The Fringe

Welcome to the first Norwich Fringe Festival!

We believe this to be the first of its kind that is custom designed and linked to CAMRA’s National Winter Ales Festival and indeed to any of the CAMRA organised beer festivals up and down the country each year.

So what is it all about and why? CAMRA is not only a supporter of quality real ale and a wide range of choice but also a supporter of the great British pub. So to offer you a wider choice of ales and ciders as part of the festival here in Norwich we have widened the footprint of NWAF beyond the walls of St Andrews Hall we have devised The Fringe.

The Norwich pubs that have asked to join in The Fringe are listed below. They will allow us to extend the choice of ales and cider that form part of the National Winter Ales Festival offering. These pubs will also put on additional events to those in St Andrews Hall over the festival dates of 21st to 25th of February.

We want you to support your local pub, and of course, that extends to pubs other than those listed here. We have devised the Fringe Guide which details our Treasure Hunt around the Fringe Festival pubs, answers to each of the clues are in the venue somewhere - all we ask is for you to visit each one, have a pint and find the answer to the clue – full instructions are on the Treasure Hunt pages.

The Fringe starts on the 18th February and runs until the 25th. The National Winter Ales Festival starts on the 21st and runs until the 25th February.

Enjoy your pub sojourn, but remember to come and visit the main event at St Andrews Hall as well to try some of the best real ales, ciders, perry’s and world beers available in the UK at this time of year. The online beer list will show each pub a bar and the beers/ciders served will be listed under each bar. The system then runs on a traffic light-style system to show if the beer is on (green) on soon (amber), or sold out (red).

So apart from featuring some special ales and ciders, they will also be hosting many different special events. Among them will be quizzes, band nights, food and drink matching and tasting, brewing related activities etc etc ! We will also be putting on special Treasure Hunt with prizes! Maybe even a ghost walk or two!

We are pleased to announce the following will be appearing at part of the Fringe Event:

The Rumsey Wells

As you have probably gathered, Norwich likes a good drink. But the thing is, there’s a good drink, and a very good drink. The Rumsey Wells on St. Andrews St is one such place that offers a bloody good beverage. If you aren’t content with their fantastic ale selection with one of the largest selection of Adnams cask and keg in town, they also offer a brilliant range of bottled beers, a comprehensive spirit choice (including the odd and unusual, always with a regularly recommended tipple), well priced wines and more. This, combined with a pie and mash menu that can only be described as hearty and oh so satisfying, makes for an irresistible retreat. Set in an unusual, rabbit warren like building on the fringes of the main bustle of the city centre, The Rumsey Wells is a cosy and welcoming pub ideal for all seasons. Midsummer attracts people to the lovely covered courtyard at the rear, whilst winter keeps everyone glued to, their sofas with a pint of stout and a good board game. As with many drinking spots in Norwich, it’s a brilliant meeting place for friends. A friendly and social atmosphere with booze aplenty, brilliant music (live in the superbly named Underbelly) and absolutely cracking pies, you’ll soon find a corner of your own to chat the night away.


Tuesday 21st - Saturday 25th February


Kitchen open 12pm - 9pm

Tuesday 21st February, 7pm Start


Our weekly quiz this week is curated and hosted by local beer blogger Nate Southwood. This will be one for the beer geeks. £1 entry

Friday 24th February, FREE ENTRY


House DJs play the finest selection of Funk/Soul 45’s all night long.

The Rumsey Wells, 4 St Andrews Street, Norwich. NR2 4AF. 01603 614858 @therumsey

The Reindeer Pub

What’s better than a pub? Yes! You’re completely right, two pubs. Affiliated with another fine establishment in this guide (The Rumsey Wells), The Reindeer is an absolute gastronomic experience. Gastronomically mind blowing some might say. Gargantuan, yet homely, this is an absolute must for completely filling your belly and dosing up on ale. Based in traditional pub surroundings on Dereham Road, this boozer smashes all pretence of gastropub and collapsed Yorkshire puddings. Instead, think sea trout, ox tail and pork, smoked apple, duck hearts and pigeon. Add 22 draught beers between keg and cask - rotation is the key here and the focus is clearly on bringing Norwich some of the best beers from all over the UK (and the world as it happens). With plenty more in the fridges too. You may be wondering where Dereham Road is, but it’s simply at the tip of St. Benedicts Street. Now this pub has nothing to do with animated animals whatsoever, but if what you are is wholesome, stomach stuffing, beautiful food washed down with a great beer, The Reindeer is certainly for you.


Tuesday 21st February


A celebration of native breed British Beef with a selection of cuts starting from £25 for two.

