Reindeer Ale House, The

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Type: Bar, Eatery

10 Dereham Road
Norwich, England, NR2 4AY
United Kingdom

+44 (0)1603 762223 | map

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3.73/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

This is a fairly new pub, snatched from ruin by Elgoods Brewery. It is about a five minute walk from the Fat Cat (towards town), on the corner of Dereham and Valentine, just west of Grapes Hill. The cream-colored with pine-green trim exterior is hard to miss. Plus there's a big sign with a gold line-drawing of a Rudolph.

The interior is mostly oak and pine, sectioned in an L-shape with the bar along the inner "spine" of the L. Apart from the usual clutter of liquor bottles behind the bar, there are 3 banks of real-ale pump handles and 2 banks of cold-taps. The premisis is quite spacious, but compartmentalized seating areas. There is a non-smoking area, but it is quite small and not walled off in any way from the rest of the place. However, because the bar is quite roomy, the smoke disperses pretty well.

The selection is good, but mostly Elgood's beers on handpump. Good thing they are an excellent brewery AND independent. Usually there are 4-5 of their beers on cask. Then there's the standard cold-tap stuff (Guinness, Strongbow, euro-lager, Carling, etc.), bottled alcopops, and wine. They do have a small, but respectable selection of bottled Belgian beer: De Koninck, Orval, Chimay (unsure which one), Kwak, Duvel, and Delirium Tremens. Everything is reasonably priced.

The quality of the real-ales is good, if not great. Seems like they there is pretty fast turnover on the casks, so nothing sits too long. They'll usually put an aging cask on special for about £1.80. While I was writing this review, I had the Thin Ice (which was at this reduced price). Tasted very fresh, but the carbonation was virtually nill.

Service is on the friendly side of "standard" with some attractive "barmaids" usually running the show. Of course, order at the bar, but if you are having food, they will bring it out to you. I've only had the chips (i.e.- fries) there, but the food looks to be quite good otherwise.

It's a good place to come with friends because it's roomy. And if you're there with non-real-ale drinkers, there are plenty of choices for both you and them. Other than that, it's just a great place to come to try Elgood's beers, rather than driving out to Wisbech.

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Reindeer Ale House, The in Norwich, GB2, United Kingdom
3.73 out of 5 based on 1 ratings.
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