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Last Updated: Wednesday, 15 September, 2004, 05:38 GMT 06:38 UK
Pubs are among the country's best
A pint of beer being drunk
Norwich and Northampton both have award-winning pubs
Two pubs in the East of England have been named among the best places in England to enjoy a pint.

The Fat Cat in Norwich has been named as East Anglia's top hostelry while Northampton's Malt Shovel Tavern took the honour in the East Midlands.

The two pubs are among 16 named as regional winners in the 2005 Good Beer Guide - compiled by the Campaign for Real Ale.

The overall winner will be announced during National Pubs Week next year.

The Fat Cat in West End Street was described in the guide as an "ale drinkers' paradise".

Landlord Colin Keatley said he was meticulous about the way his beer is kept and checked "as there is nothing worse than a rotten pint".

The Malt Shovel Tavern, in Bridge Street, was named Northamptonshire Pub of the Year between 1997 and 2000 and again in 2003.

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