It is rumoured that Norwich has the same number of pubs as there are days in a year. There’s also thought to be 52 churches, so you could go to a different church every week to apologise for drinking so much. This might seem like a lot relative to the size of Norwich but in the past, in the mid-1880s, there was almost double that with 600 pubs in Norwich alone. There are so many pubs in Norwich that I thought there must be a Norwich pub for every letter of the alphabet. Let’s find out.
Norwich Pub List
A is for Adam & Eve
Located: 17 Bishopgate, Norwich, Norfolk, NR3 1RZ
Opening Hours: Mon – Sat 11.00 – 23.00, Sunday 12.00 – 22.30
Contact: Online: The Adam and Eve Norwich | Tel: 01603 667423 | Email: adamandeve-norwich.co.uk
Used by workmen who were building the cathedral, Adam & Eve is the oldest Norwich pub and has been in use since 1240. It’s so old that it has a Saxon well underneath the lower bar floor. Adam & Eve does traditional pub food and has good service, with children being welcome until 7pm, although no dogs are allowed.
B is for the Belgian Monk
Located: 7 Pottergate, Norwich NR2 1DS
Opening Hours: Kitchen: Mon–Thurs 12:00–21:00, Fri–Sat 12:00-22:00, Sunday 12:00-18:00 | Bar: Mon–Sat 12:00-23:00, Sunday 12:00-19:00
Contact: Online: The Belgian Monk | Tel: 01603 767222
If you’re looking for Belgian drinks and cuisine the Belgian Monk pub is the place to go. Famous for their mussels and other Belgian and Northern French food, and with a continually changing selection of draught and bottled beer, the Belgian Monk is never boring.
C is for the Coach & Horses
Located: 51 Bethel Street, Norwich, NR2 1NR
Opening Hours: Kitchen: Mon – Fri 12.00 – 14.30/17.00 – 21.00, Saturday 12.00 – 21.00, Sunday 12.00 – 20.00 | Bar: Mon – Fri 12.00 – 23.00, Saturday 12.00 – 23.00, Sunday 12.00 – 21.00
Contact: Online: The Coach and Horses | Tel: 01603618522 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Coach & Horses is a traditional Norwich pub with a contemporary twist. Although it has been around since 1712, it has gone through some makeovers over the years and become what it is today. Located near popular attractions like the Norwich Theatre Royal, and Norwich Market, the Coach & Horses is the perfect place to pop into before or after a play or as a break from shopping. The menu offers a wide range of tapas and sharing platters, as well as drinks so it’s particularly good for when you’re out with friends.
D is for the Duke of Wellington
Located: 91-93 Waterloo Road, Norwich, Norfolk, NR3 1EG
Opening Hours: Mon – Sat 12.00 – 23.00, Sunday 12.00 – 22.30
Contact: Online: The Duke of Wellington | Tel: 01603 441182 | Email: email@example.com
A newer Norwich pub, the Duke of Wellington doesn’t have the same rich history as some of the others but that doesn’t make it any less good. The Duke of Wellington offers a selection of 32 ales to choose from, as well as a choice of delicious meat pies and sausage rolls. Plus, if you want to bring your own food or order takeaway the Duke of Wellington will provide plates, cutlery, and condiments free of charge. With summer coming around, you also won’t want to miss out on the Duke of Wellington’s 10-day beer festival where they serve BBQ every day from 15.00 – 21.00. Well-behaved dogs are welcome.
E is for The Earlham
Located: 41 Earlham Road, Norwich, NR2 3AD
Opening Hours: Mon – Tues Closed, Wed – Fri 15.00 – 23.00, Saturday 12.00 – 23.00, Sunday 12.00 – 22.00
Contact: Online: The Earlham| Tel: 01603 625494 | Email: INFO@THEEARLHAM.NET
The Earlham has undergone some major refurbishments recently turning the space into something new and modern, as such this Norwich pub only reopened its doors in June 2021 but it’s already a popular spot. The Earlham prides itself on having a casual dining approach with a small plates menu available as well as three course dinners, so whether you’re just coming in for a drink, a full meal, or just a snack, The Earlham is ready to welcome you.
