Despite many pubs closing over the years, Norwich is still not short of a good pub that will cater to most tastes and budgets. One that seemed to be closed for a long time but showed signs of being given new life, was The Edith Cavell on Tombland. Once a well thought of real ale pub, it’s now become a ‘bar and restaurant’ so we thought we’d pop along to this beautiful part of the city to see if the change was in keeping with such a history rich Norwich building or if it had all gone a bit clinical and new, which so often happens when traditional style pubs get a makeover.
It’s certainly all feels very new, but it was great to see that details such as flock wallpaper and some of the furnishings gave a modern but traditional feel. There’s some beautiful art work dotted around, including a wall dedicated to Edith Cavell herself. We didn’t pop upstairs to the restaurant, but if the bar area is anything to go by then we expect it’s a nice space to spend time in too.
Set in the heart of Tombland, it’s good to see this beautiful building back in use. Steeped in history the building had previously been called the Army and Navy Stores back in 1879. The pub was only named The Edith Cavell in 1981, there was a brief name change to ‘Coles’ between 2005-2008 before receiving another name change but this time back to the Edith Cavell. Surrounded by equally beautiful and historic buildings, it’s only right that this pub has new owners after being empty for almost a year despite it being refurbished.
Walking past the building on an almost daily basis, it was certainly a sorry sight to see this pub locked up and lifeless for so long. At this point we should probably apologise to the new owners, those nose prints on the windows were probably ours as we tried to peek inside on our numerous walk-bys to see if there were any new signs of life.
We haven’t tried out the food on offer yet, but the lunch menu looks like pretty good pub food to us, so we will be going back to investigate. We did of course test out the bar, and on a rainy dark afternoon in Norwich, sipping on a gin and tonic whilst looking out of the window, Tombland was looking at its most beautiful. History, food and gin, sounds like a perfect combination to us! If you haven’t visited The Edith Cavell yet, add it to your ‘to do’ list.