New landlord of the Artichoke in Norwich hopes to make pub the heart of the community

Budgie Seed, the new landlord of the Artichoke pub in Norwich. Picture : ANTONY KELLY

Budgie Seed, the new landlord of the Artichoke pub in Norwich. Picture : ANTONY KELLY - Credit: copyright ARCHANT 2017

As pubs around the city appear to be closing, one Norwich public house has bucked the trend and is reopening with a new landlord.

Budgie Seed, the new landlord of the Artichoke pub in Norwich. Picture : ANTONY KELLY

Budgie Seed, the new landlord of the Artichoke pub in Norwich. Picture : ANTONY KELLY - Credit: copyright ARCHANT 2017

The Artichoke in Magdalen Road, has appointed a new landmark landlord, Budgie Seed.

Mr Seed, 58, has managed his fair share of pubs in Norwich with The Quebec and The Nelson to name just two.

He is now on a mission to get The Artichoke into the heart of the community by taking it back to its roots as the thriving home of music and pub games.

Mr Seed said: 'It is a really nice pub in the heart of the city. I am looking forward to getting to know the community although it is a bit slow at moment.'


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The landlord from East London, now living in Gorleston, has already brought back the music with weekly live music sessions every Saturday.

Traditional pub games will be returning with a pool team already in the making.

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He hopes the atmosphere of the public house will be able to draw people in as it is 'a lovely building inside and out.'

The appearance is one of the reasons that Mr Seed came to the job after he fell in love with the outside of the building.

'It really fits in with Norwich Castle and the walls that used to surround the city and the more historical buildings,' he added.

The Artichoke was built in 1932 and was built by Norwich builder R G Carter for the brewers Youngs, Crawshay and Youngs.

A 15th century building stood on the site until then which was used as a leper house, an almshouse and a workhouse until it became a pub in around 1832 and was rebuilt.

On Saturday, September 2, the pub will be celebrating the appointment of Mr Seed with a night of music and cheaper beer.

All draught beers with have 20p/c off.

From 8pm there will be music from the Tuxedo Duo as well as a late evening buffet.

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