F is for the Fat Cat
Owned by Norwich pub veterans Colin and Marjie, the Fat Cat is a no-nonsense pub with a range of real ales for you to choose from and serves a selection of pies and rolls at lunchtime (except Sunday). The Fat Cat has won The Good Pub Guide ‘Beer Pub of the Year’ more than 10 times, so you know it comes highly recommended. If you just want a traditional-style pub with good drinks and good company the Fat Cat is the place to go.
G is for The Gardeners Arms & The Murderers Café Bar
Located: 2 – 8 Timber Hill, Norwich, Norfolk, NR1 3LB
Opening Hours: Mon – Sat 11.30 – 22.00, Sunday 11.30 – 19.30
Contact: Online: The Gardeners Arms Tel: 01603 621 447 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Officially known as the Gardeners Arms but commonly known as the Murderers, the Gardeners Arms & the Murderers Café Bar is the best Norwich pub to go to if you’re a sports fan. There are multiple large screens around the pub, there are even TVs in the loos, so you don’t miss a second of the action, even when you go to pee. The pub also advertises what games they’ll be showing on their website which also keeps you up to date on the latest sports news. Dogs are welcome.
H is for the Heartsease
Located: 180 Plumstead Road, Norwich, NR1 4JZ
Opening Hours: Kitchen: Monday 12:00 – 14:30/18:00 – 20:00, Tuesday Closed, Wed – Fri 12.00 – 14.30/18.00 – 20.00, Saturday 12.00 – 18.00, Sunday 12.00 – 16.00 | Bar: Sun – Thurs 11.00 – 23.00, Fri – Sat 11.00 – 00.00
Contact: Tel: 01603 660355
A Norwich pub that prides itself on its reasonable prices and good hospitality, the Heartsease are constantly running promotions and deals that you’ll want to take advantage of. They have an outdoor patio area to make the most of the summer months, and their indoor restaurant is very spacious so you don’t feel like you’re going to bump into the people at the tables next to you. They have a large TV to show sports throughout the year and if you’re looking for something fun the Heartsease often has live music and/or karaoke at the weekends.
J is for the Jubilee
Located: 26 St Leonards Rd, Norwich NR1 4BL
Opening Hours: Mon – Thurs 16.00 – 23.30, Fri – Sat 12.00 – 00.30, Sunday 12.00 – 23.00
Contact: Tel: 01603 433673
The Jubilee is a Victorian pub with lots of places for you to sit and enjoy a nice evening. There are two bars, a bright conservatory, and an enclosed patio garden, perfect for a nice get together away from any prying eyes. The Jubilee caters to as many people and tastes as it can from its choice of seating areas to the entertainment on offer, it shows sports but also has a supply of traditional games, newspapers, and has wifi. It is also dog and children friendly, with children being welcome in all areas until 19.00.
K is for the King’s Head
Located: 42 Magdalen Street, Norwich, NR3 1JE
Opening Hours: Mon – Sat 12.00 – 00.00, Sunday 12.00 – 23.00
Contact: Online: The King’s Head | Tel: 01603 620468
Priding itself on its calm and relaxed atmosphere without TV or music, the King’s Head is a great Norwich pub to go to for a quiet get together and a good chat and catch up with friends and family or a good game of billiards. The King’s Head has up to 14 well-kept changing regional ales, a good choice of imported beers and a local cider, but it doesn’t serve food except pork pies. Dogs are welcome.
L is for the Last Pub Standing
Located: 27-29 King Street, Norwich, Norfolk, NR1 1PD
Opening Hours: Mon – Tues Closed, Wed – Thurs 12.00 – 23.00, Fri – Sat 12.00 – 23.30, Sunday 12.00 – 19.00
Contact: Online: Last Pub Standing | Tel: 01603 937013 | Email: yo@LPSnorwich.co.uk
If the calm and relaxed atmosphere of the King’s Head isn’t really your style and you want something livelier, check out the Last Pub Standing it’s got it all going on, from live music and drag shows to quiz nights and poetry readings. While there used to be nearly 60 pubs on King Street, a variety of factors meant that this number fell to just one, that one is the Last Pub Standing and it doesn’t intend to let its presence go unnoticed. To make the most of its space the Last Pub Standing has a fully covered garden completed with purpose-built seating and heaters, so you can enjoy the space even when its pouring with rain. It is also dog friendly before 18.00.
