Mon – Thurs: Noon – 11.00pm Fri – Sat: Noon – Midnight Sunday: Noon - 11.00pm
01603 425482 [email protected]

Welcome to The Whalebone

At the heart of Norwich's NRs The Whalebone Freehouse is situated just a couple of miles north of Norwich City centre and nestles amongst the many Georgian chimney pots.

Local publican Mike Lorenz bought The Whalebone in 1993 and created a vibrant pub with a traditional bar, relaxing outside space for all weathers and an events space.

An array of lagers and ciders, four cask ales on tap, great wines, cocktails and coffees all sourced where possible from local suppliers including Adnams and Peter Graham Wines.

More About Us

Our traditional Bullards front bar is the perfect spot for a pint or two, relax in the lounge area or grab a seat in the conservatory. Outside we have a covered and heated terrace and plenty of sunny spots too.

Ask about The Malthouse - our purpose built events space - available for most events from meetings to parties to quizzes and other celebrations.

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



Mon: 2PM - 9PM
Tues - Thur: 2pm - 10pm
Fri: 1pm - 11pm
Sat: 12pm - 11pm
Sun: 12pm - 7:30pm
Following each terminal hour a 1/2 hour “drinking up time”
will be allowed for you to finish your drinks before vacating the premises

Where Traditional Pub Meets Modern Wine Bar


Great local.

Great beer and ales and absolutely amazing pizza. Head up on s Friday or Saturday for a proper authentic Italian pizza.
If you want a good local with great friendly people the whalebone is where you head. Always a place to feel welcome and Steve and the rest of the staff make this place a home from home.
Can't recommend enough. Food and drink great. Head down on a weekend for either a lively weekend or finding a quiet nook it's all here.


Excellent local, great ale

A lovely example of a proper street comer local. Great ales, welcoming staff, cosy and interesting building.

Nice one! Will be back!

If only all pubs were as good as this

Lots of beer , good selection of real ale.
After your first pint the staff serve you at your table, great service with a smile , brilliant as you can drink even more beer. Very clean gents loo, overall a top class pub. Well worth a visit.

Perfectly situated on the way home from work

The Whalebone is always a welcoming pub with great beers available and the best pork scratchings IN THE WORLD...

...All in all one of my favourite Places to meet my partner as we both HAVE to go passed it on the way home. Two or theee pints in the sun or by the fire over winter. Lovely old job.

Great little local pub and dog friendly

I went to this pub for the first time over the Easter weekend. We had the steak sandwich with salad. The steak was so tender and delicious and really reasonable. This is a really lovely friendly pub with great food.

Always a great night at The Whalebone!

The Whalebone is a proper pub, rooted in the community and welcoming to all. Well managed, with great service and a clever balance of traditional pub and modern bar, catering to beer drinkers and wine drinkers alike. Excellent covered and heated garden with table service. Best pub in the area.


Excellent pub really great lovely ales on offer bar staff really friendly and helpful the bar it's self is excellent and the pub is quite large inside plenty of room and very comfortable.There is also a heated terrace which is brilliant and a private function room which can be hired (I was attending a friends party here) all in all a great pub with a proper traditional feel

Function room hire and place to enjoy drink or two

The function room, the pub itself are beyond very good. Staff and the owners are amazing. Nothing is a trouble or a problem. The place is friendly , full of laughter and great atmosphere . Whalebone hosted my daughter christening party. If you and your guests want to have a wonderful time choose them. You want regret it!!

Phone: 01603 425482
The Whalebone Freehouse, 144 Magdalen Road,
Norwich, NR3 4BA