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Norwich Pubs, Bars & Cafés

It used to be said that Norwich had a pub for every day of the year. Even as late as 1900 there were apparently over 560 public houses in Norwich.

We don’t have anywhere near that that number anymore (sadly – support your local!), but Norwich still boasts a pretty solid cross-section of excellent pubs, bars, cafés and coffee shops that will slake your thirst while offering a convivial atmosphere and a host of other attractions to boot. Whether you’re after a lively drink on a weekend, to the sound of a DJ, or a limited edition Real Ale from a local Norfolk Brewery on a wooden bar stool to the soundtrack of gentle conversation, there’s a ‘watering hole’ to suit all types of drinker in Norwich

Noteworthy pubs and bars in Norwich include some great Real Ale pubs (for example, The Cellar House and The Murderers (multi award-winning), wine bars of distinction (The Lawyer, The Last Wine Bar), traditional-feel locals that now offer excellent food as well (The Unthank Arms, The Garden House) and relaxed, eclectic café-bars (such as The Playhouse Bar and Franks Bar). Across Norwich City centre and beyond, you’ll find some excellent pubs.

If you’re after Café culture, Norwich ticks that box too. We have some serious contenders offering very good coffee (and tea!), homemade cakes and lunches, breakfasts (even on Sundays), Afternoon Tea and, in some cases, a glass of wine or a Bloody Mary for the morning after… Many venues offer free WiFi meaning they are perfect for meeting business colleagues, or simply catching up on some work in a relaxed environment beyond the office.

Dying of thirst? These ideas should wet your whistle…


North Café Bar in Norwich. Pictured at night.

Situated on Fye Bridge Street, this light and airy modern café-bar brings Frank’s Bar’s established chilled-out vibes to a North city space.

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The Trafford Arms

Inside the Trafford Arms.

A bona-fide proper 'Pub' pub, where great beer and a strong community feel are the focus, the Trafford Arms is refreshingly honest in a world of theme pubs and hipster bars.

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The William & Florence

William & Florence, Norwich.

The ideal place to meet friends and relax, the pub has been refurbished inside and out to evoke all the best elements of café-lounge culture.

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Cherryleaf Coffee House

Muffins at Cherryleaf Coffee House

Whether you need a central location to meet to discuss business, meet Mummy friends with the munchkins or escape for a slice and a cafetiere amid a hectic day of retail therapy, the Cherryleaf Coffee House is, quite frankly, the business when it comes to brews.

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The Playhouse Bar

The bar at Norwich Playhouse

Describing itself as hosting ‘gigs, DJ's, art, film showings, vintage clothing sales’, the Norwich Playhouse Bar is much more than just a decent, lively watering hole (though it is very much that as well).

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The Lawyer

The Lawyer pub in Norwich city centre.

Situated in the central, historical Tombland area of Norwich, near to the stunning landmark that is Norwich Cathedral, The Lawyer successfully sees the traditional combined with the contemporary (think London style wine bar).

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The Gardeners Arms Free House

Murderers 1915 & 2010

For beer lovers and real ale fans, The Gardeners Arms features 9 real ales and around 11-18 cask ales each week. It is a regular in the Good Beer Guide (one of only 16 Norwich pubs to feature in the Good Beer Guide 2012) and holds it’s own Beer Festival each autumn.

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