Set in stunning landscaped grounds, with a decked sun-terrace and wedding arbour overlooking Ormesby Broad and the Norfolk countryside, The Boathouse is a unique wedding venue for Norfolk but it's also a country pub, restaurant and a relaxing holiday spot.  It offers some of the best views of the Broads - Britain's Magical Waterland.

Opening Hours.
11am to 11pm daily.
Food served Tuesday to Saturday from 12pm to 3pm and 6pm to 9pm.
Carvery 12pm - 6pm Sundays only. Sorry but we don't serve food on Mondays.
(We do serve food on Bank Holiday Monday's)
We accept bookings by telephone.

Available for Hire. Whether you are looking for a magical wedding venue, fine cuisine, luxury accommodation for an overnight getaway or short break, or perhaps a venue for a private function or corporate event, you can be sure of a warm welcome at The Boathouse Ormesby Broad.

Accommodation. The Boathouse offers six bedrooms on the first and second floor of the main building which are all individually decorated and styled as boutique boltholes. One room even stretches over two floors and has fabulous views of the water. All have contemporary bathrooms, comfy beds and those extra special touches to make your stay perfect. In the grounds are two brand new fully equipped woodland lodges that are available to hire for short breaks and longer holidays as well as a further lodge where couples holding their wedding at The Boathouse can enjoy their first night of wedded bliss among the beautiful surroundings.

A History

The Eels Foot pub dates back to at least 1854 when it was listed as a ‘beer house and pleasure garden’. The name may come from Eel's Boot, a type of woven read basket used in eel fishing. However, Scandinavian Names In Norfolk (Rye 1920) say ‘there is an Eels Foot in the South side of Nordfjord in Norway’’ suggesting the origin of the name may date back to pre-Roman Scandinavian settlement in Norfolk.

More recently, The Eel's Foot closed it’s doors in 2012 having become run down, a sign of a difficult economic trading environment. The pub, associated buildings and land were purchased by Norfolk couple Michael and Belinda Minors and just two years later the renamed Boathouse is now re-launched. The restoration is truly magnificent - sleek and modern with a traditional outlook, wonderful views and a contemporary wedding and function venue. The pub/restaurant specialises in traditional British cuisine and there is a large mural of images which pays homage to the pub's former existence as the Eel's Foot which acts as a backdrop for diners. The upstairs rooms have been tastefully refurbished to provide luxury accommodation.