Last orders for Thorpe pub

David BaleA pub on the outskirts of Norwich famed for its intact post-war interior has become the latest victim of the economic crisis.David Bale

A pub on the outskirts of Norwich famed for its intact post-war interior has become the latest victim of the economic crisis.

While the outside of the Woodside pub in Thorpe St Andrew may not impress, the inside of the Thorpe St Andrew watering hole is virtually unchanged since it was built in the 1950s.

And that's why the Norwich and Norfolk Campaign For Real Ale (Camra) is so disappointed the freehold at the pub is up for sale for about �400,000.

Warren Wordsworth, the group's pubs officer, said the pub, which is situated at the junction of Thunder Lane and Plumstead Road East, was a rare example in greater Norwich of a post-war pub whose interior remained virtually unchanged.

He said: 'It's one of Camra's heritage pubs, because of its interior, and was built by Bullards Brewery in 1956.

'We are very disappointed that it's closed, and it's another part of old Norwich disappearing.'

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The pub's windows were made by English manufacturers, Crittall Windows and it retains its original plan of a lounge, public bar, smoke-room and off-sales, although the last two have been locked out of use in recent times.

It's owned by pub group Enterprise Inns, whose spokeswoman said: 'I can confirm the Woodside is for sale on the open market with Roche of Norwich.'

A note on the pub window says the pub is temporarily closed, however Roche said that, as the site has consent to be used as a drinking establishment, it also offered immediate potential for alternative use as a shop, for financial and professional services or as a restaurant.

The large site measuring 0.88 acres comprises the pub with accommodation over two floors, a large surfaced forecourt providing car park areas and extensive gardens to the rear.

The Evening News' Love Your Local campaign aims to get punters back into pubs that are struggling to survive in the recession.

for further information about the Woodside ring Graham Jones at Roche on 01603 619876.

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Do you know a pub which has closed? Or even, better, one which is re-opening? Call Evening News reporter David Bale on 01603 772427 or email

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