Alby Horse Shoes Inn
Cromer Road Erpingham Norwich, Norfolk NR11 7QE
Richard and Margaret would love to welcome you in person at Alby and you can rest assured a warm welcome awaits you in the heart of rural North Norfolk.
The Munnings Dining Room
Our Dining Room is named after Sir Alfred Munnings R.A. His association with the Alby Horse Shoes Inn goes back to 1908 when he stayed at the Inn during one of his many visits to this picturesque area of Norfolk. The award winning Dining Room has a large selection of home produced fare and Margaret personally supervises the preparation and cooking of all the food. Indeed the majority of the items on the menu are made by Chef Hayley and Margaret with a similar passion that Richard shows for his beer !
Our specialties are home-boiled hams and home-made pies (Steak and Ale or Steak & Kidney). Fresh meat is supplied by a local butcher/grazier, vegetables are grown in the fields around the area and fish is supplied fresh from King's Lynn. We cater for all dietary requirements, vegetarian and vegan dishes are available plus a selection of gluten free meals. Please call to see what is on the daily specials board. Parties of over 8 persons need to book, and parties of 10 to 24 need to pre-order with a week's notice. We can arrange special menus to suit and we also carry a varied selection of wines for most pockets.
A typical Sunday Lunch
Roast Beef, Pork or Turkey, homemade Yorkshire Pudding, Roast local potatoes and seasonal fresh local vegetables - with homemade desserts and starters also available - who could want more! Come and relax and don't worry about the washing up!
Richard prides himself on his selection of real ales served at Alby and has been rewarded by an entry in The Good Beer Guide 2010 and 2011. The range is continually changing but some things are constant - the quality, the taste and the tender loving care ! He has local ales from as close as Woodforde's at Woodbastwick in Norfolk, Adnams from Southwold and Nethergate from the Stour Valley. Guest ales which have travelled miles are allowed to calm down after their journey and then served after much anticipation. Woodforde's Wherry and Mardler's Mild are usually available alongside Aspalls Suffolk Cyder. A good idea for drivers - Woodforde's 4 pint carry-home containers free with purchase of 4 pints of ale. Other local brewers Humpty Dumpty from Reedham, Tipples from Acle and St. Peter's from Bungay are often available. Hiding in the cellar are some special barley wine brews from last Christmas, well matured they will be available in December.
Also available at the bar:
Carling larger, Worthington Cream Flow and Guinness one of the best pints for miles. There is a good selection of bottled alcholic and non-alcholic drinks including Pago fruit juices - Orange and Carrot and Pink Grapefruit are very popular and exceptionally good. With extremely good local water, pots of tea and Rambouts coffee are excellent and always a good option for drivers.
Bed and Breakfast
Why not follow in the footsteps of Alfred Munnings and stay overnight. The bed won't be the same but the hospitality will !
Patio and Garden:
We have a patio area with tables and umbrellas to the rear of the pub where we hold barbeques outside when weather permits. The accoustics are pretty good for live entertainment in this area and on fine summer evenings the walls retain the heat of the sun well into the night.
The garden has been re-designed with lawns, flower beds and alcove areas with tables and chairs for relaxing during hot summer days. There is a lily pond with gold fish and a fountain beside the bridge and Margaret's aim is to fill the flower beds with sweet scented plants and shrubs.
Large Car Park:
One of our major interests is Classic cars. We can offer a large car park to visiting motoring enthusiast groups. Don't be surprised to see Classic cars in our car park with owners enthusing over a pint of ale and telling stories of rebuilds, rallies and events. Talk to Richard about MG's and you will be a friend for life !
The local Folk Group meets the last Thursday of each month 8.30 pm - all welcome. The Sam Smith Singers entertain for VE Celebrations in May and the Castaways are here for Trafalgar celebrations in October and for the New Year.
When the occasion arises, Richard will crank up the record player and bring out the vinyl records. The pub walls will resound with the likes of Queen, Dire Straits, Elvis, Roy Orbison, Buddy Holly, Joan Baez , plus traditional folk and even classical when the time is right.
We have a good pool table with plenty of room to play. Ladies league darts team plays on Wednesday evenings. In the lounge there is a traditional "Ring the Bull" played skillfully by the locals but intrigueing to visitors. Once a village past time, it is rarely seen today. Its origins date back to the 1600's. Shove Ha'penny, Crib and other card games are enjoyed on winter evenings by the wood burner.
Hours of work
Tuesday - Saturday 6.30-8.45pm for food, close at 11.00pm
Alby Horse Shoes is very easy to find. We are located on the A140 which is the main road from Norwich to the coast, 5 miles on from Aylsham and about 6 miles south of the famous Norfolk resort of Cromer.