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Norwich market place to get the Sir Garnet Wolseley pub back - but with a different name

09:10 29 June 2012

The Sir Garnet Wolseley pub in Norwich city centre is reopening next week under a new name.; PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

The Sir Garnet Wolseley pub in Norwich city centre is reopening next week under a new name.; PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY


There used to be 13 pubs dotted around Norwich market place but when the Sir Garnet Wolseley closed last year there were none.

But the pub is reopening next Tuesdayunder the new name of Sir Garnet, and will be run by the team behind the successful Birdcage in Pottergate, Norwich.

The new owner Lauren Gregory also owns the Birdcage and the pub will be managed by Hollie West, who will continue to also work at the Birdcage. The pub is getting a fresh facelift with hand-painted signage and a new colour scheme.

Miss West said: “Sir Garnet Wolseley is a bit of a mouthful and everyone keeps spelling it wrong. We are also calling it the Birdcage’s older brother.”

New chef Nick Phillips is promising customers handmade burgers with meat and tomatoes sourced from Norwich market, and the pub will also sell real ales from Norfolk breweries.

The pub started trading in about 1861, but only adopted the name Sir Garnet Wolseley in 1874, named after Field Marshal Garnet Joseph Wolseley, 1st Viscount Wolseley.

The Evening News has been urging customers to return to pubs as part of our Love your Local campaign.

To see stories from the campaign go to

See The Evening News’ Pub of the Week on page 48.

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  • I lost years of my life in smoky, boozy pubs and developed a wide social network (of fellow alkies) but I don't bother any more because something went very wrong. Out went cheap beer and in came Mediterranean food. As the number of pubs declined they became less local and less real. Refurbishment often got rid of original charcter and replaced it with junk - bars became shallow imitations of reality. They are actually quite scary because they aren't genuine and reflecting the local reality.

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    Friday, June 29, 2012

  • I remember the Brown Derby too - a magnet for interesting characters.

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    Friday, June 29, 2012

  • Oldowl....the Brown Derby...scary first experience but it was a pub full of characters. Had some good times in there. Just down the road was, as you will know, The Ironmongers...long gone and missed. I really like what they have done at the Birdcage (Brown Derby) and I am intersted in seeing the Garnet reopened. Nice place to sit and have a beer on a good sunny day. My only issue is the price of mass produced lager - it's so expensive but that has a lot to do with the government - they need the money from peoples vices! Good luck to Lauren and all her staff though! I'll be there on Tuesday thats for sure.

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    Friday, June 29, 2012

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