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The Belgian Monk, Norwich, Norfolk

The Belgian Monk

4.1
4.1
340 Reviews
£25 and under
Belgian
The Belgian Monk opened in December 2000. The main objective was to create something different yet to fit in with the way drinking and dining is changing. It has become a successful and established bar and restaurant, offering customers a choice of a regular selection of some 45 beers together with a selection of special beers. The menu is based on serving only the best products available freshly prepared daily, at realistic prices, in an informal relaxed "friends and family" atmosphere. It provides more than just the meal or drink but a whole Belgian experience. Now owned and run by Wursty Four Biers Ltd the new owners hope to take this fantastic venue to new heights and enhance the service style and offer. Sincerely not to be missed!

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2 people

19:00


Booked 7 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Belgian, Seafood, Beer Garden

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Sat 12:00–23:00

  • Phone number

    01603 767222

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    Rhys Lilley

  • Area

    Norwich

  • Cross Street

    St Johns Alley

  • Parking Details

    None

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Wine

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What 340 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Norfolk/Suffolk

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Norwich

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. RB

    RonnieB

    Norfolk

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    Superb food and incredible beers. Couldn't recommend enough
  2. T

    Terry

    Norfolk

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Food as expected. Staff excellent.
  3. MT

    MartynT

    Norfolk

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great selection of beers, coupled with a super rustic meal; just what we wanted👏👍
  4. TG

    TristanG

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 August 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience5
    Being a Saturday night the restaurant was very busy. The food was good, portions large and great ambience. Though being so busy, the waitresses were unattentive, we asked they attend our table for additional drinks, they then became busy and didn't return to the table to place an order. There seemed to be a lack of organisation. I realise the service charge is "optional" though being placed straight on to the bill makes it uncomfortable to challenge. I'll be back, though most likely for drinks and not food.
  5. SJ

    SarahJ

    Norfolk

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 August 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Lovely food, great beer. Very helpful service. Great courtyard garden.
  6. JW

    JaneW

    Norfolk

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 August 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Good meal choice in the double deal Friendly staff upstairs room has good air conditioning
  7. T

    Twopeasinapod

    Norfolk

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 5 August 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Very impressed with the staff and how quickly and efficiently they served us hence why we were happy to pay the service charge included on the bill. Food was delicious and all served hot and quickly. I had the main course of the bucket of modules and had a job eating them all as they came with a baguette and fries which were all delicious but think next time the starter option would leave me room for a sweet and shared starter as they looked lovely. Our first visit and we are looking forward to trying out other menu items. The other main meal we had was the trout fillet which was also delicious and cooked really well but only had one fillet and would have expected to have both nonetheless didn’t spoil our meal and will be back. First time ever trying the cherry beer which was also very nice.
  8. M

    Matisse

    Norfolk

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 August 2022

    overall2food4service4ambience4
    One reason I like the Belgian Monk is for the good selection of beers. I ordered 5 different beers on the menu and none were available. Had to ask the manager to come to the table and tell us which beers on the menu were available. The selection was very very limited. I was told the reason of the shortage was the Pride weekend, which was a week before. The waitress was wonderful but overworked.
  9. JB

    JaneB

    Norfolk

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Delicious food and great selection of Belgian beers.
  10. DJ

    DebbieJ

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall5food3service1ambience3
    Disappointing since change of ownership Staff unaware of what was not available on menu until we ordered Very frustrating xx
  11. SB

    SarahB

    Norfolk

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Great food, generous portions and lovely beers. I had the mussels as a main dish and they were very tasty.
  12. SB

    SuzannahB

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 July 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    Have visited many times but was informed it has changed management and felt the food quality has been effected by this. Smaller portions, poor quality (over cooked pork and pudding). Bit disappointed as used to really enjoy it.
  13. J

    Josh

    Norfolk

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 26 July 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Fantastic food and drinks as per usual, a perfect place to have my university graduation meal!
  14. AB

    AnuB

    Norfolk

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 July 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience5
    Drinks were great as usual and staff were friendly, however I understand it was a Saturday around 7 but the service was still slow, no drink menu on table and had to wait for long to be served
  15. JR

    JessR

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 July 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Great service, food always decent and of course the best beer selection around
  16. MS

    MikeS

    Norfolk

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 July 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Another visit to the Monk, food and service good as ever
  17. a

    aland

    Norfolk

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 July 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Out of fish, all sold at lunchtime. No cider available. The liver and bacon were well cooked, but quite small portions on a lot of mashed potato.
  18. MM

    MarinaM

    London

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 14 July 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    It was not as nice as I remembered it. There used to be more interesting sauces with the mussels including a Thai-inspired one. Wish we could have sat in the garden. Upstairs was a little dull.
  19. GB

    GB89

    Norfolk

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 July 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Very enjoyable, good atmosphere, good food and friendly staff. Only downside was a real lacking of vegetarian options (unless you really love mushrooms, which sadly I don't at all!)- but perhaps that was my confusion over the Sunday menu rather than the fault of the restaurant.
  20. SW

    SarahW

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 July 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Took my husband for his birthday meal as I have for the past 5 years, what a disappointment! We had not realised the premises had changed hands and had new owners. The menu had been halved, removing some of the most popular dishes and left very little choice or variety. More importantly the food was very bland and lacked flavour. This is the first time we have visited the Belgian Monk and left feeling very disappointed and unsatisfied. The choice of beers has also been dramatically reduced, it seems the things the pub was renowned for have now been stripped away, very sad. When paying the bill, unlike the rest of the changes, an addition has been added! They now automatically add a 15% service charge to the bill. This is, in my opinion, unacceptable. They know many people will find it difficult to challenge this and feel awkward in asking for it to be removed, probably why it has been done. Sadly we will not be returning as the place unfortunately no longer offers excellent food, variety or service but instead charges expensive prices for substandard, mediocre food.
  21. OT

