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The Whalebone, Norwich

144 Magdalen Road
Norwich
NR3 4BA
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Quinno _ left this review about The Whalebone

Not in the latest GBG but popped in for the previous good reviews and the historic bar back. Enter to the main bar (and back – which is very pretty), the rear part is an old alley to the toilets converted via a conservatory roof. Four ales on, my Barsham’s Norfolk Topper was an NBSS 3. Solid old skool guv’nor behind the bar. It’s a decent place but I didn’t warm to it as much as some others.
Visited early August.

On 12th September 2021 - rating: 7
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Moby Duck left this review about The Whalebone

A traditional two room pub to the north of the city,still much as Pub SignMan described it six years ago with the obvious exception of covid restrictions.The four beers on were Adnams Southwold and Ghost Ship , Woodefords Wherry and Lacons Blonde. A great example of a traditional locals backstreet boozer.

On 18th July 2021 - rating: 8
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Pub SignMan left this review about Whalebone

Located to the North of the city centre, this is a decent sized roadside pub offering an excellent range of well kept ale. You enter into a small front bar with a scuffed wood floor and traditional servery. Seating here is limited to bar stools and a single table with a couple of chairs. A nice fireplace can be seen top the right with a pile of CAMRA magazines on the mantelpiece. Following a passage to the left of the bar, you emerge into a traditional rear bar with similar flooring but plenty more seating including lots of tub chairs. The walls are half panelled and various bits of breweriana can be seen around the room. From here, you move on again into a modern extension with a checked tile floor, bare brick walls and a skylit ceiling. High tables and stools predominate here, with modern art prints on the walls fitting nicely into the surrounds and there was a collection of board games near the door. To the left was another room which was set up as a dining room with laminate flooring, plush seating and simple, clean décor. An attractive beer garden can be found to the rear, offering plenty of good cover and lots of sturdy garden furniture. Several TV screens throughout the pub were showing football, with the commentary audible in some rooms despite pop music playing simultaneously.
The hand pumps are split between front and back bars, so make sure you check both sides to see the full range. Options on this visit comprised Sharps Doom Bar and Atlantic, Adnams Broadside and Southwold Bitter, Woodfordes Wherry, Oakham JHB, Wolf Golden Jackal and Rudgate Cherry Pale. I sampled the JHB at £3.40 a pint and thought it was in outstanding condition. The barman was welcoming enough and a bunch of cheery local's all acknowledged me when I left.
This is a great pub that seems very versatile, with a number of very different areas making it possible to cater for a range of tastes. I thought this was a great pub to start a crawl around Norwich in and would like to try the place again a little later in the day, as I imagine you get a good atmosphere in here at busier times. One of a number of fine pubs in this part of the city.

On 22nd October 2015 - rating: 8
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Norwich, 1.46 miles, 28 min walk (show)
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Latest updates View all updates for The Whalebone, Norwich
12th Sep 2021, 11:43
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13th Aug 2021, 20:39
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 12 September 2021 by Quinno _
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 12 September 2021 by Quinno _
  • Beer Festivals : Yes - June - last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 12 September 2021 by Quinno _
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 12 September 2021 by Quinno _
  • Car Park : Yes last updated 12 September 2021 by Quinno _
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 12 September 2021 by Quinno _
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 12 September 2021 by Quinno _
  • Function Room : Yes last updated 12 September 2021 by Quinno _
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 22 October 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • Karaoke : No last updated 12 September 2021 by Quinno _
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 22 October 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • Micropub : No last updated 12 September 2021 by Quinno _
  • Pinball : No last updated 12 September 2021 by Quinno _
  • Pool Table : No last updated 12 September 2021 by Quinno _
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 12 September 2021 by Quinno _
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 12 September 2021 by Quinno _
  • Real Cider : No last updated 12 September 2021 by Quinno _
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 12 September 2021 by Quinno _
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