welcome to

The Crown Inn Catfield


We are an unspoilt traditional village pub in the Broadland village of Catfield, Norfolk.


MenuHoliday Cottages


We look forward to seeing you soon.

Gail and Scott.


Mon: Closed
Tue: 12pm to 2.30pm and 6pm to 10.30pm
Wed: 12pm to 2.30pm and 6pm to 10.30pm
Thu: 12pm to 2.30pm and 6pm to 10.30pm
Fri: 12pm to 2.30pm and 5pm to 11pm
Sat: All day 12pm to 11pm
Sun: All day 12pm to 10.30pm


Mon: Closed
Tue: No Food
Wed: 12pm to 2pm and 6pm to 8.30pm
Thu: 12pm to 2pm and 6pm to 8.30pm
Fri: 12pm to 2pm and 6pm to 9pm
Sat: 12pm to 2pm and 6pm to 8.30pm
Sun: All day 12pm to 7pm

About Us

Real Ales and Home Cooked food by Scott and within nice easy reach from the popular Norfolk Broads, Norwich, Great Yarmouth, nearby market town of Stalham and the surrounding towns and villages.

The pub is centrally located and set back just off the road that twists through the village. Our detached all year round Holiday Cottages are peacefully located to to the rear of the property.

There is lots of indoor and outdoor seating available and we have a separate function room for parties and business meetings which can be booked by contacting us on 01692 580128.


Sorry, no food on Mondays or Tuesdays.

Main Menu

Sandwiches, Starters, Main Courses, Side Orders

Sunday Main

Sandwiches, Starters, Main Courses, Side Orders

Sunday Roast

Meat or Vegetarian

Childrens Menu

Meals for our younger visitors

Fish & Chips Takeaway

Available any time food is being served

Cod, Plaice, Sausages, Scampi and Mushy Peas available.

News & Events

None at present.


Postcode for your SatNav: NR29 5AA

From A149 Stalham Bypass: Take exit sign posted to Catfield. You will find The Crown Inn on the left hand side in the village centre.

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The Crown has been serving pints since at least 1836 when George Watts was the first recorded licensee and was at that time operated by Coltishall Brewery.

The pub was supplied by Steward and Patteson from 1841, Bullards by 1863 and by the Great Yarmouth Brewer Lacons from February 1932. The Lacons plaque was at sometime incorporated into the decor of the exterior of the building where it can still be admired today.

Lacons Brewery was purchased by Whitbread in 1965 and The Crown Inn became a Freehouse in 1993

History of Licensees:

George Watts 1836 – 1863
Edward Hammond 1863 – 1871
Mary Ann Hammond 1871 – 1896
Robert Spink 1900 – 1904
John Rudd 1908 – 1916
Herbert Hammond 1922 – 1939
Herbert Edward Copeman 1939 – 1941
Amelia Doris Copeman 1941 – 1946
Herbert Edward Copeman 1946 – 1952
Frank Wing 1952 – 1956
Douglas Albert Brown 1956 – 1984
Robert & Viv Overment 1984 – 1989
Rod & Jane Pilkington 1989 – 1996
Freddy & Linda Packham 1996 – 1998
Terry & Mari Dow 1998 – 2006
Richard & Barbara Clarke 2006 – 2008
Nando & Pauline Sappia 2008 – 2012
Scott & Gail Whittleton 2012 – Present

Holiday Cottages

We have 2 self catering holiday cottages:-

Holly Cottage: has a double bedroom and a double sofa bed, a kitchen, lounge diner and a separate toilet, shower room.

Pear Cottage: has a double bedroom and a double sofa bed in the lounge with a separate kitchen and bathroom.

Although just behind the pub it’s a fairly quiet location. Both cottages have an outside seating area. Pets are welcome with prior arrangement.

Please call or email to book or for further details.

Catfield is a perfect base for your North Norfolk holiday it is close to all the attractions but just far enough away to still be fairly quiet. We have a post office with shop and our pub. All Saints Church, most of the building dates from the 14th century. On the road screen there are 16 paintings of kings. On the north wall of the sanctuary there is a tablet by the sculptor William Graves depicting a peepul tree at the top and a sheated sword below dedicated to Lt Thomas Cubitt who died in 1848. Cubitt, who was a soldier died in his country’s cause before Multan,, a town in the Punjab, India. The church is a grade 1 listed building.

We also have a butterfly conservation at Catfield Fen which is part of the Broads and Marshes National Nature Reserve (NNR) which covers much of the floodplain of the middle Ant Valley. The NNR is one of the largest remaining areas of fen habitat in Western Europe. The area is a stronghold for the Swallowtail butterfly.

Catfield Fen has been cut for reed and sedge for thatching for many years. BC Norfolk Branch purchased the reserve in 1992 and has managed it ever since and now since 2012 in collaboration with RSPB. The reserve is a typical fen mixture of open water, reed, sedge and corr woodland. The reed is cut on a 1-2 year cycle and sedge on a 3-5 year cycle, this is used for thatching and produces an ideal range of vegetation structures for a great diversity of wildlife. The Fen has a long history of management which also depends on the careful control of water levels. Many uncommon and rare plants and animals are found on the reserve, including milk parsley and crested buckler fern and dragon flies such as the Norfolk Hawker. The dykes and ditches support rare plants such as frogbit and stoneworts. old peat cuttings on the reserve provide a special range of conditions for water beetles and Catfield Fen is one of top national sites for them. The reserve is also the only site from which Trogus lapidator, the lchneumonid wasp parasite of the swallow tail has been recorded in the UK. The reserve is just over one mile west of Catfield Village, down Fenside Lane. As a wetland there is only limited access. Even in the summer the reserve is very wet, it has hidden ditches, vegetation ‘hovering’ over water holes and soft sides to banks and dykes. This unfortunately makes it too unsafe to allow open public access. There is an open day once a year when reed and sedge cutting is usually demonstrated. The footpath along the Rond, the raised bank around the boundary dyke enclosing the western and southern sides of the reserve, does however provide safe access right into the Fenland, from its vantage the reserve and surrounding habitat are more easily viewed as are the swallowtails:- they visit the Rond for nectar and to lay eggs on the milk parsley growing there. As well as the annual open day there are winter work parties, when more volunteers are always welcome.

For accommodation pricing and availability, please call us on 01692 580128 or email catfieldcrown@hotmail.co.uk 

Contact Us

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Scott & Gail Whittleton

The Crown Inn
The Street
NR29 5AA

(01692) 580128