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Sir Garnet Wolseley, Norwich

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Just had time to call in to get four take out beers in the flagon. Unfortunately the bar maids decided they could not sell take out beer, something to do with the licence........ I told them I had got take out beer all over the UK, and in all probability the licencing laws are no different in Norfolk to anywhere else. This cut no ice with the teenage bar maids, so l left. 2/10
ben23699 - 19 Jun 2016 21:14
After a very disappointing visit to Number 12, we moved onto the Sir Garnet. This is a pub overlooking the very interesting market. We wandered through the market afterwards and the food selection looked very enticing. The pub itself has a number of different levels for seating, with toilets downstairs. 3 ales were on - Adnams Old Ale, Lacons Saint Nicks & Joc's Norfolk Kiwi. A busy place where it was not possible to get comfortable. We only noticed the third level of seating as we were about to leave, after having stood.
blue_scrumpy - 13 Dec 2015 15:50
I've lived in Norwich for over 20 years, there are so many good pubs it is difficult to. visit them all.

I went to the Sir Garnet for Sunday lunch today. The beef was lovely and tender. Had a lovely pint of Bullard's Amber. There was one other real ale on - can't remember which.

Just on the edge of Norwich market which makes for a different view than from most pubs. I will return soon.
Iceni_Explorer - 7 Dec 2015 02:12
Watch the sun go down over Norwich market after an oyster or two at the market stall outside. Great pub.

Muzzy - 9 Dec 2013 19:13
19:00 Ordered a pint of Lacons Encore. It was as cloudy as soup. I asked to exchange it and then the argument started. "It's fresh on", "It's supposed to look like that", "It's from a new local brewery you may not be familiar with it". I told him I had been round the brewery and met the brewer but that cut no ice. It was getting quite heated before he gave in and gave me a different pint. I would have demanded a refund and walked out but my wife had got her drink. Luckily Norwich is blessed with a choice of good pubs so I won't need to darken these doors again.
HSB - 6 Nov 2013 12:17
This pub is now run by the people who also have the nearby Birdcage pub (on Pottergate) and they have done a very good job in getting it up and going again. It is now a very pleasant and welcoming hostelry with some well kept real ales and appears to be thriving - long may it continue. It is set in an ideal location overlooking City Hall and the market. I shall be putting in a regular appearance.
dougdeep - 13 Aug 2013 14:08
Went in there for a few pints while the wife was out shopping, because we noticed the 'husband creche' sign out on the walk. Looks small from the outside, but has two seating areas inside and was quite cozy. I drank Adnams Broadside, which was a lovely pint. Chap behind the bar was nice and friendly and said the pub was up for sale as the brewery wanted to sell it, which is a pity. Nice atmosphere in there, the people seemed nice and chatty. Ill be going back there again next time I'm in the city. Very nice pub :)

JohnathanDaly - 10 Jan 2011 13:35
sad really this could be a grt pub..seemingly its the day time market trade that keep this boat afloat..

depressing,dark,dirty 3/10

strawdog - 3 Oct 2010 16:57
Looks lovely from outside, inside very small with a dull choice of ales. I opted for L Pride @ 3.20pint! The pub was freezing too but it was in mid Jan i guess.....6/10
fat_beer_badger - 19 May 2010 16:12
Ah, the SGW! Used to go in here many moons ago back in the day when such old classics as the Fruiterers was doing its stuff!

Right: bar staff were friendly but seemed 'edgy'. The reason for this soon became apparent as the guvnor' called from his top floor lair (on the phone natch) and admonished one of them for some minor oversight to do with shifting 'customers' off the outside tables. This seemed to be a real pre-occupation with him during the time we were there. A small family group sat at one of the tables and drinks were duly bought; suddenly, the guv appeared on his upper balcolny and began ranting at the family to take action as their son had insidiously taken to eating a small jar of cockles ... bought from a nearby market stall! For a moment, I thought I was in a scene from Oliver, as 'Bill Sykes' raged from above. What a dreadful and bullying character -- awful.

I'll not be going back, primarily to avoid having to look into the fear filled, supine eyes of the terrified bar staff!
global86 - 21 Dec 2008 07:32
From the outside this looks like a fairly large pub, dominating Norwich's busy market place. However, inside it's tiny- not much bigger than the late lamented Vine on the other side of the market square, but without the charm. Only one real ale was on offer- Greene King IPA at a hefty 2.90 a pint. Unfortunately it had proved beyond the ability of the landlord to keep even this one beer in drinkable condition, and I was basically presented with a pint of malt vinegar. I'm usually one of those foolish uncomplaining types who will put up with a pint of beer that's 'on the turn', but this particular pint was completely undrinkable. Unsurprisingly there were few other customers, just a trio of teenagers who were sharing a single pint of coke- which probably tasted much better than my 'beer'. I was lucky enough to spend a couple of weeks working in Norwich and to have the opportunity to visit several of the many excellent pubs in the city- but this grubby little pub with its vile beer certainly wasn't one of them.
edchambers - 30 Sep 2008 22:15

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