Berstrete Gates

Norfolk - Norwich

A historic pub interior of regional importance

Listed Status: Not listed

174 Ber Street
Norwich
NR1 3EN

Tel: (01603) 620623

Nearby Station: Norwich

Station Distance: 1200m

Public Transport: Near Railway Station (Norwich)

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Still retains three rooms and lots of fittings following a flat roof extension added in the 1930s by Morgan's Brewery. The main bar sports fielded panelling, a 1930s panelled counter, a bar back which looks 1930s but has some modern items such as the small glass pieces from the 1960s (or later), 1930s brick fireplace and leaded windows, It has, though, been enlarged in recent years by incorporating a lobby area. On the right is a splendid small snug with more oak panels on the walls and a 1930s brick fireplace. Part of the snug is currently used for repairing clothes - sometimes for the customers! The small dining room on the rear left has a 1930s wood surround with new tiles fireplace and is served by a hatch/doorway. The inn sign, a mural by local artist John Moray Smith, is worthy of note.

Still retains three rooms and lots of fittings following a flat roof extension added in the 1930s by Morgan's Brewery. The main bar also sports fielded panelling, a 1930s panelled counter, a bar back which looks 1930s but has some modern items such as the small glass pieces from the 1960s (or later, 1930s brick fireplace, leaded windows, but has been enlarged by incorporation of a lobby area in recent years. On the right is a splendid small snug with more oak panels on the walls and a 1930s brick fireplace. Part of the snug is currently used for repairing clothes - sometimes for the customers! The small dining room on the rear left has a 1930s wood surround with new tiles fireplace and is served by a hatch/doorway.

The inn sign is a mural by John Moray Smith depicting one of the city gates. A Norwich based public artist, there are a number of examples of his work which included bas-relief panels. The most impressive is the five remaining of six panels celebrating the wool trade commissioned for Morgan's brewery in 1938 that form the bar back at the Woolpack, Golden Ball St. Also the colourful exterior sign at the Prince of Denmark and one at the Coachmakers, both Norwich. Norwich Society have recently produced an excellent booklet 'John Moray Smith - A Very Public Artist'.

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