A little history lesson - the Waveney Inn's history

The Waveney Inn dates back to at least 1879, when it was an overnight stop for the trading wherrymen who would moor up in the dyke in front of the pub. At that time it was known as Marsh House and has subsequently been known as Staithe House, Staithe Hotel and The Waveney Hotel.

Waveney Hotel 1907

There was also an important ferry crossing here, which turned the long journey to Lowestoft herring market into a short 30 minute cycle ride. The ferry crossing fell into disuse in the 1950s but was restored in 2012, so now you can again reach the pub on foot from Oulton Broad and Carlton Marshes nature reserve.

Waveney HotelZoological Gardens 1907

A century ago there was a small zoo just behind the Inn. Frank Rice, the landlord at the time, was famous for his Zoological Gardens complete with monkeys, a leopard and a ‘sacred white camel’. Sadly, two brown bears came to an untimely end when they escaped in 1907 and were shot by local villagers who then ate them – though not before posing for a photo. There's no bear on our menu today.

Sacred White Camel 1907The Brown Bears 1907

Over the years, the Waveney Inn has been knocked about, extended and remodelled numerous times and, in 2014, the Inn was comprehensively refurbished including the re-introduction of hotel rooms.

Waveney Inn - Licensees

1881 - 1901 JOHN LEWIS
Age 30 in 1881
1904 HARRY J MANN
1908 - 1911 FRANCIS EDWIN RICE
Age 36 in 1911
1912 FRANK HARVEY
1915 - 1916 JOHN WILLIAM THOMAS GRAVES
1922 WALTER SOANES
1925 THOMAS COOK
1929 WALTER WILLIAM CULLEY
1933 WILLIAM JAMES LACEY
1937 WILLIAM WOLF BEAUMONT ('Captain')
1955 HENRY ROBERT YOUNG (Harry)
1975 MICHAEL GEORGE WHYLES
1978 TERENCE BRIAN ABBOTT
1998 ANTHONY MARTIN
2004 DELIA & STEPHEN CANNON
2005 NIGEL & TRACY MARTIN
2014 RUTH KNIGHT


Testimonials

Waveney River Centre

Our whole experience of the centre was wonderful and we would fully recommend you to friends. We would like to give special mention to the staff in Eddies cafe. They were very warm and welcoming and the food and service were second to none, thank you. We will definately come again.
Mrs Hatfield