Ever been to a pub which feels like you are entering a student union building? The Norseman is such. It's on the top floor of a drab concrete building, the downstairs walls plastered with flyers advertising pubs, taxis, carry-outs and the like. The Norseman happens to be slap bang next to Cappielow Park, where the local side (Morton) play. The name of the stadium is, apparently, Scandinavian in origin - hence the name of the pub. Accordingly, it tends to be packed with fans on matchday, although it is generally open through the week. The bar area itself feels a bit like a student establishment, too - they sell crisps by the lorry load, pot noodles, pepperami and so on, and it's notably scruffy. Carling is the draught of choice, bitter was off on our visit, but they have a good selection of malt whiskies. You can see shipbuilders' cranes from the windows, a reminder of more prosperous times when workers flocked to Greenock (the current population is only about 60% of what it was in its 1960s heyday). A pretty basic pub, but one born out of its local area, and despite the well-documented social issues the Inverclyde council area has endured in recent years, the local folk are hospitable and optimistic.
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Reviewed by kentish_man
19 Sep 2009