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5 Norwich pubs with pool tables


12:30 31 July 2022

Norwich is one of the best cities in the UK for pubs, with hundreds of pubs lining its streets despite a number of recent closures.

But did you know that there are only five bars left in town where you can play the traditional pub game – bar billiards?

Based on the French and Belgian game of Russian billiards, bar billiards was invented in the UK in the 1930s and was a fixture in pubs across the country in later years.

However, now the game, which is similar to snooker but sees players knocking over poles as they pocket balls, has seen a decline in popularity with few pubs still having a table.

This is where you will find the remaining bar pool tables in Norwich.

1. The Golden Star

Golden Star owner Lil Le Grice, partner Marc Albutt and cat Winston
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Where: 57 Colegate, Norwich, NR3 1DD

Opening hours: 12 p.m. to 11 p.m. Monday to Saturday, 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday

After being removed during the pandemic to make way for additional seating, the Golden Star’s bar pool table has returned to the pub.

Like all the other pubs on this list, the Golden Star play in the Norwich Bar Billiards League which restarted this spring after its inception 15 years ago.

2. Pink Inn

The Rose Inn which makes sweet pizzas.

The Rose Inn offers pizza with pool bar
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Where: 235 Queens Road, Norwich, NR1 3AE

Opening hours: 3 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Tuesday to Friday opening half an hour later on Saturday

This pub, which specializes in craft beer paired with stone-baked pizzas, has a pool table that can be used by drinkers.

3. Trainer and horses

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Coach and horses in Bethel Street
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Where: 51 Bethel Street, Norwich, NR2 1NR

Opening hours: 12 p.m. to 11 p.m. Monday to Friday, 12 p.m. to 2 a.m. weekends

Perfect for those looking for a late night game, Coach and Horses Pool Table was once based in the Cottage in Silver Road before coming to its current home after the pub changed hands a few years ago.

4. White lion

The White Lion pub on Oak Street in Norwich.  Photo: Steve Adams

The White Lion pub in Oak Street in Norwich

Where: 73 Oak Street, Norwich, NR3 3AQ

Opening hours: 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Tuesday, 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. from Wednesday to Friday and 12 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday closing at 9 p.m. on Sunday

This pub on the outskirts of town has its own pool table and also offers eight real ales from the hand pump and 12 ciders and perries.

5. King’s Head

King's Head Magdalen Street named Norwich and District Pub of the Year CAMRA AWARDS

The King’s Head in Magdalen Street, Norwich, has been named Pub of the Year 2022 as part of CAMRA’s annual Norwich Branch and District Awards
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Where: 42 Magdalen Street, Norwich, NR3 1JE

Opening hours: From noon to midnight Monday to Saturday, closing at 11 p.m. on Sunday

The Norwich and District CAMRA pub of the year has its own pool table and serves a wide range of local cask ales.