I was asked to participate in the Show Us Your Local campaign by Jamie’s Drinkstube, which I have happily obliged to take part in. Below I will tell you about the pubs in Norwich that I call my locals and why, along with a new challenge I face.
The Norwich Taphouse is a special kind of pub as it was the first ever craft beer bar in Norwich. Before this opened in November 2012, the people of Norwich knew nothing about the weird and wonderful new world styles of beers that were available in keg. I remember going there on opening night and it’s still a pub I regularly go to as they consistently have something I want to drink as well as bar staff I can sit and chat to. It’s also pretty much the Redwell Brewery Tap unofficially, always having our entire range on keg.
For both good food and good beer I pick either Plasterers Arms which has arguably the finest pizzas in the city, paired with some great beers on cask and keg or I’ll visit The Mash Tun which not only has great cask and keg as well as Harbercue cooking up American style BBQ cuisine such as brisket and pulled pork with the best Mac and Cheese I’ve ever had, but it’s also the place I go if I want the beat Gin & Tonic in the city as it also houses a gin palace that stocks over 150 different gins and infusions!
For cocktails, The X Bells is my go-to. They have a cocktail list that rivals some of the beat London bars I’ve been to and they change it seasonally, sometimes using rather odd ingredients. The staff are well trained in making classic cocktails too, so you can still get an Old Fashioned with no trouble.
The final pub I frequently visit, although admittedly less when the weather isn’t so good, is The Plough which features mostly beers from Grain Brewery. The reason for this pub being included, though, is mostly for the massive beer garden which is a delight to spend long summer Sunday sessions in, if you can get a table.
These are some of my favourite pubs in Norwich, but now I’m presented with a new challenge. I’ve recently moved in with my girlfriend in the small seaside town of Gorleston and therefore aside from going into Norwich for work, I don’t spend a great deal of time there. The challenge I now face is finding a local near home, somewhere I can happily go for a few quiet pints since Emily isn’t really a pub person. Its difficult moving to a new town where you don’t know many people and therefore don’t have the guidance of what the good quality, friendly pubs are. I’ve already been to a few pubs in the area and it’s a different scene to Norwich; for one, the beers aren’t as interesting or varied. Most of them seem to have the same selection, with very little I want to drink but luckily I can usually find something from Lacons Brewery just down the road in Great Yarmouth so really the question is, where so I feel comfortable? And so far I’ve found that Oddfellows is friendly and on a Sunday night has a good atmosphere with live music, so maybe I’ve found it. Maybe for the first time in my life I will just have one local.
Many thanks to Greg at Jamie’s Drinkstube for inviting me to be a part of this, I’ve re enjoyed writing. Check out Sarah Warman's video below and get involved using the hashtag #ShowUsYourLocal on Twitter.