During a recent stay in Norwich, I picked up a copy of the Norwich & Norfolk CAMRA guide ‘Real Ale Walks in Norfolk’, which refers to the King’s Arms as a ‘drinker’s paradise’, and we were soon heading in that direction! It’s tucked away just off Queen’s Road, about 10 minutes South from Norwich Castle and 5 minutes from the Travelodge.
A pub since 1830, its a traditional city pub now owned by Batemans, split on two levels inside, with a ‘shed of dreams’ out in the beer garden. As luck would have it, we visited during the 5th Anniversary Beer Festival, and so as well as a number of beers at the bar, their were many more casks in the shed.
We started with Grain Brewery Harvest Moon 4.5%, a fantastic hoppy ale that my sophisticated taste buds found ‘bloody lovely’, and which the tasting notes accurately described as ‘resinous’. I had to follow this with another Grain Brewery beer, Winter Spice 5.0%, a sweet (like candy) ruby beer that tastes like a quaffable Port! This is a fine winter drink, ‘flavoured with curaco orange peel and all spice berries’ according to the brewery, although their Harvest Moon got my vote for Beer of the Festival.
We also tried Beeston Brewery Worth the Wait, one of their regular beers on handpump, a refreshing bitter i’m told is the pub’s best seller and I can see why, I could’ve settled on this one for the evening. But in search of new tastes, I opted for a half of Festival Brewery Emerald which I found tasted cheesy and couldn’t finish, and finally Oldershaw’s Ahtanhum Gold, not quite as memorable as their smashing Caskade, but a nice hoppy bitter nevertheless.
I’ve tended to head into the centre for a drink when visiting Norwich, or out to the Fat Cat, but I’m glad to have found this welcoming pub just off the beaten track and now consider this a must-visit pub. Cheers!