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Walnut Tree Shades

Old Post Office Court, Norwich, NR2 1NG
Claire Brooks

T 01603 622910



Opening times

Monday – Thursday 11.30 – midnight
Friday – Saturday 11.30 – 01.00
Sunday 12.00 – 22.00

Food serving times

Food is served in the bar
Monday to Friday 12.00 – 15.00
Saturday 12.00 – 18.00

The Restaurant times vary dependent on functions- please call ahead to book (min 24 hours)


The building is 17th century and Grade II listed. The first known licensee was William Haylett Roe in 1841. The cellar is believed to be part of Norwich’s famous ‘Underground Tunnel Network’. In the 1960s it was popular with folk clubs, but closed several times during the 1970s.
The Walnut Tree Shades has featured in at least two episodes of Tales of the Unexpected.
Chris Gudgin was licensee from 1984 until 2008. It has been run by Claire Brooks under Enterprise Inns, since 2010. The pub has a replica Wurlitzer juke box.


The Walnut Tree Shades is two venues in one.

Norwich’s best Blues, Jazz and Rock ‘n’ Roll Venue, there is Live Music
several times a week. Check events/web for details.
On ground level you walk in to the bar, it has the feel of a community pub
in the heart of the city centre; you will find a warm welcome, along with
the long bar, Wurlitzer style replica jukebox and walls covered with music memorabilia.
At the bar you will find an extensive range of drinks available including
great local cask ales.

The hidden secret is on the first floor. With its Tiffany lamps you would
be mistaken to think you are entering into an American diner, the chic
restaurant oozes style and class. The restaurant is able to cater for a
large party or celebration, as well as the cosy meal for two. Make sure
you book as space is limited and to avoid disappointment.

The chefs make the majority of dishes themselves, and use a local butcher
for the meat. The main menu is vast, specialising in burgers, steaks and
ribs. The portions are not for the faint of heart, and for those of you
with a smaller appetite try something from the light bite menu.

City of Ale Beers

Adnams Ghost Ship 4.5% | Greene King Morland Old Golden Hen 4.1% | Greene King Morland Old Hoppy Hen 4.2% | Humpty Dumpty City Hoppers 3.8% | Humpty Dumpty Little Sharpie 3.8% | Humpty Dumpty Red Mill 4.3% | Woodforde's Wherry 3.8% | Woodforde's Nelson's Revenge 4.5% |

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