Fringe Trails old

The Fringe Festival gives you an opportunity to explore the many fine real ale pubs of Norwich.

You may join any of the CAMRA organised pub trails below and you don’t need to be a member to join in. Alternatively, you may use the interactive map or map in the downloadable Fringe Guide below, with bus routes, to explore the pubs at your leisure.

There are twenty pubs taking part in the Fringe, with their own Pub events.  All of them will be offering a good range of ales as well as participating in a Treasure Trail for a chance to win £100 worth of beer.  Download the Treasure Trail map.



CAMRA Organised Fringe Trails

Trail 1 – Monday, February 5th, midday, starts at The Buck 

Starting at the Buck on Thorpe Road, we then stop for a rest at the Fat Cat & Canary and Jubilee on our way to Fringe pubs Lollards Pit, on Riverside, and the Red Lion across the river on Bishopgate.


Trail 2 – Friday, February 9th, 7.30pm, starts at The Angel Gardens

Starting at the Angel Gardens, Angel Road, where Ian Warren has just celebrated 30 years as landlord, we then visit the Lord Rosebery, the Leopard in Bull Close Rd, and finally the Kings Head, Magdalen St.

Trail 3 – Tuesday, February 13th, midday, starts The William & Florence

Starting at the William & Florence on Unthank Road, we then take a leisurely stroll to three more Fringe pubs: the Black Horse and Earlham Arms, both on Earlham Rd; and last but not least the Belle Vue, on St Philips Rd.

Trail 4 – Thursday, February 15th, 7.30pm, starts at The Golden Star

Starting at the Golden Star on Duke Street, it’s just a short walk to the Woolpack Yard, Muspole St, then on to the Ribs of Beef, Wensum St and the Wig and Pen, along the river on Palace Plain.

Trail 5 – Friday, February 16th, from 7.30pm, starts at The Rose

Two pubs, starting at The Rose, Queens Road from 7.30-9pm, and then popping to the nearby Kings Arms, Hall Road, from 9-10.30pm


If you want to personalise your trail to coincide with some of the many Fringe Events, here is a quick reminder of particular dates, though there are also special beers and featured brewers and price offers running throughout February (see individual pubs listing under The Fringe):
5-11 Feb – The Trafford Arms – Valentine Beer Festival, live music, 60 beers!
8-11 Feb – The Ribs of Beef – ‘From the Big Smoke to the Fine City’ – London Breweries show case, including Howling Hops, Canopy, One Mile End, Wildcard, Fullers & Redemption

13 Feb, Tue – CAMRA Fringe Crawl No 3 – starts at The William & Florence 12 noon
14-17 Feb – The Rose – pie and porter festival
15 Feb, Thu – CAMRA Fringe Crawl No 4 – starts at The Golden Star 7.30pm
16 Feb, Fri – The Leopard – Lacons Tap Take Over with Lacon’s festival beer
16 Feb, Fri – CAMRA Fringe Crawl No 5 – starts at The Rose 7.30pm
18 Feb, Sun – Maids Head Hotel – local Beer Sommelier Cheryl Cade, the Maids Head Hotel, and a selection of local breweries are presenting a three-course evening menu pairing with different local beers on Sunday 18 February – don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy fine local food and beer! Tickets £35 pp
20-22 Feb – The Woolpack Yard – beer tasting palates and Green Jack takeover
20-26 Feb – The Ribs of Beef – ‘Abstract Jungle Show Case’
25 Feb, Sun – The Black Horse – comedy night, free entrance, 7.30pm Sunday
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