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Kings Head, Norwich

42 Magdalen Street
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Blue Scrumpy left this review about Kings Head

Similar to the last reviewer, my only previous visit to the Kings Head was in 2010, at the end of a crawl. I remember it fondly. Unlike some of the other places I visited on that day, this one was not quite as good as I remember it.

It's still a decent pub and is quite central. But there are better options in the city. Entrance during these strange times is from the side courtyard. This takes you into the larger rear room, where all customers were sat. For once, we decided to be anti-social and sit in the smaller front bar, which was the room I remembered from last time. Service is to the table. But there are blackboards and a paper beer list is also provided. The barman was friendly.

6 real ales were Humpty Dumpty Broadland Sunrise, Beeston The Dry Road, Shortts Hunky Dory & Darkside, Tydd Steam Cashmere Pale Ale & Green Jack Trawler Boys. The cider was Village Green Classical Dry.

On 18th September 2020 - rating: 7
[User has posted 379 recommendations about 379 pubs]

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Will Larter left this review about Kings Head

One of Norwich's highlight pubs, but with the atmosphere of a friendly backstreet local rather than a tourist honeypot. With 11 beers on at the time of our visit, plus a real cider, there's plenty to encourage a beer tourist, with most of the beers being from local microbreweries. Not my first visit here - my previous was at the end of a long crawl, so my memory was understandably hazy - and hopefully not my last either.

Date of visit: 21st February 2018

On 1st November 2018 - rating: 8
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Thuck Phat left this review about Kings Head

A traditional city boozer just to the north of the city centre.
The pub consists of two bars, front and back. The front bar is basically furnished with a large are for upright drinking and beers listed on a blackboard behind the bar. To the back feels more comfortable with more furniture, better light and most of the handpumps.
The barman was a friendly fellow but somehow the place felt cold and lacked atmosphere. It was a chilly lunchtime and there weren't many in but perhaps a lit fire may have helped.
Beers on were: Winters KHB and Stormforce, Newby Wyke Orsino, Hop Monster Rakau and Banshee Porter, Buffy's Hopleaf, Humpty Dumpty Little Sharpie, Shorts Farm Two Tone Mild and Woodforde's Nelson's Revenge. A wide selection and the Banshee Porter was in fine condition.
There are plenty of pubs worth visiting in Norwich and this is one of them.

On 22nd November 2016 - rating: 8
[User has posted 670 recommendations about 669 pubs]

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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Will Larter
Norwich, 0.83 miles, 15 min walk (show)
Salhouse, 5.8 miles, 1 hr 51 min walk (show)
Brundall Gardens, 6.01 miles, 1 hr 56 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for Kings Head, Norwich
18th Sep 2020, 16:22
Review submitted by Blue Scrumpy
1st Nov 2018, 12:40
Review submitted by Will Larter

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  • Bar Billiards : Yes last updated 22 October 2013 by David McNally
  • Hot Food : No last updated 22 October 2013 by David McNally
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 22 October 2013 by David McNally
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 18 September 2020 by Blue Scrumpy
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