City's 'tiniest pub' to undergo transformation

The Malt and Mardle - Norwich's first micro pub has closed it's doors as work begin on it's refurbishment

The Malt and Mardle - Norwich's first micro pub has closed its doors as work begins on refurbishment - Credit: Emily Bridges

A pint-sized city pub has temporarily closed for a refurbishment so it can welcome punters back with a bang. 

The Malt and Mardle in Magdalen Street was one of the first tiny pubs to appear in the city with bosses sure it is the smallest in Norwich. 

It first opened in July 2021 but is ready for a facelift. 

Emily Bridges, one of the founders of the pub, said: “You refurbish such a small space with a little bit of difficulty.  

Shelves will be installed above the bar to create more efficient storage space at the tiny pub.

Shelves will be installed above the bar to create more efficient storage space at the tiny pub. - Credit: Emily Bridges

“On a practical level it involves a lot of moving things from one place to another, plus some advanced planning.  

“We have family helping with the DIY aspect and although we're working in a small space, we luckily haven’t had any frayed tempers yet.” 

The owners have decided to refurbish to improve the produce and make the operating on the pub more efficient.  

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They also want to finish the jobs they didn’t get round to completing the first time the pub was renovated.  

The added storage in the cellar has enabled the owners to open up the window in the front of the pub. 

The added storage in the cellar has enabled the owners to open up the window in the front of the pub. - Credit: Emily Bridges

Emily said: “The big job we are doing is adding large, chunky beer pipes from the cellar cabinet on one side of the pub to our bar which is the other.” 

This means the pub will be able to offer more keg beer including local lager on a permanent, everyday basis.  

Emily added: “The only downside is that the piping isn’t the most aesthetic so we are having to do some redesigning to keep the pub looking beautiful.”

The owners are planning on keeping the general look and feel of the pub the same.

And having storage in the cellar has meant they can open up the front window and add more seating.  

Emily said: “I am excited to be able to offer even more beer to our customers and the new design details will allow more sunlight into the space.  

Large pipes are being installed from the cellar to enable the tiny pub to offer even more beer to it's customers. 

Large pipes are being installed from the cellar to enable the tiny pub to offer even more beer to it's customers. - Credit: Emily Bridges

“The storage solutions like shelves are something people wouldn’t really notice, but will be really satisfying for me. 

“In a micropub those sorts of things make such a huge difference.” 

The pub will reopen on January 20.  

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