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The Fat Cat, Norwich

49 West End Street
Norwich
NR2 4NA
Phone: 01603624364
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Quinno _ left this review about The Fat Cat

Yes! Still a pub man's pub full of pub men, busy when everywhere else was quiet. Wonderfully characterful, full of breweriana, a real multi-room gem just as I remember it from June 2009. The toilets are now very swish too. To the multitude of beers, served over pump and stillage - Fat Cat Tropical (NBSS 3), Mr Winters Peach tea pale (3.5), Fat Cat Marmalade (3.5) Green Jack Lurcher Stout (3.5), Oakham Bishop’s Farewell (3.5). Still Norwich’s best pub and a national must-do. Over a long weekend filled with Good Beer Guide under-performance, this was a genuine stand-out. “You aren’t a proper drinker if you haven't been to The Fat Cat” remains my sign-off, 12 years later.
Visited early August.

May 2009
Looked forward to my meeting with the legendary Fat Cat as the first pub of our mini-crawl of Norwich before Maximo Park at the UEA. Situated in a fairly quiet residential area it lies on a street corner and has twice been CAMRA national pub of the year, the last time being in 2004. In all senses an ale house, there are getting on for 20 ales including five of their home brewed Fat Cat beers dispensed from handpull or stillage; essentially a daily beer festival. I only had time to try three but they were all delicious and competitively-priced. The pub is actually quite large inside with a number of different areas to sit in. Papers are provided which is a nice touch. Plenty of breweriana adorns the walls which helps enhance the drinking atmosphere. Basic grub is available and the really cheap (60p) filled rolls are a winner, as are the pork and pickle pies. The vibe inside was friendly and unpretentious, filling up rapidly during the early weekday afternoon (how many pubs can say that?). The pub also sells fruit beers on draught, fruit wines and a large selection of Belgian beers. Impressively, there is a ‘Round the World’ collection of more than 80 bottled beers from places as far flung as Laos. Beer menus are on hand to help guide those who want to explore beyond the obvious. I had a great visit and it was a shame that I wasn’t able to stay beyond an hour.

You aren’t a proper drinker if you haven't been to The Fat Cat. Rated 10

On 12th September 2021 - rating: 10
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Moby Duck left this review about The Fat Cat

I had been looking forward to coming here and it didn't let me down, a truly iconic and classic beer pub. I was actually amazed and pleased to find the availability of 17 ales covering all the bases, I went for two of their own with pints of Fat Cat Tom Cat and Fat Cat Milk Stout. The pub of course is more than well described in the reviews below, it's unchanged so I won't repeat, just to say this pub easily sits on the very top table of pubs.

On 11th July 2021 - rating: 10
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Blue Scrumpy left this review about The Fat Cat

The Fat Cat has always been one of my favourite pubs in the country and indeed one of very few that I would award a 10/10. Having not visited for 7 years, I was looking forward to stepping through the doors again.

The interior has not changed. But the ale range does not appear to be quite as good as it used to be. 4 of their own Fat Cat ales were on - Norwich Bitter, Tom Cat, Milk Stout & Cougar. Other regulars are Crouch Vale Yakima Gold, Greene King Abbot & Oakham Bishop's Farewell & Green Devil. Guests were Mr Winter's Twin Parallel, Orkney Island Life, Lockdown IPA, Red MacGregor & Northern Light, Timothy Taylor Landlord & Green Jack Mahseer IPA & Lurcher Stout. Most ciders are also now from Fat Cat - Scrumpy Cat Cider, Perry, Mango, Raspberry, Rhubarb, Mixed Fruits, Strawberry and Kiwi & Mango & Passion Fruit. Guests were Orchard Pig Maverick, Broadoak Pear and Chilli & Garden Cider Company Vintage Dry.

Whilst this was undoubtedly a fantastic range and the largest in Norwich, there seems to be too many of their own products for my liking. Still a great pub though. I'm sure I'll be back next time I'm in the city, despite it being a bit of a jaunt from the centre and the station.

On 18th September 2020 - rating: 9
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Norwich, 1.59 miles, 30 min walk (show)
Brundall Gardens, 6.75 miles, 2 hr 10 min walk (show)
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  • Beer Garden : Yes - round the side tho more of a smoking shelter - last updated 12 September 2021 by Quinno _
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  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 12 September 2021 by Quinno _
  • Function Room : Yes last updated 12 September 2021 by Quinno _
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  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 12 September 2021 by Quinno _
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 12 September 2021 by Quinno _
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 12 September 2021 by Quinno _
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