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The Plough, Norwich

58 St Benedicts Street
Phone: 01603661384

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Blue Scrumpy left this review about The Plough

Only the garden is presently available for drinking in, at this Grain Brewery pub. Although you do get to enter the pub's interior when paying up and exiting. Entrance is through a gate from the side passageway.

The garden itself is very pleasant and nicely laid out. So, we were happy to sit outside in the autumn sunshine. Just the 3 ales were on - TheeeOneSix, Oak & Lignum Vitae.

Decent enough place. But there's far too many better places in the city to make this a place I would rush back to.

On 18th September 2020 - rating: 5
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Plough

Acting as the Grain Brewery tap, this old pub has been given a semi-modern makeover (in what would otherwise be an alehouse style, although the decor is too light for that). Retaining two small bars, the split-level interior feels quite cosy even during mid-afternoon visit. Five of six handpumps in use when I visited, all with house beers, from which the nicely contradictory Tropical Winter (£3.70) seemed the obvious choice.

On 18th February 2018 - rating: 8
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Plough

Set on an attractive street in the historic part of Norwich, this is a two bar pub that serves as the brewery tap for the Grain Brewery. As you enter, the servery is located to the right, where you will also find some bench seating and bar stools, but no tables in a cramped space that can be awkward to access in order to see what is on the hand pumps. The servery looks fairly modern and is split level, rising as you move further back towards the rear bar. The front left space is pretty appealing, with a semi-partitioned raised seating area with standard tables and chairs and a nice looking fireplace on the end wall. The rear bar is very simple, with bare floorboards, half panelled walls and white uppers plus what appears to be a large carpet covering most of one wall. A high shelf had a particularly impressive display of twigs and the seating options were limited to high tables and stools. A side door leads out to a patio garden with a small grassed area to the rear. A contemporary soundtrack played throughout my visit at a surprisingly loud volume and the customers were a strange mix of trendy young townie types and grumpy old men.
On the bar there were five Grain beers available on handpull - IPA, 3.1.6, Blonde Ash, The Best and Slate. Having had an outstanding pint of the 3.1.6 earlier on in the day at The Cottage, I decided to try it again here and whilst it was once again a very enjoyable pint, it wasn't quite as sparkling as in their sister pub. Staff were friendly enough, which is more than can be said for the group of miserable old sods who were sat at the bar and refused to budge to allow people to pass and see what was on the handpulls.
I found this pub to be a bit of a mixed bag. The interior seemed a bit bland and I found it hard to get comfortable and settle down anywhere. The music and clientele didn't help matters either but the service was fine and the beer went some way to making up for these shortcomings. On balance, I'd give this place the benefit of the doubt but would probably try to time a revisit to miss Saturday evening.

On 15th November 2015 - rating: 7
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Real Ale Ray left this review about The Plough

I fell in love with this pub straight away. On entering there was a fire lit and the bar was on the right. Tables had candles lit creating a relaxed atmosphere. Bare floorboards and a light green painted wooden panelling. There are a couple of steps near the bar leading up into a back lounge. Staff were really welcoming and knowledgeable, nothing was any trouble and tasting their beers before purchasing was no problem. Six ales on gravity from the cellar and five on handpump. I went for the Grain Brewery Blonde Ash, which was a Belgium style beer. Also enjoyed the Grain Brewery Redwood, Porter, FHB, Oak and their beer called 316. Will defo call again.

On 10th November 2012 - rating: 10
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Gill Smith left this review about The Plough

This is the Grain Brewery Tap near Norwich Art Centre. It has made it into the 2013 Good Beer Guide and serves a good range of Grain beers. Lovely courtyard at the back. Enjoyed 3 of their beers there.

On 14th September 2012 - rating: 8
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