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Trafford Arms (Free House)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Oakham - AttilaExceptional1
Lacons - EncoreExcellent1
Dorset Brewing Company - Durdle DoorExcellent1
Castle Rock - Runnymede 800 Excellent1
Anarchy - Quiet RiotExcellent1
Inveralmond - Duncan's IPAExcellent1
Mauldons - Silver AdderExcellent1
Harbour - IPAExcellent1
Milestone - CupidExcellent1
Settle - ClassicExcellent1
S&P - Darkest Hour StoutExcellent1
Oakham - PreacherExcellent1
Littleover - 8 o'clock busExcellent1
Epicurus Craft Beer (formerly Hornbeam) - Citrus TemptationExcellent1
Oakham - Green Devil IPAExcellent1
Axholme - GozeExcellent1
Lytham - DingoExcellent1
Sarah Hughes - Dark RubyExcellent1
Burton Bridge - Donald's Duck Excellent1
Norfolk Brewhouse (uses Moongazer brand name too) - DewhopperGood1
Saltaire - Blackberry CascadeGood1
Magpie - SnowdropGood1
Wold Top - Marmalade PorterGood1
Panther - Golden PantherGood1
Big Rabbit - Wild West CountryGood1
Orkney (Sinclair) - Northern LightGood1
High House Farm - Top TupGood1
Hambleton - Blind DateGood1
Elgood's - Black Eagle Imperial StoutGood1
Tombstone - Texas JackGood1
Lacons - Jack ValentineGood1
Norfolk Brewhouse (uses Moongazer brand name too) - Moon Gazer Golden AleGood1
Panther - MildAcceptable1
Phoenix - MassacreAcceptable1
Moncada - Notting Hill AmberAcceptable1
Leyden - Winter WarmerAcceptable1
Loch Ness - SaaziNessAcceptable1
Arran (formerly Isle of Arran) - Guid AleNot Tried0
Shortts Farm - DarksideNot Tried0
Shepherd Neame - Bishops FingerNot Tried0
Island Brewery - Wight GoldNot Tried0
Banks's - Tetley's Cask BitterNot Tried0
Titanic - MildNot Tried0
Mauldons - Cuckoo BitterNot Tried0
Norfolk Brewhouse (uses Moongazer brand name too) - Moon Gazer Dark MildNot Tried0
Big Rabbit - Black Annie StoutNot Tried0
Caledonian - 80/-Not Tried0
Sandstone - EdgeNot Tried0
Otley - O9 BlondeNot Tried0
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - KiplingNot Tried0
St Peter's - Old Style PorterNot Tried0
Gloucester - GoldNot Tried0
Oakham - JHBNot Tried0
Woodforde's - Nelson's RevengeNot Tried0
Ilkley - Joshua JaneNot Tried0
Caledonian - Bitter WinterNot Tried0
Purity - Pure GoldNot Tried0
Castle Rock - Elsie MoNot Tried0
Great Orme - AtlantisNot Tried0
Mauldons - Black AdderNot Tried0
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - JaipurNot Tried0
S&P - Blackberry PorterNot Tried0
Greene King - Double Hop Monster IPANot Tried0
Castle Rock - Sheriff's TippleNot Tried0
Humpty Dumpty - Little SharpieNot Tried0
Hanlons (formerly O'Hanlon's) - Port StoutNot Tried0
Mr Grundy's - Pip, Squeak and WilfredNot Tried0
Bank Top - Flat CapNot Tried0
Clouded Minds - Hazel NutterNot Tried0
JW Lees (see also Lees) - Drayman's CheerNot Tried0
Adnams - Ghost ShipNot Tried0
Burton Bridge - Festival AleNot Tried0
360° - Pale #39Not Tried0
Norfolk Brewhouse (uses Moongazer brand name too) - Moon Gazer HopBean IPANot Tried0
Oakham - Black Hole PorterNot Tried0
Cotleigh - Old HookerNot Tried0
Panther - Honey PantherNot Tried0
Itchen Valley - Russian WinterNot Tried0
Rudgate - Battle AxeNot Tried0
