The thing about Freehouses is that you never know what to expect. We arrived, hoping for a meal and a drink, but it was immediately clear from the bags of peanuts on the wall and the absence of menus that this was definately not a gastro pub. Nevertheless, we asked anyway whether they were serving food and we were sadly informed that this was not the case - however, there was a takeaway shop next door and we were welcome to sit in the pub and eat that. This was a first, so we got a cheap meal and the pub got our business.
Now, for anyone interested in cider this is a place you must visit. Banham is historically the centre of Norfolk cider production - Gaymers began here - although the only testament now lies in the naming of newly built streets bearing such names as Scrumpy Way, Orchard Way and Gaymer Close. Fortunately, the Banham Barrel has sought to keep this noble profession alive by brewing its own cider. We drank that and bought a couple of pints as a takeaway.
The pub is situated a stone's throw from Banham Zoo.
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