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Prelude at Norwich Theatre Royal, Norwich, Norfolk

Prelude at Norwich Theatre Royal

4.3
4.3
759 Reviews
£25 and under
Modern European

Prelude at Norwich Theatre Royal is open daily for lunch and uses locally sourced freshly cooked food, its also a perfect place for a pre-show dinner. Enjoy your meal at a relaxed pace before going to the show, you also have your table for the entire evening so when you return at the interval your drinks and dessert order can be all ready for you. A great way to dine out before seeing a show!

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Modern European, British

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Daily 12:00–14:30 Dinner Daily 17:00–18:15

  • Phone number

    01603 598577

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

Menu

2 course £18 & 3 course £23

Starters

  • Soup of the Day with Bread

    • Warm Grilled Avocado with Crab, Ginger and Sesame Salad

      • Quinoa Grapefruit and Pomegranate Tabbouleh Bowl

        • Tomato, Onion & Basil Pesto Bruschetta

          • Smoked Duck Breast with Dapple Sauce, Rocket, Sunflower Seed and Nectarine Chutney

            Main Course

            • Cider Braised Pork Belly with Jersey Potatoes, Red Cabbage and Gooseberry Jus

              • Fillet of Bream with Tarragon Crust, Spring Onion Mash, Roasted Red Pepper Puree and Lemon Beurre Blanc

                • Locally Source Beefburger Served with Lettuce, Tomato Pickled Red Onion on Brioche Bun with Chips and Homemade Barbecue Sauce

                  • Grilled Aubergine, Feta Olive and Basil Salad with Minted New Potatoes

                    • Satay Sweet Potato and Spinach Curry, Toasted Almonds, Steamed Rice and Papadums

                      Sides

                      £2.50

                      • Chips

                        • Spring Onion Mash

                          • Buttered Jersey Potatoes

                            • Vegetables: Maple Roasted Carrots, Green Beans, or Spring Greens

                              • Rocket and Dapple Shavings with Balsamic Reduction

                                Desserts

                                • Grapefruit Segments, Flamed Italian Meringue, Pistachio Crumbs and Raspberry Sorbet

                                  • Rhubarb Bakewell, Nut Praline, with Vanilla Ice-Cream

                                    • Smoked Dapple and Binham Blue Cheese, Crackers, Grapes, Celery and Chutney

                                      • White Chocolate Pannacotta, Blackcurrant Gel and Brandy Snaps

                                        • Selection of Ice-Cream and Sorbets

                                          Last updated: 1 February 2022

                                          What 759 people are saying

                                          Overall ratings and reviews

                                          Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                                          4.3
                                          4.3 based on recent ratings
                                          • 4.1Food
                                          • 4.4Service
                                          • 4.4Ambience
                                          • 4.1Value

                                          NoiseModerate

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                                          1. PK

                                            PeterK

                                            Surrey

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined 2 days ago

                                            overall5food3service4ambience4

                                            Good menu and service. Only 2 small gripes, could hardly taste fish in fish cakes and cheese plate very small with celery that had seen better days. Couldn’t fault staff as were really on the ball.

                                          2. AH

                                            AnneH

                                            London

                                            2 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            2 reviews

                                            Dined 2 days ago

                                            overall5food5service5ambience4

                                            This is a treat, go with friends to the theatre and eat supper first- good choice, nice food served fast with charm, desert at the interval, a perfect start to the performance

                                          3. CC

                                            ChristineC

                                            London

                                            2 reviews

                                            3.0

                                            2 reviews

                                            Dined 2 days ago

                                            overall3food2service3ambience3

                                            My party were disappointed with the meals. Three had steak and were unimpressed with the cooking of the meat. No segregated knives were provided to cut the meat also had to request condiments for the table. Waiting staff were efficient but looked scruffy wearing jeans, thought a uniform would have given an air of professionalism rather than just come in from the garden.

                                          4. MT

                                            MikeT

                                            1 review

                                            4.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined 3 days ago

                                            overall4food4service4ambience4

                                            Like the fact that the table is yours for the evening. We returned in the interval for our dessert and a prebooked drink. Will unquestionably make Prelude our go to restaurant for theatre evenings

                                          5. PS

                                            PatriciaS

                                            Norfolk

                                            1 review

                                            3.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined 3 days ago

                                            overall3food3service3ambience3

                                            So nice to be able to sit and enjoy a meal knowing that the table was ours for the evening and we could return for dessert and coffee. Good toilet facilities, programme available, friendly staff. Good selection of dishes on the menu without being overwhelmed by too many. The new decor is a tremendous improvement and the tables are well spaced

                                          6. PA

                                            PhilipA

                                            Norfolk

                                            1 review

                                            4.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined 3 days ago

                                            overall4food3service5ambience5

                                            A very pleasant experience eating before a show. Good service and a relaxed environment.

