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Cheers! Fat Cat toasts sixth pub guide title

PUBLISHED: 08:34 24 September 2015 | UPDATED: 08:34 24 September 2015

The Fat Cat Pub is awarded Beer Pub of the Year 2016 by The Good Pub Guide. Owner Colin Keatley.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

The Fat Cat Pub is awarded Beer Pub of the Year 2016 by The Good Pub Guide. Owner Colin Keatley. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2015

It is an award that any pub would be delighted to win just once – but one Norwich pub is now celebrating for the sixth time.

The Fat Cat Pub is awarded Beer Pub of the Year 2016 by The Good Pub Guide. 
Picture: ANTONY KELLYThe Fat Cat Pub is awarded Beer Pub of the Year 2016 by The Good Pub Guide. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

The Fat Cat, on West End Street, has again been named as Beer Pub of the Year in the Good Pub Guide’s 2016 listings.

Landlord Colin Keatley, 65, said: “I’ve been running the Fat Cat for 25 years, so to have stayed around so long and still be recognised is quite an achievement.

“Our standards are high and we concentrate greatly on customer service and the quality and conditioning of our products.”

The pub claimed this title for the first time in 1998, before reclaiming it five years later, in 2003.

It also received the same accolade in 2008, 2010 and 2013.

Mr Keatley said: “To win this award six times in 15 years is a major achievement and really shows how we have been able to maintain our standards over the years.

“We work extremely hard here to ensure that the products and the service that we have on offer meet our high expectations of ourselves.”

The title adds to a long list of accolades that the pub has received. Alongside its recognition from the Good Pub Guide, it has also twice been named national Pub of the Year by Camra, the Campaign for Real Ale.

Mr Keatley added: “We’re really honoured to have received these awards. It’s always fantastic to be recognised for all of our hard work.”

There are two other pubs under the Fat Cat banner in Norwich – the Brewery Tap on Lawson Road and the Cat and Canary on Thorpe Road.

The Evening News has been urging customers to support their pubs in our Love Your Local campaign.

Have you, or your business, won a national award? Email David Hannant on david.hannant@archant.co.uk

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