In the early 2000's you ventured into the Kings Head if you had lost the will to live and wished to exit this vale of tears in the near future! In 2005 it re-opened, run by two ex-offshore surveyors who cared about beer as a product and producing an environment in which to enjoy it! Today this is a friendly, comfortable, 21st century take on the traditional English pub selling mainly Norfolk beers, a well chosen selection of Belgium ales with a few exceptions from elsewhere on the mainland to vary the mix and, with the exception of the odd free-range piggy pork pie, there is no food, music or entertainment. However there is a bar billiards table which sees a considerable amount of use. Definitely worth passing a few pubs for even in Norwich which is truly a fine city for ale.
Norwich is a capital of real ale, with some superb pubs. Norfolk has nearly 30 different breweries, and if you spend a few days here you'll be able to taste many of them.
Magdalen Street, north of the town centre, is your road to beer heaven with the King's Head, twice Norwich CAMRA pub of the year. A Victorian pub authentically restored, it has 7-10 real ales on draught, a fine selection of bottled beers, excellent pork pies and a bar billiards table. Further north is the Shed (Lawson Road) with its own microbrewery and frequent folk/blues gigs, and the Duke of Wellington, a neighbourhood local with 6 beers on handpump and more on gravity in the glass taproom.
Make a trip out of the centre to West End Street and you'll find the Fat Cat, twice CAMRA national pub of the year. An amazing selection of beers here from around the world,including beer from Laos. Gets very crowded at weekends (no wonder).
These are my locals. I am a lucky so and so. And then there are many more: the King's Arms, Hall Road; Rose Tavern and Ketts Tavern; Gatehouse - a fine 1930s pub with a historic and unspoiled interior. Most of the truly great pubs, though, are a little way out of the centre of town, so be prepared to do a bit of walking or take a few taxis.
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