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“Great little local pub and dog friendly ”

Whalebone Freehouse
Ranked #22 of 76 Nightlife in Norwich
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Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

I went to this pub for the first time over the Easter weekend. We had the steak sandwich with salad. The steak was so tender and delicious and really reasonable. This is a really lovely friendly pub with great food.

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Mike L, Owner at Whalebone Freehouse, responded to this reviewResponded 17 April 2017

Hi Penny
Thank you for visiting us and for your kind review.
We have just commenced weekend BBQ's ( Friday - Sunday) which are proving very popular. Claridges Catering, who provide the food, are fast developing a large following with an ever changing selection of mouth watering food - just right with a pint or a glass of wine!
We are delighted that you enjoyed your first visit and look forward to seeing you again very soon!

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Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

The Whalebone is always a welcoming pub with great beers available and the best pork scratchings IN THE WORLD served in a pint or half pint mug.

It doesn't have he traditional feel of the old city pubs but it's a lovely environment that is always spotless, the chap who runs it is very friendly as are all his staff.

They put on beer festivals and BBQ's and all sorts of stuff throughout the year.

They have an excellent rear garden that during the day is full of sunshine. It is obviously the smokers area so you do need to be prepared for that. But there's also benches to the front and side of the property where you can sit and watch the people go buy.

There's always a lot (maybe 8 or 9?? Not sure) of beers readily available and normally at least two or three you've never heard of so it's great to try new beers.

This is a very dog friendly pub as the pub owner has a beautful black Labrador who comes and makes sure you're a respectable human as you arrive. He REALLY likes pork scratchings!!

All in all one of my favourite Places to meet my partner as we both HAVE to go passed it on the way home. Two or theee pints in the sun or by the fire over winter. Lovely old job.

1  Thank Charlotte P
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Mike L, Owner at Whalebone Freehouse, responded to this reviewResponded 16 April 2017

Hello Charlotte P thank for your very kind words about the Whalebone. Harvey the Labrador has asked me to also thank you as he takes full credit for the choice of Pork Scratchings that we serve and assures me that he will always share them with you.
We do try to offer a quality out of Town experience at The Whalebone for all of our customers and are always appreciative when people take time out to confirm that we do just that.
Thank you and we look forward to seeing you again soon

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Reviewed 8 April 2017 via mobile

Lots of beer , good selection of real ale
After your first pint the staff serve you at your table, great service with a smile
Brilliant as you can drink even more beer
Very clean gents loo
Overall a top class pub
Well worth a visit

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Mike L, Owner at Whalebone Freehouse, responded to this reviewResponded 16 April 2017

Hi john-suffolk2 thanks for a great review.
Service - Quality and Presentation are at the top of our list and obviously they top yours too. Visiting a Pub should be a happy experience that you can share with your friends or just on your own. Even more so by telling the world through TripAdvisor for which we also thank you.

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Reviewed 24 December 2016 via mobile

A lovely example of a proper street comer local. Great ales, welcoming staff, Cody and interesting building. Nice one! Will be back!

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Mike L, Owner at Whalebone Freehouse, responded to this reviewResponded 29 December 2016

Dear ManinBlack64
Thank you for your kind review , we are so pleased that you enjoyed your visit to the Whalebone and look forward to welcoming you once again when next you visit.

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Reviewed 18 December 2016 via mobile

Excellent pub really great lovely ales on offer bar staff really friendly and helpful the bar it's self is excellent and the pub is quite large inside plenty of room and very comfortable.There is also a heated terrace which is brilliant and a private function room which can be hired (I was attending a friends party here) all in all a great pub with a proper traditional feel

Thank tuppy325
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Mike L, Owner at Whalebone Freehouse, responded to this reviewResponded 19 December 2016

Dear tuppy325
Thank you for taking time to post a kind review following your recent visit to the Whalebone and we are delighted that you enjoyed the facilities and the experience. It's always interesting to note how people are surprised by the size and the number of trading areas once inside the front door and we love your Headline "Proper" as its how we aim to be!

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