Fat Cat Brewery Tap in Norwich named top pub in county

Fat Cat Brewery Tap landlords Mark White and Laura Hedley-White celebrate winning the CAMRA pub of t

Fat Cat Brewery Tap landlords Mark White and Laura Hedley-White celebrate winning the CAMRA pub of the year award. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016

As sister pub of the multi-award winning Fat Cat, the Fat Cat Brewery Tap occasionally finds itself looking on as the older sibling soaks up the accolades.

However, this year, it is the younger sibling that is taking victory sips and toasting award glory.

For the second time in three years, The Fat Cat Brewery Tap on Lawson Road has been named 2018 Pub of the Year by the Norwich and Norfolk Campaign For Real Ale (CAMRA).

The pub, which was formerly known as The Shed, staved off stiff competition to be named City Pub of the Year, an accolade it also claimed in 2016.

Mark White, who runs the pub with wife Laura Hedley-White, said: 'We are thrilled and very proud of what we have achieved and are very thankful to our amazing team and for the support of our customers.

'Our aim has always been simple; seek out the best and most innovative beers the United Kingdom has to offer, then serve them in the most fun environment we can create.'

Mrs Hedley-White added: 'We believe good music goes hand in hand with good beer, so we select some of the finest bands we can find for our customers to listen to whilst exploring our extensive ale and cider menu.'

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There was also award success for The Norfolk Lurcher in Colton, which scooped the Norwich and Norfolk CAMRA Rural Pub of the Year prize.

The family-run pub was purchased more than a decade ago by Alison and John Lainchbury, who run it alongside their children, Daniel and Penny.

The pub was named after the family dog, Alfie, a Norfolk Lurcher.

Daniel Lainchbury said: 'John, Alison, Penny, myself and not forgetting Alfie were all absolutely thrilled to hear we had won. It was completely unexpected.'

Meanwhile, for the seventh time, the White Lion on Oak Street claimed the branch's Cider Pub of the Year award.

Manager Russell Cork said his team were delighted.

The overall winner, The Fat Cat Brewery Tap, will now compete with four other pubs to be named as CAMRA's overall Norfolk Pub of the Year.