Castle Rock - Red Riding HoodNot Tried0
Mauldons - Mid-Summer GoldNot Tried0
Elgood's - Wenceslas Winter WarmerNot Tried0
Three Daggers - Daggers BlackNot Tried0
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 7Not Tried0
Banks's - Tetley BitterNot Tried0
Hammerpot - Madgwick GoldNot Tried0
Wentworth - Frozen AssetsNot Tried0
S&P - Gold RushNot Tried0
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London PorterNot Tried0
Tydd Steam - NeanderthalNot Tried0
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)Not Tried0
Oakham - Mompesson's GoldNot Tried0
Hambleton - Village Brewer White BoarNot Tried0
Panther - Beast of the EastNot Tried0
Tetley - BitterNot Tried0
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 5Not Tried0
Adnams - Oyster StoutNot Tried0
North Cotswold - Fosseway FlankerNot Tried0
Wold Top - BitterNot Tried0
Cotleigh - PeregrineNot Tried0
Rooster's - YankeeNot Tried0
Brewsmith - Brewsmith GoldNot Tried0
Woodforde's - WherryNot Tried0
Tryst - Brockville PaleNot Tried0
Adnams - Tally-HoNot Tried0
Gun Dog - Scrum DogNot Tried0
Harviestoun - Bitter & TwistedNot Tried0
Caledonian - Edinburgh CastleNot Tried0
Black Sheep - Best BitterNot Tried0
Three Castles - Winter GoldNot Tried0
Winter's - MildNot Tried0
Little Valley - Stoodley StoutNot Tried0
Coach House - Bootleg Valentine's AleNot Tried0
Three Sods - BoHo BitterNot Tried0
Exmoor - FoxNot Tried0
Lacons - Audit AleNot Tried0
Ossett - Big RedNot Tried0
Wold Top - Wolds Way Pale AleNot Tried0
Belhaven - 80/-Not Tried0
Lymestone - Foundation StoneNot Tried0
Exeter - Avocet AleNot Tried0
Heritage (formerly William Worthington Brewery) - MasterpieceNot Tried0
Bank Top - Gold DiggerNot Tried0
Burton Bridge - Top Dog StoutNot Tried0
Maxim - Double MaximNot Tried0
Lacons - UnionNot Tried0
Adnams - Southwold BitterNot Tried0
Eagle (formerly Wells & Young's, formerly Charles Wells, formerly Wells) - Bombardier (was Bombardier Glorious English) (use Eagle entry now please)Not Tried0
Black Sheep - Golden SheepNot Tried0
Gorgeous - GunpowderNot Tried0
Batham - Best BitterNot Tried0
Oakham - InfernoNot Tried0
Fuzzy Duck - Cunning StuntNot Tried0
Loddon - Redding BestNot Tried0
Adnams - LighthouseNot Tried0
East London (ELB) - NightwatchmanNot Tried0
Great Corby (formerly Cumberland) - Corby AleNot Tried0
Three Brothers - 79 Au 196.967Not Tried0
Skinner's - Cornish Knocker AleNot Tried0
Adnams - Mosaic Pale AleNot Tried0
Mr Grundy's - Lord KitchenerNot Tried0
Golden Triangle - Sorachi CityNot Tried0
Holt's (see also Joseph Holt) - Two HootsNot Tried0
Cheddar - Goat's LeapNot Tried0
Greene King - XX Dark MildNot Tried0
Windswept - Coffee PorterNot Tried0
Humpty Dumpty - Lemon & GingerNot Tried0
Greene King - Magna CartaNot Tried0
Tiny Rebel - CwtchNot Tried0
Derby - The HopfatherNot Tried0
Revolutions - ManifestoNot Tried0
Conwy (Bragdy Conwy) - Clogwyn GoldNot Tried0
Ilkley - Lotus IPA (was 5.6%)Not Tried0
Lees (see also JW Lees) - Gold AleNot Tried0
Titanic - AnchorNot Tried0
Adnams - Blackshore StoutNot Tried0
Magic Dragon (formerly New Plassey) - Deep PorterNot Tried0
Picture 1. Trafford Arms, Norwich, Norfolk
Michael Croxford

