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Reindeer, Norwich

10 Dereham Road
Norwich
NR2 4AY
Phone: 01603612995

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Pub SignMan left this review about Reindeer

This is a large roadside pub on the busy Dereham Road to the west of the city centre. You enter into a vast, dark wood floored L-shaped room with the servery to the right running along the back wall. The bar back has some nicely worked wood including arches filled with pattered tiles. Opposite are pew formed booths serving long tables under the front windows whilst over on the far right side is a restaurant area with formal table and chair arrangements set up specifically for dining. A few antlers hang on the end wall and there are one or two reindeer themed prints, but otherwise this whole front section is fairly bland and empty, with blackboards listing food and drink details acting as the only other visual distraction. The left hand side seemed much cosier, with pew and standard seating arranged around some structural pillars in the front portion before the room extends to the rear where three steps lead you up to a well segmented space with lots of dark wood, bench and armchair seating, cluttered bookshelves and unusual antler light shades. A stuffed fox stands in a display case near to the doorway for the rear room, which is set up as a kind of conference room. A single, large table dominates the centre of the room although there is still space for an upright piano, a nice old dresser, a mounted stag's head and some remarkable timber beams. Some casks were also stacked up here for some unexplained reason and there is access out to a garden area which I failed to explore.
This is an Elgoods house and two of their beers - Black Dog and Cambridge Bitter - were available alongside Thornbridge Sequoia, Oakham Green Devil IPA, Woodfordes Sundew and Green Jack Trawlerboys. The keg range included Freedom Four, Elgoods Traditional Irish Stout, Five Points Pale, Bacchus Kriek and Kwak, although whether the latter is served in the silly glass, I could not say. I tried the Black Dog, which was a decent pint, but not quite as good as I'd hoped.
This is a smart, well kept pub that caters for drinkers and diners fairly well and makes a good break point if you're walking from the city centre to the classic ale houses in the back streets beyond. I thought this was a solid pub and worth including on a crawl around the area.

On 30th September 2014 - rating: 7
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Real Ale Ray left this review about Reindeer

This large pub has a minimalist L shaped interior with a long bar facing you as you enter. We arrived on a very cold evening and the pub was well heated. There were quite a few people here on our Tuesday eve visit. The pub had timber flooring throughout and the lighting was low with candles lit here and there. Ten ales on offer on our visit, I went for the Green Jack Trawlerboys and Elgoods Cambridge Bitter.

On 16th February 2013 - rating: 7
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Will Larter left this review about Reindeer

A roadside pub on the way out past the inner ring road, which is too large and cavernous to have that welcoming pub feel to it, and therefore verges on being a beer exhibition. There are 10 or more real ales (this was my ninth pub of the day so the counting was becoming problematic), and also what are described as "world keg beers", all listed on a board near the bar. The person serving was very helpful and friendly, and my half of Elgoods Cambridge Bitter was in very good condition.

On 29th January 2013 - rating: 7
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Gill Smith left this review about Reindeer

We called in here as we wanted to try one of the Elgoods range of beers for the Olympics, and managed to get Wheelchair Basset-ball which was very good. It seems to have been up and down over the years which is a shame but we have always had good beers on our visits.

On 14th September 2012 - rating: 7
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Colin Moore left this review about Reindeer

its a nice pub,good range of drinks pool table spacey and does some nice live music there.
problem is that it isnt in the city centre or up nr fat cat etc.
so its out on a limb..shame its a gd pub

On 29th August 2011 - rating: 7
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Alan Winfield left this review about Reindeer

This is a large Elgoods tied house at the city end of dereham road the pub seemed quite smart inside and had menus on the tabels but nobody was eating here there were about 10 handpumps on the bar but not all in use the Elgoods Cambridge Bitter was a decent drink there were three other Elgoods beers as well as a beer from Chalk Hill not a bad pub its a shame there wer'nt more people in here.

On 7th June 2010 - rating: 7
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