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Compleat Angler, Norwich Central, Norwich

120 Prince of Wales Road
Norwich
NR1 1NS
Phone: 01603622425
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Taylor Walker (Spirit Pubs)

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Graham Coombs left this review about Compleat Angler

A large town pub by the bridge outside the station with a reasonably traditional feel and a nice terrace outside overlooking the river. The walls are mainly decorated in a strange mixture of postage stamp wallpaper and imitation bookshelves, but it somehow works. A few large Sports TVs are strategically located but can be avoided. The main draw however is an excellent range of beers, with up to 10 on handpump including many local brews. At time of visit these included Earl Soham Albert and Gold, Humpty Dumpty Branch Line Bitter, Moon Gazer Nibbler, Green Jack LGM1 and Woodforde Wherry. Cask Marque accredited.

On 11th April 2019 - rating: 8
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about Compleat Angler

Riverside Greene King pub near the station with a small side terrace overlooking the Wensum. The interior has been partially opened-out at some stage, leaving several seating / dining areas in an overall 'L'-shape - all given a corporate, faux-traditional makeover. Having said that, there is usually a reasonable selection of real ales available from six of handpumps, and on this visit I found Tribute, Otter Amber, Bure Gold and Nelson's Revenge from Woodfoorde's and Humpty Dumpty Swallowtail (£3.80) in addition to the inevitable IPA.

On 18th February 2018 - rating: 7
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Compleat Angler

This is a large riverside pub and also one of the first pubs you'll encounter if arriving into Norwich by train. You enter into a bare boarded space with an upright piano to your right where the pub extends some way towards the rear. A nice dark wood servery and bar back makes a good impression on arrival, although I got the impression that these were comparatively recent additions. There is a lot of vertical drinking space to the right with the odd high table and stool combination, although this gives way to a conservatory style space which has been carpeted and furnished with comfy button backed banquettes. There were a lot of flags from all over the world on the ceiling here and a few slot machines quietly flashed away around the margins. To the left of the bar is a more conventional pubby space with a mix of bench, high stool and standard chair seating in an area decorated with bookcase and stamp motif wallpaper. More flags were on show here, including in bunting format and there were several large screens throughout the whole pub showing live sports coverage whilst pop music blared out of the speakers. Arriving in the hours of darkness, I was only able to get a vague sense of the outdoor seating options, but the riverside seating certainly looked like a good bet for a pleasant day and the pub seems to have done a decent job of making the most of this feature. Stairs lead down to a restaurant/function room that I didn't get to explore and the pub is one of the recommended venues for away fans attending matches at nearby Carrow Road.
I wasn't expecting too much on the ale front from, what I assumed would be, a standard station/football pub, but there were four interesting options on handpull - Tyne Bank Pacifica, Greene King USA, Roosters Yankee and Sadler's One Stop Hop. My pint of Pacifica was in fine condition and having arrived at a time when most of the football crowd had dispersed, I found the place a relaxing spot for a quick pint.
This was a bit of a wildcard, having found myself with time to spare before my train home and I'm glad I gave the pub a chance. It is probably best avoided on match days but I can imagine having a good pint or two on a summer's day by the river and would suggest this works well as a good first or last pub of the day for anyone visiting by rail.

On 15th November 2015 - rating: 7
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Map location corrected by Graham Coombs
Norwich, 0.17 miles, 3 min walk (show)
Brundall Gardens, 5.32 miles, 1 hr 42 min walk (show)
Salhouse, 5.76 miles, 1 hr 51 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for Compleat Angler, Norwich
12th Apr 2019, 11:27
Pub map correction submitted by Graham Coombs approved
 
12th Apr 2019, 11:27
Pub map correction submitted by Graham Coombs

Pub Details

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 15 November 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 15 November 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • Beer Garden : Yes - terrace - last updated 11 April 2019 by Graham Coombs
  • CAMRA Discount : Yes - 10% - last updated 03 March 2015 by ROB Camra
  • Car Park : No last updated 15 November 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • Function Room : Yes last updated 15 November 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 15 November 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • Karaoke : Yes last updated 11 April 2019 by Graham Coombs
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 11 April 2019 by Graham Coombs
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 15 November 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • Micropub : No last updated 15 November 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • Pinball : No last updated 15 November 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • Pool Table : No last updated 15 November 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Real Cider : No last updated 15 November 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 15 November 2015 by Pub SignMan
Opening Hours
Sunday11am - 10:30pm
Monday11am - Midnight
Tuesday11am - Midnight
Wednesday11am - Midnight
Thursday11am - Midnight
Friday11am - 1am
Saturday11am - 1:30am
Hours according to Facebook page, please check before making a special visit
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