Visits Details

12 Feb 2019 (Magnus Greel)
Lunchtime and busy in this edge of town locals pub. Well timed visit as there was a beer festival in full swing in a tent set up in the pub garden.
Oakham - Attila7.50ExceptionalWhoaa! Dangerously drinkable zesty citra style combined with a fruity punch assumes half of the actual ABV!
Littleover - 8 o'clock bus3.90ExcellentPale hoppy refreshing session ale
Moncada - Notting Hill Amber4.70AcceptableWarm and past its best, was a struggle to drink this
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 54.40Not Tried
Sarah Hughes - Dark Ruby6.00Not Tried
Winter's - Mild3.60Not Tried
Tryst - Brockville Pale3.80Not Tried
Little Valley - Stoodley Stout4.80Not Tried
Adnams - Southwold Bitter3.70Not Tried
Lymestone - Foundation Stone4.50Not Tried
Black Sheep - Best Bitter3.80Not Tried
Adnams - Ghost Ship4.50Not Tried
Eagle (formerly Wells & Young's, formerly Charles Wells, formerly Wells) - Bombardier (was Bombardier Glorious English) (use Eagle entry now please)4.10Not TriedListed as Amber Ale
East London (ELB) - Nightwatchman4.50Not Tried
Cheddar - Goat's Leap5.50Not Tried
Conwy (Bragdy Conwy) - Clogwyn Gold3.60Not Tried
Island Brewery - Wight Gold4.00Not Tried
Sandstone - Edge3.80Not Tried
Ilkley - Joshua Jane3.70Not Tried
Lacons - Encore3.80Not Tried
S&P - Blackberry Porter4.40Not Tried
Clouded Minds - Hazel Nutter5.00Not Tried
Cotleigh - Old Hooker4.40Not Tried
Three Daggers - Daggers Black4.50Not Tried
Tydd Steam - Neanderthal4.50Not Tried
North Cotswold - Fosseway Flanker3.80Not Tried
Gun Dog - Scrum Dog4.00Not Tried
Three Sods - BoHo Bitter4.10Not Tried
Heritage (formerly William Worthington Brewery) - Masterpiece5.60Not Tried
Gorgeous - Gunpowder4.80Not Tried
Three Brothers - 79 Au 196.9674.20Not Tried
Windswept - Coffee Porter5.60Not Tried
Lees (see also JW Lees) - Gold Ale4.50Not Tried
11 Jun 2016 (Andrew)
INXS in the background - I liked it. Big community pub with a good beer line up. Specialises in giving elderly gents a seat at the bar. Interesting collection of bottle beers on the wall including Watney's Brown Ale.
Panther - Mild3.30AcceptableA mild of the dark brown type
Oakham - JHB3.80Not Tried
Mauldons - Black Adder5.30Not Tried
Woodforde's - Wherry3.80Not Tried
Adnams - Southwold Bitter3.70Not Tried
Adnams - Ghost Ship4.50Not Tried
Mr Grundy's - Pip, Squeak and Wilfred4.40Not Tried
Norfolk Brewhouse (uses Moongazer brand name too) - Moon Gazer HopBean IPA4.00Not Tried
Mauldons - Mid-Summer Gold4.00Not Tried
S&P - Gold Rush4.40Not Tried
11 Feb 2016 (HSB)
12:00 to 14:00 Annual beer festival visit. My first time here since the change of owners in 2015 and good to see that nothing has changed. Pub was very busy and, as per last year's visit, the over 60 year old man made up 95% of the clientele.
Mauldons - Silver Adder4.20ExcellentRich and tasty
Lytham - Dingo4.20ExcellentDark and hoppy
Big Rabbit - Wild West Country4.00GoodBit too cold, but we were sitting in a marquee in February.
Loch Ness - SaaziNess4.00AcceptableHazy and too cold
St Peter's - Old Style Porter5.10Not Tried
Castle Rock - Elsie Mo4.70Not Tried
Woodforde's - Wherry3.80Not Tried
Winter's - Mild3.60Not Tried
Humpty Dumpty - Little Sharpie3.80Not Tried
Burton Bridge - Festival Ale5.50Not Tried
Rudgate - Battle Axe4.20Not Tried
Adnams - Southwold Bitter3.70Not Tried
Hammerpot - Madgwick Gold5.00Not Tried
Hambleton - Village Brewer White Boar3.80Not Tried
Rooster's - Yankee4.30Not Tried
Oakham - Attila7.50Not Tried
Black Sheep - Best Bitter3.80Not Tried
Ossett - Big Red4.00Not Tried
Adnams - Ghost Ship4.50Not Tried
Maxim - Double Maxim4.70Not Tried
Fuzzy Duck - Cunning Stunt4.30Not Tried
Oakham - Green Devil IPA6.00Not Tried
Mr Grundy's - Lord Kitchener5.50Not Tried
Tiny Rebel - Cwtch4.60Not Tried
Magic Dragon (formerly New Plassey) - Deep Porter4.50Not Tried
