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Gardeners Arms, Norwich

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The Gardeners Arms has been nicknamed ‘The Murderers’ ever since Frank Miles bludgeoned his estranged wife Millie to death there with a brewer’s tool in 1895. Crikey.
Tuna - 26 Feb 2017 20:54
Also known as the Murderer's, this historic (1696) building has various nooks, crannies and split levels to sit in. It also has a larger area at the back which hosts live music and we spent a couple of hours there on Saturday night listening to a local bluegrass band. London Pride, Doom Bar, Wolf's Edith Cavell and Woodfordes Wherry are the regular ales, also on sale were Burton Bridge's Burton Ale, Woodfordes Sundew, Borough Brewery's Full Blast, North Yorkshire Brewing's Dizzy Dick, Lacons Falcoln Ale, Winter's Geniuss and Grain's Blackwood Stout. Cider was from Farmer Jims. The beers I tried were all good so add in the history and this is a place worth visiting.
paul_d102 - 27 Jul 2015 14:45
At last a Norwich pub with a bit of, er, life. An interestingly themed place, not at all ghoulish though I imagine they pull out all stops at Halloween. My diary says I had a pint of Rising Sun, no idea of its origin but I gave it a thumbs up so I guess it was drinkable. It cost 3.75, which was my dearest Norwich pint. Very enjoyable experience, good location, good pub.
Queenslander - 4 Jan 2015 22:47
Also known as the 'Murderers', this is an excellent real ale pub. We really enjoyed our pint of murderers beer. The choice of beers was good and the staff friendly. We didn't actually eat here because they had just stopped serving food (at 5pm), but other people seemed to finishing off (and enjoying) large plates of food.
WoldTopWonder - 12 Sep 2014 16:07
Sat outside on a warm end-of April day with a pint of Beeston beer (very drinkable) and watched the world go by. It's very handy for the shops and the castle and makes for a great escape from both! Basically two pubs in one - so go and find out the history for yourself. They do food and coffee so that suited us all. Local beers apart from Doom Bar (why would you want a national brand Cornish beer in Norwich when there are so many good local breweries??) Anyway, this is well worth a visit.
mcroyal - 24 Apr 2013 00:21
It's a pub with a bit of history and a pleasant old-fashioned interior despite the obvious alterations/modernisations over the years. Even for a (small) city centre £3.40 for an OK pint of Wherry did seem a little steep to me, though.
Stamfordian - 1 Dec 2012 11:27
called in this pub on a day out from gt yarmouth. Wide range of real ales, good food, friendly bar staff and a great history of murders. Mancunian.
boddingtonbeermat - 19 Jul 2012 20:38
This pub is a bit overrated really.
dougdeep - 3 Nov 2011 11:30
I like this place. It's quite odd what with all the murder-related stuff, but there's a great range of beer, a good quiz machine, lots of places to sit and the novelty of telly screens in the urinals is something I quite like!

Steve2905 - Are you serious about a lack of real ale in Norwich!? For such a small city there are loads of places! Get the GBG and work your way through!
Northern_Ale_Monkey - 2 Mar 2011 18:07
I suppose some of the pictures, etc. on the walls are a bit bizarre, but to be fair there are loads of news articles explaining the origins of the pub's alternative name.

I have given this pub an 8, as in my opinion it should first and foremost get assessed for the great quality and selection of its BEERS.
cobbo - 4 Oct 2010 16:30

I am not quite sure what to make of this seemingly two-in-one pub which trades as both the Gardeners Arms and the Murderers.

For me, drinking beer surrounded by photographs of an electric chair and convicted and executed murderers and is a TOTAL turn off. It may appeal to some ghouls, but not to me.

On the positive side, it is one of the few pubs we found that serves real ale in Norwich city centre. And when buying your drinks you are invited to roll a pair of dice. If you roll a double six, your drinks are FREE.

Another novel feature (for the men) is whilst you are pointing Percy at the Porcelain (having a pee), you can watch England showing the Aussies how to play cricket because there are flat screen TVs embedded in the wall behind the urinal stalls.

On the positive side it does serve real ale which seems to be a rarity in Norwich city centre pubs. The bar staff were friendly and the beer quality was pretty good too. But for me the gimmicks rather put me off.

steve2905 - 26 Aug 2009 03:22
I am surprised that not more people have reviewed this pub. In fact as the previous reviewer has stated it is the same pub as the more reviewed Murderers. There is a separate door with that name above it and there is a separate bar by that name with only fizz on it. I guess they open this up at busy times and weekends. There are a number of pictures around that area with famous murderers on them.
A great town centre traditional old pub with plenty of old beams. Seven real ales were available and I was tempted by the Humpty Dumpty Broadland Sunrise. We sat in a nice seated area below the glass roofed part of the pub. I understand the food available is rather good.
Love_good_ale - 17 Apr 2008 20:58
its the same pub as the murderers, just a different door. the sign is double sided. very good ales, atmosphere, and wooden beams
moonstomper - 31 May 2005 23:41
i love this pub, its got a great atmosphere, lovely people working behind the bar, and plays so much live sport... the gardners arms football team also rules!
Elz - 10 Nov 2004 10:45

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