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Kings Head

42 Magdalen Street

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MondayMidday - Midnight
TuesdayMidday - Midnight
WednesdayMidday - Midnight
ThursdayMidday - Midnight
FridayMidday - Midnight
SaturdayMidday - Midnight
SundayMidday - Midnight



About the Pub

A traditional two-bar city pub which has been a mandatory stop on the Norwich real ale trail since 2005, with its 14 handpumps, mostly serving beers from Norfolk, plus a few selected guests such as Three Blind Mice, Green Jack, and Derby Brewing. There are also two local ciders (one occasionally replaced by a perry), plus a large range of bottled European beers, but no keg beers at all.

Twice CAMRA Branch Pub of the Year, there's no food provided except snacks and (very good) pork pies, but there are plenty of local takeaways, and plates and cutlery can be provided. Local eggs and honey are usually on sale. The pub also supports two teams in the local bar billiards league.

Owned since 2013 by Stephen and Lesley George, also owners of the Humpty Dumpty Brewery, the range of beers remains eclectic, and only rarely includes more than one of their beers. Previously owned for nine years by Jon Smith and Roland Coomber, who converted it from a bikers pub into the destination real-ale pub it remains today.

The 'main' bar is at the back of the pub, with a side entrance in the courtyard, and the house beer is KHB (King's Head Bitter) made by Winter's.

Regular cask ales

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Changing cask ales

This pub serves 10 changing beers.

Up to a dozen beers, mostly a mix of local beers and East Anglian micros, but also including specials from favoured breweries from outside the area, such as Three Blind Mice and Derby Brewery.

The pub's range of changing beers regularly includes the following rare beer styles:

  • Stout
  • Mild

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Kings Head, Norwich


  • RealAle Real Ale Available
  • Cider Real Cider Available

    Two ciders (or occasionally a cider and a perry) served cooled on gravity.

  • LocAle LocAle Accredited
  • Quiet Quiet Pub


  • Garden Pub Garden

    Cobbled area under the old coaching inn archway, no seating.

  • DogFriendly Dog Friendly
  • Games Traditional Pub Games

    Bar Billards.

  • LinedGlasses Lined Glasses
  • Newspapers Newspapers
  • SeparateBar Separate Bar
  • WiFi Wifi

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Kings Head

42 Magdalen Street

Sat Nav Reference

52.6348, 1.2964


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Nearby Bus Routes (150m)

10, 11, 12, 13, 13B, 13C, 21, 21A, 22, 24, 28, 29, X29, 36, 37, 38, 39, 50, 50A

Closest Station (1500m)


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