The 2019 Fringe Festival includes some of the very best of Norwich’s real ale pubs:
The Angel Gardens
96 Angel Road, Norwich, NR3 3HT
This independently-run free house has been under the ownership of Ian Warren since January 1988 and is situated on the north of the city, near to Waterloo Park.
This establishment provides homecooked and speciality meals prepared by Ian – a qualified chef with a number of years of experience. There is also a function room that can hold up to 50 people for buffets, 30 for sit-down meals.
There is ample parking and a covered heated smoking area to the front. There is an enclosed outdoor children’s play area in the child-friendly beer garden to the back, with ample seating, next to the restaurant.
Ian offers a good range of up to 9 real ales and 5 ciders, fine wines, draught and bottled beers and there is always a warm and friendly welcome.
Sunday lunch available until 8pm. Live music every Saturday
1 Magdalen Road, Norwich, NR3 4LW
01603 662807 / @artichokepub
Following an extensive refurbishment, The Artichoke reopened in December 2018 and is the home of Golden Triangle Brewery.
The Artichoke is a free house with twenty beer lines, eight cask & twelve keg, pouring excellent rotating beers from some of the UK and Europe’s finest microbreweries as well more than 40 bottles and cans to drink in or takeaway. We have street food every Friday & Saturday 5-9pm to enjoy with your beer.
There are frequent beer events such as monthly residencies and tap takeovers/meet the brewers, live music weekly and board games to play. Come and find us in the heart of the Norwich’s beer Mecca of NR3.
414 Aylsham Road, Norwich, NR3 2SA
The Boundary is a family- and dog-friendly pub offering a large garden, including a children’s play area, smoking areas and outdoor seating. You are welcome to bring your own food too!
The pub was erected in 1928 with a Mock Tudor style frontage, two dormer windows and leaded casements by local brewery Youngs, Crawshay & Youngs. Today the pub caters for the local community with two pool tables, a dart board and several screens showing Sky Sports and BT Sport – football, snooker, darts, boxing and cricket. The pub boasts both cribs and darts teams. Karaoke nights are held on the first and last Friday of every month. Five ever changing real ales are on offer.
The Coach & Horses
82 Thorpe Rd, Norwich, NR1 1BA
01603 477077 / firstname.lastname@example.org
The Coach & Horses offers the usual things you expect to find in a pub: Real ales of all sorts; lagers from around the world; fine wines and soft drinks, parking and outside seating. Watch live coverage of football, rugby and other major sporting events with Sky Sports and BT Sport aired across 3 large screen TV’s, and an extra TV is displayed outside on warmer days. Located within walking distance of Norwich City Football Club, The Coach & Horses is a popular pub for football fans with hundreds of supporters visiting the pub on match days. The Coach & Horses is also home to Chalk Hill Brewery, the longest running independent brewery in Norwich. The brewery is a custom built 15 barrel plant and was constructed in 1992 when The Coach & Horses was refurbished by the current owners, David and Rose Blake. All our beer is brewed from malt from Norfolk maltings and the finest hops, we take pride in our ale and only brew one beer from one grist, no blending, no dilution just quality.
The Fat Cat
9 West End Street, Norwich, NR2 4NA
01603 624364 / email@example.com
“A beer lovers’ paradise”
The Fat Cat Pub is Norfolk’s only pub to win Camra National Pub of the Year. (and they’ve done it twice! 1998 & 2004). It has also been crowned The Good Pub Guide – ‘Beer Pub of the Year’ an amazing 9 times!
The pub serves up to thirty-two real ales all year around. Twelve ales are served on handpump and the rest on gravity from an impressive tap room visible to customers through a large viewing window.
There is always a comprehensive range of beer styles available, and beers are sourced from far and wide across the UK, as well as a healthy stock of ales from local brewers including the full range from their very own multi-award-winning Fat Cat Brewery. The Fat Cat also sells around twenty traditional ciders & perries, continental bottled beers, lagers and craft keg ales..
The pub itself is furnished in a traditional Victorian style. The walls and ceilings are full of brewerianna celebrating breweries and pubs of days gone by. You won’t find any pool tables, sky televisions or fruit machines here. Just plenty of beer and the sounds of customers enjoying a good old ‘mardle’ (that’s ‘gossip’ for all you out-of-towners).
