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Bank Holiday Weekend Opening Times

Beer Festival this weekend, and that means we need to vary our opening hours.

Tues 21st-Thursday 23rd – no change (noon to 11pm)

Frday 24th – noon to 11pm

Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th – Beer Festival 11am to 11pm

Monday 27th – noon to 6pm

Tuesday 28th and Wednesday 29th – Closed All Day to enable us to reset after the festival.

Thursday 30th onwards, open from noon as normal

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Spring Holiday 2024 Beer Festival 25th and 26th May

30 Real Ales including many one off, unique and unusual beers, 60 Real Ciders including some unusual items not normally found in Norfolk!

Live Music in the evenings, Food and Activities

Blackfriars Tavern (Norfolk Cider Pub Of The Year, East Norfolk Pub Of The Year

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Music – Spring 2024 Cider and Beer Festival

Amy Reeve, The Ballard Bootleggers, Retro Firefly and Mat and Phil


Saturday 5-7pm Amy Reeve – Amy Reeve is an incredibly entertaining pop/rock artist from Norwich. She is known for supporting popular local artists such as Lee Vasey. Solo she brings a fun acoustic sound.

Saturday 8-10pm The Ballard Bootleggers – ‘The Ballard Bootleggers are a folk trio from Suffolk,  performing foot stomping, fast paced, traditional ‘old time’ music from America and Europe’

Sunday 4:15pm to 5pm – Retro Firefly – Retro Firefly is the music project of Lowestoft-based singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Samantha Penman. She began writing music in her early teens, frequently finding inspiration in nature and her upbringing along the Suffolk Coast. Her music has an indie-folk vibe, taking inspiration from artists such as James Blunt and Aurora

Sunday 6-8-ish pm Matt & Phil – They take songs from lots of genres and play them with a twist.

The Real Ale List is available here

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Real Cider List – Spring 2024 Cider and Beer Festival

The Real Ale List is available here

The music performers details are available here

The current list is here – this may change a little – maybe a few more proper dry ciders….

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Real Ale List – Spring 2024 Cider and Beer Festival

The music performers details are available here

The cider list is available here

The beer list will be populated of the next few days as the tasting notes are written. Check back for updates!

IdentifierBrewer & Beer NameABVStyleNotes
AMr Winters Special Citrus Kiss Cask6%IPACask Dry Hopped with HBC-472 to give oak, bourbon barrels, coconut, vanilla, citrus, and sweet fruit in addition to the usual flavours
BTindalls Whiskey Cask Conditioned Caramel Stout5.2%StoutWhisky barrel aged special take on Tindall’s sweet caramel stout. Stronger ABV., Roasted malts and coffee flavours, rich and full bodied with sweet caramel leaving you wanting more.
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CAMRA Norfolk Cider Pub Of The Year 2024

🎉 Exciting news! We have been judged by CAMRA independent judges as the Best Pub for Real Cider in the whole of Norfolk, which builds on our being judged as the Best Pub for Real Ale and Cider in the East Norfolk Area.

Visit us to discover why. Enjoy some of the many ciders and perries in our multi award winning pub and celebrate this prestigious honour with us. Cheers to exceptional cider and great company! 🍻

#CiderPubOfTheYear #CAMRA #Norfolk #CiderLove

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Blackfriars Tavern Spring Quiz Series

Hi Everyone, a reminder that our monthly quiz is a week today on Tuesday 26th March! We were well supported last month, and the participants were rewarded with an enjoyable and unique quiz experience (but don’t worry, the Quiz Meister has promised that we will finish on time, this time.) It will be great to see those who came last time, as well as some new faces.

Last Tuesday of Mar (26th) & Apr (30th) 8pm – 10pm. Cash Prize, Free Snack, Friendly Atmosphere.

All welcome,Teams of 1 to 4 (£1pp), maybe make up a team on the night?

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East Norfolk CAMRA Awards 2024 – Pub of the Year and Cider Pub of the Year

We are pleased to inform you that the Blackfriars Tavern (in Great Yarmouth) has been voted the East Norfolk CAMRA Pub Of The Year 2024 and also the East Norfolk CAMRA Cider Pub Of The Year 2024.

We are obviously thrilled and over the moon with this double good news and are thankfull:

to our customers who have created a welcoming atmosphere 🙏🏻,

to our suppliers who have provided the high quality products that we stock 🙏🏻,

and to the local East Norfolk CAMRA branch which arranges for the yearly independent competition and to the volunteers that judge the shortlisted pubs on atmosphere, decor, welcome, service, value for money, customer mix and most importantly – quality of beer 🍺 and real cider 🍺🙏🏻

….see East Norfolk CAMRA’s news releases here and here

Announcements Events

Beer and Cheese Tasting Evening With Cheryl Cade

Sold Out Now!, Sorry.

21st March 2024 from 7:30pm until 9:30pm. An opportunity to taste and talk about pairing cheese with beers. Featuring Local Beers and Local Cheeses in the company of Cheryl Cade who is a qualified Beer Sommelier with the Academy of Beer & Cider, Cicerone Certified Beer Server, a CAMRA trainer & a Member of the Academy of Cheese (level 2).

This is an exclusive event in the area hosted by Blackfriars Tavern Great Yarmouth. Priced very reasonably at £23 per person, this includes 5 halves of Ale, 4 different local cheeses, and some cake!

Places are limited so call in to Blackfriars Tavern Great Yarmouth to reserve your space by paying your participation fee.

Entry by pre-paid ticket only.

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The Blackfriars Tavern Brews Commemorative Ale for Herring Bridge Opening

Celebrating Great Yarmouth’s Heritage with Exclusive ‘Herring Bridge Pale Ale’

SUMMARY The Blackfriars Tavern, an award-winning pub known for its dedication to Real Ales and Still Ciders, is proud to announce the brewing of a special English Pale Ale – the Herring Bridge Pale Ale. This exclusive brew celebrates the opening of the Herring Bridge in Great Yarmouth on February 1, 2024. This celebration beer not only highlights the Tavern’s unique brewing capabilities but also pays homage to the town’s rich herring industry heritage.

[GREAT YARMOUTH, 1/Feb/2024]: In recognition of the opening of the Herring Bridge, The Blackfriars Tavern, an esteemed establishment holding titles like “CAMRA runner up pub of the year 2022 and 2023” and “CAMRA runner up cider pub of the year 2023” introduces the Herring Bridge Pale Ale. Crafted by Pharez Smith, the owner and brewer at The Blackfriars Tavern, this session pale ale boasts a 3.9% ABV, making it an ideal choice for those wanting a session pale ale.

Brewed with local Norfolk grain, the Herring Bridge Pale Ale not only embodies the region’s brewing tradition but also captures the essence of Great Yarmouth’s historical connection to the herring industry. During the early 20th century, Great Yarmouth’s quaysides were bustling with drifters returning from the North Sea, laden with herring. This new bridge, aptly named after the industry that once thrived in the area, is a testament to the town’s enduring spirit.

Pharez Smith comments, “At The Blackfriars Tavern, we’re not just brewing beer; we’re weaving the story and heritage of Great Yarmouth into every pint. The Herring Bridge Pale Ale is a tribute to the hardworking men and women who shaped our town’s history, and we’re proud to be part of this new chapter with the opening of the Herring Bridge.”

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