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The Garden House (Free House)

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Golden Triangle - CitropoloisExcellent2
Adnams - Southwold BitterGood2
Oakham - Green Devil IPAGood2
Green Jack - Rising SunGood1
Redwell - Bullards No.1 East Coast Pale AleGood2
Grain - OakGood1
Mauldons - Blackberry PorterGood1
Golden Triangle - Bonny's GoldAcceptable1
Hoxne - Suffolk PunchAcceptable1
Woodforde's - WherryNot Tried0
Grain - 3.1.6.Not Tried0
Adnams - BroadsideNot Tried0
Grain - India Pale AleNot Tried0
Mauldons - Micawber's MildNot Tried0
Colchester - Red DieselNot Tried0
Old Cannon - Best BitterNot Tried0
Norfolk Brewhouse (uses Moongazer brand name too) - Moon Gazer Golden AleNot Tried0
Wolf - Golden JackalNot Tried0
Adnams - Topaz GoldNot Tried0
Crouch Vale - AmarilloNot Tried0
Earl Soham - Brandeston GoldNot Tried0
Green Jack - Orange WheatNot Tried0
Green Jack - TrawlerboysNot Tried0
Earl Soham - Victoria BitterNot Tried0
Cliff Quay - Anchor BitterNot Tried0
Buffy's - Polly's FollyNot Tried0
Fat Cat - Hell CatNot Tried0
Grain - Blackwood StoutNot Tried0
Shortts Farm - IndieNot Tried0
Elmtree - Burston's CuckooNot Tried0
Norfolk Brewhouse (uses Moongazer brand name too) - Moon Gazer Gold IPANot Tried0
Elmtree - Nightlight MildNot Tried0
Grain - SlateNot Tried0
Humpty Dumpty - Broadland SunriseNot Tried0
Woodforde's - Norfolk ChampionNot Tried0
Titanic - Plum PorterNot Tried0
Old Cannon - Rusty GunNot Tried0
Crouch Vale - Yakima GoldNot Tried0
Belhaven - Caledonian Deuchars IPANot Tried0
Cliff Quay - Sea DogNot Tried0
Greene King - Hardys & Hansons Rocking RudolphNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Garden House, Banham, Norfolk
Picture 2. The Garden House, Banham, Norfolk
Michael Croxford

