Mrs RM is choosing her trips out with me carefully at the moment; passing up the chance of a pub crawl round Leicester with old codgers (and Mudgie) but jumping at the chance of a day in Norwich.  Fickle.

Two new Beer Guide entries, neither of them micropubs, or Brewery Taps, or Ember Inns.  What is going on in Norwich ?  (don’t answer that Dick or Dave).


I’m probably safe to say what I like tonight, with the Canaries nursing hangovers after stuffing the Tractor Boys today in a minor league game.

Norwich, as you’ll know, is the city that regularly reaches the final of the prestigious “More handpumps than customers competition“. The competition with Derby, Sheffield and (shamefully) central Manchester, is the equivalent of bald blokes arguing over who has the biggest comb.

Random Norwich Street Art

That said, new GBG entries have been superb recently, with the Plasterers, Leopard and Rosebery standing out to the north of the ring road. Plenty of crafty keg as well as handpumps in those.

This year the newbies are pleasingly and/or disappointingly dull.

The Cellar House in the Old Folks Village of Eaton had the sort of midweek dining custom Cambridge pubs would kill for, a few Old Boys at the bar on the lager, and almost nothing else of note.  The food looked large.

This (plus a hidden Landlord) is the sort of line-up I respect, but Mrs RM on tasting duties  deemed it only OK, which seemed about right to me.




I would have like to have lingered over my scratchings to overhear conversations about grandchildren’s inheritances and John Lewis, but Mrs RM was more bored than I was, and keen to see the historic city centre.

UNESCO World Heritage site


The market square looked very lively, and I was almost tempted back in the Sir Garnet.



Approaching the Coach & Horses on the western edge of the medieval centre I was fairly sure I’d been here before,  but that must have been another pub with that name.

I’d actually thought Greene King pubs weren’t allowed in the Guide here, but that must be Nottinghamshire.



Clearly Local Hero status has brought this to local CAMRA attention, but I can’t say my heart sang for joy when I saw the number of wickets.


But, not for the first time, I was wrong. A steady supply of custom for the beers, including a house beer that Mrs RM correctly voted “Mmm, that’s nice” (NBSS 3.5). More than that, the landlord gave me a clear answer when I asked which ones he’d pulled since opening.

That was in keeping with some very professional and pleasant service in a gorgeous but unpretentious little place.  The paninis and chips from a simple lunchtime menu were top quality in a world of “Gourmet” and “Mega“.


OK, there was a bit of an early ’80s pop fixation in the soundtrack, but who can ever hear “Girls on Film” too many times.  That’ll be me.

From nowhere, one of my favourite Norwich pubs, and worth seeking out to see if beer quality is even better on a Friday night when folk are piling out of the Theatre Royal.

For 5 points, name the pub;






  1. The last photo is from The Coachmakers Arms.

    It’s one of several murals by John Moray Smith that you can find on or in pubs around Norwich. (Berstrete Gates and the Woolpaxk for example).

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  2. I have a few points to take up with you,Martin on this post.
    The Sir Garnet has lots its Wolsley.
    I am far more interested in minor league football,than watching premier players who get knackered after one game.
    GK taking over Kimberley brewery was a very sore point for a lot of drinkers in Nottinghamshire,the brewery was fattened up with the take over of some pub company in the Greater Manchester area and then took over loads of dining pubs and got rid of the small ex miners pubs and hey presto they were sold to GK.
    Me and my brother ditched our Sunday local which we had been going in for many years after GK got rid of the long standing couple who were running it.
    And yes is is still a sore point for Nottinghamshire drinkers.


  3. To be fair to GK,they do stock Nottingham brewery beers in a lot of the ex Kimberley tied houses in the Nottingham area.
    Me and the wife had quite a few drinks of Nottingham EPA in The Bell Inn on Saturday,it turned out to be a massive session as we had done quite a few pubs before going in The Bell Inn.
    Me being a lightweight i went to bed just after 10pm.

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  4. “UNESCO World Heritage site”

    Heh. 🙂

    And with the Coach & Horses it just goes to show: just as with the chicken and the egg you can never be 100% sure of the answer to quantity vs quality. 🙂


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