Members from the CAMRA Norfolk & Norwich Branch raise a glass at the first official brewery tour for The Norfolk Brewhouse.

Last weekend, twenty-six branch members (pictured) hopped on a bus from Norwich to visit the brewery and try some of the many superb pubs around north Norfolk.

After a tour of the brewery and as it’s CAMRA Mild month of May – a quick taste of Moon Gazer Dark Mild – we then all headed off to The Three Horseshoes in Warham – singing a local branch version of ‘the wheels on the bus’ all the way and desperately trying to remember what they were told on the brewery trip so they could answer questions to a Norfolk Brewhouse quiz to win a pin of Moon Gazer Ale.

The Three Horseshoes is a gem of a pub in the pretty village of Warham (not far from Wells and Blakeney). Owned and managed by Ian Salmon for over 25 years, the pub serves great real ale and home-cooked food. The pub is quirky, packed full of charm and character, well worth a visit.

Then off to the Kings Head in Holt. On the main street, it’s a real pub with a-great selection ales – usually up to 14 on at any one time. They also serve superb food – which is where the group rested up and tucked into home-made scotch eggs, sweet sticky sausages, sandwiches and chunky chips.

Fuelled up, it was off to the next destination The Pigs at Edgefield, followed by the last stop at The Three Horseshoes in Briston.

We really enjoyed our first brewery tour and the group did too. Michael from CAMRA who organised the trip said; “Thank you for making it a fantastic day out and for your outstanding hospitality. In the last 2 years I have arranged about 15 brewery trips as I feel it is important for the branch to visit and engage with the breweries. I am sure that I will have no difficulty in arranging another trip to the brewery in future.”