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The Fat Cat, Norwich

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

Mr PSM's review below is excellent on the detail and it hadn't changed on my visit.
The place was fairly busy, even on my late Thursday lunchtime visit, largely with gents of a certain vintage. It was a fairly miserable day but the pub didn't feel especially warm and cosy which may be because the fire wasn't lit or perhaps it was just that there wasn't a huge amount of laughter at that time of day. Whichever, it wasn't as atmospheric as some I visited in Norwich.
That's a very small point when set against the ale riches on offer:
Hand Pump: Fat Cat Bitter, Honey Ale and Cat's Eyes, Crouch Vale Yakima Gold, Oakham Citra, B&T Sheffords Bitter, Adnams Bitter, TT Landlord, Champion the Wonder Horse, Larcons Encore, Tydd Steam Stargazer and Burton Bridge Golden Delicious.
Gravity: Fat Cat Wild Cat and Marmalade, Oakham Bishops Farewell and Green Devil IPA, Adnams Broadside, Green Jack Manseer, Hop Back Summer Lightening, GK Abbot (why?), Little Valley Organic Blonde, Marble Earl Grey IPA, Derby Big Bad Hop, Burton Bridge Stairway to Heaven, Fat Cat Porter and Burton Bridge Bramble Stout.
A few of these were priced at £2.50 with no apparent pattern, so perhaps they were just the barrels which needed finishing, and the highest price was £4.00. An enormous selection and very good value. I didn't find a wider range available in Norwich and would be very surprised if there is one. Staggering for what is effectively a street corner local.
Fat Cat have clearly led the real ale charge in Norwich and all power to them.
An absolute must visit.

On 23rd November 2016 - rating: 9
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Fat Cat

Converted from a failing back street boozer called The New Inn back in 1991, well ahead of the real ale resurgence seen in recent years, the Fat Cat has been a bastion for great beer for the best part of 25 years now. The pub's achievements in promoting good ale have been recognised by CAMRA who awarded them the prestigious National Pub of the Year award twice, first in 1998 and then again in 2004, becoming the first pub to win the award for a second time. There's no sense of these being former glories though, with the pub scooping the Norwich and Norfolk Pub of the Year awards in 2012 and 2014. The owners have expanded their empire by opening the Fat Cat Brewery in 2005 and two more pubs (Fat Cat Brewery Tap and Fat Cat and Canary) elsewhere in the city.
It's not hard to see why the place is popular with the discerning drinker, as the ale range is quite breath-taking. On my recent visit I was already sold when I saw the row of handpulls offering Fat Cat Hell Cat, Bitter and Honey Ale, Oakham JHB, Taylor Landlord and Boltmaker, Greene King Carnival Ale, Growler Bitter, Green Jack Summer Dream, Crouch Vale Yakima Gold, Adnams Southwold Bitter and Panther Pink Panther. However, the delights didn't end there, as blackboards on the bar canopy listed a whole load more on gravity available from the tap room. These were Adnams Broadside, Greene King Abbot Ale, Dark Star APA, Green Jack Masheer, Oakham Green Devil IPA, Phoenix Struggling Monkey, Kelham Island Pale Rider, Woodfordes Craft Lager and Nelson's Revenge, St Peter's Grapefruit, Old Worthy Wee Blonde and Hop Back Summer Lightning. Quite a remarkable selection, topped off with numerous cider and perry options and a large bottle beer range including many of the classic Belgian beers. I tried the Hell Cat and Honey Ale, both of which were in near perfect condition with the Hell Cat in particular being very enjoyable. I also sampled one of their tasty pork pies with a generous dollop of Colman's Mustard to accompany it.
The pub is a classic example of a back street ale house, with the front doors taking you directly into the check-tile floored main bar with the servery running down the right hand wall and high stools along a drinking ledge opposite. There is some lovely stained glass in the partitioning screens along the left hand wall, denoting Smoke Room and Bar Parlour - an indication of the pub's previous multiple room layout. At the front of the pub there is a cosy seating space in front of a small fireplace, whilst to the rear is another very comfortable looking area with bench seating, dominated by a large 'Half Moon' pub sign. The whole room is decorated with tankards, jugs and the like which hang from the ceiling, beer bottles which run around high shelves and lots of old photos, brewery mirrors, enamel adverts and other bits of breweriana, leaving virtually no wall space uncovered. Closer to the bar, there is another old pub sign, this time for the 'Queen's Head'. A small side room (possibly an extension?) with a sloped plastic roof, acts as a sports bar of sorts, with a large TV screen, turned off on my visit, and red tongue and groove panelling. The customers, mostly football fans enjoying a few quiet pints before Norwich City's Saturday afternoon fixture, were friendly, welcoming and courteous, as were the well drilled team behind the bar.
This has been a pub I have wanted to visit for many years now, often a sure-fire guarantee of an underwhelming anti-climax, but I absolutely loved this place and had I not needed to work my way back towards town in anticipation of the afternoon's kick-off at Carrow Road, I would have gladly stayed here all day. This is a must do, destination pub that deserves its reputation as one of the country's finest. I eagerly await my next visit to Norwich and hope to also take in visits to its two sister pubs.

On 24th September 2014 - rating: 10
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Norwich, 1.59 miles, 30 min walk (show)
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18th Sep 2020, 17:11
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