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Gundry White's : 1 Queen Street

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Yates' Wine Lodge : 7 - 9 Queen Street
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Opened on 8th November 1999, the house was
stated to be the 77th Yates' branch in the country.
(Yates Bros. Wine Lodges plc)

This national chain was a well-respected one, and
its pubs were normally classed as Free Houses.

By August 2004 it had a non-smoking area -
in anticipation?

  As the  Slug & Lettuce  from May 2008,
there was provision for two real ales.

The full width of the premises, at the rear, had
a conservatory (for poor weather); and a large,
square garden beyond (for better weather).

The 'garden', however, consisted
almost entirely of decking.


Orgasmic Café : Queen Street
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On 4th May 2010 the owner, Laura Knight,
based in Holt, announced that she had sold the
Orgasmic Café  chain - which she started
in 2001, including branches in York and Lincoln -
to Inventive Leisure Ltd, owners of the
Revolution  chain.

She had expected the Café to close at the end of
May; but it staggered along into July, waiting for
builders to arrive . . .

  Based on her income from the sale,
Ms. Knight declared the ownership change as -

Very positive news for Norwich and the economy;
as it demonstrates that businesses in the hospitality
sector, in the right location, can still command
high prices; and large  national  companies
want a presence in our city.

But does the City really want them?


Bank Tavern : 8 -10 Bank Street
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The pub had a long-serving landlord,
William Surflin, between 1842 (at the latest) and 1875.
He was also a plumber, glazier and painter.
In 1851 he was aged 38.

Another such was Jabez Widdows,
landlord from July 1913 to October 1947.

  A photographic record can be found in :
YOUNG, John Riddington :
The Inns & Taverns of Old Norwich, page 86.

An older photo of Bank Street is in
CLUER & SHAW : Former Norwich, page 23.


Royal Hotel : 23 Bank Plain
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This hotel was built in the "Flemish style" of local
Costessey bricks.
The original owner was Sir Kenneth Hagar Kemp,
who also took up the licence on 9th October 1897.

Interestingly, he made way for a new licensee very
soon after (8.2.1898); whose name was redolent of
the  old  Royal Hotel : namely,  Charles Butcher.
Butcher was in place until July 1901.

Owners by 1924 were Royal Hotel Norwich Ltd.
Later "Queens Moat Houses" took over.
The latter became insolvent in 1986 and had to
sell to Whitbread's brewery.

Whitbreads had no intention to keep the hotel open,
and the bulk of the building was put to other uses.

  However, the hotel's public bar (on the Bank Plain
side) was allowed to re-open in 1989; and this
has changed hands several times since.

In the late 1990s  Chicago Rock  closed; but had
re-opened, in greatly enhanced  premises
in Prince of Wales Road, by 2001.

One of The Royal's claims to fame was to
play host to Prime Minister Harold Wilson.
Wilson was less than impressed by the ale(s)
on offer; so aides had to be despatched from the
rear entrance, across Bank Street, to obtain
S. & P. beer from the  Bank Tavern.

A photographic record of 1935 can be found in :
PLUNKETT, George : Commemorative Collection.


Five Alls : Bank Plain
Research :

See  Young's   book, page 76, for a possible
explanation of the pub name.
A less convincing list (because it contains SIX items) is :-

Oh, and the Devil takes all !!
Blue Boar : Blue Boar Lane
Research:
Blue Boar Lane is clearly shown on
Samuel King's  map of 1766.

Although it runs in a pronounced curve, much of
the lane is closely aligned to its (straight)
replacement - Bank Street.

  It may have been an early case of
demolition for major street changes.

At all events, there are no further records after 1794.

Also see Isaac Saint and the  United Society.


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