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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.



Google Reviews

1,342 reviews
  • Jasmine Watkins
    Jasmine Watkins
    2 months ago

    Great little pub. Heard about it on the Happy hour podcast for years and so we had to pop in when in Norwich for the first time. Quirky little place. Didn't try the food but the menu looked lovely and well priced 👍

  • IChat Nonsense
    IChat Nonsense
    3 months ago

    One of my favourite pubs in Norwich and in general. Lovely traditional aesthetic and Ale, also had the food a couple of times; the quality was great. I Always go here to watch any football games. Would highly recommend :)

  • Ian Yates
    Ian Yates
    3 months ago

    It was my third time here, all on different City of Ale trails, in different years. I had three half pints and all were in fine condition. I like the layout of the pub as well as its central location. I can recommend this pub to beer enthusiasts, as well as a wider set of drinkers, without reservation.

  • Linda Amey
    Linda Amey
    2 weeks ago

    Great pub with good beers and good menu. Phil is always cheerful and has a laugh with us all. We normally go for lunch and can usually find a table ok.

  • Bill Langley
    Bill Langley
    2 months ago

    We went on to try a pint. Never been to Norwich before. Went to pay and there was an option of a gamble. Throw a pair of dice and get any double 25% off, throw a double 6 and the drinks are free! Good fun, I got 25% of and the beer had an even nicer taste. The pub name theme does get through into the bar area with various posters eg Crippen. Plenty of small private areas too which was nice. Folk seemed to be enjoying food, we didn't have any. Quirky place and well worthy of a 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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