Thursday 23rd - Saturday 25th, 12pm - 6pm


Craft Beer Bottle Shop Launch. A brand new concept for Norwich, the Hop box (nestled into the back room at the Reindeer) will be bringing Norwich some of the best beer around. The focus will be on the freshest beer first and at the best possible prices.

The Reindeer Pub and Kitchen. 10 Dereham Road, Norwich. NR2 4AY 01603 612995 @reindeer_pub

The Fat Cat Brewery Tap

With 20 cask ales, 18 keg lines, and a constantly evolving bottle selection we seek to show off the best of British and continental brewing. Covering as many styles of beer as possible our aim is to inspire you try something new. We bring together the best of the traditional and the modern in everything that we do: from the atmosphere and decoration of the pub itself; through to our beer lists and entertainment. Mix that with Live Music Fridays and Sundays as well as serving up ‘Motherchips’ (Chips with awesome toppings), we walk a tightrope between traditional and new.


Wednesday 22nd February


Beer Sommelier Cheryl Cade, lays on a night of food and beer tasting matching Limited Brews with some weird and wonderful foody treats. Call 01603 413153 to book your seat.

Thursday 23rd February, 12-3pm


Open Brew Day! Come and watch our Master Brewer Mark Winter in action, see the whole brewery, watch the process and ask as many questions as you like. Free Entry.

Thursday 23rd February, 7.30pm


Come and listen to Yarnsmith Dave telling adult stories of love, lust and debauchery for an evening over a nice couple of pints.

Friday 24th February, 8pm


We Ghosts blend elements of pop, jazz, blues and folk in a refreshing and original way into a genre they call Blue Wave/ Acoustica. Fronted by the song writing team of Swedish singing marvel J.J.Woodall and English instrumentalist John Christopher, We Ghosts are always on the road and over the last decade they have performed hundreds of gigs a year.

The Fat Cat Brewery Tap. 98-100 Lawson Road, Norwich NR3 4LF 01603 413153

The Ribs of Beef

Situated on the city side of Fye bridge, on the River Wensum, in a building dating back to the 14th century, ‘The Ribs’ has 9 real ale and 2 ciders on constantly, and also boasts excellent wines, a great range of spirits and a good range of pub classic dishes on the menu. Known as one of the city centre’s favourite locals, it is frequented by local residents, city workers, UEA students and tourists, enjoying the relaxed atmosphere, friendly service and great views of the river.


Tuesday 21st - Saturday 25th February


We will have a gourmet hotdog menu on during the week, so that Fringe visitors will be able to get some delicious hot food to soak up the beer.

Ribs of Beef. 24 Wensum St / NR3 1HY. 01603 619517

The Sir Garnet

The Sir Garnet is adjacent to Norwich Market, just a stones throw away from the City Hall and alongside Gentleman’s Walk. The building itself is steeped in history and can be dated back to medieval times and first opened its doors as a public house in 1861. Not only is there fine food (with roasts every Sunday) and drink, but also fantastic views across the City. Upstairs there is a permenant display of historical photography depicting Norwich by the acclaimed George Plunkett. The pub is open until 2am at weekends and is completely dog friendly.

Special Offer

Tuesday 21st - Saturday 25th February


We’ll be offering a free side of fries with every food order for anyone participating in the NWAF

The Sir Garnet. 36 Market Pl, Norwich NR2 1RD. 01603 615892 @sirgarnetpub

The Kings Head

A welcoming and friendly real ale pub located on Magdalen Street in the heart of Norwich’s vintage shopping district. An ever-changing selection of up to 14 real ales and ciders featuring local microbreweries and guests. Mild always available. No keg beers. Norwich CAMRA Pub Of The Year 2006 and 2008.


Saturday 25th February, 3-5pm


With Humpty Dumpty and Samphire Farm Shop on Saturday 25 Feb from 3-5 PM. Jeff from Samphire and Stephen George of Humpty Dumpty will be present. Humpty Dumpty will offer thier Festival Special ale; Jeff will talk about their farm, pigs and pies. £5 ticket / max 30. Contact us on Twiiter @kingshdnorwich or Facebook @kingsheadnorwich

The Kings Head. 42 Magdalen St, Norwich NR3 1JE.

The Coach and Horses

The Coach and Horses is delighted to be taking part in The Fringe. Located close to Norwich Railway Station, the Coach and Horses is everything a proper pub should be, combining its own brewery, superb homemade food, a real ‘pub’ atmosphere, live music and unmissable sport on television. With added touches like an open fire, the Coach and Horses is unlike most of the city’s pubs and eating houses. Chalk Hill Brewery, located at the Coach and Horses, is Norwich’s longest established brewery. Established in 1993, it brews a great range of award-winning beers, which are available at the pub. A must-visit!


