The Naked Element team have been busy this week! On Wednesday we went to a networking evening with a difference and the following day we attended the swanky Norfolk Chamber Anniversary event.

The networking evening included food (as you might expect) and meeting new people, but it also included a spectacular view of Norwich, not seen by many.

The Thrive networking event was held in the Narthex of the Catholic Cathedral of St John the Baptist. Our evening began with a glass of Grapefruit ale from St Peter’s Brewery (the taste of the fruit was evident but not overpowering) then a walk to the top of the tower. Although it was a grey, and slightly rainy, day the view was still amazing. We also got to see the inside of the cathedral from the rafters which was spectacular in itself. Catholic Cathedral

After taking 200 or so steps up (and then down again) we were treated to food and more beer tasting courtesy of the Thirst Consultants. I got to try local ales including Moongazer, Humpty Dumpty, St Andrews Brewhouse, Panther and Lacons. Sommelier Cheryl Cade took us through how to taste a beer like a pro and what to look out for when trying new drinks. After a few more tasters and talking it was time to stumble home, hopefully avoiding a fuzzy head the next day at work!

The Norfolk Chamber Anniversary event was held inside Norwich Castle, a venue many of us hadn’t been to since we were children. Wine flowed and delicious food was served as councillors spoke about the success of the Norfolk Chamber and of the region in general. The main hall of the castle was full of local business man and women and the atmosphere was buzzing! It was a privilege to have had two interesting evenings in two of the city’s finest historical buildings in just one week.