â€œ Address: 11Â–13 Wensum Street / Norwich / Norfolk / NR3 1LA / Telephone: 01603 877650 â€ž
The Glass house is one of my favourite pubs in norwich, as well as being relatively cheap (it is a wetherspoons after all!) it has a great atmosphere and 3 definate sections as well as the outside.
The food is the usual wetherspoons fare, burgers, salads, sandwiches and steaks.
Situated on Magdalen Street near the Tombland area of the city it is less student populated than the other wetherspoons pubs in the city because it is not quite as close to the university, nor is it on one of the university bus routes. So if you sometimes find that the pubs are overrun with students this is a good alternative.
The pub itself is a pretty stunning building, with a tower of glass attached to one side, this houses the stair case which takes you upstairs to the family room and more restaraunty bit.
Good prices and decent food I think the glass house is a good every day kind of pub for most people.
The Glass House is a JD Wetherspoon pub, situated on Wensum Street in Norwich, between Magdalen Street at the Tombland. It opened in April 2002 joining the Whiffler and the Bell as Wetherspoon pubs in the city.
For those who haven't heard of JD Wetherspoon, they are a national company with about 750 pubs, all managed by themselves and all with similar menus, price structures and policies. They operate generally very low prices across their drinks range and their food prices are reasonable.
The Glass House isn't their busiest venue in the city, but is a large venue. Before the smoking ban it was helpful to have divided areas inside the pub so that non-smokers had somewhere to eat food, both in an area near the door and also a large room upstairs. With the advent of the smoking ban, this is of course less relevant.
Anyone who has been in a Wetherspoons knows what to expect, there is a good range of real ales, which are looked after well. The drinks range is quite wide and drinks prices are always on the low side. Staff are generally quite young and although pubs such as this might lack the ambience of some other more traditional pubs, I believe that they are a very welcome addition to the pub scene.
Without going into too much detail about Wetherspoons food and drinks offers, they have regular "nights", steak nights on Tuesday, curry nights on Thursday for example, where you can get food and drink at a relatively combined low price. They also have frequent offers, and at the time of writing, they have just finished having their "January sale".
Back to the Glass House in Norwich, the pub has two floors, both quite large, with a large seating area outside. The outside seating area is superb in the summer, with views over Norwich Cathedral and if not busy it is always a little piece of calm in the middle of a city environment.
Food I have found is of a standard to other Wetherspoons in the chain, so comparing food is like comparing food in different McDonalds, it tends to be quite similar across the board. The service in this pub does though seem on the relatively fast side generally, depending of course at what time you go. But with breakfasts being served in the morning and main meals served through until 11 at night, you certainly don't need to worry about missing out if you are hungry.
Staffing at this pub seems, again, consistent with the pub's national standards. Generally helpful, relatively well knowledged on their range of real ales and other drinks products. I've always found that empty glasses are generally removed promptly and can't recall any errors being made recently.
In terms of disadvantages, they do appear to run out of certain meals at quite a pace sometimes. On a couple of occasions the order has been taken, only for someone from the kitchen to inform the member of staff ten minutes later that the meal isn't available. It's a relatively rare occurence, but I still see it happening from time to time, something which could no doubt be fixed by just informing the staff what is and isn't available. But this remains a relatively minor point overall.
The pub also has the traditional "no noise" that Wetherspoons is known for. There is now a television showing news, but they use sub-titles and the sound off so that it doesn't disturb other customers. Fruit machines and gaming machines have their volume turned down as well. Sometimes this can make pubs very starchy and lacking atmosphere, but I always find the Glass House, given its shape, has managed to avoid that problem.
The pub name comes from the fact that the building used to be a glass manufacturing industrial site, in a centuries old building. The rebuilding of the pub took longer than had been expected, at the time of opening, signs had been in place for many months with opening dates that had long since passed.
Even over five years on however the pub looks relatively fresh and up-to-date. There are large prints from local artists on the walls, the furniture is clean and replaced when necessary and the pub looks well cared for.
So overall, good value prices, a nice environment and a good pub in my view. The view of a successful pub sometimes in my view is that it can attract families, youngsters, older drinkers, males and females in equal mix, it shows that the pub is welcoming to all and accessible to all. Pubs in my view should aim to achieve that, and I believe that the Glass House does.
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