Centre is pure art deco.

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Art Deco

Your food options are straight forward; fish and chips or Duck Stroganoff.

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Swaffham is the centre of the Norfolk Russian mafia

There’s a surprising volume of pub accommodation, none of it making it into my future “Top 100 cheap digs” post.

Here’s the pubs, anyway.  You’re spoilt for choice; NONE of them are in the Beer Guide so there’s a high chance of Doom Bar and GK IPA.

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Horse & Groom – best budget B & B bet ?
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King’s Arms – obligatory bloke at table waiting for 4/7/20
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The Station (there is no station)
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Lydney House – former GBG back when BRAPA was cute
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The George – the Best Western one
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The Greyhound – Has featured in the TV series ‘Kingdom’ as the Startled Duck ?
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Red Lion – most recent GBG entry.  Sells Bombardier

Which leaves the White Hart, cheerfully selling cup cakes, coffee and cask from Panther in plastic pint pots with a lid. It must be legal, right ?

I crossed the road and enjoyed a pint of (slightly warm, NBSS 2.5) Panther Porter in the market square as the fish stalls packed up.

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Is this the New Normal ?

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Cheers

Is it legal ?

Who cares ?

 

 

 

14 thoughts on “QUAFF ‘EM IN SWAFFHAM

  1. Compelled to check when Swaffham had a station: everywhere above hamlet size (and indeed some of them too) used to have a station. 10th August 1847 – 9th September, 1968. Did each demise of a station guarantee similar headlines to that beloved of local newspapers when “Popular Pub Closes” – generally because it wasn’t popular enough?

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  2. Just started to read this blog and was pleasantly surprised by this post. I was passing through this area last year and remembered stopping for a bite to eat and drink at the Red Lion (didn’t stay there however). I really liked it!

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      1. Absolutely! I’m originally from Cardiff but was on my way to Norwich and happened to pass through. You’re correct, the town in general was quite pretty

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  3. Presumably the pubs who hadn’t thought of doing off-sales/carry-outs, themselves?

    Nice post btw, and thanks for responding to my request about Swaffham. I’m still at work, so will respond properly later this evening.

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  4. As I mentioned before Martin, I’ve been tempted to book an overnight stay in Swaffham, on visits to Norfolk. The town is also a good breakfast stop following an early departure from Kent, to beat the traffic.

    I’ve noticed over the years, how the town has been expanding to the south – this is especially noticeable when you drive in from Brandon. Your photos show some nice-looking pubs, and I’d be happy to drink in most of them at the moment.

    Son Matthew has memories of a trip to the top of the Eco-Centre tower, when he used to stay with my parents as a child. Decent Waitrose too, just as you turn off the A47 towards the town centre.

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  5. It must be all the more disappointing, after waiting through such a long lockdown, only to be served a beer that’s just NBSS 2.5. You must be tempted to say, “Given my sacrifices, I deserve considerably better than this!” 😉

    That sign really is a classic. “Please Drive Slow.” The life you save may be a duck’s.

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    1. I put 0.733 of the low NBSS down to the plastic cup and 0.04 down to the fact I resisted the chips !

      NBSS 2.5 is OK, and there was an ENORMOUS plant pot just ahead I resisted using, despite knowing how much a video of my first “beer tip” for 4 months would delight my readers.

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