                                          7. CC

                                            ColinC

                                            Warwickshire

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined 3 days ago

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            The menu was imaginative, the food delicious and beautifully presented. The many staff were all friendly, welcoming, cheerful and attentive while unobtrusive. The fact that the table was ours for the evening, enabling us to return for dessert and a drink in the interval (something we have encountered in no other theatre) made the meal and the whole evening even more relaxing and pleasurable. A totally delightful experience. Thank you.

                                          8. SP

                                            SharonP

                                            Norfolk

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined 3 days ago

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            The food, service and ambiance were perfect and we look forward to repeating the experience.

                                          9. JL

                                            JohnL

                                            Vancouver

                                            1 review

                                            4.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined 3 days ago

                                            overall4food4service5ambience4

                                            Great new menu. Staff interaction excellent throughout. I even overheard a member of staff outlining the benefits of becoming a “Friend” to a couple who were visiting for the first time!

                                          10. CB

                                            ChrisB

                                            Norfolk

                                            4 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            4 reviews

                                            Dined 3 days ago

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Helpful and professional staff, enjoyable menu, good choice of wines in three glass sizes. Perfect all round.

                                          11. B

                                            Busybee

                                            Norfolk

                                            14 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            14 reviews

                                            Dined 5 days ago

                                            overall5food5service5ambience4

                                            Good customer service and lovely meal

                                          12. MB

                                            MarcelleB

                                            Norfolk

                                            6 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            6 reviews

                                            Dined 5 days ago

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Outstandingly good food. Highly recommend. Very enjoyable evening.

                                          13. AP

                                            AmandaP

                                            Norfolk

                                            9 reviews

                                            4.0

                                            9 reviews

                                            Dined 5 days ago

                                            overall4food5service4ambience5

                                            I been many times and have always enjoyed the food and atmosphere. Nothing changed yesterday. All good.one little niggle. The lovely waitress tried to take my plate before I'd finished and took my friend's whilst I was eating...I think that shouldn't happen

                                          14. KE

                                            KEITHD

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined 5 days ago

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            This was the first time we have eaten here and thought it would be convenient for the Theatre Show we were seeing. We were really impressed with the quality of the food, the setting and the wonderful service. We would eat there again.

                                          15. RE

                                            RogerE

                                            Norfolk

                                            2 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            2 reviews

                                            Dined 5 days ago

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Thoughtfully designed menu with selected dishes very well cooked and presented. Warm welcome with personable attentive service throughout. Sent very positive and appreciative E-mail to venue the following day, and made further reservations.

                                          16. MF

                                            MarkF

                                            London

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined 5 days ago

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Nice food and great service Staff were all really helpful and excellent value for money

                                          17. DH

                                            DianeH

                                            Norfolk

                                            1 review

                                            4.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined 6 days ago

                                            overall4food4service4ambience4

                                            Good food with good service at a reasonable price. Handy to have your table during the interval too.

                                          18. K

                                            Kale

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined 6 days ago

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Food is good value and good quality. Service is great.

                                          19. A

                                            Amanda

                                            1 review

                                            3.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined 6 days ago

                                            overall3food3service4ambience4

                                            This was the first time we had been to the restaurant since 2019. It has had a make over & a change of name. The menu is up market but it won't appeal to everybody. We both had the burgers. However the coleslaw was carrot with raisins & coriander. The burger was covered in a very sweet onion sauce which I didn't like at all. The desserts were very good. Also the wine prices were reasonable. They now have unisex toilets which may upset some people. However there are separate loos upstairs in the theatre.

                                          20. AH

                                            AlisonH

                                            Norfolk

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined 6 days ago

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Great 3 course meal an SC lovely staff serving. Dessert & drink waiting at the interval is a bonus. Will definitely return.

                                          21. VC

                                            ValerieC

                                            Norfolk

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on 15 May 2022

                                            overall5food4service5ambience5

                                            Fantastic experience of dining pre-show and we loved having the table available at the interval. Excellent evening Thanks very much

                                          22. JF

                                            JohnF

                                            Norfolk

                                            2 reviews

                                            3.0

                                            2 reviews

                                            Dined on 15 May 2022

                                            overall3food3service5ambience4

                                            The portions are very small, The Mackerel pate was good, but the bred very dry and brittle, Aubergine and Chick pea was not as good as Monday’s,.

                                          23. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            Norfolk

                                            1 review

                                            3.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on 15 May 2022

                                            overall3food3service4ambience3

                                            A pre-show dinner. Average, but nice food. Good service. Cheese and crackers + crudités and port rather disappointing. Very friendly staff.

                                          24. KE

                                            KarenE

                                            Norfolk

                                            1 review

                                            4.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on 15 May 2022

                                            overall4food4service5ambience5

                                            Lovely ambience and fabulous service. Food was better than average but not fantastic. The lamb wasn’t worth extra supplement cost to be honest. I’d visit again as a pre show treat but wouldn’t go back otherwise.

