Compleat Angler

120 Prince of Wales Road, Norwich, NR1 1NS
Call: 01603 622 425

An Enchanting Riverside Pub in Norwich with Hidden Depths

The Compleat Angler is a charming riverside pub at the heart of ancient and fascinating Norwich. One of England’s oldest cities, Norwich is known for its magnificent Norman cathedral, colourful quaysides and medieval streets. The city also enjoys a long and rich literary history. In the 15th century, Julian of Norwich became the first female writer to be published in English. This was remarkable for the time and one of the reasons why Norwich was designated a UNESCO City of Literature in 2012. It’s the first city in England to hold the title and joins an elite of only seven worldwide.

Our pub honours both literature and a wonderful riverside location by taking its name from Izaak Walton’s iconic volume of prose and poetry, ‘The Compleat Angler’. A gentle contemplation on the joys of fishing, this much-loved book was first published in 1653 and is still in print today.

Izaak Walton is often described as good humoured with a wide circle of friends, and our pub’s warm, inclusive atmosphere reflects his spirit beautifully. During the Second World War, The United States 8th Army Air Force was stationed in East Anglia and The Compleat Angler was popular with off duty personnel. Our pub was also one of only a few in Norwich to welcome African American airmen.

Today, The Compleat Angler has several big screen TVs showing live sport and we are the official pub for away supporters on match days during football season. All year round, comfortable seating and cosy corners invite private conversation and, in warmer months, guests can enjoy our pretty outdoor terrace overlooking the river; an idyllic spot on a bright afternoon and perfect for a drink on warm evenings.

A Function Room with Nautical Appeal

Our function room sits alongside the level of the river and enjoys open views across the water from the wide quayside. It’s a lovely setting for parties, celebrations and wedding receptions, with space for up to 100 guests and an indoor and outdoor bar. Pale colours, timbered walls and traditional lanterns give the entire area a delightful, nautical charm; particularly attractive in spring and summer. The picturesque River Wensum is also a marvellous backdrop for photographs and lends appealing freshness to any occasion, large or small. In fact, whatever the occasion we look forward to welcoming your function to the Compleat Angler.

A Well Connected Pub on the Wonderful River Wensum

The Compleat Angler’s serene, riverside setting seems almost rural on occasion, yet our pub is right in the heart of Norwich. The historic city centre with its famous castle and vast open air market is only 10 minutes’ walk away, while the enchanting Cathedral Quarter is even closer. Services to London and the Norfolk Coast run regularly from nearby Norwich Station, while Norwich City Football Club is five minutes from our door. Norwich is also on the edge of the captivating Norfolk Broads, for guests in search of more contemplative pursuits. So whether you want to join us for a drink or to celebrate a special occasion, you’ll find The Compleat Angler is an inspired choice in every sense.

Function Room Information - craft corner bar
Capacity 70 Private Bar Yes
Hire Costs available on request Area Type private
Facilities Beer Garden, Private Bar, TV, Wi-Fi,
Suitable Events Christmas & New Year, Live Sports, Parties, Private Bars, Tour Groups,

The nearest Train Station to Compleat Angler is Norwich