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Whalebone Freehouse

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Live in the area and consider this as our local. Always a thriving proper pub and great atmosphere... read more

Reviewed 18 June 2017
James R
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Traditional Pub

A really good local. The Whalebone is a multi-roomed pub encompassing bars, an outside courtyard... read more

Reviewed 28 August 2018
Tony M
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Reviewed 28 August 2018

A really good local. The Whalebone is a multi-roomed pub encompassing bars, an outside courtyard and bbq area, external street seating and a private function room providing food and welcoming live music. The pub hosts several local beer festivals with guest beers which are all...More

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Mike L, Owner at Whalebone Freehouse, responded to this reviewResponded 28 August 2018

Hi Tony M Thank you so much for your glowing review of the Whalebone. Followers of Trip Advisor could well assume that we wrote this our selves, but in all honestly we couldn't have done it any better! Thank you and please come back again...More

Reviewed 26 August 2018 via mobile

Generally this pub is great; good service, well furnished and best of all a lovely dog! However I was a little shocked at my most recent visit when a member of bar staff felt the need to butt into a private conversation between my friends...More

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Mike L, Owner at Whalebone Freehouse, responded to this reviewResponded 28 August 2018

Thank you for your review following a recent visit to The Whalebone and we are pleased that generally you enjoyed the experience, Harvey the dog will be most flattered! We note your comments regarding the staff issue and would like to think that this was...More

Reviewed 15 May 2018 via mobile

A BIG THANKYOU to Steve and his Team at The Whalebone Pub. We hired The Malthouse Room for our joint birthday party (45th & 70th). Organising everything was made super easy working with Steve. A brilliant venue inside a cracking local pub, with outside seating,...More

Thank SallyMNairn
Reviewed 25 February 2018

Went to the Whalebone with my son for a beer or two on Wednesday night. The Whalebone was a very welcoming public house. The ale was excellent, best that I drank whilst in Norwich. Midweek there wasn't much to be had food wise but they...More

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Mike L, Owner at Whalebone Freehouse, responded to this reviewResponded 27 February 2018

Thank you so much for such a glowing review, it is very much appreciated. We are pleased that you both enjoyed your visit to The Whalebone and yes the Scotch Eggs and Sausage Rolls do hit the spot, plus we are very proud of the...More

Reviewed 24 January 2018

as we were in norwich for the weekend we drank at this pub for the duration of our weekend, its so friendly and welcoming , you don't feel like a stranger , they had a singer on and a band and the atmosphere was great...More

Thank Sarah H
Mike L, Owner at Whalebone Freehouse, responded to this reviewResponded 1 February 2018

Hi Sarah H, Well we can't say anymore than we are so pleased that you enjoyed your visits to the Whalebone and that we look forward to seeing you again when next you visit Norwich. We know from personal experience how important it is ,when...More

Reviewed 25 September 2017 via mobile

Visited the beer festival. Amazing atmosphere. Good food good music. Staff are very friendly and good selection of wine and beers. Very reasonable on price. We will go back again.More

Thank 589dih
Mike L, Owner at Whalebone Freehouse, responded to this reviewResponded 27 September 2017

Hi Thank you for your review following a visit to our recent German Beer Festival. Yes it was an amazing event and we are so pleased that the weekend including the fabulous City of Norwich Brass Band, all 27 of them, was enjoyed by so...More

Reviewed 24 August 2017 via mobile

The service is great with the bar staff working hard to look after you every visit. Very friendly atmosphere good selection of beers. Just don't order the coffee! But who needs coffee in a pub!!!

Thank John D
Mike L, Owner at Whalebone Freehouse, responded to this reviewResponded 26 August 2017

Hello John D We are so glad that you enjoy your visits to the Whalebone and yes the coffee is important and will work on that one for the future. Many thanks for your review and we look forward to seeing you again soon.

Reviewed 16 August 2017

came here for a relaxing drink lovely property helpful staff but such a rude manager who i was told by a regular as steve fisk and was told he was always like that,my boyfriend wanted to punch him and we wont use the pub againMore

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

Hello Julie Thank you for your review following a recent visit to the Whalebone. We are naturally very disappointed that your experience prompted you to write this review and of course concerned over the nature of your comments. So that this matter can be investigated...More

Reviewed 6 August 2017

We were invited to an anniversary party, and must say it was a great night. The function room is very well decorated and clean. Must mention the staff very polite and prompt service at the bar, they will also get your order and bring to...More

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Mike L, Owner at Whalebone Freehouse, responded to this reviewResponded 8 August 2017

Hello Barry Thank you for your very kind review and we are pleased that your recent experience at the Whalebone was worthy of recommendation. We look forward to seeing you again soon

Reviewed 18 June 2017 via mobile

Live in the area and consider this as our local. Always a thriving proper pub and great atmosphere. Everyone is very friendly and makes it a good place to be. With the wide range of drinks makes it great for everyone. Proper boozer! 👍

1  Thank James R
Mike L, Owner at Whalebone Freehouse, responded to this reviewResponded 19 July 2017

Hi James R Sorry I missed your review but many thanks for your kind words and in your own words "Proper". We look forward to seeing you again soon Cheers! Mike Lorenz

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