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The Walnut Tree Shades, Norwich Central, Norwich

Old Post Office Court
Norwich
NR2 1NG
Phone: 01603622910
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Walnut Tree Shades

This is a small pub with a bit of an alternative vibe to it, slightly hidden away down a narrow street in the city's retail district. There is a single room layout which is shallow but wide and comprises of a couple of distinctively different areas. The room has a quarry stone floor with the servery running along the mid-section of the rear wall, directly opposite the entrance. Pew and low stool seating is available to the left hand side where a popular quiz machine also stands. Opposite the bar are some more pews, which rather unusually had no tables in front of them, making them a poor option given the alternatives. These include a raised seating area to the right with plenty of standard tables and chairs around a Wurlitzer juke box. The pub has a bit of an American theme, with the walls decorated in various stateside items including adverts for the likes of Coca Cola and Budweiser various posters of musicians and some framed bank notes. There are also bits of British and Irish breweriana such as Guinness adverts and a Watney's Red Barrel lamp. The building was under a lot of scaffolding when I visited, but that hadn't put off a few punters from sitting on the few benches out on the front pavement between all the scaffold poles. A rock/metal soundtrack played throughout my early evening visit, but at such a volume that it wasn't overly obtrusive.
There were two ales on the four handpulls at the bar - Woodfordes Wherry and Robinsons Trooper - with a real cider also available. The friendly barman served up a good pint of the Trooper and I enjoyed this whilst relaxing with my paper and helping the locals out with the quiz machine.
In many ways this is a fairly bog-standard city centre pub, but the slightly quirky décor and alternative vibe make it stand out from the crowd a bit. With just two fairly mainstream ales available, there is an argument that this should feature well down on the list of pubs to visit when in Norwich, but I found the place friendly and comfortable and feel it would make a reliable bolt-hole from an afternoon of shopping hell.

On 14th November 2015 - rating: 6
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Real Ale Ray left this review about The Walnut Tree Shades

Easy to find as it's just off Market Square. The pub comprises of a long narrow bar plus a small snug area displaying framed photos of Frank Sinatra and Elvis etc as this is an American themed bar. There is also an American style juke box and has a resturant area upstairs. Four ales on tap, I went for the Adnams Ghostship.

On 3rd November 2012 - rating: 7
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Walnut Tree Shades

Quite why Norwich needs what claims to be an American-themed blues bar and restaurant I don't know, but the result is actually a strange hybrid of a city-centre pub. Yes, there are plenty of entertainment-related photographs and posters on the walls and regular live music is advertised, but there are also four handpumps offering traditional cask ales. Three of these were working on our visit, with Old Speckled Hen plus the local Nelsons Revenge and Humpty Dumpty Little Sharpie (£3.30) available. Overall, something of a curiosity... (NB - Review dates from March 2012.)

On 17th June 2012 - rating: 6
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Map location corrected by Will Larter
Norwich, 0.68 miles, 13 min walk (show)
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 14 November 2015 by Pub SignMan
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  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 17 June 2012 by Alan Hurdle
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 14 November 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 14 November 2015 by Pub SignMan
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