Arran (formerly Isle of Arran) - Guid Ale3.80Not Tried
Norfolk Brewhouse (uses Moongazer brand name too) - Moon Gazer Dark Mild4.90Not Tried
Gloucester - Gold3.90Not Tried
Great Orme - Atlantis5.00Not Tried
Hanlons (formerly O'Hanlon's) - Port Stout4.80Not Tried
360° - Pale #393.90Not Tried
Castle Rock - Red Riding Hood4.30Not Tried
Wentworth - Frozen Assets3.80Not Tried
Panther - Beast of the East5.50Not Tried
Brewsmith - Brewsmith Gold4.20Not Tried
Three Castles - Winter Gold4.90Not Tried
Wold Top - Wolds Way Pale Ale4.00Not Tried
Lacons - Union4.00Not Tried
Loddon - Redding Best4.00Not Tried
Golden Triangle - Sorachi City3.90Not Tried
Derby - The Hopfather4.40Not Tried
Shortts Farm - Darkside5.00Not Tried
Big Rabbit - Black Annie Stout4.50Not Tried
10 Jun 2015 (Mitch)
Mauldons - Cuckoo Bitter4.30Not TriedCame on mid session,
10 Jun 2015 (Mitch)
Excellent pub, free House? Busy early evening, nice basic menu locally sourced where possible. 11 beers on. Worth a visit, in a city blessed with numerous decent pubs. Some beers must be seasonal, not found on search function so have added!
Burton Bridge - Donald's Duck 4.50Excellent
Castle Rock - Runnymede 800 4.20Excellent
Tetley - Bitter3.70Not Tried
Woodforde's - Wherry3.80Not Tried
Burton Bridge - Top Dog Stout5.00Not Tried
Adnams - Southwold Bitter3.70Not Tried
Oakham - Inferno4.00Not Tried
Adnams - Mosaic Pale Ale4.10Not Tried
Greene King - Magna Carta5.00Not Tried
Adnams - Blackshore Stout4.20Not Tried
12 Feb 2015 (HSB)
11:45 onwards. Annual Valentine's beer festival visit. Nine of us braved the marquee. The pub was packed, nearly all men, average age late sixties. The beer ABV was better balanced than last year. Landlord said he had taken on my comments from last year when higher gravity beers dominated.
Dorset Brewing Company - Durdle Door5.00Excellent5th beer. Well balanced Special Bitter.
Settle - Classic4.00ExcellentSecond pint. Proper traditional session bitter.
Magpie - Snowdrop4.30Good4th beer. Single hopped with Endeavour.
High House Farm - Top Tup4.50GoodThird pint. Best Bitter.
Tombstone - Texas Jack4.00GoodFirst pint. Ruby with a twist of plums. Started well but faded by the end.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 73.80Not Tried
Sarah Hughes - Dark Ruby6.00Not Tried
Shepherd Neame - Bishops Finger5.00Not Tried
Woodforde's - Wherry3.80Not Tried
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
Wold Top - Bitter3.70Not Tried
Harviestoun - Bitter & Twisted3.80Not Tried
Exmoor - Fox4.20Not Tried
Winter's - Mild3.60Not Tried
Bank Top - Gold Digger4.00Not Tried
Batham - Best Bitter4.30Not Tried
Skinner's - Cornish Knocker Ale4.50Not Tried
Humpty Dumpty - Lemon & Ginger4.00Not Tried
Titanic - Anchor4.10Not Tried
Titanic - Mild3.50Not Tried
Adnams - Tally-Ho7.00Not Tried
Adnams - Southwold Bitter3.70Not Tried
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Kipling5.20Not Tried
Purity - Pure Gold3.80Not Tried
Oakham - Attila7.50Not Tried
Castle Rock - Sheriff's Tipple3.40Not Tried
Adnams - Ghost Ship4.50Not Tried
Itchen Valley - Russian Winter5.30Not Tried
Banks's - Tetley Bitter3.70Not Tried
Lacons - Jack Valentine4.20Not Tried
Panther - Honey Panther4.00Not Tried
Oakham - Mompesson's Gold5.20Not Tried
Cotleigh - Peregrine5.00Not Tried
Caledonian - Edinburgh Castle4.10Not Tried
Lacons - Audit Ale8.00Not Tried
12 Feb 2014 (HSB)
11:00 - 17:00 Annual Valentine's beer festival. Eleven of us. A good time was had by all. The storm hit Norwich whilst we were there and the marquee threatened to take off.
S&P - Darkest Hour Stout4.40Excellent5th beer. Good stout.
Axholme - Goze4.50ExcellentLast beer of the session. Not really ready but the Landlord gave into my request to sample it. Salty and sour, good copy of the German original.
Orkney (Sinclair) - Northern Light4.00Good4th beer. Thin light and dry
