“ 42, Magdalen St, Norwich, Norfolk, NR3 1JE. Tel: 08721 077 077 „
The King's Head is a pub situated on Magdalen Street, Norwich, near to the Anglia Square shopping area. The pub is a real ale pub which has won numerous awards in recent years.
The pub is relatively small in size, there is a small front bar, a larger back bar and a small courtyard area usually only used by smokers. As the pub is popular, there is often limited space, but there is usually a very good atmosphere.
The pub has a very good range of real ales and ciders. The range of course varies, but there are often selections from local breweries such as Woodfordes, Green Jack, Wolf, Humpty Dumpty and a selection from breweries further away.
The beer is always very well kept and of a high standard. The bar staff are very welcoming, and are helpful if you have any queries on what drink to order, and they're willing to let you test a product before buying it if you'd like that.
The pub is quite traditionally decorated and has the genuine atmosphere is a traditional old city pub. There is a bar billiards table to the rear of the pub, which is often being played, and there is also a pub team should you be good enough to join!
Unfortunately, the pub is too small to be able to serve food, but there are a good selection of beer snacks, with a wide range of the Kettles crisps available.
Pubs nearby which also serve real ale include the Mischief, Ribs of Beef and JD Wetherspoon's Glass House. That makes for a very handy mini pub crawl in itself, as there are numerous good pubs either or on nearby to Magdalen Street.
The pub is kept clean and tidy, the toilets could possibly do with a refurbishment, but are clean enough not to cause any worries. The smokers can stand outside and cigarette bins are available, although the smokers may have to dodge some cars which need to get past as the outside area is really just a driveway.
The disadvantage of the pub, as mentioned, is really the small size of the pub, which can make it feel very busy and cramped if you're unable to get a seat or space to stand. However, this all adds to the great atmosphere, and there are some really friendly customers in the pub.
At the time of writing, the pub is open throughout the day for seven days a week, so there's lots of opportunity to enjoy what the pub has to offer. It's a welcoming pub, but probably not the best place for families or children, as this isn't really the sort of pub which they'd enjoy.
Overall, this is a very good pub, and it is no surprise that it has won awards in the past, including CAMRA awards. The beer is well kept, there's a great selection, it's a friendly atmosphere and definitely worth a visit if you're coming to Norwich, or indeed if you live in Norwich and haven't tried it!