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The Champion, Norwich

101 Chapel Field Road
Phone: 01603628148

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Will Larter left this review about The Champion

I've got a bit of a soft spot for Batemans beers, so I was looking forward to visiting the Champion: I was not disappointed. It's just outside the city centre, isolated by a busy main road, and this has the benefit of making it a locals pub whereas others a street or two away are for shoppers and tourists. As a beer tourist myself I like to think that I'm a sort of temporary local, but as I was setting out on a twelve pub crawl of Norwich, who did I think I was kidding?

The five hand pumps on the bar had a cider and Woodforde's Wherry as well as three from Batemans: XB, XXXB and Yellabelly. I had the XB, having found that XXXB is too much of a good thing when visiting several pubs in one day. As I wrote my notes I observed the group around the bar, who seemed to be settling in for a bit of a session. If the weather had turned out to be too bad for my projected crawl around the city, it occurred to me that there must be many worse places to be marooned than this.

On 30th January 2013 - rating: 8
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Real Ale Ray left this review about The Champion

Another good Batemans pub to visit, has 5 well-kept ales. The pub is an L shaped lounge and bar, lots of boxing memorabilia/photos on the wall. I went for the Batemans Yellabelly Gold, which was a good session beer. Prices here are good too. Also serves food.

On 10th November 2012 - rating: 8
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Champion

Bateman's pub, just outside the city walls and near the bus station. Choice of 5 real ales, and the XB was on good form. Only niggle is the slightly annoying piped (jazz) music, otherwise a very decent place for a pint.

On 24th September 2008 - rating: 7
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shaun taylor left this review about The Champion

a proper local pub, great real ales!

On 27th October 2007 - rating: 10
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Alan Winfield left this review about The Champion

When i visited the Champion it was a free house and the pub was covered with different signs outside including one wrapped around the chimney stack.
Once inside this was quite a nice pub with bare boards and comfortable seating,there were four real ales on the bar i had a drink of Robinsons Striker and this was a decent well kept pint, the other beers were Woodfords Wherry,Greene King IPA and Abbot.
I quite liked this pub.

Pub visited 3/6/2006

On 3rd June 2006 - rating: 8
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