M is for Mr Postle’s Apothecary
Located: 2 Upper King St, Norwich NR3 1HA
Opening Hours: Mon – Tues Closed, Wednesday 12.00 – 22.00, Thursday 12.00 – 23.00, Fri – Sat 12.00 – 02.00, Sunday 10.00 – 16.00
Contact: Online: Mr Postle’s Apothecary | Tel: 01603 613 566 |Email: email@example.com
Mr Postle’s Apothecary serves great traditional, homemade pub food, but that’s about all that’s traditional in this innovative Norwich Pub. Mr Postle’s Apothecary specialises in concocting amazing elixirs and potions for your drinking pleasure, this, along with the genuine 1820s interior, immerses you in a completely different world for the evening. On Thursdays from 21.00 Mr Postle’s has live music and at the weekends you’re in the capable hands of their resident DJs.
N is for the Nags Head
If you don’t like to spend all your time in the middle of the city, this village pub in East Harling might be just the thing for you. A little outside of Norwich, the Nags Head serves homemade pub food using locally sourced produce, to be washed down with their selection of real ales, wines, and spirits. It’s also a B&B, housing pleasant rooms with a modern design so you can enjoy your time there that little bit longer.
O is for the Old Ram Coaching Inn
Located: Ipswich Rd, Norwich, NR15 2DE
Opening Hours: Mon – Wed 07.30 – 21.30, Thursday 07.30 – 22.30, Friday 07.30 – 23.00, Sat 08.00 – 23.00, Sunday 08.00 – 18.00
Contact: Tel: 01379 676794
Another pub located a little outside of Norwich, the Old Ram Coaching Inn is a hotel, bar, and restaurant offering family and dog friendly accommodation. The Inn dates back to the 17th century and appears to have been a coaching inn for most of that time, providing essential rest and comfort for travellers and their horses.
P is for the Plough
Located: 58 St. Benedicts Street, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 4AR
Opening Hours: Sun – Mon 12.00 – 22.30, Tues – Thurs 12.00 – 23.00, Fri – Sat 12.00 – 00.00
Contact: Online: the plough | Tel: 01603 661384 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
In 2022 this proud Norwich pub turned 200 years old and it’s still in the prime of its life. Now that things are starting to get back to normal, the Plough is back to hosting various events throughout the year, like Ploughfest. Ploughfest will be held on the 3rd of July from 12.00 and is simply described as ‘an afternoon of beer and food,’ what more could you want?
Q is for the Queen of the Iceni
Located: Unit 6, Riverside Development, Wherry Rd, Norwich NR1 1ED
Opening Hours: Sun – Thurs 08.00 – 00.00, Fri – Sat 08.00 – 01.00
Contact: Online: queen of the iceni | Tel: 01603 877690
This pub is located in central Norwich, within walking distance of an Odeon and bowling alley among other things. It’s a Wetherspoons free house and you know what that means, cheap food and affordable drinks. Aside from the obvious though, the pub has a nice atmosphere and is quite spacious with both ground level and upstairs seating. This Norwich pub is named after Boudica, the Queen who led the Iceni tribe in a rebellion against Roman rule when they invaded Britain in 43AD.
R is for the Ribs of Beef
Located: 24 Wensum Street, Norwich, Norfolk, NR3 1HY
Opening Hours: Mon – Thurs 12.00 – 23.00, Fri – Sat 12.00 – 00.00, Sunday 12.00 – 20.00
Contact: Online: Ribs of Beef | Tel: 01603 619517 | Email: email@example.com
This Norwich pub has the perfect location, right on the riverside it’s a beautiful place to sit and have a drink during the summer months when you want to make the most of the nice weather. It also takes pride in being a sports pub, so the Murderers definitely has some competition. They also have live music every Sunday evening and host regular quiz nights for you to get involved with and have a relaxed fun evening.
