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St. John's Head, Great Yarmouth

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Excellent pub - one of my favourite places to enjoy a nice pint or two when in Yarmouth. The prices are very gentle on the wallet and, as another reviewer pointed out, they have a jukebox with some fine music on it, too. Why pay £4 or more for a crappy pint of lager in some soulless joint elsewhere?
dougdeep - 24 Oct 2016 15:56
The St John's Head was another good Yarmouth pub. Although the clientele did feel a little cliquey. The cosy interior has an old juke box playing rock music. Ale choice was good - Elgoods Cambridge Bitter & Double Swan, Adnams Tally-Ho & Mauldons Cuckoo. Cider was Addlestones. We moved on from here to the Tombstone Saloon, brewery tap for the Tombstone Brewery and with 10 ciders too. That was easily our favourite pub in Great Yarmouth, but is sadly not listed on here.
blue_scrumpy - 21 Jun 2016 21:41
I have made several visits recently. Three or so real ales which are always changing. I'm sure it is tough running a pub currently. The only time I have found this pub busy was when Norwich were on TV. A locals pub that doesn't appear to welcome visitors; the bar staff should be trained in in customer service and told that smiles are free.
Iceni_Explorer - 26 Jan 2014 12:08
very nice small pub with 4 beers on,had very good pint of northumberlands strawberry the old pictures and the notice on the cigarette vending machine.
hoppyal - 22 Jun 2013 17:42
I went to around 11 pubs on the day and this one I enjoyed was far the best,big selection of real ales and the locals were friendly,the landlord was friendly,Historic area near the quay and the river....can,t wait to go here again,,,
GARYPOLAND - 11 Apr 2013 10:18
Beer quality had improved enormously on a recent visit and the cask Worthington was excellent. Well worth calling in to see whats on the pumps.
biggles221 - 7 Mar 2013 17:15
Situated on North Bank of the Quay the St Johns Head Real Ale House, to give its full name from the large name plate on the front of the pub, advertises itself as having been in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide longer than any other pub in Great Yarmouth. However, from our brief visit to Yarmouth there doesnít seem to be a vast amount of competition to make this an astounding feat.
The bar supports five handpumps with Elgood Cambridge Bitter and Addlestones Cider always available and then a regularly changing ale choice on the rest. Damson Porter from the Burton Bridge Brewery and Cottage Brewing Tornado were on for our visit.
A decent friendly pub with well kept beers.

Gann - 30 Mar 2012 11:41
Very quiet on my visit but still friendly enough. The beers were a little edgy on the quality front, but still drinkable. I thought the meter for the outdoor heater was funny. Worth a look in if you are in the dockside area.
imdownthepub - 29 Aug 2010 18:02
Situated on North Bank this is a very friendly pub with a strong real ale following, within a minute or so of entering the locals involved me in their banter. The service was really good.With all this good cheer I spotted a rather unusual item, it was a meter that took twenty pence piecesand provided five minutes heating for the smoking shed outside.I discreetly said to the locals how odd I found this! The reply was in unequivocal unison that the landlord prides himself on ( their words) his skinflint reputation. The ales were lovely, a few guest beers from breweries such as Humpty Dumpty and Iceni.
slerpy - 7 Aug 2009 15:45
Traditional old style boozer near to the station and with a car park out the back. Bit of an old mans' pub but a great range of well kept beer. Unfortunately the Moorish Mild had just gone but we were still left with a choice of Elgood's Cambridge Blue, Cottage IK Brunel, Theakston's Old Peculiar and Moorland Original. There was also a range of buffet style snacks on the bar, including prawns and cheese (it was a Sunday lunchtime). Has a pool table and a large screen which was showing the Grand Prix.
Rod_Hariga - 24 Jun 2009 20:33
Friendly pub close to the train station. Five hand pumps with Elgoods Cambridge, Theakston's Old Perculiar, Morland Original, Cottage IK Brunel Ale and Addlestones Cider. We noticed the Burton Bridge Moorish Mild on the blackboard outside and were disappointed to hear it had just finished.
I understand Elgoods Cambridge and the Addlestones cider are the only permanents. A very large screen was showing the British Grand Prix yesterday and probably most major sports events. A pool table is also available if you fancy a game. A selection of nibbles was left on the bar, cheese pieces and prawns with dip.

Love_good_ale - 22 Jun 2009 20:31
Excellent beer with Elgoods Cambridge at £1.90 a pint plus cheap pool at 40p a game and 3 other real ales worth the trip
superseagulls - 26 May 2008 12:27
Friendly landlady who made my driving husband a cup of tea while I sampled the real ale. Not the best ale in town though.
gillhalfpint - 30 Oct 2007 07:53
Beer range very Archers top heavy, and I must admit it's not my favourite brew. More to the point a beer has been 'off' on my last two visits. Seems to be trading on it's past reputation.
biggles221 - 3 Jan 2007 10:20
This pub had the honour of being branded the cheapest pub in Britain by the Sun newspaper several years ago...its a good honest friendly pub in the traditional sense.
harlequin - 21 Apr 2005 01:47
nice, traditional two-bar pub, has 5 changing ales . my favorite in GY . usually be the only place around showing liverpool matches, but don't hold this against it .
dan - 4 May 2004 13:05

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