Wednesday 22nd February, 6.30pm


The Coach and Horses. 82 Thorpe Road, Norwich NR1 1BA. 01603 477077 @TheCoachThorpe

The Murderers

Traditional family run Freehouse, dating back to 1696. A regular entry in the Good Beer Guide, and Regional winners in the Great British Pub Awards, (Best Cask Pub) Come in and find out how we got our gruesome nickname of the Murderers!


Saturday 18th - Saturday 25th February


Using beers that are brewed with Norfolk Malt, this will allow us an additional 30+ ales available!

The Murderers. 2-4 Timber Hill, Norwich NR1 3LB. 01603 621447

The Beehive

Built originally in 1892 as a corner shop. The premises were converted to pub in 1922 when the licence was transferred from The Bird in Hand on King Street in Norwich. The pub has been at the heart of the community ever since. We offer a wide range of beers with some marvelous homemade food available Weds-Sat 12-2.30 pm. We were delighted to be allocated the award of Camra City pub of the year in 2015.


Wednesday 22nd February, 9pm


Join us for a Winter Ale Quiz night!

The Beehive. 30 Leopold Rd, Norwich NR4 7PJ. 01603 451628

The Fat Cat

Recently celebrating 25 years, The Fat Cat is a beer drinkers paradise, serving 30+ real ales all year around. Twice Camra National Pub of the Year (1998 and 2004). Seven times winner of The Good Pub Guide ‘Beer Pub of the Year’ (1998, 2004, 2008, 2010, 2013, 2016 and 2017). A no-gimmicks traditional real ale emporium, where the only noise you’ll hear is good old conversation and the occasional slurp of a well-kept, reasonably priced pint…and the rolls are STILL ONLY 60p!


Saturday 18th - Saturday 25th February


Greene King Abbot Ale 5.0%
Is only £3 a pint

Limited Edition Extra strong ales
From Marston’s Brewery (Only available at The Fat Cat)

The Fat Cat. 49 West End Street, Norwich NR2 4NA. 01603 624364

The Fat Cat and Canary

Christian and his staff welcome you to The Fat Cat and Canary pub, you will find a fine selection of Real Ales, wines, spirits and a selection of beers from around the world! Not only do we provide a wide range of drinks, we also offer superb Sunday lunches 12-5pm There is our weekly quiz every Wednesday evening and we show Sky and BT sport.


Saturday 18th February, 8pm


Live music from Beat Deluxe

The Fat Cat and Canary. 101 Thorpe Rd, Norwich NR1 1TR 01603 436925

St Andrews Brew House

Established in 2015, we are home to our very own microbrewery, bar, restaurant and some great weekly events. Whether you are popping in for your favourite after work pint, or spending a relaxing afternoon nibbling on tapas with friends, we want you to feel like part of the Brew House family.


Tuesday 21st February


Wednesday 22nd February


Set menu with Steve, our Head Brewer

Saturday 18th - Saturday 25th February


Sunday 19th - Saturday 25th February


St. Andrews Brew House. 41 St Andrews Street, Norwich NR2 4TP. 01603 305995

The Red Lion

An attractive riverside pub situated at the end of the oldest bridge in Norwich. It is in easy reach of the railway station and buses. The pub has a large horseshoe shaped bar and a choice of up to six real ales. There is a conservatory, which overlooks the picturesque River Wensum, and launching facilities are available.


Saturday 25th February, Lunchtime


Book signing of The Red Lioness book by Cathy Price Robinson

The Red Lion. Bishopgate, Norwich NR1 4AA. 01603 620154

The Plasterers Arms

A modern twist on a traditional pub. Tucked away off Magdalen Street The Plasterers is a cosy Victorian boozer specialising in modern beers from microbreweries across the world. 24 draught taps serving cask and keg beers and ciders; artisan spirits and wines; and stone-baked pizzas.


Monday 20th February, 8pm


£1 entry

Wednesday 22nd February, 7pm


Tickets £7

Friday 24th February


Free Entry

Friday 24th February, 7.30pm


Featuring several one-offs and barrel aged specialities, plus food (tickets £8)


CollabFest - special one-off and unique casks from Poppyland, Woodfordes, Golden Triangle, Norfolk Brewhouse, People’s brewery and more.

The Plasterers Arms. 43 Cowgate, Norwich NR3 1SZ. 01603 387525