Castle Acre, Norfolk

Good Pub Guide - Recommended

Good Pub Guide Recommended

Contact Details

Ostrich, Stocks Green, Castle Acre, King's Lynn, Norfolk, PE32 2AE

(01760) 755398


Opening Hours

Weekdays: 10am-11pm

Saturday: 10am-midnight


Stocks Green

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Friendly old village pub with original features, fine old fireplaces, real ales and tasty food; bedrooms

Wandering around the various rooms in this mainly 18th-c pub you can still find features dating from a couple of hundred years earlier, such as the original masonry, beams and trusses. The L-shaped, low-ceilinged front bar (on two levels) has a woodburning stove in a huge old fireplace, lots of wheelback chairs and cushioned pews around pubby tables on a wood-strip floor and gold patterned wallpaper; there's a step up to an area in front of the bar counter where there are similar seats and tables and a log fire in a brick fireplace. Greene King Abbot, IPA, Old Speckled Hen and a beer named for the pub on handpump, around a dozen wines by the glass and several malt whiskies. There's a separate dining room with another brick fireplace. The sheltered garden has picnic-sets under parasols and the inn faces the tree-lined village green; nearby are the remains of a Norman castle and a Cluniac priory (English Heritage).


Accepts Credit Cards

Accepts Credit Cards

Meals & Snacks

Meals & Snacks



Cask Ales

Cask Ales







Background Music

Background Music

Dogs at the bar

Dogs at the bar

Dedicated children area

Dedicated children area

Ratings and Reviews

3 / 5 - 47 votes cast

Previous Reviews

Very nice pub (which I mistakenly just gave it a 1 out of 5 stars rather than a 4) with pleasant garden in a super village setting opposite the green in the centre of Castle Acre. Very friendly and especially efficient young staff who even thought to bring to the table knives and forks for everyone even though not everyone was eating as they thought some would be sharing thier food. Good food though its not cheap though we thought the sandwiches were excellent value given the size and quality of the ingredients. Nice Green King IPA went down well wih the food.

Very friendly and attentive staff made this fascinating building a good place for supper. The beer was well kept and some of the dishes (fish stew, lamb cutlets) were superb and well worth the price asked.

Not sure I agree fully with two prior comments - I felt food was over-priced, particularly as you have to pay a supplement for vegtables with main courses, which cost £10.95 already. Agree beer was wellkept (St Edmund Ale, by Greene KIng at £3.10 a pint), but only a couple of years after the place was re-furbished, it is already beginning to look shabby .. unless shabby-chic is the aim. Few people in Wednesday lunchtime we visited, and atmosphere was spoiled a little by staff discussing operational issues in the open in the bar area. Wood burner on a very cool May day was useful to keep place warm. Won't be rushing back ... despite Castle Acre being a beautiful vilage, well worth a visit.

Visited for lunch 29 April 2011 - crowded front room with people watching the Royal Wedding, so noisier than usual, but big back room and garden seating were a very pleasant escape. Good menu (seafood platter and dressed crab salad both excellent) and choice of beers. Quite friendly staff.

Avoid on Friday & Saturday nights. I went in for a (hopefully) quiet drink on a Friday night. The pub was soon invaded by about 20 or so well spoken youngsters who could only communicate by shouting very loudly. It became impossible to hold a conversation. They soon took over most of the bar area making it rather unpleasant. A local told me that this was fairly regular at weekend evenings and that they would stay until closing time. The pub has accomodation, goodness knows what it must be like to try to sleep when this lot are in.

We had lunch on a November Saturday. The service was slow, the rooms were cold and we had to ask for heating. My food was average and the decor was tired. The village is very pretty.

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