Regretfully, we must inform you there are only 12 shopping days left before Christmas. This means there is now very little time to get your Christmas shopping done, wrap it like an adult and appear as through you are a yuletide ocean of calm.
This is it guys. The last push, and we’re all in it together. Below you'll find the most practical pub crawl you'll do this year: the Christmas Shopping One.
We've selected a range of reasonably priced gifts from city centre retailers, and interspersed them with some of the finest - and geographically relevant - pubs and bars, to make the big shop more palatable. It took a good hour on Google maps, but I think I’ve nailed it. Naturally all stops are optional, I encourage responsible drinking, and don’t forget your bag for life if you’re that way inclined.
So print this off, take it with you, and we’ll all see each other at the last bar... It’s go time.
A DELICIOUS BREAKFAST & A HAMPER FOR YOUR NANA
Louis’ Deli, Upper St Giles
Prepare your mind and body for the day ahead with the help of a double espresso and an egg poached to perfection; start your trip with a delicious breakfast from cosy Louis' Deli. What's more, while you're there pick up one of their amazing hampers (prices vary) for a gift even the hard-to-buy-for can appreciate.
SOCKS FOR YOUR DAD
House of Fraser, Chapelfield Mall
Make your way to nearby Chapelfield Mall, where you'll find House of Fraser along with all your other, familiar high street favourites. These suave socks from House of Fraser have been reduced from £28.00 to £22.40 - which has saved you the price of pint and some crisps (that you can then go and spend at the wonderfully traditional Coach and Horses by the time it opens at 12).
Pub: Coach and Horses, Bethel Street
THEATRE TICKETS FOR YOUR OTHER NANA
Norwich Theatre Royal, Theatre Street
Tickets to the Theatre would be a great present for the person who has everything. Pictured above, the endlessly fun 'Legally Blonde the Musical' will be gracing the stage at Norwich Theatre Royal in March 2018. From the Theatre, head to the corner of the market to enjoy some local ale and prime people watching at the Sir Garnet.
Pub: Sir Garnet, Corner of Norwich Market
A SCARF FOR MUM AND BEER FOR YOUR BROTHER
Jarrolds, Exchange Street
Jarrolds is the only independent department store in the city centre, and at the moment is a dazzling one-stop-shop for any last minute gifts you might need. Find their accessories department on the ground floor, and a well-stocked deli on the lower ground floor. Afterwards, head up Pottergate to the Belgian Monk to try one of their amazing cherry beers in their Belgian-style (no less) bar; perfectly festive, this is a place made for Christmas drinks.
Pub: Belgian Monk, Pottergate
A NECKLACE FOR YOUR SISTER
Lisa Angel, Lower Goat Lane
Lisa Angel are a wonderful, Norfolk-born company, selling pretty pieces perfect for gifts. They also sell candles, homeware, picture frames and textiles; all wonderful stocking fillers. Once you've picked your present, head down Lower Goat and right down Pottergate until you get to Bedfords bar, where you'll find a laid back atmosphere perfect for a pint (or a cocktail!).
Bar: Bedfords Bar, Bedford Street
A BOOK FOR YOUR NEPHEW
Book Hive, London Street
The Book Hive is an independent bookshop in the Norwich lanes, where you'll find all kinds of beautiful, interesting books - some that you might not find anywhere else. Just down the Hill you'll find some delicious 'Mulled Sloe Gin' at St Andrew's Brew House - they also sell mince pies if you're flagging by now.
Pub: St Andrew's Brew House, St Andrews
PADDINGTON BEAR FOR YOUR NIECE
Bear Shop, Elm Hill
In honour of the film (and THAT festive advert), pick up your own very mini, very sweet, very soft Paddington Bear. He stands up and everything! This little guy is £18.95, and would make a really nice gift for a little relative. After the Bear shop, take a walk by the river until you come to the Playhouse bar, where you can get a hot mulled cider (and marvel at the ceiling)...
Bar: Playhouse Bar, St George’s Street
A CHRISTMAS CAKE TO MAKE IT LOOK LIKE YOU WERE REALLY ORGANISED
Amaretto, St George’s Street
Amaretto Deli are currently selling a fantastic range of Italian Christmas 'cakes' (although they're technically bread so you can eat them any time of day!). Fantastic as gifts, but equally as an addition to your own festive pantry...
Finish off your day the right way, with an incredible curry at Namaste India. A big favourite of the VisitNorwich team, this family run restaurant is completely vegetarian, and serves beautiful, authentic (and filling!) food. They have a BYOB policy so bear that in mind when you plan your trip.
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