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Fat Cat Brewery Tap, Norwich North, Norwich

100 Lawson Road
Norwich
NR3 4LF
Phone: 01603413153
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Thuck Phat left this review about Fat Cat Brewery Tap

Known locally as The Shed for obvious reasons, Mr PSM describes the place well below.
Food is now available here in the form of chips in various guises. I went for salt beef and pickled gherkins which were very good.
Wednesday evening appears to be quiz night and it was extremely popular with standing room only by eight o'clock. Inevitably, this slanted my experience of the place although they often seem to have various events on. I found it impossible not to be dragged in to what was a very friendly and good-natured quiz. I'd guess, given the atmosphere, that, quiz or not, it's a friendly spot.
Service was top notch: friendly, knowledgeable and efficient despite the busyness.
The ale range was also quality: Fat Cat Bitter, Honey Ale, Chinook, Upryze, Marmalade and Stout, Bad Seed Centennial Pale Ale, Enville Czech Saaz, Fixed Wheel Single Speed Equinox, Dark Star Hophead, Adnams Southwold, Oakham Bishops Farewell and Citra, Crouch Vale Brewers Gold and Marble Earl Grey IPA. I tried a few of these and they were all in great shape.
As this is the brewery tap, you'd expect Fat Cat beers to be well represented and they are, but having tried a few of them I wasn't tempted to a second of any. But even if you avoid all the Fat Cat beers, that still leaves a range which is well worth the journey north of the city centre for.
The most atmospheric shed I've ever supped in and with the best ale range.

On 24th November 2016 - rating: 9
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Pub SignMan left this review about Fat Cat Brewery Tap

The range of beers available in Norwich's top alehouses never ceases to amaze me and I think it's fair to say that the 'Fat Cat' pubs lead the way with a staggering selection of drinks available in each. This particular venue is situated next door to their own Fat Cat Brewery, so it is only right that the range here focusses more on their own beer. Options on cask on this visit were Fat Cat Wild Cat, Cougar, Bitter, Honey Ale, Cecil's Revenge, Curly Cat, Hell Cat, IPA, Marmalade, Porter, Puma and Stout plus permanent guests in the shape of Oakham Bishops Farewell and Adnams Southwold Bitter. A healthy list in itself, but in addition to this, a further 20 ciders and perries were listed on blackboards around the bar area, nine craft keg beers from the likes of Beavertown, Mikkeller, London Fields and other such micros could be viewed across the taps and there were fridges packed with interesting bottled beer options plus a decent wine list. I had a tough enough time choosing from this lot, but to further complicate matters there was a beer festival in progress in a tent in the beer garden, where countless additional cask ales were being dispensed. I only had time for one pint, but I would imagine I would need to devote several weeks in order to sample everything on offer. Eventually I plumped for the Hell Cat - a decent, fruity blonde ale in perfect condition.
The pub is an unusual place, set inside a barn-like building with a straightforward single room interior. There are flagstones throughout and the servery runs down the right hand side of the room with the tap room visible through a window at the far end. High stools and drinking ledges fill the space opposite the bar whilst hard banquette booths run along the facing wall. There is a raised seating area to the front with standard tables and chairs and a similarly furnished space can be found to the rear, near the taproom windows. The décor is pretty eclectic, with lots of old pub signs throughout which look excellent, some old cash registers in the windows, hops everywhere, casks, jugs, tankards, brewery signs and mirrors all vying for position and a couple of huge (street?) lamps. Much of this is suspended from the beams, under the gabled roof, whilst to the rear there are some interesting photos of the brewery on the walls. The garden seems very nice, but with the beer festival taking up a lot of the space, it was difficult to get a proper feel for it. Where's Wally pictures have been hung above the urinals in the gents toilets, giving you something to do whilst taking a leak. They've also amusingly captioned them 'Where's Willy?' in a bid to encourage you to keep track of your aim!
This is a remarkable place which, with its extensive ale range and interesting décor, demands repeat visits. I found it cosy, welcoming and exactly the sort of place I could happily spend several hours working through all those lovely beers. Much like its sister pub, the original Fat Cat, this is an essential port of call for any visit to the city.

On 14th November 2015 - rating: 9
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Real Ale Ray left this review about Fat Cat Brewery Tap

Have to agree with Gill this pub is truly superb. There were ten ales on gravity and eight on handpump on our visit. Staff were friendly and passionate about their beers. I asked for a cob, but unfortunately they were all gone. The only problem we had was trying to leave. The Dark Star Hophead and Phoenix Arizona kept us here for a good while. Looking forward to another visit.

On 15th November 2012 - rating: 10
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Norwich, 1.52 miles, 29 min walk (show)
Salhouse, 5.09 miles, 1 hr 38 min walk (show)
Brundall Gardens, 6.03 miles, 1 hr 56 min walk (show)
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24th Nov 2016, 11:52
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24th Nov 2016, 11:51
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  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 10 August 2009 by hondo .
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  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 14 November 2015 by Pub SignMan
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Opening Hours
Sunday11am - 10:30pm
Monday12noon - 11pm
Tuesday12noon - 11pm
Wednesday12noon - 11pm
Thursday12noon - 11pm
Friday12noon - Midnight
Saturday11am - Midnight
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