49 West End Street,
Colin Keatley opened the Fat Cat Pub in 1991. However, his career began back in 1965, where, at the age of just 15, he worked for his father behind the bar of The Roundhouse, Covent Garden, London. Four years later, between 1969-
In 1971, ages 21, Colin became one of the youngest licensees in Great Britain when he took over the New Savoy Tavern, opposite the prestigious Savoy Hotel on the Strand. This gave Colin his first proper taste of being a pub landlord. This is where Colin met his future wife Marjie. After around 8 years in the New Savoy Tavern they deiced to move to Norfolk.
Colin and Marjie spent a couple of years doing various different things, including running a sandwich shop called Fryer Tucks. This, however, did not last long and in 1980 they bought the White Lion on Oak Street.
Real ale was having a renaissances in Norwich at the time and Colin took full advantage of this by launching The White Lion as a traditional real ale pub. The White Lion was very successful and Colin began to make a name for himself in Norwich with real ale enthusiasts. Many of the customers in The White Lion are regulars in The Fat Cat today! In 1988, now with 3 children, Colin and Marjie sold the White Lion.
During the next 3 years Colin and Marjie took on two leasehold pubs with Greene King and Adnams’ brewery.
In 1991 they bought the New Inn pub, West End Street, Norwich. Which, at the time, was a run-
20+ years later The Fat Cat is renowned as being one of the most successful real ale pubs in Great Britain. Winning many national awards. More recently Colin and Marjie have bought 2 more pubs in Norwich; The Fat Cat Brewery Tap and The Fat Cat & Canary. They also opened The Fat Cat Brewery in 2005. The full range of Fat Cat Brewery beers are available in all three pubs.
Since 1991 The Fat Cat has won Camra Norfolk and Norwich Pub of the Year four times (1998, 2004, 2012 and 2014). The pub has gone on to win Camra National Pub of the Year twice (1998 and 2004). The Fat Cat has also won The Good Pub Guide Beer Pub of the Year a record eight times! (1998, 2004, 2008, 2010, 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018!)
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