S is for St Andrews Brew House
Located: 41 St Andrews Street, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 4TP
Opening Hours: Kitchen: Mon – Sat 12.00 – 21.00, Sunday 12.00 – 19.00 | Bar: Mon – Thurs 12.00 – 23.00, Fri – Sat 12.00 – 00.00, Sunday 12.00 – 20.00
Contact: Online: St Andrews Brew House | Tel: 01603 305995 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
There are many places to get a good pint in Norwich, but there aren’t many places you can actually see it being brewed. St Andrews Brew House has its very own micro-brewery on the first floor and you are welcome to sit up there to watch it in action or play one of the many board games they have up there to ensure you have a good time. On the ground floor is the bar and restaurant, perfectly arranged to have a comforting meal or a relaxing beer as you meet up with friends.
T is for the Ten Bells
Located: 74-78 St Benedicts St, Norwich, NR2 4AR
Opening Hours: Kitchen: 11.00 – 20.30 | Brunch: Friday 11.00 – 15.00, Saturday 10.00 – 15.00 | Bar: Mon – Fri 11.00 – 00.00, Sat – Sun 10.00 – 00.00
Contact: Online: The Ten Bells | Email: email@example.com
The Ten Bells specialises in Argentinian cuisine, cooking all their food in a traditional Argentinian style using a Solus Grill. This Norwich pub encourages social gatherings with their dishes being designed to be shared with friends. If the food doesn’t entice you, perhaps you’ll be attracted to the Ten Bells’s bespoke cocktails waiting to be enjoyed. Plus, there’s no need to make a reservation as the Ten Bells only takes walk-ins so you can turn up whenever you’re ready.
U is for the Unthank Arms
Located: 149 Newmarket St, Norwich, NR2 2DR
Opening Hours: Kitchen: Mon – Thursday 12.00 – 20.00, Fri – Sat 12.00 – 21.00, Sunday 12.00 – 19.00 | Bar: Mon – Thurs 12.00 – 22.00, Fri – Sat 12.00 – 23.00, Sunday 12.00 – 21.00
Contact: Online: The Unthank Arms | Tel: 01603 631557 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Situated at the heart of Norwich’s Golden Triangle, the Unthank Arms is a traditional Victorian pub that serves premium lagers, real ales, and a selection of more than 30 wines. On the first floor is a light and spacious restaurant where you can eat comfortably, or you can enjoy the fresh air in the pub’s garden and covered courtyard to make the most of good weather. The Unthank Arms tries to cater to everyone with vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free options included on the menu, so hopefully there is something to appeal to everyone’s tastes.
V is for The Vine
While the Ten Bells has Argentinian cuisine, if Thai food is more to your tastes try out the Vine’s authentic Thai dishes. Located in central Norwich this small pub has had a big impact and has become a popular spot for a drink and some good Thai food. With May upon us, the Vine will be participating in the Norwich City of Ale Festival which they take part in every year, as well as hosting their own Winter and Summer Ale Festivals. They also have a quiz night once a month that people are welcome to join.
W is for the Wig & Pen
Located: 6 St. Martins Palace Plain, Norwich, Norfolk, NR3 1RN
Opening Hours: Monday Closed, Tues 12.00 – 21.00, Wed – Thurs 12.00 – 22.00, Fri – Sat 12.00 – 23.00, Sunday 12.00 – 18.00
Contact: Online: The Wig and Pen | Tel: 01603 625891 | Email: email@example.com
The Wig & Pen’s menu is comprised of a combination of modern and traditional dishes, so whether you like classic pub food or want something different they’ve got you covered. It also has a large terrace area out front if you are the kind of person that prefers a quieter atmosphere without music or sports commentary in the background, or if you simply like to make the most of warm weather.
Y is for the York
Located: 1 Leicester St, Norwich, NR2 2AS
Opening Hours: Brunch: Fri – Sat 10.00 – 15.00, Sunday 10.00 – 11.45 | Bar: Mon – Tues 15.00 – 23.00, Wed – Thurs 12.00 – 23.00, Fri – Sat 10.00 – 23.00, Sunday 10.00 – 20.00
Contact: Online: The York| Tel: 01603 628683 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The main thing you should know about the York is that they offer a deal on cocktails, 2 for £12 every day from 15.00 – 20.00, that’s a deal that’s definitely worth taking advantage of. Aside from that, the York has a great selection of food and drink for you to enjoy, as well as a spacious garden equipped with a covered area when it rains and heaters for cooler weather.
So there you have it, not quite every letter of the alphabet, but pretty close. You won’t run out of places to go on your next pub crawl that’s for sure.