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The Murderers, Norwich

4 Timber Hill
Phone: 01603621447
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Steve C left this review about The Murderers

The Murderers has a central L-shaped bar counter with snugs and split level seating either side, although the right-hand side was roped off during a recent Thursday evening visit. Eleven of the twelve hand pumps were in operation drawing Adnams Ghost Ship, Wolf Brewery’s Edith Cavell, Silver Fox and Murderer’s Ale (probably rebadged Wolf Ale), Lister’s Brewery’s Springtime, Parkway Brewing’s Pirate’s Pet, Grain Brewery’s Chevallier 47, Beccles Brewing’s Sky Pale Ale and Mr Winters Vanilla Latte Stout. There were also two cask ciders alongside premium keg. In the left rear are multiple televisions for airing live football. The pub was comfortably busy, the staff were polite and there was a good atmosphere, so I’d gladly return for a second visit.

On 23rd April 2023 - rating: 8
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Bucking Fastard left this review about The Murderers

Universally known as The Murderers ,it's actually the Gardeners Arms but no one gets confused.Nothing really needs to be added to Steve's excellent review,I really enjoyed my trip and would say this is the pub you must visit when in the City Centre,it's got lots of features ,a great vibe and a long list of well kept ale.I went in two days after Steve with much the same ale list although Moon Gazer White Face,Adnams Ghost Ship and Milestone New World Pale had also rotated on.My Wolf Edith Cavell was very good (NBSS 4).It's a family owned pub and we also spoke to the guv'nor ,an engaging fellow who organises the Norwich Ale Trail in late May through June to encourage supping Norfolk ale in the fine pubs in the city,where over 50 have signed up and you get a lapel badge for each of the 7 trails you complete.Shame I dont live in Norwich.
A must visit ,IMHO the best in the immediate City Centre area.

On 16th April 2023 - rating: 9
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Steve of N21 left this review about The Murderers

This used to be my favourite pub in Norwich back in the early 80’s when I used to visit a friend who was at UEA at the time. Not only because it was a forerunner for real ale back then, but also because visits were with a level of jeopardy as the landlord and his cronies didn’t like students.
Well, first time back in the best part of 40 years and I thought it was still a thoroughly good pub, with a friendly vibe. It even looked like there were students working the jump, just to prove how much more inclusive it now is compared to my 80’s experience s. The front section houses the main bar that accommodates vertical drinking and then off this to the left is a collection of seating areas separated by exposed beams of some age with a fair few nooks and crannies to hide yourself away in. And it’s not until you get to the larger room at the back that it opens out into one large space. This section is dominated by large flat screens and surround sound for the sport and is where most people interested in the football position themselves. I think they also have live bands in this section.
Back in the 80’s, as well as being dual named (as it still is today) it was also famous for having a double sided pub sign with an innocent looking gardener chap on the side as you walk up the hill, and then a sinister dark figure on the other side depicting the name the pub takes from the incident that took place in the pub in 1895. Sadly that seems to have disappeared and the pub is currently sign less from what I could see.
One thing that is unchanged from my remembrances, and is probably enhanced is the collection of famous murderers that adorn all the wall surfaces and those mentioned by John B below are still in situ including many others such as a photo of Reg and Ronnie Cray, which is apt as they owned a house in nearby Attleborough during their reign of terror and Ronnie actually passed away in a hotel in Norwich, nor far from this pub.
Another thing that seems unchanged is a focus on real ale and the bar supports 12 handpumps and 11 were on the go for my visit with nine ales and two ciders available.
On the ale front seven were from East Anglia in the form of three from the nearby Wolf Brewery ( Murderers Ale, Silver Fox and Edith Cavell ), Grain Brewery Chevallier 47 , Beccles Brewery Sky PA , Mr Winters Vanilla Latte Stout, and Adnams Ghost Ship. Then from further afield there was Parkway Brewing Co. Pirates Pet and Listers Springtime. I went for the Mr Winters Vanilla Latte Stout and very good it was too.
I wanted to like this pub again, and I did, in spades…

On 16th April 2023 - rating: 8
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Map location corrected by Will Larter
Norwich, 0.68 miles, 13 min walk (show)
Brundall Gardens, 5.86 miles, 1 hr 53 min walk (show)
Salhouse, 6.47 miles, 2 hr 4 min walk (show)
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 28 June 2016 by Aqualung .
  • Beer Festivals : Yes - April - last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 28 June 2016 by Aqualung .
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 28 June 2016 by Aqualung .
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 15 March 2023 by Tris C
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 28 June 2016 by Aqualung .
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 28 June 2016 by Aqualung .
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 28 June 2016 by Aqualung .
  • Micropub : No last updated 28 June 2016 by Aqualung .
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 19 November 2006 by Will Larter
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 28 June 2016 by Aqualung .
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 28 June 2016 by Aqualung .
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