Elgood's - Black Eagle Imperial Stout8.70GoodSeventh beer. Good but a sip of my mates Tally-Ho made it seem rather tasteless.
Lacons - Jack Valentine4.20GoodBitter and amber in colour.
Norfolk Brewhouse (uses Moongazer brand name too) - Dewhopper4.00Good2nd beer. Lager. Light, not enough condition to carry the lager taste.
Wold Top - Marmalade Porter5.00Good6th beer. Good but not much orange note.
Hambleton - Blind Date4.00Good3rd beer. Very dry.
Shepherd Neame - Bishops Finger5.00Not Tried
Caledonian - 80/-4.10Not Tried
Woodforde's - Wherry3.80Not Tried
Woodforde's - Nelson's Revenge4.50Not Tried
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Jaipur5.90Not Tried
Bank Top - Flat Cap4.00Not Tried
Oakham - Black Hole Porter5.50Not Tried
Elgood's - Wenceslas Winter Warmer7.50Not Tried
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London Porter5.40Not Tried
Adnams - Oyster Stout4.30Not Tried
Adnams - Tally-Ho7.00Not Tried
Adnams - Southwold Bitter3.70Not Tried
Coach House - Bootleg Valentine's Ale5.00Not Tried
Oakham - Attila7.50Not Tried
Exeter - Avocet Ale3.90Not Tried
Black Sheep - Golden Sheep3.90Not Tried
Great Corby (formerly Cumberland) - Corby Ale3.80Not Tried
Greene King - XX Dark Mild3.00Not Tried
Ilkley - Lotus IPA (was 5.6%)5.50Not Tried
Oakham - Green Devil IPA6.00Not Tried
Banks's - Tetley's Cask Bitter3.70Not Tried
Lacons - Encore3.80Not Tried
Otley - O9 Blonde4.80Not Tried
Caledonian - Bitter Winter4.80Not Tried
Greene King - Double Hop Monster IPA7.20Not Tried
JW Lees (see also Lees) - Drayman's Cheer4.10Not Tried
Panther - Honey Panther4.00Not Tried
25 May 2013 (HSB)
Third port of call. Busy as always.
Oakham - Green Devil IPA6.00Excellent
Lacons - Encore3.80ExcellentA resurrected brewery using the original yeast. Excellent bitter.
Tetley - Bitter3.70Not Tried
Woodforde's - Wherry3.80Not Tried
Winter's - Mild3.60Not Tried
Belhaven - 80/-4.20Not Tried
Adnams - Southwold Bitter3.70Not Tried
Adnams - Lighthouse3.40Not Tried
Holt's (see also Joseph Holt) - Two Hoots4.20Not Tried
Revolutions - Manifesto6.00Not Tried
14 Feb 2013 (HSB)
My annual trip to the pub's Valentine beer festival. A dozen of us in our group.
Milestone - Cupid4.40Excellent
Oakham - Preacher4.30Excellent
Epicurus Craft Beer (formerly Hornbeam) - Citrus Temptation3.80Excellent
Anarchy - Quiet Riot6.60Excellent
Harbour - IPA5.00Excellent
Saltaire - Blackberry Cascade4.80Good
Norfolk Brewhouse (uses Moongazer brand name too) - Moon Gazer Golden Ale4.00Good
18 Feb 2011 (Martin the Mildman)
Annual Valentines Beer Festival in progress with around 30 beers stillaged in a marquee in the pub car park.
Sarah Hughes - Dark Ruby6.00ExcellentOn form here with a well rounded sweetish, fruity taste and a long vineous finish. My score 16/20.
Inveralmond - Duncan's IPA4.40ExcellentPale in colour with a huge malty, grainy, cereally kick to start. Towards the finish, hops kick in to give another layer of flavour to this interesting beer. My score 16/20.
Panther - Golden Panther3.70GoodA pleasant quaffable golden ale from the revitalised former Reepham brewery. My score 15/20.
Phoenix - Massacre4.70AcceptableA fairly dry best bitter with hop bitterness dominating the taste. My score 14/20.
Leyden - Winter Warmer3.80AcceptableNot really strong enough for the style, this was just a standard bitter with moderate hoppiness and a dry, bitter finish. My score 14/20.

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About the Trafford Arms

The pub sign. Trafford Arms, Norwich, Norfolk

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Norwich, Norfolk, NR1 3RL.

Large, welcoming community pub just beyond the city centre. A good selection of ales is always available including local ales and dark beers. Hosts a beer festival around Valentine's day in February.

We have visited this pub 11 times, seen 158 different beers and tried 43 of them.

Map location

Postcode: NR1 3RL