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            Norwich   6

PUB and BEER

TRAILS.....

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The Fat Cat is one of the best known real ale pubs having won CAMRA pub of the year on twice and The Good Pub Guide Pub of the Year six times. There is outdoor seating and sheltered area to the right of the entrance. The corner entrance takes you to a seating area to the right and a further room beyond this. Ahead and slightly to the left, along the back wall, is the serving counter with stools on a black and white chequered floor. Opposite the counter are small  areas with tall stools and shelves separated by stained class partitions. Walls have lots of beer memorabilia.

CAMRA Good Beer Guide  --2016

Featured in The Pub bt Pete Brown

Must have a few pints here.

Real ale:                Juniper Saison; Loadstar;  Southwold Bitter  (all Adnams); Landlord;   Hop Till You Drop; Inferno (Oakham);  

                            Bitter; Rio Gold;  Honey Ale (all three Fat Cat);  Golden Delicious (Burton Bridge);  Yakima Gold ( Crouch Vale)

Craft:     Anchor steam beer

Lager:     Leffe;  Becks;  Three Hop;  Palm Special Belgium beer

Alcohol free:          Bitburger (Adnams)

There are three PUBTRAILS for Norwich. One is in the city centre and two just outside the city centre:

1. UNTHANK ROAD (green icons) and environs taking in a lot of pubs in the Golden Triangle area of Norwich - starts below

2. A tour around THE LANES (red icons) in the city centre

3. Out to the WEST END (blue icons) - this page

 

All trails can start at the roundabout on the A147 at Chappelfield gardens. Trail 2, which is in the city, can be started in the centre of the city.

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Drink and Music

 

Leonard Cohen - Closing Time

books on beer

 

A fistful of dollars

Reindeer  (Elgood’s)

The entrance takes you to a large room running to the right with a long serving counter on the back wall. There is a smaller curved window area to the left of entrance and straight ahead from the entrance is a smaller seating area with a small attractive room available for hire. Also, off from here is the large beer garden and sheltered area for smokers. The main area has seating along the window wall with the far end of the room set more for dining.

Closed Mondays (except bank holidays)

CAMRA Good Beer Guide  --2016

Have a pint here

Real ale: AHAB stout (Errant ); Session Ale (£3.60; Tickety Boo);  Golden Shock;   Guierilla (Blue Monkey);  Now In A Minute (Mad Dog)

Lager: Freedom Lager;  Amstel; Kwak;  Koolsh (Flemish);  Bacchus Kriek;  Jever Pils;  Erdinger; Redwell Norwich Pils;  Brooklyn

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Trail 3 West End continued

Starting at The Temple Bar just off of the roundabout at the foot of the pedestrian bridge crossing the busy road. Leaving here walk down the road to the right of the RC cathedral opposite. Down Earlham Road you will find on the right The Earlham Arms and across on the left The Black Horse. Walk along the road and turn up Park Lane which is third on the left. Turn first right into  Denbeigh Rd and The Garden House is on the next corner.

Leave here and return to Earlham Rd and cross over it shifting slightly right to walk up Alexandra Rd. At the next cross roads Stafford St, turn right and The Alexandra Tavern is on the next corner.

Leave here and retrace your steps to go up Stafford St and on the next corner, past Alexandra Rd, is The Belle Vue. Turn right after this and walk along St Phillip's Rd and cross over the next main road (Dereham Rd) again shifting to the right a little to walk up Nelson St where The Fat Cat is on the next corner. Return to Dereham Rd and turn left walking back to the city to reach The Reindeer just before the busy crossroads. Coming out of here and turning right will take you up to The Temple Bar again.

However, if you keep going along Dereham Rd you will reach St Benedict's St where you can join trail 2 at The Ten Bells.

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The Belle Vue (Enterprise Inns) is one of several excellent pubs taking up a corner position in a residential area. This is a very bright and airy pub due to large windows. The corner entrance has the bar along the wall to the centre. There is a seating are to the left of the bar down the outside windows. Beyond the bar the pub sweeps round to the left. there is lots of light coloured furniture in this area culminating in a pool table at the far end.

Have a pint here

Real ale:     Humming Bird;   Harvest;   Ghost Ship (Adnams);   Golden Jackel (Wolf);  Atlantic (Sharp)

Bitter:    John Smith

Lager:        Three Hop Lager (Caledonian)  Fosters;  1664

Cider:    Hogan’s Guinness

The Alexandra Tavern is one of several excellent pubs taking up a corner position in a residential area. The corner entrance takes you to a small curved servery. To the left of this is a large lounge area and bar. While beyond the curved counter, displaying the real ale, the pub extends further up a longer room going down the long side of the pub with tables beyond the counter end.

CAMRA Good Beer Guide  --2016

Have a pint here

Real ale:   Gold;  CHB;  Brewery Tap (all Chalk Hill Brewery );  Summer Lightning;  Liquid Sunshine (St Austell)

Lager:       Carling;   Amstel;  1664; Carlsberg;  San Miguel

Cider         Magners Golden Guinness

PUB FACTS

 

It was said that Norwich had a church for each week of the year and a pub for each day.

 

The book Norwich Pubs and Breweries Past and present by frances and Michael Holmes is highly recommended. Lovingly produced it maps current and former pubs and breweries in the city. See their website.

 

The vast majority of pubs are open all day and most serve food during this time.

 

Most pubs in the two outskirt trails (1 and 3) have extensive gardens and often front patios. many of these are corner pubs that were two large rooms and are now opened up.

Quite a few of the city centre pubs also have beer gardens through to the rear and some have seating outside the front of the building.

 

Staff are invariably friendly and helpful.

Prices are seldom outrageous though 'craft ales' are often more expensive than real ale.

Highly recommended reading

The book Norwich Pubs and Breweries Past and present by frances and Michael Holmes is highly recommended. Lovingly produced it maps current and former pubs and breweries in the city. See their website.

The city is split into 8 areas and maps detail positions of former and present pubs from 1884 are given. In one of the eight areas, taking in part of trail 2, 78 pubs are shown of which  only 10 remain open. This same area had three breweries.

books on pubs

PUB QUIZ

 

What planet in our solar system has two moons?

 

ANSWER