Even though the British Isles are just that, islands, it seems like you rarely get a seaside pub with a fantastic view like this - the North Sea stretches off to the horizon, the pier is prominent below and you can get a front row seat to watch pensioners struggling up the hill from the beach. If you haven't been to Cromer, you won't realise that it is up a cliff from the beach in most places. If you have, you'll know what we're talking about. The Dolphin's view is probably the best thing about the pub. When we were in last, all the real ale was off and there was only one staff member trying to deal with the thirsty hoards of day trippers and locals on a warm Sunday afternoon. Okay, maybe they'd had a run on the beer, but we didn't linger long enough to find out. The pub food on the menu boards looked promising, and a separate restaurant, also with good views - although we might have expected more of a seafood selection (other than haddock and chips), given the location. It's not a terrible place, but given its location it doesn't have to try that hard either. Oh, and if you take your drink outside, you get your drink in a plastic cup.
Reviewed by septic
06 Jul 2009