There are many reasons to visit The Gardeners Arms Free House pub (most commonly known as The Murderers) on Timberhill in Norwich.
For one, it has a rich (and, in some parts, dark) heritage; dating back to 1530, it is classed among one of the 100 most historic pubs in Britain. Still delightfully traditional in layout and atmosphere, there is no shortage of nooks and crannies, and the focus is very much on excellent home cooked food and great beer.
Second, for beer lovers and real ale fans, The Gardeners Arms freehouse features 9 real ales and around 11-18 cask ales each week. It is a regular in the Good Beer Guide and holds its own Bi-Annual Beer Festival.
Third, for sports fans, The Murderers has previously received the accolade of being the best sports bar in East Anglia in the Great British Pub Awards. With Sky Sports, numerous screens (some even in the toilets) and if England are playing a sporting event it will be shown here, need we say more?
Fourthly, if you like live music head to The Murderers Music Lounge, which showcases the very best in local artists, with a varied selection of music genres.
Finally, if you’re in a more café-culture mood, then The Murderers offers a good selection of delicious homemade food and hot beverages.
Returning to that ‘dark past’, you may ask why is it widely known as ‘The Murderers’? As the blue plaque inside (one of only a few ‘inside’ blue plaques to be found, apparently) explains, in 1895 Frank Miles murdered his estranged wife, Mildred (the landlady’s daughter), in the very same doorway that still exists today. Creepy. Read more about the history of the pub here.
The Murderers & The Gardeners Arms Free House
2/8 Timber Hill