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Decent range of beers. My only complaint, and this is a serious issue for me and many others I know, is intrusive inane muzak. Turn it off. If I want to hear this drivel I'll tune in to Heart Radio. It is for the staff not the customers. But so many establishments just don't get it do they.
nowindmills - 21 Sep 2013 19:49
I always enjoy my visits to this pub. It has several drinking areas and is always well maintained and clean. A very good selection of real ales is always available. They have large screens showing the sky sport but they are normally sound turned down so they are not intrusive. A real cross section of people in here and also all the age groups. Never had any problems with the landlord, landlady or staff
that other contributors mention. Makes a good pub crawl if combined with the Duke of Wellington, Fat Cat (Cider Shed), Earl of Roseberry and a little further into the city, the Cottage on Silver Road.

fcsete34 - 26 Sep 2012 19:37
nice selection of ales but the new owners are up themselves..
strawdog - 3 Oct 2010 17:07
Had an extremely quick half in this pub, before heading to the Cider Shed. Adnams Bitter, Broadland Best, Youngs, Fullers London Pride, Daleside Summer Delight, Oakham Bishops Farewell & JHB and Woodfordes Wherry were the 8 real ales available, all displayed on a blackboard. Unfortunately, there were no real ciders. The drinking environment seemed quite comfortable with a few separate areas. We sat in a conservatory area. I have to admit to remembering little else, due to my earlier excesses in the Fat Cat!
blue_scrumpy - 1 Aug 2010 14:40
A fine alehouse with a well kept selection of ten beers
ahscum - 13 Feb 2010 17:34
good pub - little expensive - landlady a bit snooty - good beers generally
angstdata - 17 Jan 2010 11:03
Traditional community pub that had quite a number of customers before midday on Saturday. The landlord was friendly and helpfully pointed out that there were ales on both sides of the bar. There is a blackboard that lists all the ales available with prices and abv. Ten ales available same as below review from fellow crawler Rod Harigo. GBG listed pub and also in the current Woodfordes trail which put it on our radar. Itís quite a large pub with three different areas. Daily newspapers are available to read and a large screen was showing the Fourth Ashes Test on Sky. There is a nice outside seating area that some of our group used.
Love_good_ale - 10 Aug 2009 20:30
Good pub. A bit of a hike out from the city centre but worth the walk (especially with the Cider Shed and Duke of Wellington in the area too). Popped in for a pre-match pint and were welcomed by staff and locals alike. A small bar at the front and a larger area with big screen TV out the back and then a beer garden across the street. Had a choice of: London Pride, JHB, Deuchers, Wherry, Seafarers, Adnams, Broadland Best Bitter, Spitfire, Summer Lightening and Bishop's Farewell. The beer we had was in fine form as were the local City fans (shame for them their team wasn't in such good form that day).
Rod_Hariga - 9 Aug 2009 22:05
Good pub with nice selection of well kept beers.
willy - 25 Mar 2008 12:00
Called in for an early loosener on New Year's Eve (by chance, having discovered the Wellington shut and in darkness). What a pleasure indeed. Super range of beers from Hopback, Woodford's and Oakham, all in tip top condition. Nice atmosphere - and yes, well scrubbed women about the place! We liked it and will go back.
GrahamH - 1 Jan 2008 22:36
like a corner pub tardis, there's so many rooms to take a perch in. Table service in the garden was a nice touch. Esp if you've just walked from the other side of town to find it!

Attracts a well turned out crowd with a nice male:female ratio. Nothing worse then the only lady in the pub being the alcholics wife.
The_Ace - 4 Nov 2007 17:03
About 8 mainstream beers so could do with a couple of micro guests. Chose a Courage beer not seen before. Corner pub with good outside seating area. Liked the smaller room with bedpan and loo seat trophies on the wall.
gillhalfpint - 30 Oct 2007 08:13
nice pub. always about 10 ales in good condition. nice outside sitting area, a conservatory area with sky sports and a quieter bar for conversation.
alundra - 24 Oct 2007 12:50
Yes it's a shame about this one.Visited once and received off handed treatment from lady behind bar.I'm afraid it has gone in my Norwich pub list of shame
hibiscus - 4 Apr 2006 12:28
The Whalebone used to be a great pub with plenty of beer selection & a great atmosphere. Me & my friends have drank in there regularly for the last 10 years.

I say used to because it was taken over about 2 years ago by a couple who's only interest was to make money. One of my friends has worked there for over a year and said they just go on about making money all the time. She was so pissed off, she left!

The selection of beer has fallen and Sport is played on small 14" TV's throughout the pub in an effort to entice more "lager drinkers in", which has wrecked the cosy atmosphere that it used to have.

A year ago, my friend's bike was scratched because they threw the cellar doors open without checking to see bike bike parked there. They response was "if you don't like it, drink somewhere else"

They have just finished a conservatory which has been done specifically to "get more women in as they spend more" and it also means they make money quickly and easily from hiking up the prices of wine - no barrels to change or beer to look after...

It's a real shame, but there is the Duke of Wellington instead (which needs a refurb - even when no-one is smoking in there, you can smell of 20 years worth of smoke-drenched carpets) or go the one of the Best Beer pubs in Norwich - The Shed, on Sprowston road, which is 2 minutes walk away!
davidmews - 20 Feb 2006 12:41
A pub that is making a serious pitch for top North Norwich pub, after the Duke of Wellington stole its thunder. There has been some serious rennovation work and a new bar has been added. Result? A Very nice, well thought out extension that attracts a busy crowd and plenty of top totty (ooh err, missus). The beer selection could do with a serious kick, but a interesting start to a major revamp. Especially as it shuts late. Worth keeping an eye on.
itfc - 11 Jan 2006 01:12

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