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The Whalebone, Norwich North, Norwich

144 Magdalen Road
Norwich
NR3 4BA
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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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Real Ale Ray left this review about Whalebone

I really enjoyed our visit here, staff are very welcoming. This large pub is also very well kept. I especially liked the bar side with it's original bar and original gas lamp fittings on the back bar. The ceilings were papered and painted in burnt sienna and walls painted in crimson. Seven handpumps, I went for the Broadland Best ale.

On 15th November 2012 - rating: 9
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Gill Smith left this review about Whalebone

Called in here on our way round Norwich pubs and found it to be a friendly local and spent our time chatting to the landlord while enjoying a couple of beers from Wolf brewery - Golden Jackal and Straw Dog. He has plans for the pub with extensions, and holds beer festivals. There is an outside seating area.

On 14th September 2012 - rating: 7
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Norwich, 1.46 miles, 28 min walk (show)
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25th Feb 2018, 23:21
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25th Feb 2018, 23:21
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Pub Details

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 22 October 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 22 October 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • Beer Festivals : Yes - June - last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 22 October 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • Car Park : Yes last updated 22 October 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • Function Room : Yes last updated 22 October 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 22 October 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 22 October 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • Micropub : No last updated 22 October 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • Pinball : No last updated 22 October 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • Pool Table : No last updated 22 October 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • Quiz Night : Yes last updated 22 October 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Real Cider : No last updated 22 October 2015 by Pub SignMan
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