Comfort Hotel Great Yarmouth
14 Albert Square
Great Yarmouth, EN NR30 3JH
Phone: (44) 1493 855070
Fax: (44) 1493 853798
Bars & Cafes
Beautifully decorated in bright, cheery colors, The Shoreline Restaurant has a lovely view of the esplanade. It is a part of Hotel Hatfield in Lowestoft. The restaurant is known for its high standards of service, delicious food and fine wines, and dining at this restaurant is a wonderful experience.
This is definitely the place to head for on a fine summer's day. Located in Thorpe St Andrew, once known as the 'Richmond of Norfolk' for its Yareside pleasure gardens, the Rushcutters is a 100-year-old hostelry housed in a 16th Century building with a pleasant riverside deck and patio. Its main attraction nowadays is as an affordable place to tuck into hearty grub. Under the Chef & Brewer brand, the Rushcutters serves true blue British food and has a fine selection of draft beer. So sit back, tuck in and enjoy your pint as the sailing boats and cruisers go by.
In years gone by, the Castle was always the lesbian pub, whilst the Lord Raglan across the street catered for gay men. Today, however, the Castle is the social center point of Norwich's gay life. A friendly pub, with a jukebox and pool tables, on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, the Castle is bound to be full to capacity. The crowd is primarily female or young, with older guys preferring the Raglan. This place is friendly, certainly not intimidating, but a major drawback is its location on the periphery of central Norwich.
Located to the north of the Norwich city centre, B2 Venue is the ultimate place for enjoying live music. Run by a bunch of music lovers, it's no surprise that you will get to witness some of the best gigs in town here. The bar staff is particularly popular for their antics and it's clearly evident that they all love their jobs. The management is constantly on its toes to bring the best talents into focus, and they are especially careful about picking bands performing original work. So check out this place if you're looking for some fresh tunes and a happening night out. And if you have some energy left, check out the place's sister venue called The Brickmakers.
Piggies Sandwich Bar is founded on a very admirable philosophy; as the staff will happily tell you, "shrink-wrapping is an insult to good food". In practical terms, this means that all Piggies' food is freshly prepared to order, from the filled sandwiches to the fruit salads and assorted pastries. The range of sandwich fillings is also impressive, including pates, smoked meats, poultry and seafood. Piggies also offers a catering service for board meetings, office parties and other special occasions, with four menus.
One of Norwich's more atmospheric, if not one of its biggest, clubs. Mojo's is situated beneath Bar Seven. Downstairs is just floor space and the bar - although there are more bars and seating upstairs. To say where the dance floor starts or ends is just to mark where people are dancing. This makes for a very hot and sweaty dancing experience. And danceable music is what Mojo's excels in. Hosting some of the best R'n'B, break-beat, hip hop, and funk nights in Norwich, this club definitely has soul! There is nowhere as subterranean or "funky". Monday, The Underground; indie. Wednesday, Superfly; hip-hop/funk. Friday, Elegant; house. Saturday Rewind, chart and dance.
Ideally situated near clubs, restaurants and the Riverside complex, the Prince is one of Norwich's more upmarket pubs with decor and prices to match. Polished wood and brass ornamentation characterize this stylish bar which is chic - but not so much, so that the casual visitor feels out of place. As well as the usual beverages on tap, the Prince of Wales serves food. The menu does vary but usually includes a tasty range of filled jacket potatoes.
Despite now competing with the likes of Bar Ha Ha and the Slug and Lettuce in the heart of Tombland, Boswells is consistently popular with students and locals alike - mainly because of the quality of its live music. With blues, jazz or other live sounds on most nights, this place is always swinging to some beat. Customers at Boswells can enjoy a pint of real ale: Adnams Bitter, Bass, Fullers London Pride, Morland Old Speckled Hen and Worthington IPA can all be had for between GBP2 and GBP2.15.
Auberge is a three-in-one hangout - café, bar and restaurant. Although fairly upmarket, the atmosphere is pretty laid-back. Part of the stylish-sofa and crockery gang, Auberges has the trademark leather sofas and coffee tables but manages to be a little bit different. There are two separate food sections away from the main bar and, although part of Auberges, one of the sections goes under the name Azzurro. There are also two separate menus, both written in French and English. You can choose from a selection of pizza, pasta, risotto, meat or fish and specialities such as roast monkfish. There's also good range of spirits and wines and plenty of Belgian beers on offer. It's all a little pricey though - half a pint will set you back at least £1.50 and wine starts at £10.
The Owl Sanctuary is set on the former site of The Marquee. But fans need not feel disappointed at the closure of Marquee as this bar follows in its footsteps. Enjoy live music and shows by talented musicians and sip on ales. Quirkily named after a television episode featuring Alan Partridge, it is nice spot to listen to fine tunes.
Take 5 must be one of the most popular cafes in Norwich. Situated inside Cinema City but open to anyone, this cafe/bar dishes up a selection of delicious home-cooked-tasting meals and snacks. All are made from natural ingredients and a range of real ales, ciders and organic wines are on offer to wash them down. The atmosphere at Take 5 is always warm, and they have a refreshingly laid-back attitude towards kids.
You can't get more traditional than The Branford Arms and that's definitely its attraction. Situated on the junction of Spencer Street and Sprowston Road, this pub has been welcoming customers through its doors since it first opened in 1904. By offering old-fashioned hospitality and home-cooked food, along with a wide selection of beers, ales and wines, it provides a relaxed and informal setting in which to enjoy a night out. A family room and enclosed garden and play area ensure that children are free to entertain themselves, while for the older customers there's a function room and live music.