7 pubs to visit in Norwich with big beer gardens

The Garden Cocktail Bar and Eatery in Muspole Street.

The Garden Cocktail Bar and Eatery in Muspole Street. - Credit: Garden Bar

There's no better feeling than the first sip of an ice cold drink during a sunny day in a beer garden, but with so many pubs in Norwich it can be hard to pick which one to visit.

Here are some of the city's pubs with the biggest gardens where you're certain to find a table.

1. The Plough

Garden of the The Plough in St Benedicts. Photo: BILL SMITH

Garden of the The Plough in St Benedicts. Photo: BILL SMITH - Credit: Bill Smith - Archant

Opening hours: 12pm to 11pm Tuesday to Thursday, 12pm to 12am Friday to Saturday and 12pm to 10pm on Monday and Sunday

Where: 58 St Benedicts Street, Norwich, NR2 4AR

Located in St Benedicts Street, this hidden gem has very little signage on the outside, but on the inside it is a charming little pub with a large beer garden with raised platforms.

The pub holds a quiz night on Wednesdays and a cheese night on Tuesdays, with a burger menu also on offer for hungry drinkers. 

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2. Garden House

Pub of the Week , The Garden House, Norwich. Photo: Steve Adams

The Garden House, Norwich. - Credit: Archant

Opening hours: 11am to 11pm Monday to Thursday and Sunday, 11am to 11.30pm on Friday and Saturday

Where: 1 Pembroke Road, Norwich, NR2 3HD

This city pub certainly lives up to its name, with its extensive beer garden which offers space for plenty of drinkers.

Outdoor screens mean punters can watch the football outside and quizmaster Robert Pond holds a wacky quiz in the garden itself on Monday nights, which is very popular with students.

3. The Garden Bar and Eatery 

The Garden Cocktail Bar and Eatery in Muspole Street.

The Garden Cocktail Bar and Eatery in Muspole Street. - Credit: Garden Bar

Opening hours: 12pm to 12am Tuesday to Thursday, 12pm to 1am on Friday and Saturday, and 12pm to 8pm on Sunday

Where: 2 Muspole Street, Norwich, NR3 1DJ

The Garden Bar and Eater, formerly known as the Gatherers, claims to have one of Norwich city centre's biggest beer gardens.

It recently relaunched with a new food and drink menu with flavours from around the world. 

4. The Whalebone

The Whalebone Freehouse pub in Norwich. Picture by SIMON FINLAY

The Whalebone Freehouse pub in Norwich. Picture by SIMON FINLAY - Credit: SIMON FINLAY

Opening hours: 2pm to 11pm Tuesday to Saturday, opening an hour earlier on Friday, the pub also opens from 2pm until 10pm on Monday and 12pm to 9pm on Sunday

Where: 144 Magdalen Road, Norwich, NR3 4BA

It might not be the biggest, but The Whalebone features a picturesque walled beer garden allowing you to soak up the sun outside while also retaining privacy from the prying eyes of Magdalen Road.

The pub has a great range of drinks and also has food served from the Harry's Soul Train van parked outside.

5. Gibraltar Gardens

Gibraltar Gardens in Norwich. Photo: Denise Bradley

Gibraltar Gardens in Norwich. Photo: Denise Bradley - Credit: Archant

Opening hours: 12pm to 11pm everyday

Where: 288 Heigham Street, Norwich, NR2 4LZ

This pub located by the river offers a great location to eat and drink in the sun, with dining pods for when it turns cold.

The venue also offers a variety of family entertainment and live music.

6. The York

The York Norwich NR2 Picture: BRITTANY WOODMAN

The York Norwich NR2 Picture: BRITTANY WOODMAN - Credit: Archant

Opening hours: 3pm to 11pm Monday to Tuesday, 12pm to 11pm Wednesday and Thursday, 10am to 11pm Friday to Saturday and 10am to 8pm on Sunday

Where: 1 Leicester Street, Norwich, NR2 2AS

The York features a spacious beer garden at the heart of the Golden Triangle and has recently expanded its brunch offering in order to stand out amid healthy competition.

Customers can get fish and chips, a beef burger and chips and sandwiches served with homemade crisps at lunchtime too, with the southern fried chicken particularly popular.

7. The Unthank Arms

The Unthank Arms

The Unthank Arms - Credit: The Unthank Arms

Opening hours: 12pm to 10pm every day

Where: 149 Newmarket Street, Norwich NR2 2DR

This charming Victorian corner pub offers great food from its upstairs grill paired with a good selection of drinks.

The pub has been in the heart of the Golden Triangle for over 30 years and is always packed with those living in the surrounding streets.