Surely Norwich, home to Alan Partridge, isn’t up to speed with the craft beer revolution? Turns out it is, and seems fairly well versed in it too. It’s not just craft beer either, we saw signs that suggest the city could be a surprising rival in subculture for say Brighton or Bristol. Once again, it’s incredible what you find when you scratch the surface.
The Cottage – 9 Silver Road, Norwich NR3 4TB
This pub on the edge of the town centre is affiliated with Norfolk based Grain Brewery. It’s not all Grain beers though, The Cottage also has a decent selection from other brewers. The staff were keen to talk us through all of these, offering samples and even insisting we tried pairing one with some dark chocolate. The pub is known for it’s resident ginger tabby who we sadly didn’t get a chance to meet. We were however greeted in the beer garden by another friendly cat who the owners of The Cottage have unofficially adopted.
St Andrews Brew House – 41 St Andrews St, Norwich NR2 4TP
On the surface St Andrews Brew House looks like a one off, dig a little deeper and you’ll learn it’s part of the The City Pub Group. Alike the other pubs in this chain, they do brew on site, offering a few options at the bar unique to this location. The highlight of this stop was the food menu, with their ‘British Tapas’ mezze dishes offering a number of vegetarian and vegan friendly options. This pub is not to be confused with the Scottish based St Andrews Brewing Co.
The Mash Tun – 16 Charing Cross, Norwich NR2 4AL
The Mash Tun is set across two floors, with a craft bar downstairs and a ‘gin palace’ above. Their selection on keg is the best in Norwich and is conveniently laid out on a board adjacent to the bar, which was particularly useful when visiting at peak time on a Friday night as the venue did get busy. Beer aside, The Mash Tun is worth visiting for the photo op with a particular neon sign that I now want for my lounge (you’ll know it when you see it!).
The Plough – 58 St Benedicts Street, Norwich NR2 4AR
The Plough is another pub affiliated with Grain Brewery. Unlike The Cottage, The Plough didn’t offer much in addition to their Grain beers (most of which were available here on both keg and cask, to suit your preference), their range from this brewery is perhaps wider though. The pub’s fair sized beer garden would make this a good starting point for a Summer session.
Brewdog – 1 Queen St, Norwich NR2 4SG
Norwich’s Brewdog is one of the bigger and seemingly busier of the brewery’s worldwide chain. As such, it does have a wide selection, with 25 beers on tap and a separate in-house ‘Bottle Dog’ selling bottles and cans for takeaway. It lacks some of the character of their smaller bars dotted around the UK, but is still an essential stop on a Norwich city crawl.
Redwell Brewing – The Arches, Bracondale, Trowse, Norwich NR1 2EF
Situated 2 miles outside the city centre is Redwell Brewing. Their tap room, based within the brewery itself, is open to public on Friday evening (5 – 10pm), Saturday (12 – 10pm) and Sunday (12 – 8pm). It’s a lively space which regularly hosts pop up street food vendors, workshops and live entertainment. The tap room bar’s paddle boards offer an opportunity to try a selection of their beers, before taking in some table football or marvelling at the Redwell unicorn.
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