Norwich pub brings a taste of Oktoberfest to the city for its first German beer festival

Oktoberfest 2016. Picture by Rob AndrewsLeft to Right: Tony Beaman, Rachel Parr, Steve Fiske, Marcel

Oktoberfest 2016. Picture by Rob AndrewsLeft to Right: Tony Beaman, Rachel Parr, Steve Fiske, Marcela Lekston, and Will Mulhall - Credit: Rob Andrews

The lively atmosphere of a Bavarian beer festival drew hundreds to a Norwich pub over the weekend.

A previous Oktoberfest at the Whalebone in Norwich in 2016. Picture by Rob Andrews Barmaid Marcela L

A previous Oktoberfest at the Whalebone in Norwich in 2016. Picture by Rob Andrews Barmaid Marcela Lekston - Credit: Rob Andrews

Steins were filled and lederhosen donned as the Whalebone, on Magdalen Road, celebrated its first Oktoberfest inspired festival.

From Friday to Sunday, hundreds visited the pub to enjoy a bite of currywurst, sample the 10 German draught beers and listen to traditional oompah band tunes performed by the Norwich City Brass Band.

And while the downpours temporarily dampened proceedings on Saturday, Steve Fiske, general manager, said it had been an 'excellent' weekend.

He said: 'Everyone's really got into the theatre of the events, they've been drinking the steins, getting dressed up and having fun.


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'It's been really good fun – I've had some Germans come in and they said it was pretty good for our first try.'

Mr Fiske said he was already looking forward to planning the event next year.

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While he couldn't put a figure on how many had come through the doors over the weekend, he said that all 250 steins were used at the pub on Saturday night.

For information visit www.whalebonefreehouse.co.uk

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