Third Fat Cat pub for Norwich after entrepreneur Colin Keatley buys the Mustard Pot

Real ale lovers will soon get a third 'Fat Cat' pub after entrepreneur Colin Keatley added another business to his portfolio, which now includes three watering holes dotted around Norwich.

Mr Keatley opened the award-winning Fat Cat in West End Street, to the west of the city, more than 20 years ago and he also owns the Fat Cat Brewery Tap, in Lawson Road, north city. Both are renowned for their vast selection of real ales.

He has now bought the freehold at the Mustard Pot in Thorpe Road, which is currently closed but is due to reopen in about eight weeks' time. The Mustard Pot will serve real ales from the Fat Cat Brewery, based in Lawson Road.

Mr Keatley said: 'I'm 61 now and quietening down and I see this pub as my last purchase in Norwich, and as a complement to the other two.

'I have always fancied the pub. I approached its then owner Adnams about three years ago, but they were not interested then, but I asked them to give me first referral. I see this as a good way to finish my career off in Norwich, which has been a good career. The three pubs also now form a triangle in Norwich.


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'The new pub will serve a range of Fat Cat products plus a range of guest and continental beers. It will also be similar to the other Fat Cat pubs inside with the tap room and the similar colour scheme.'

The property was sold off an asking price of �225,000 through property and leisure agents Fleurets.

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