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Kings Head, Norwich Central, Norwich

42 Magdalen Street
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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
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John Bonser left this review about Kings Head

Date of visit - April 2013

Close to the City Centre, and in a long street full of independent music and record shops – Magdalen Street – is The Kings Head, a classic, but basic drinkers pub. It’s a well known award winning pub that proclaims itself as keg free.

A front bar features wooden settles, tiled floors and is decorated with a number of old photos of Norwich. Of particular interest is a map above the fireplace showing Norwich city centre pubs in 1883/5 when, incredibly, there appeared to be even more than there are today. An old photo shows Magdalen Street flooded.

A small corridor leads through to a larger rear room which has subdued lighting and features a bar billiards table. There’s no music, TV or food available – just a good range of real ales in a traditional, welcoming, pubby atmosphere.

The friendly barman, Charlie, explained to me that there’s normally 9 real ales on, but that this increases to 11 or 12 at weekends. There’s also a lengthy bottled beer menu, specialising in German and Belgian offerings.

On my April visit, and as appears to be always the case, mainly Norfolk beers were on which included Winters Mild and Woodfordes Nelson. Beers were priced between £ 2.90p and £ 3.40p. Unusually, oversized glasses are used. It’s another CAMRA Good Beer Guide regular.

It’s central location makes this one a good bet, particularly if time is limited.

On 22nd October 2013 - rating: 8
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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)
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1st Nov 2018, 12:40
Review submitted by Will Larter
25th Feb 2018, 23:16
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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
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