Visits Details

18 Dec 2015 (HSB)
12:15 Passing by so popped in for a drink. Few diners, one other drinker.
Adnams - Southwold Bitter3.70Acceptable
Belhaven - Caledonian Deuchars IPA3.80Not Tried
Greene King - Hardys & Hansons Rocking Rudolph4.20Not Tried
05 Sep 2015 (HSB)
12:15 - 15:00 Second visit for lunch in two days. This time with two sons, a daughter-in-law, and a grand-daughter. More beer from the beer festival residue. Good village pub atmosphere.
Oakham - Green Devil IPA6.00GoodAs good as the day before
Golden Triangle - Citropolois3.80Good
Redwell - Bullards No.1 East Coast Pale Ale4.20GoodReally good condition for a beer tapped eight days ago. Still a tight head, clear as a bell and enough bubbles appearing in the glass whilst I drank it to show that it was still working.
Golden Triangle - Bonny's Gold4.00AcceptableStarting to show its age but still a reasonable pint.
04 Sep 2015 (HSB)
13:00 Lunch with one of my sons. The beer festival beers are still available. Help yourself £1.50 a pint. Surprisingly good condition after a week. The dramatic drop in temperature has obviously helped. My food order for sirloin went wrong so I got two 12 oz rump steaks by way of compensation. Managed both somehow.
Golden Triangle - Citropolois3.80ExcellentA depth of flavour I haven't experienced with this beer before. A week may be a long time in politics but for this beer it is obviously of benefit.
Grain - Oak3.80GoodClear as a bell with reasonable condition.
Mauldons - Blackberry Porter4.80GoodStill a little sweet.
Oakham - Green Devil IPA6.00GoodNot a lot of condition but full of taste.
29 Aug 2015 (HSB)
12:15 to 14:00 Bank Holiday Beer Festival. 37 beers and 8 ciders. The beers were being served from a shed across the car park and outside stalls were set up to serve Pimms, paninis and cup cakes. Fairly quiet when we arrived but was getting busy when we left. The three of us had nine pints between us and the consensus was most were lacking condition.
Green Jack - Rising Sun5.00Good
Redwell - Bullards No.1 East Coast Pale Ale4.20AcceptableBit flat, not as spritzy as it can be.
Hoxne - Suffolk Punch4.50AcceptableTasted OK but a bit turbid
Adnams - Broadside4.70Not Tried
Woodforde's - Wherry3.80Not TriedOn the bar
Mauldons - Micawber's Mild3.50Not Tried
Old Cannon - Best Bitter3.70Not Tried
Wolf - Golden Jackal3.70Not Tried
Crouch Vale - Amarillo5.00Not Tried
Green Jack - Orange Wheat4.20Not Tried
Earl Soham - Victoria Bitter3.60Not Tried
Buffy's - Polly's Folly4.30Not Tried
Adnams - Southwold Bitter3.70Not TriedOn the bar
Grain - Blackwood Stout5.00Not Tried
Elmtree - Burston's Cuckoo3.80Not Tried
Elmtree - Nightlight Mild5.70Not Tried
Humpty Dumpty - Broadland Sunrise4.20Not Tried
Grain - Oak3.80Not Tried
Titanic - Plum Porter4.90Not Tried
Mauldons - Blackberry Porter4.80Not Tried
Crouch Vale - Yakima Gold4.20Not Tried
Oakham - Green Devil IPA6.00Not Tried
Cliff Quay - Sea Dog5.50Not Tried
Grain - Tried
Grain - India Pale Ale6.50Not Tried
Colchester - Red Diesel4.20Not Tried
Norfolk Brewhouse (uses Moongazer brand name too) - Moon Gazer Golden Ale4.00Not Tried
Adnams - Topaz Gold4.00Not Tried
Earl Soham - Brandeston Gold4.50Not Tried
Green Jack - Trawlerboys4.60Not Tried
Cliff Quay - Anchor Bitter4.00Not Tried
Golden Triangle - Bonny's Gold4.00Not Tried
Golden Triangle - Citropolois3.80Not Tried
Fat Cat - Hell Cat4.10Not Tried
Shortts Farm - Indie4.80Not Tried
Norfolk Brewhouse (uses Moongazer brand name too) - Moon Gazer Gold IPA5.00Not Tried
Grain - Slate6.00Not Tried
Woodforde's - Norfolk Champion4.20Not Tried
Old Cannon - Rusty Gun4.00Not TriedNot settled
20 Nov 2014 (HSB)
15:00 My first visit here since 2003. A Polish chicken was wandering around the car park and came to give us the once over. New Landlord had been here three weeks and we had an interesting discussion about his plans for the future. The highlight was probably Tim and the Landlord singing excerpts from Brain Salad Surgery.
Adnams - Southwold Bitter3.70Good
Woodforde's - Wherry3.80Not Tried

About The Garden House

The pub sign. The Garden House, Banham, Norfolk

Summary of Beer Scores


The pub is found in Banham, Norfolk, NR16 2BY.

Located on the road to Banham Zoo and some way out of the village the pub stands behind a cottage which was formerly the pub. The pub is surprisingly spacious with three distinct drinking areas. The large room at the rear contains two pool tables. The pub is noted for selling country wines and a large selection of bottles of these stand on a shelf behind the bar. These were formerly dispensed from earthenware crocks but the seals deteriorated. There is a Norfolk Twister game on the ceiling beam opposite the bar and Ring the Bull by the fireplace.

We have visited this pub 5 times, seen 41 different beers and tried 9 of them.

Map location

Postcode: NR16 2BY