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It was a Tuesday evening and Dean, Dave and I boarded the train to Norwich. Our objective was to find a nice pub to watch the football in. So after a few suggestions I wanted to go to The Coach & Horses Pub because of its array of ales and I can tell you, it didn’t disappoint.
From the outside it is a grand looking pub with an attractive balcony dominating the front of the building. So we entered the pub and I went to the bar and was very excited to see some rustic styled pumps which I had never seen before. I looked up to a blackboard and soon realised that the majority of ales are their own. Chalk Hill Brewery had 6 ales on tap and they were all brewed on site. I ordered a pint and then went back outside to take a photo of the building. When I was outside I got chatting to the delightful Ian who was a pub regular who told me everything about the pub and brewery.
After a long chat with Ian we went back inside to watch the football. Well as you probably know the England – Poland game was a washout so I could now concentrate on the ale.
To start I had an Old Tackle which was a dark ruby strong ale and at 5.6% it was rather cheap at £3.10 a pint. It was a wonderful colour with a lovely thick texture and of course it was very fresh. There was a hidden flavour that I couldn’t pick out which made it distinctive and very tasty. So I checked their website and found out it was Ovaltine.
Next I had Flintknappers Mild which is another excellent name for an ale and again very cheap at £2.90. This is described as a mild that’s black, malty and full of flavour. I have to say that description is spot on. Like the Old Tackle it also had a distinctive flavour which the website revealed as roasted barley. For full descriptions on all their ales click here
We had already eaten so food wasn’t necessary but we did glimpse at other peoples plates which looked fantastic. To see all the food that the pub offers click here.
The Coach & Horses had a wonderful mix of customers. There were some who were out for dinner and others who were just sitting down with a quiet pint so the pub caters for all needs. I also have to mention the blackboard in the toilets which was very entertaining. I did use it myself to promote us @pubcask so I hope some people saw it.
So if you’re in Norwich and looking for a good pint at reasonable prices then I highly recommend you visit The Coach & Horses on Thorpe Road. It’s only a 5 minute walk from the train station.