“ 88 Rupert Street, Norwich, NR2 2AT. Phone: +44(0)1603 612110. Friendly local pub, serving food and some real ales. „
Locals don't get much more local than the Rose, it being under a minute's walk from my house. I admit, its proximity was one factor in our choice of student house, but what's wrong with that? To be fair, there are plenty of great pubs in the area, Norwich's so-called Golden Triangle. But I do like the Rose. For one thing, it's pretty spacious for a street-corner pub, having undergone an expansion a couple of years ago. You won't get a table if you pop in for a swift one at 10:30, but you'll find room to stand somewhere. For another, it serves a good selection of beers, from the usual suspects (Foster's, Guinness) to Hoegaarden and real ales, including the excellent Norwich-brewed Chalk Hill Bitter (also known as CHB, or Council House Bitter!). The food during the week (served 12-2:30, 5:30-8:30) is pretty good for pub fare (£3-£7 for main courses), although I think the chef has a day off on Sunday. While weekdays see excellent seafood platters, delicious home-made quiches and salad, and very passable chicken tikkas, the last Sunday roast (£5) I had consisted of overcooked meat, dried out yorkshire pud, soggy veg, and roast potatoes so hard you could use them as anti-tank missiles. All smothered in about a gallon of gravy. Tip: if you really must go to the Rose for Sunday lunch, ask for the gravy on the side. The usual pub entertainments are provided to complete the experience. Tuesdays see a pub quiz, questions on the "tricky" side of general knowledge, but a good laugh nonetheless, even if the quizmaster can be a picky so-and-so sometimes. Fridays and Saturdays often see live music from a local soul or Irish band, and there's the occasional DJ. There's also a big TV screen rolled out for the major sporting events, although this does tend to totally dominate one bar, and is audible in the other, which I find annoying. The crowd is a good mix of students and locals, although tending towards
the younger end of the age spectrum. My final tip is not to drive here if you can help it, even if you only plan on drinking orange juice. The car park is small, and the nearby on-street parking is mostly permit-only - you're more likely to win the lottery than to get one of the few non-permit spaces. It's definitely worth a visit, though, and in the week is an ideal place to come for some good food. So take a walk, why don't you?