The Garden House
1 Pembroke Road, Norwich, NR2 3HD
01603 628059 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Originally dating from 1879 this corner pub has a good example of an unspoilt late 19th Century façade. Currently undergoing a refurbishment the pub is expected to re-open on February 12th during the Fringe Festival. There will be at least six real ales on offer.
There is an extensive garden to the rear that is very popular in the summer months.
NOTE: reopening February 12th.
26 St. Leonards Road, Norwich, NR1 4BL
Having recently changed hands after twenty-five years under Tim Wood, The Jubilee free house invites new owners Alina & Sean to carry forward it’s fine traditions as a Great Traditional Alehouse serving excellent Libations to all discerning customers! Located in Thorpe Hamlet in NR1, the pub is a Victorian jewel in Norwich, a Fine City, and serves a selection of mostly local real ales. There are two bars plus a conservatory and a lovely enclosed patio garden.
The King’s Head
42 Magdalen Street, Norwich, NR3 1JE
01603 620468 / @kingshdnorwich
Welcome to Norwich’s permanent real ale festival. The King’s Head is a friendly real ale pub located on Magdalen Street in the heart of Norwich’s vintage shopping district. An ever-changing selection of up to 14 real ales and ciders featuring local microbreweries and guests. Mild always available. Range of Belgian and continental bottles. No music, no television. No keg beers. Practicing the fine art of conversation since 2005. Norwich & Norfolk CAMRA Pub Of The Year 2006, 2008 & 2017.
98-100 Bull Close Road, Norwich, NR3 1NQ
01603 631111 / @LeopardNorwich
A classic local corner pub with a variety of changing ales from breweries near and far. A cosy, welcoming atmosphere that caters for humans and furry four-legged friends alike. We are open from midday until late seven days a week. We have a selection of filled rolls and bar snacks available, but feel free to order your food from a variety of local takeaway.
69-71 Riverside Road, Norwich, NR1 1SR
Lollard’s Pit is situated on a former execution site for heretics and other offenders in the 16th century, which is where the pub gets its current name – definitely one to visit if you like your history.
Stocking up to five real ales from local breweries, we’re pleased to support local businesses. Members of CAMRA with a valid membership card can get 10% off the price of a pint all day every day.
The Louis Marchesi
17 Tombland, Norwich, NR3 1HF
The Louis Marchesi is a traditional pub with a large open fire place situated in the heart of Norwich’s Tombland.
Louis Marchesi was the founder of the Round Table in 1927, an organization originally aimed at young business men in the city. Over the years it has become a worldwide organization and the pub attracts its members from all over the world making it part of Historic Norwich.
Tombland is known for its historic undercrofts that link many of the buildings through tunnels under the city, the Louis Marchesi has one of the few undercrofts that is still used.
The pub serves a wide range of traditional ales sourced from local breweries such as Woodforde’s, Golden Triangle, St Peter’s, Winters, Wildcraft and Boudicca. It serves good quality hearty food from 12pm to 3pm and the 5pm to 9pm including Ox Cheek Stew, Venison Sausages & Mash and Clam Chouder.
The Maids Head Hotel
Tombland, Norwich, NR3 1LB
01603 209955 / email@example.com
Situated inside the 4star Maids Head hotel, and originally named the ‘Molde Fish Tavern’, the Jacobean Oak panelled Maids Head Bar has been serving the great and good of Norfolk since the 1200’s. Horatio Nelson certainly used the bar prior to boarding the stagecoach to London and is rumoured to have had his first pint here.
A small and cosy venue serving 3 real ales, local spirits and a large selection of wines – the bar is open every day from 10am to 11pm.
2-8 Timber Hill, Norwich, NR1 3LB
01603 621447 / @murderersphil
Traditional family-run free house, dating back to 1696. A regular entry in the Good Beer Guide and Regional Winners in the Great British Pub Awards (Best Cask Pub). Come in and fine out how we got our gruesome name!
The Murderers offer 10 real ales, 2 hand-pull ciders and 4 craft beers on every day, from local and nation breweries.
