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Ferry Boat

Picture source: Sebastian Ballard

The Fruiterers Arms was situated at 191 King Street. This pub closed in 2006 and has now been converted into flats.
From The Good Pub Guide 1983:
Coming in off the street and past the handsome carving of the timbered facade, you find what seems at first to be a straightforward pub, with beams, comfortable chairs, a grandfather clock and a big hearth. Penetrating further, you find a Perspex-roofed sloping concrete passageway, wide enough for settles and barrel tables (with tablecloths). This opens up onto a long room with pews and a juke box, and also leads into a great barn of a place, on several levels, mostly either bare boards or flagstones, with some of the high rafters draped with harness, and, under these, pews built into booths, with heavy settles and cafe style chairs, and on the walls a few stuffed birds. It sounds very much a young people's pub, and of course it is popular with them; but it's popular with many older people too, and the separate areas help to make a good mix. There's a small garden outside, with tables under a massive plane tree by the side of the Rive Yare - in summer barbecues are held here on Thursday to Sunday evenings. Well-kept Greene King IPA and Abbot and Wethered on handpump; two space games.

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Name Dates Comments
Rob Marshall 1991-96 Had my wedding reception in the back bar, great days and a fine pub with great beers.
Lost Days 1982 A great place in the early 80's. At the back they had a 'fag-ash Lil' type tickling the ivories on some nights. Opposite the pub was Argyle St, a street of squats, the local for many of the residents. One was an old guy called Ted, think he lived on the street. He was a rag and bone man and you would see him pushing a cart around and down the pub spending his hard-earned money. It had character and characters !