Great pubs with beer gardens in Norwich
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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
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.
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.
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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24 Wensum Street
This riverside pub is a friendly and welcoming place to spend an afternoon with cosy interiors and a great view over the Wensum river. Grab a coveted spot under one of the umbrellas in the small balcony that overlooks the river.
50 Earlham Road
Charmingly decorated interiors lead into the large, dog-friendly beer garden at the back of The Black Horse on Earlham Road. With the 300-year-old pub as a backdrop, grab a seat in the leafy garden for an afternoon of sun and beer.
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.
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.
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!
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 speciality – 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.