THE best English beer in New England, if not the US, period the end. I lived in both Yorkshire and Lancashire when I was younger and these beers are as good as you can get this side of the pond. The food is the best in the area, by far I have found.
Great out of the way place in a Victorian Inn. I believe the only way you can get their beer is at their inn...which makes it kind of special. Their brewing system is small but they turn out some interesting beers. Neat little taproom in the back of the inn. This place is certainly a nice stop or addition to a VT beer tour.
Visited early Saturday evening in April. Certainly an impressive old Victorian inn although I can’t say I got too much of a feel for the ambience as we just sat outside for a drink and my only foray inside was to visit the toilets. Definitely an upmarket feel and seemingly popular with well-heeled locals/weekenders. This unfortunately gave it a more snooty/snobby than cosy feel. The waitress wasn’t too friendly or attentive either - slow and surly is not a good combination. To be fair to her the place seemed understaffed and she was very overworked but could have borne that with a little more grace. Only three beers on tap - don’t know whether that is the norm - two of which were the only Jasper Murdock beers I’d tried before and the single new beer for me wasn’t too great. Perhaps we caught it at the wrong time but, all in all, the experience was far less impressive than I had expected. I guess in the UK we are spoilt for choice of welcoming but unpretentious old country inns and this place just didn’t deliver that character.
A beautiful Victorian New England mansion from the outside reveals a classy inn, old with large windows (though not so charming green carpet). We came for lunch (so my atmosphere score is to be taken with a grain of salt, but I can say with reasonable basis that there never was a party here) and I must say I was not too charmed food-wise. These were small servings for Canada and very small servings indeed for a US brewpub. And the prices per meal were certainly above average, especially considering the quality which was not level with the expectations when arriving in the pretty town of Norwich. As far as the reason you came for is concerned (beer), I must say I had heard decent comments about those frequently English-style ales, but all I got to drink was mostly forgettable, except for that ridiculously coriandered black-coloured witbier. It’s a rather far place from where I live, next time I’m in the area, I’ll probably wait an extra hour to eat somewhere in NH.
In this old Victoria style house are two places. A tiny pub that I didn’t visit and the restaurant-pub where I had beer and food. The restaurant has a really fancy old Victorian look. Totally appropriate for the customers who were mostly elderly people when I was there. No atmosphere whatsoever. We were the only beer geeks in the place. The food was ok, no more, and a bit pricey. They had four beers on tap and they ranged from bland to mediocre. They sell bottles of the beers currently on tap. No thanks. The only high-point of the visit was this totally ultra cool urinal in the restaurant bathroom. I’m not going back there.
The Norwich Inn is a nice Inn located in a pretty little town. The pub section looks nice too and is decorated with various beer paraphernalia. The food was good and the service was ok. The beer menu is relatively modest, usually three to four beers on tap, the beer is not particulary exciting, but you can expect clean, well-made english ales. It’s always worth a visit if you’re in the area.
Établissement visité le samedi 17 mais vers 12h00. Ambiance: La section bar de cette magnifique auberge est agréable à visiter. Aucune musique en sourdine. Quelques décorations reliées au golf. Service: Il était sympathique sans plus. Sélection: Lors de mon passage 4 fûts maisons étaient disponible. Nourriture: Empenadas au boeuf avec guacamole et salsa maison. (91e rating d’établissement)