Pub Crawl

Norwich once had a pub for every day of the year.

Old Norwich boys supped at the Adam and Eve,
and in the Angel Gardens.
Taverns tracked artisans, life and livelihood
through The Beehive and The Brickmakers,
Dyers, Plasterers and Bakers
Arms, wielding Trowel and Hammer
or a fishing rod for the Compleat Angler,
and The Lawyer
with his Wig and Pen.

Norwich once had a pub for every day of the year.

We must not forget the eaters and drinkers
smearing Colman’s best from The Mustard Pot
on their Ribs of Beef and their Bread and Cheese,
and quaffing in The Cidershed;

or the writers and thinkers:
Dickens’ Artful Dodger and Pickwick
pontificating in Micawber’s;
and figures of history we know so well:
the Queen of the Iceni,
Robin Hood, Nelson and Edith Cavell.

Norwich once had a pub for every day of the year.

There are many threads in the rich tapestry
of Norwich’s immigrant legacy
at The Belgian Monk
and the Fat Cat and Canary.

There’s a Whiffler, a Wildman and macabre Murderers,
Mischief, Perseverance and Refreshers.

We’ve lost six months’ worth of pubs
and those that remain
wouldn’t even get us to Fathers’ Day.

Kim M. Russell, 2017

Images found on Alamy, Pinterest and SmugMug

My response to dVerse Poets Pub Open Link Night.

This is a poem I wrote in response to a Poetry School assignment  for their Re-Writing the Map on-line course.

41 thoughts on “Pub Crawl

  1. What a wonderful colourful display. I love these pub names, and your portrayal. I’ve been to The Bishops Mitre, and The Cittie of York, and Blackfriars in londontown. Oh, England, my lionheart!

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  2. This is really fun, Kim! I wouldn’t mind catching a glimpse of a ghost at The Adam and Eve, and who would think that you had a year’s worth of pubs in Norwich? Sorry that you’re down to only six months worth now though. 🙂 Love the names and I enjoyed seeing the actual signs that hang outside the taverns.

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  3. I think the English consume more alcohol than most other countries–but to have almost 400 pubs in one area is fearsome & cool. Our taverns & cocktail lounges are pretty numerous in Seattle & Tacoma & the suburbs; I don’t drink alcohol, so your liquid history lesson was fun & informative.

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    1. I don’t drink alcohol either, Glenn, but I think that in the past, when there was no public transport, people would walk to their local after a hard day’s work. It was the hub of the community, where you found out the latest news, met up with friends and clients, and conducted business. It was probably the only affordable entertainment for some people. Now it’s all on the Internet and you buy cheap alcohol in supermarkets.


    1. I don’t drink, so I’m not sure but most probably during times of economic pressure and following the smoking ban. I see so many empty and derelict pubs these days. People tend to buy cheap alcohol at supermarkets and drink at home.


    1. I think the Adam and Eve will still be there on Judgement Day – they wouldn’t dare pull it down. For one thing, it’s just outside the cathedral grounds and the Law Courts; for another, it’s extremely popular with locals and tourists alike. It’s also the starting point for the ghost tour of Norwich with the Man in Black.


    1. I’m sure there is a book about the pub names of the British Isles. There are so many unusual names alongside the usual King’s Arms and Dog and Duck, Bryan. My particular favourites are The Bull and Spectacles, My Father’s Moustache, The Piddle Inn and The Pyrotechnists Arms!

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