The Red Lion
79 Bishopgate, Norwich, NR1 4AA
01603 620154 / @redlionnorwich
This unique country-style pub, in the City, offers a wonderful river-side location to enjoy a leisurely afternoon, with beautiful views.
The pub offers fresh food, made on the premises, served Tuesday evening until Sunday, with children-eat-free carveries offered every Sunday.
The pub is situated at the end of the oldest bridge in Norwich, in easy reach of the railway station and buses. The pub has a large horseshoe shaped bar and a choice of up to six real ales. There is a conservatory, which overlooks the picturesque River Wensum, and launching facilities are available.
There is a large car park, free to patrons whilst on the premises or pay-to-use. Campervans are welcome in the car park and dogs are welcome in the pub.
The Ribs Of Beef
24 Wensum Street, Norwich, NR3 1HY
01603 619517 / @ribsofbeefpub
Situated on the city side of Fye bridge, on the River Wensum, in a building dating back to the 14th century, ‘The Ribs’ has 9 real ale and 2 ciders on permanently, a selection of 25+ craft beers in cans and bottles, and also boasts excellent wines, a great range of spirits and a good range of pub classic dishes on the menu, prepared by resident caterer Fat Maggi. Known as one of the city centre’s favourite locals, it is frequented by local residents, city workers, students & tourists, enjoying the relaxed atmosphere, friendly service and great views of the river..
235 Queens Road, Norwich, NR1 3AE
01603 623942 / @RoseNorwich
The Rose sits proud on the corner of Queens Rd & City Rd and is run by Dawn and Carl who both have a passion for pubs and excellent beer. The Rose specialises in craft beer and ale with an ever-changing range of cask ales produced by innovative and exciting breweries. The Rose is relaxed and comfortable and serves food daily. Dogs are very welcome as are humans who want to ‘drink extraordinary’ with us.
The Walnut Tree Shades
Old Post Office Court, Norwich, NR2 1NG
01603 622910 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Set just off Gentleman’s walk where all the hustle and bustle is, The Walnut Tree Shades will welcome you, where you’ll step back in time into a pub that has a traditional feel.
The Walnut is well known for its live music – the best in Rock, Blues and Rock ‘n’ Roll every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Open Mic every Thursday, and on Wednesdays there is Comedy, Quizzes and a Blues Jam. Our juke box has a massive range of music to suit nearly every taste. So you can sit back, relax and enjoy some of the best real ales from local breweries whilst bopping to your favourite tracks.
If your belly is grumbling and you need some grub with or without your friends then we serve fantastic food including our highly rated 2 main meals for £12. Food Served Mon-Thu 12pm-3pm, Fri-Sat 12pm-6pm.
The Wig & Pen
6 St. Martin at Palace Plain, Norwich, NR3 1RN
01603 625891 / @the_wig_norwich
Welcome to The Wig & Pen.
Owned by Craig & Lynne McLaren since 1993, this warm and friendly free house is to the north side of Norwich Cathedral. ‘The Wig’ as its affectionately known, has built a reputation for local ale and Norfolk sourced cuisine. 2018 celebrated 25 years of family ownership and 21 years’ inclusion in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide. Not bad for a pub that in 1993 was condemned for closure by Grand Metropolitan PLC
The building is Grade II listed and dates to the 16th century. It was known as the White Lion under its first licensee, John Starr, in 1760. In 1985 its name changed to the Wig & Pen, reflecting its proximity to the Magistrates’ Courts.
The Woolpack Yard
2 Muspole Street, Norwich, NR3 1DJ
The Woolpack Yard is a family run pub with both outdoor and indoor seating areas, in a Grade II listed building, that has much history to its name. The inside comprises of a large open fire, surrounded by cosy seating, with several other seating tables surrounding our open fire area. Our indoor seating area also includes a billiards table in a separate area of the pub with two televisions for both Sky and BT sport. We serve a variety of beer from five handpump, from local breweries such as Lacons, Green Jack, Humpty Dumpty, Golden Triangle and Bullards. We usually have both Lacons Falcon ale and Encore ale as our regular beers with the three remaining pumps that alternate to keep a good variety of new beer for our customers.