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In the heart of Norwich City Centre, the traditional family owned and run FreeHouse dates back to 1530.

Trading as The Gardeners Arms since at least 1841, it gained the gruesome nick-name of The Murderers, following events of May 1895, when the landlady’s daughter was murdered by her estranged husband.

Today, this multi award winning pub welcomes well behaved dogs / owners, in this historic building.

We look forward to seeing you!

As per all listings on Dog Friendly Norfolk, we accept well behaved dogs.



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  • Martin Bryant
    Martin Bryant
    a week ago

    Favourite Norwich pub, cool wooden interior with lots of booth type areas. Quick service, lots of beers!

  • Barrie Smith
    Barrie Smith
    3 weeks ago

    Fabulous real ale pub in the centre of Norwich. Plus great food. The KRAYS burger was superb and really good cod and chips as well.

  • Anna
    2 months ago

    Love this pub, it's one of the best in town, a true old school local with heart and a story. Beers on tap are great (one of the reasons I go) and the staff and regulars are super welcoming, don't let the name put you off paying them a visit! You can tell it's loved and well managed, I always judge a place by it's toilets and theirs are spotless, five stars well deserved.

  • Matt Salmon
    Matt Salmon
    a month ago

    I great multi roomed pub. Previously two buildings, one side has a lot of old timber framing. Mots of old pub mirrors etc and also famous murderers. A great selection of real ales, ciders and lagers including some dark beers. Plenty of staff and a nice atmosphere and varied clientele. Also got some sports screens down the back.

  • Tim Shepherd
    Tim Shepherd
    a month ago

    Fell into here for a lunch. Convivial atmosphere helped by the lovely landlord, Phil who was great to talk to and clearly loves his job and pub. Good pub food with a twist. Go for the fish finger sandwich or the maple infused halloumi fries with a soft poached egg. Would return. Loved Norwich after a first visit.

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  • Monday 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
  • Tuesday 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
  • Wednesday 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
  • Thursday 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
  • Friday 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
  • Saturday 10:30 AM - 11:00 PM
  • Sunday 11:00 AM - 10:30 PM
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