The Ferry Inn
Moorings public 24Hr
Moorings across river (Woodbastwick)
Re-opened 10th July 2010, The Ferry offers a range of cask ales including the likes of Nelson's Revenge and Woodforde's Wherry. The revamped restaurant serves excellent food at a reasonable price (the beer's not too expensive either). I went for the BBQ ribs and can honestly say that apart from possibly the Bridge Inn at Acle I've never had ribs so good.
Another Victim of Punch Taverns 2009
The Ferry sits on the site of a Mead House established by St. Benets monks around 1040. A Mrs Grabbard is thought to have leased the house in 1500 at an annual rent of 7shillings plus two fat hens. On the 21st May 1796 Coltishall Brewery put the site up for auction
``With a yard and the barn, stables and outhouses thereto belonging; Also about 3 Acres 2 Roods by estimation of arable land and about 9 acres by estimation of marsh land with a reed rond (pond?) ; Also a commodious Ferry Boat built a few years since at the expense of £100 and upwards; Together with Tolls arising from the ferry. Leasehold of the Bishop of Norwich for three lives viz, of William Baker esq, aged about 80 years, Susanna Ransome aged about 41 years and the said Chapman Ives aged about 38 years. Lease rent 8 shillings per annum.''
One end of original house was rebuilt and carried the date 1825.
The thatched house was destroyed by bombing at 9.45pm 26th April 1941. Subsequent reports stated that 21 of the 24 occupants were killed. A later account gives the number of dead as 22. Licensee Albert Stringer was `pulled alive from the wreckage by his wife Rita'.
Following rebuilding after the war the house was again destroyed 31st March 1965, by fire.