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“Friendly Helpful staff and good food and drink”
Review of Beauchamp Arms

Beauchamp Arms
Ranked #453 of 820 Restaurants in Norwich
Price range: US$7 - US$13
Cuisines: Bar, British, Pub
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Good for: Groups, Child-friendly
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Drinks, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
Holland-on-Sea, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Friendly Helpful staff and good food and drink”
Reviewed 19 June 2014

Where to start really, well at the beginning i suppose. On arriving out side the Beauchamp Arms on a warm sunny Friday night in early June, it looked a little tired from the outside.

But on venturing inside, yes it was a throw back 20 or so years, but what the decor lacked the staff certainly made up for. We started off on the Cornish Dunbar real ale, that went down rather easily.

Now onto the food we all had starters, the smoked mackerel was served up with a side salad and brown bread and butter, two who fillets on each plate!. Then onto a house home made burger i had the surf n turn burger fries and again a good sized side salad. The others had various other burgers all as good as each other in fact.

I can only give this pub an excellent rating, why not try it for yourself, here is a link to their new website that is going live very soon. http://www.beauchamparms.co.uk/

Charlie

  • Visited June 2014
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1 Thank Charlie S
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English first
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“A time machine that takes you to the 1970s!”
Reviewed 29 November 2013

This place is in a prime location on the River Yare between Norwich and Great Yarmouth. It's an attractive spot with plenty of mooring for the captive passing boat trade with no competition for miles in either direction along the Yare. We parked our car a couple of miles away near the New Inn in Rockland St Mary and had a pleasant walk along the waterways to the Beauchamp. Big mistake. Or as Julia Roberts said in Pretty Woman in the Rodeo Drive scene: HUGE mistake. To cut a long story short, I would recommend you direct your boat, car, feet, bicycle, pogo stick or whatever means of conveyance you have to the well managed New Inn - it, and the food, looks lovely when we stopped there for a drink after this sorry episode.

We arrived about 11:30am on the spring bank holiday before the place was due to open at 12. This should have been a clue - there were other people sat outside along with about six boats with people waiting. On one of the biggest pay days of the year for a place like this, any manager with any sense might have thought it worthwhile to open an hour early maybe? No. But OK: it says 12 on the door, so fair play.

The doors opened and I was second in a quickly forming queue, which rapidly grew to about 15 people, which wasn't helped by the first person ordering two lattes, something that always seems to throw British barstaff into disarray. There was a man around the bar who looked like he might have been the manager who was completely disinterested and at no time attempted to pitch in. I ordered drinks and food and sat down. Considering I was one of the first to order, the food took a long time to come. We had nearly finished our drinks so my wife joined the still long queue for the bar. She eventually got to the front just as our food arrived, but there was some crisis going on with another customer as the credit card machine wasn't working, so she had to abort the order before her food got cold.

The food was a real throwback to the 1970s both in terms of the lack of imagination on the menu, the presentation and the quality. A particular thing to be aware of is the chicken burger - called firecracker or similar - this is an OK burger but with a large dollop of seriously hot ketchup like substance that renders it inedible to all but the the most ardent lovers of vinadaloo or phal curries. I was also astonished to find the lady serving the food was the more experienced of the two struggling bar staff - the other one, who seemed to be on her first day was left to work the bar on her own.

The queue never really shortened significantly while we were there, so we never got our second drink. I dare say many other people felt the same, and many new arrivals probably just looked at the queue and went off somewhere else, so the Beauchamp must have lost a significant amount of takings because of the short sighted cost saving of not having enough bar staff.

  • Visited May 2013
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2 Thank Salading
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“What a mess!!”
Reviewed 25 November 2013

This place is set in a lovely location,however the atmosphere is dead,the food is well below average,the toilets stink to high heaven and the staff are incompetent and rude!!!! O i almost forgot and if you are driving there then you really should go in a tractor as the road down to the pub is nothing but pot holes!!!

  • Visited November 2013
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3 Thank Rhubarb1966
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Downham Market, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Friendly but so scruffy”
Reviewed 20 November 2013

Called for lunch in November, no hot food except pasties, in fact no food at all except pasties and sandwiches. The beer was very good though, the staff helpful and friendly and the food was good and excellent value. The building though is very run down with torn carpets and poor decor.
As others have said, a lovely location but the pub requires some serious investment or I fear its days will be numbered.

  • Visited November 2013
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Thank Tony B
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King's Lynn, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Welcome value for money”
Reviewed 10 October 2013

Was on a boating holiday stop he for the night as it was wifes birthday they owners snd staff were so frendly
And the food was fantastic well worth the money and so much could not eat it all well done

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank Saracens2015
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