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The Champion, Norwich

101 Chapel Field Road
Phone: 01603628148
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paulof horsham left this review about The Champion

The ale range may not excite anyone looking for the latest in Pale Ales (though Oakham Citra was available), but the prices are hard to fault, with a pint of Bateman's XB and a large bag of Quavers coming in under £5 - the lunchtime time menu having recently finished, somewhat restricting my eating options.

Traditional in the fixtures and fittings as well, with wood for the boarded flooring, seats and tables, but it made for a relaxed stop, though I could have done without the pop soundtrack, it being overly intrusive as well as uninteresting. That apart, The Champion's a worthwhile stop just outside the centre.

On 16th November 2023 - rating: 7
[User has posted 435 recommendations about 407 pubs]

Steve C left this review about The Champion

The Champion has seating to the left of the entrance that is served by a corner of the bar that goes through into the right hand-side of the pub. I think there were nine hand pumps in total that were drawing Bateman’s XB, XXXB and Gold alongside Oakham’s Citra and a Weston’s Rosie’s Cider. Food is available lunchtimes and evenings, although there were no diners during my recent Thursday evening visit. Banquette seating runs under the front and right hand windows and there is more seating in areas at the rear, one of which was hosting a very quiet guitar practice session by some young ladies. The piano stood unused, but there was some background music coming out of the jukebox, and live music is advertised. For those that like a bit of history, the remains of the ancient city wall are located over the road. I liked it in here and would gladly return.

On 23rd April 2023 - rating: 8
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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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Map location corrected by Will Larter
Norwich, 0.93 miles, 17 min walk (show)
Brundall Gardens, 6.13 miles, 1 hr 58 min walk (show)
Salhouse, 6.74 miles, 2 hr 10 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Champion, Norwich
16th Nov 2023, 16:07
Review submitted by paulof horsham
15th Nov 2023, 18:35
Web Link submitted by paulof horsham approved

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 15 November 2023 by paulof horsham
  • Car Park : No last updated 15 November 2023 by paulof horsham
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 08 November 2023 by paulof horsham
  • Karaoke : Yes - Sundays 16.00 - 20.00. - last updated 15 November 2023 by Tris C
  • Live Music : Yes - Mondays 19.30. - last updated 15 November 2023 by Tris C
  • Micropub : No last updated 08 November 2023 by paulof horsham
  • Quiz Night : Yes last updated 08 November 2023 by paulof horsham
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 30 January 2013 by Moby Duck
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