wheresthepath (82) , England | July 9, 2008| Updated September 10, 2008
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 16/20
Hidden improbably down a back street amongst a line of car workshops, this shop isnít going to attract that much passing trade - and it wasnít pleasant to be glared at by car mechanics whilst I waited for the shop to open (Iíd arrived a few minutes before midday - the late opening time is due to the fact that the owners also run a B&B). However, itís worth going out out of your way to find it. Itís one of the few outlets for the brand new Norfolk Square Brewery, for one thing (the shop had barely been open a month when I visited). The owners are incredibly friendly and also knowledgeable about the beers they sell, and I suspect the brewer would have given me a tour of the microbrewery behind the shop on the spot if I had asked (unfortunately my wife and daughter were waiting in the car outside). The shop is decked in the breweryís trademark black and yellow livery, giving it a rather industrial look. They currently stock about 50 beers from 15 local breweries, but told me this is only just the start, so theyíre obviously planning to expand if successful. The beers are well displayed and organised, and easier to browse than most equivalent stores. They donít offer a discount for CAMRA members (although they said they were considering this for the future), but their beers are about 30p cheaper than other nearby local real ale shops (eg the Little Beer Shop). I wish this shop every success for the future, and thoroughly enjoyed my all too short visit!