Fat Cat

49 West End Street
Norwich, Norfolk England NR2 4NA
bar (Fat Cat (UK))  4.75/5.0 28 reviews
12-11 Mon-Thu; 12-Midnight Fri; 11-Midnight Sat; 12-10.30 Sun

Mayor: Cunningham (16) | Taps: 30+ | Bottles: 80+
Has twice been selected as CAMRA’s National Pub of the Year.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
Fin  (1152) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | May 21, 2017
We visited the Fat Cat Saturday 6th May 2017, we came here via train for the day as we were in Cambridge staying at the Cabbage Moors Campsite in Frank for the weekend. The Fat Cat is a good walk out of the town, which is was great for my Steps challenge that the NHS run during May. Anyway back to the pub, if you walked out of Norwich on the Dereham road the A1074 it’s about 20-25 mins and you are heading in a westerly direction. The pub is at a crossroads junction a street or so back from the main road on the corner of West End street and Nelson street. It’s a large red brick pub with a number of old enamel type advertising signs on the exterior most of which are beer related but I did note a Woodbines cigarette one. For some reason I am reminded of the look of a typical old West Midlands type pub perhaps in the black country.

The pub was busy, there was a mixed clientele in terms of ages and people types though it was predominantly male and it was nice to note that quite a lot of folk were clearly locals . The pub seemed to be sort of one large room that had a few alcoves here and there, the bar was centrally located. The beer choice much like in its brewery tap where we’d been to earlier was very wide ranging. We’re had a couple of beers here, Loz had an Oakham Green Devil on cask for one of her beers, which is a beer that is generally seems to be almost exclusively keg these days. We liked it here, it’s well worth the walk out of the town.
82
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
saxo  (196) Højbjerg, Aarhus, Denmark | May 21, 2017
Nice cozy pub with lots of people visiting. Good and fast service with lots of their beers to choose from. A bit far from the center though.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 4/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
Cunningham  (868) Halden, Norway | April 4, 2017
As so many others, I must say this is a nice gem. Solid selection on tap, cask and bottles. Can be quite crowded in the weekend, but we managed to find a table for 8. It is also possible to enjoy your beer outside. Nice friendly staff. They will probably help you with some rare bottles if you ask gentle. Just one thing that I found a bit weird. I had to eat a cold pie for some reason. Not possible to warm it…..
Also located a bit outside the city centre. 40 min walk ca from the train station. Grab a cab. When you walk back to the city centre you will pass St Andrews Brewhouse. Solid pitstop!
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
Rune  (837) Tromsø, Norway | March 2, 2017
Great to return after more than ten years to this pub institution in the UK. I visited the Fat Cat in September 2006 before I started reviewing places in RB. This time I participated in a great drinking session here on a Saturday afternoon together with ratebeerians from Denmark, England and Norway. The pub is, in fact, a beer festival every day. A separate room has got a decent line up of casks served by gravity in addition to all the cask ales and keg beers at the bar. Well selected bottled range as well. Cozy community atmosphere with all kinds of people. Friendly and hard working staff on a busy Saturday. Quite spacious L-shaped pub room in different sections. Classic British pub interiors with brewery and beer memorabilla on the walls. Music free. Must visit, indeed, even though it has an off-center location (18.02.2017).
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
Camons  (636) Hasselager, Denmark | February 25, 2017
Nice cozy pub a little out of the city center, but well worth the 15 min or so walk there. A big selection of casks including theyre own beer + geusts + a number of kegs. Good quality of the beers and well keept. As we visited a late saturday afternoon the pub was rather crowded, but with a good ambiance. We where lucky to find a table for the 6 us. Good service and good prices. Will be back if in Norwich again.
82
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
Grumbo  (281) Ipswich, England | February 20, 2017
Have visited a few times before but this is first time I have rated. Great pub, with wide range of cask beers available plus a good selection of bottles. Always busy, but in good way. Certainly deserves to be top of the RB list of Norwich pubs.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 15/20
Rasmus40  (393) Beder, Aarhus, Denmark | February 18, 2017
Really nice pub with a very big selection of cask ales as well as some kegs. The beers were in good condition except for one or two. Four of their own beers on cask at my visit. Nice and efficient staff. I would definately go again if I get back to Norwich.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
Scopey  (687) Croydon, England | August 11, 2016
The original Fat Cat pub is located out west of Norwich town centre, but remains easily walkable. It is located in a fairly residential area and has a local boozer vibe to it. We visited at an evening at the weekend, so it was rather busy as expected. They offer a range of about 30 taps – cask hand-pull, cask gravity and also some keg stuff. Most beers including their own house-brewed beers are traditional and tend to be in the style range of bitter, golden ale and mild. Condition was ok and beer quality fair at best. They have a bottle range of about 50 odd which encompass mostly Belgian and German beers. After being a bit bored of golden ales we opted for a few tasty ciders. Service was fine and we got served pretty quickly. Overall it’s a decent beer destination, although I actually prefer the range at the brewery tap.
90
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 10/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
tdtm82  (129) , England | March 27, 2016
Excellent range of beers and ciders. This really is tickers’ heaven. Sadly the house beer we tried was rubbery and full of diacytyl. They had Oakham Green Devil on gravity which was an awesome delight. They had great bar snacks. Especially the pork scratchings. Commuters from further-a-field be aware they don’t do cash back and you need to take hard currency to get served. My biggest complaint was the lack of instock Belgian beers and a rather disappointing list compared to what is on offer for Belgium today. However they made up with that with a huge number of casks and ciders on offer. Great job!
82
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
jjsint  (645) Leicester, England | March 3, 2016
Old fashioned pub well outside of the city centre. While so many pubs try hard to be trendy, the Fat Cat strives for tradition. Excellent frontage and windows. And the beer... Lots of cask (gravity and handpull) and a bit of keg. I counted 6 of their own in various guises (5 cask ales plus a keg ’Kölsch’), with lots of local breweries represented. Nice to see Rotherham’s wonderful Wentworth represented with two, although hardly local they are lovely. Quite a few Belgian fruit beers on tap for those who like their beer to taste like something else. A winner.

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