    OldTom

    Norfolk

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 July 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    We sat outside in what looked like a temporary shack with broken benches around us, various other items stacked up and with a fairly noisy air-conditioning unit providing background noise. The wooden bench type seating not very comfortable. Good choice of Belgian beers to drink although £10+ a pint may take the edge of your enjoyment. My tartiflette (cheesy potato bake) was OK but the potatoes should have been slightly more yielding and there wasn't much in the way of chorizo and bacon as promised in the España version. Service was perfunctory; the food came quite slowly. 12.5% service charge added - a practice I deplore. I might go again but next time I would sit inside where the ambience seemed cosier.
  22. RB

    RobertB

    Norfolk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The 12.5% service charge was worth it. We had 4 different people check on us, and all were as polite as if they were your only server.
  23. TW

    TerryW

    Norfolk

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 8 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Made our date night very special , my favourite restaurant in norwich keep up the good work
  24. GH

    GrahamH

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 July 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    It wasn't great, I'm sorry to say. The good news is that it has a fantastic range of beers but, since they are Belgian, most are strong and served in small glasses. However, the inside and the garden are both very basic and attracting someone's attention for service was difficult as the staff seemed to disappear for a time. I enjoyed the mussel dish I had, however my wife's chowder was inedible and we had to leave it. Strongly in the Monk's favour, though was that they didn't charge for the dish or even for the alternative dish they offered, so we did leave at the end with a better overall feeling. I don't think I'd go back though.
  25. S

    Steve

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 July 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    The food is not as good as it used to be, unfortunately. The big selection of mussels has gone and there are just 5 kinds now. I had the fruits de mers mussels which was decent but everything was a bit overcooked. The beer is fantastic however and the BM is the only place in the city you can go for a good selection of Belgian beers so it's worth it for that
  26. S

    Sophie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Really excellent food and drink here, very friendly and accommodating service, food came really quickly, servers were very attentive! The outside area is nice, but sadly we were surrounded by smokers and the smoke hangs around a bit because the outside area is quite enclosed, can't be helped though - we generally have to sit outside everywhere these days as we have a busy, exploring toddler who needs to be able to wander around.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 26 June 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Have eaten here many times and the food was tasty as always. Friendly staff, great service and great selection of beers.
  28. LC

    LindenC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely food as ever. Had the mussels...of course.....and the Trout. Also love the cherry beer. Always enjoy coming here, my husbands favourite restaurant
  29. JB

    JeanetteB

    London

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 25 June 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Really good meal and very good service, will definitely go again
  30. G

    Garry

    Norfolk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, the taste of Belgium in the centre of Norwich. Love the draught cherry beer
  31. AC

    AmyC

    Norfolk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 June 2022

    overall5food4service3ambience4
    Lovely food, and good vibe. Service was mostly great, and everything was done very well
  32. SH

    ShirleyH

    Norfolk

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 22 June 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Uncomfortable seats,had to ask to order, Only five variety of mussels, Our meal was mixing chilli in it. Very disappointed
  33. RE

    RachelE

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 June 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Friendly service, great drinks, delicious food. Will definitely be back!
  34. KF

    KarenF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A great meal of mussels! Sat outside, there were just the right amount of people there to make it enjoyable, but not too busy. Staff Lovely. Will be returning for sure - even when it is in another county to where we live! Thank You : )
  35. N

    Nchpretheatre

    Norfolk

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 20 June 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Lovely tasty food , attentative staff , peaceful and stress free pre theatre meal apart from one issue. Do not sit on the table across from the downstairs toilets , this is the 2nd time we have been put there and we were told the issue which ruined our last meal there, is no longer a problem, but it is.
  36. JW

    JulieW

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience2
    The food was excellent and piping hot. Unfortunately though even though I booked a table and we arrived on time we were made to feel an inconvenience to one of the bar staff
  37. VD

    ValerieD

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience2
    We have been coming to the BM for years and never had a bad experience. This time the choice of food was very limited especially the mussels. When our order arrived my trout was overcooked the potatoes and broccoli were not cooked fresh and it was overall very dry. My husband had a fish dish with cream very little fish in the dish was mostly the same potatoes as I had in my dish. Our table was next to the toilets so asked to move and were put in the bar next to the door. It was like sitting in a corridor. Won't be back sadly it was one place we really loved.
  38. SP

    SteveP

    Norfolk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place has always delivered. These days eating out can be risky but never here. Top notch food and flavours every time.
  39. V

    Victoria

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    A cold welcome at the door, three sets of people came in and left again before the waitress even acknowledged us stood there at the front. She warmed up a bit once she found we had booked and seated us. Menu really scaled down. Food was ok but not amazing and we’ve been going for years so had the same expectations. We were only just starting to eat our desert and asked if we needed anything, I said not at the moment and the waiter then said I’ll get your bill then! Never, ever have I been handed a bill without even finishing, or offered the option of coffee. Have all manners gone out of the window? Terrible customer service and having the card machine thrust in our faces before we’d put our spoons down certainly left a bitter taste. Ive always previously recommended B.M to visiting customers and we’ve frequented lots over the years, so disappointed.
  40. HG

    HecticGreenEyes

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food, service and atmosphere were brilliant. My Mum fell ill while there and the staff were extremely helpful and attentive.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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The Belgian Monk is rated 4.1 stars by 340 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 7 times today
Google Map for The Belgian Monk

7 Pottergate, Norwich, Norfolk NR2 1DS

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    St Johns Alley

  • Area

    Norwich

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Sat 12:00–23:00

  • Cuisines

    Belgian, Seafood, Beer Garden

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    None

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Rhys Lilley

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Wine

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