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10 Norwich pubs with great beer gardens

PUBLISHED: 12:54 13 April 2018

Beer gardens in Norwich (photo: GettyImages)

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From riverside gastropubs and city bars to real ale pubs, Norwich boasts some great spots for al fresco drinking - we pick the best places to sip a pint in the sun

The Plough

58 St Benedicts Street

This St Benedicts Street pub has a reputation for the best beer garden in the city and a buzzing atmosphere when the sun shines. The large outdoor area has an interesting layout with seating amongst the trees creating booths to sit in, plus additional tables flanked by parasols. Should the weather turn chilly, there are outdoor heaters to ensure that the al fresco drinking can continue in comfort.

The Georgian Townhouse

30-34 Unthank Road

A destination for gin lovers, there’s over 60 of the juniper-infused tipples to choose from, plus locally sourced ales, craft beers and an eclectic wine list. Picnic tables cover the large lawn and nest chairs hang from the trees in the walled garden at The Georgian Townhouse. In the summer months, expect to find flame grilled and spit-roasted meat on offer, courtesy of the big outdoor barbecue.

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The Playhouse

42-58 St Georges Street

The riverside courtyard area at the arty Playhouse Bar is a well known student haunt. With its multi-coloured picnic tables and chilled out atmosphere it is a great spot to sip a pint until the sun goes down. The bar hosts regular summer barbecues and pop-up food events, in addition to live music. Once inside, make sure you check out the miniature city hanging from the ceiling.

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The York Tavern

1 Leicester Street

The lively Golden Triangle pub boasts a large beer garden that becomes a sun trap on a cloudless day - with picnic tables and plenty of space for energetic kids to run off some steam. In addition to a well stocked bar, there is an enticing food menu. Don’t miss the halloumi burger with chargrilled pepper, courgette and fresh pesto.

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The Garden House

1 Pembroke Road

Probably the best known beer garden in the Golden Triangle, The Garden House has a large outdoor area with plenty of picnic benches and bistro tables. With six real ales on the bar and a tasty menu including home-smoked meat and top-notch burgers, it’s easy to end up staying all day. Try the Bunny Chow burger, made with homemade falafel and sweet chilli sauce in a brioche bun.

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The Rushcutters Arms

46 Yarmouth Road

If you want to catch some rays, feed the ducks and enjoy a chilled glass of wine by the River Yare, then The Rushcutters on Yarmouth Road is the place to go. The family friendly 16th century pub restaurant is a picturesque spot for al-fresco dining – watch the boats go past and tuck into a snack from the extensive menu.

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The Wig and Pen

6 St Martins Palace Plain

The Wig and Pen in St Martins Palace Plain is a 17th century pub just north of the Cathedral. The terrace outside the pub is a perfect spot; the tables and chairs clustered at the front of this traditional pub are ideal for making the most of the sunshine with a pint in hand. If you visit on a Sunday, enjoy one of the raved-about roasts al fresco until 4pm.

Fat Cat Brewery Tap

98-100 Lawson Road

The north Norwich pub has a friendly, unpretentious atmosphere and a wide selection of real ales with up to 35 different cask and keg beers on offer. Pick up a fruity Belgian beer or a Continental lager on tap and head to the grassy outdoor area with picnic tables and lots of space to catch some rays and watch the world go by.

Make sure to try Motherchip, serving boxes of chips loaded with tempting toppings including pulled pork or buffalo and stilton fried chicken.

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The Eagle

33 Newmarket Road

The pretty Georgian-style pub boasts a large tree-lined beer garden with a children’s play area and climbing frame. Ideal for a relaxed family get-together, there are tables under cover, an outdoor barbecue and a bustling, friendly atmosphere. You can even bring the pooch along – The Eagle is dog friendly!

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The Belgian Monk

7 Pottergate

So named for its array of Belgian food and beers, The Belgian Monk in the trendy Pottergate district of Norwich also has a tucked-away beer garden to escape to in the warmer months.

Mussels (or moules) are a specialty – they sell quarter of a tonne per week – and come in over 30 flavours. Make sure to try the cherry beer too, perfect in the summertime.

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