The Whalebone Freehouse

Welcome to The Whalebone

The Whalebone Freehouse is situated just a couple of miles north of Norwich City centre and nestles amongst the many Georgian chimney pots in NR3,  affectionately known as the Platinum Triangle.

The Whalebone built circa 1830 is an independent, privately owned Pub and was purchased by the current owner Mike Lorenz in 1993. Since then the Whalebone has undergone many tasteful restorations and additions and has been run by General Manager Steve Fiske since 1994

Described by many when visiting for the first time as a tardis, the space and varied facilities behind the small front entrance are deceiving and our claim to be where Traditional Pub meets Modern Wine Bar have been endorsed by customers comparing the Whalebone to that of  “ A hidden gem “.

In addition to an exciting selection of Lagers and Ciders eight Cask Ales are always on tap from Regional and Local Breweries and with Cask Marque accreditation quality is assured. To complement this some great Wines supplied by Adnams of Southwold are available from our cellar. 

Opening Hours

Mon – Thurs   Noon – 11.00pm
Fri – Sat   Noon – Midnight
Sunday   Noon - 11.00pm

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Happy Hour

Monday – Friday  5.30pm - 7.30pm
If you fancy a pint on the way home from work most drinks are reduced in price. So why not Pop in meet your friends and chill out ?

The Whalebone Freehouse
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Facilities at the Whalebone include a front locals bar, which features an original back fitting and counter, fitted by Bullard's a notable brewery from Norwich's historic brewing tradition. Also a mid lounge and servery which leads into a Conservatory Bar, plus a converted malt house, which comfortably seats up to forty people. The Malthouse Room is available for private hire and ideal for Business Meetings, Small Parties, Club Events, Wakes etc. and if required we can offer an excellent choice of buffets to suit all occasions.

Where Traditional Pub meets Modern Wine Bar

Additionally a Mediterranean style terrace area, is covered by two large umbrellas and heated so that customers, including smokers, can sit outside and enjoy these fabulous surroundings at most times throughout the year.

A BBQ is also fired up at weekends from March – October offering an exciting selection of home made products.

Bar Snacks which include locally sourced Pork Pies, Scotch Eggs and Sausage Rolls are available daily, plus freshly made coffee, hot chocolate and tea.

For sports enthusiasts most events are selectively shown on big screens and furthermore the Whalebone is the spiritual home for TWIGS Golf Society and has also many years close association with Old Catton Cricket Club.