                                          25. SL

                                            SusanL

                                            Norfolk

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on 14 May 2022

                                            overall5food4service5ambience5

                                            First experience of Prelude. Made evening a real tra Eat as able to eat before and relax in interval. Food was lovely and service was excellent. Will be coming back

                                          26. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            London

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on 14 May 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Really good food and service ! My issue is with the unisex toilets - find this really off putting and disturbing especially for restaurant of this quality - you have to follow ridiculous trends!

                                          27. JT

                                            JudeT

                                            New England

                                            10 reviews

                                            4.0

                                            10 reviews

                                            Dined on 14 May 2022

                                            overall4food4service5ambience4

                                            We had the three courses on offer. Not too much and not too little. Service was excellent. Will join you again next time we come to the theatre.

                                          28. TB

                                            TonyB

                                            London

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on 14 May 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Great food. Fantastic service and excellent idea of keeping your table all night.

                                          29. NT

                                            NormanT

                                            Norfolk

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on 14 May 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience4

                                            Prior to Saturday evening show. Comfortably paced meal 5.15pm Three courses and coffee. well cooked tasty unhurried. Had pate but needed more than three small crispbreads only just enough. Only bottled beer when bars close in foyer! Personable service Good value meal with show made night out.

                                          30. CY

                                            ChrisY

                                            Norfolk

                                            1 review

                                            4.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on 13 May 2022

                                            overall4food4service5ambience5

                                            A brilliant place for pre-theatre dinner, if you don't mind spending a bit. Lovely staff and great atmosphere. Food maybe not quite as good as when we last ate there. My partners's lamb was excellent he said, but the pea/asparagus risotto with my sea bream could have done with a bit more taste. Lovely key lime pie - very sweet!

                                          31. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            Norfolk

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on 13 May 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Our first visit to Prelude. Absolutely wonderful experience. Will definitely return.

                                          32. CP

                                            ClaireP

                                            Warwickshire

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on 13 May 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Excellent service from start to finish. The food was delicious and beautifully presented. The waiters and waitresses couldn't have been lovlier

                                          33. DS

                                            DavidS

                                            Norfolk

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on 13 May 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            A great experience. It was the first time there for us and we going to be there again next month for the We Will Rock musical, which we are looking forward to. Kind Regards David Smith

                                          34. A

                                            Anon

                                            Norfolk

                                            1 review

                                            3.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on 12 May 2022

                                            overall3food2service4ambience4

                                            The setting and service were both good but I wouldn't return. The food was very average, I was quite disappointed. My seabass with pea and asparagus risotto sounded delicious but the fish was small and the risotto tasteless. Desert was better. My partner had the burger, not the best but not the worst he's had. Overall average.

                                          35. PV

                                            PaulV

                                            London

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on 12 May 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Great food, lovely friendly service, relaxing ambience and genius idea of being able to come back for dessert in the show interval.

                                          36. A

                                            Alan

                                            Norfolk

                                            2 reviews

                                            4.0

                                            2 reviews

                                            Dined on 11 May 2022

                                            overall4food4service4ambience4

                                            Once again a very good evening. It's so very convenient to have the table for the evening.

                                          37. JM

                                            JohnM

                                            Norfolk

                                            1 review

                                            4.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on 11 May 2022

                                            overall4food5service5ambience4

                                            lovely food and great if you are going to the theatre, the only thing I could pick at was the staff could dress better.

                                          38. S

                                            Smitty14

                                            Norfolk

                                            4 reviews

                                            4.0

                                            4 reviews

                                            Dined on 11 May 2022

                                            overall4food4service4ambience4

                                            First visit to Prelude and very impressed. Only slight criticism on mains, could have been served with some fresh veg.

                                          39. TW

                                            TraceyW

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on 11 May 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Lovely again never disappointed , can’t wait till we go again in June!!!

                                          40. RB

                                            RachelB

                                            Norfolk

                                            5 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            5 reviews

                                            Dined on 11 May 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Had a lovely meal at prelude before the magical beatles show staff lovely and on point. Good value for money.

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                                          Prelude at Norwich Theatre Royal is rated 4.3 stars by 759 OpenTable diners.

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                                          Booked 16 times today
                                          Google Map for Prelude at Norwich Theatre Royal

                                          Theatre Street Norwich, Norfolk NR2 1RL

                                          Additional information

                                          • Area

                                            Norwich

                                          • Hours of Operation

                                            Lunch Daily 12:00–14:30 Dinner Daily 17:00–18:15

                                          • Cuisines

                                            Modern European, British

                                          • Dining style

                                            Casual Dining

                                          • Dress Code

                                            Casual Dress

                                          • Parking Details

                                            None

                                          • Additional

                                            Gluten-free Options, Wheelchair Access

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