The Library Bar and Grill

3.9
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513 reviews
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£25 and under
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British
Housed in a stunning Grade II listed building that is the site of the first public library in Britain, The Library Bar and Grill in Norwich City Centre offers high-quality modern English cuisine, specialising in fresh fish and meat cooked on a wood fired grill.
with two private dining rooms idea for those special occasion celebrations or any business function
A beautiful bar area serving cocktails, craft beers and an interesting well priced wine list .
The Library truly has the wow factor , a Norwich landmark with a casual ambience in a grand building
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
British
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Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday: 12:00 - 22:00
Saturday: 12:00 - 22:00
Sunday: 12:00 - 16:00
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Phone number
01603 616606
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Nigel Raffles
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Private Party Facilities
We offer two private dining areas seating up to 30 for a sit down meal and up to 100 for a buffet. Both rooms have floor to ceiling original bookcases.
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Private Party Contact
Jayne : 01603 616606
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Catering
We offer off-site catering. For more information please contact the Restaurant.
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Parking Details
Public Lot
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Public Transit
Norwich train station is a 15 minute walk away.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining , Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.8
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CG
Norfolk
2 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 5

Open table website gave the wrong information about opening times and the prefix meal times, but the restaurant was very accommodating and allowed us to have the prefix meal early. And I must say it was exceptionally nice, we will definitely eat there again. The only issue we had was the price of the alcohol, £4.80 for a bottle of real ale.

h
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The perfect place for our daughters graduation celebrations - couldn’t fault anything about it!

MW
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Staff were lovely, couldnt fault anything...... lovely setting, atmosphere and perfect for a lunch or dinner.

JM
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

My daughter and I were very impressed with both the food and the service. I have been to the Library before and have been satisfied on each occasion. I would recommend your restaurant to my friends.

CG
Norfolk
2 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb service from start to finish, amazing food and drink menu and the food was superb.

C
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant had possibly the best vegetarian meal I have ever had. The food was all well made and great value, and the portion sizes were great. There was plenty of choice with great veggie and vegan options and their desserts are delicious

OT
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Food service was lovely and quick. My starter seemed to be very greasy, however my main was lovely. The chips weren’t overly great, but my burger was lovely!

MN
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

First visit there and very impressed with the food and staff.

A
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We found the food of very high quality, delicious. Very friendly staff with good service and generally good atmosphere in the restaurant.

LA
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Amazing Sunday roast!!! Every item on the plate was absolutely fantastic!!!

JF
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

My husband had wanted us to visit The Library for along time as he had a meal there a few years ago that he loved. We booked for 8 pm when we arrived there only 3 other tables been used so the large space had no atmosphere. The food was underwhelming and I certainly wouldn’t visit again

TH
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food good service great and just a nice relaxed atmosphere

DW
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 4

Table booked for 19.45 made arrangements to meet our friends at 19.15 in the bar to talk before the meal and felt pestered to go to table on arrival, meal was ordered and produced as though already cooked although acceptable, it was after the meal I felt let down as the staff were clearing the table whilst we were still finishing our drinks and produced the bill as they had taken it upon themselves that we weren’t having anything else.
I did ask if they were ready to go home and got a yes for an answer which at 21.30-21.45 surprised me and felt we were keeping them there beyond their time,
Just to end, I have many times been there and been very pleased but feel the service let it down

DR
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals I have eaten in Norwich. The cheesecake was particularly exceptional

CA
1 review
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We really enjoyed our experience. The staff were friendly and attentive and the atmosphere relaxed. We will definitely recommend this establishment to others and will go there again should we find ourselves in Norwich.

JM
Norfolk
2 reviews
Dined on 14 May 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We had the early evening meal which was excellent value and good sized portions. It was well presented and tasted great. I highly recommend this non-chain restaurant in a beautiful old library.

JH
Norfolk
2 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great tasting food well presented by efficient friendly staff , an enjoyable evening, I’d definitely return .

VF
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for the set price menu between 6 and 7 on a Saturday was £15.95 for three courses. Loved the butternut squash, coconut,chilli and lime soup. The Sea bass was great and the chocolate roulade was nice for me could of have been a bit chocolatey but I am a chocoholic. The staff were very friendly and allowed us to stay after the meal for a long time just chatting over drinks no pressure to up and leave. Lots of others enjoying themselves .

OT
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I ate the vegan main which I can honestly say is one of the best I have had in a long time. The espresso martini I had was second to none too. Staff very friendly but not over bearing. Definitely one of my favourites from now on.

DT
Norfolk
2 reviews
Dined on 7 May 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

We went for a pre theatre dinner and found the restaurant empty. To be fair I probably chose the wrong meal / American Mixed Grill as I do not like dressings and they did replace the burger with a plain one. One of the chefs was obviously being trained and one person was washing around the paintwork in the cooking area! The pork ribs and barbecue sauce on my grill were stone cold straight from the fridge and not heated at all. Fortunately I was not I’ll afterwards. My wife’s meal was warm and not hot. I was offered a complementary dessert but both that and my wife’s which we paid for were not really fresh. The final insult was being asked to add a tip to the bill (which foolishly I did. ) We now understand why the restaurant was virtually empty. We will not be going back!!!!

C
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 2

The restaurant felt a bit bright and canteen-like for an evening meal but we asked for and were given a table tucked in a corner which was much nicer. Our booking was for 8.45 but by 9.45 the restaurant was empty apart from us and the staff were cleaning the kitchen - the smell of bleach was overwhelming and we felt rushed to finish up and leave which was a shame. Staff were pleasant though but I would only go back for lunch or early dinner.

MA
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and efficient service. Staff were very friendly

KJ
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food great service. The restaurant was very quiet which made us wonder why there was only a 6.30 & 6.45 table available on the booking system very odd. Would definitely come back.

OT
Norfolk
17 reviews
Dined on 30 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Have eaten here many times and the food is always very good. We had the 2 course prix fixe lunch for £11.95 and both chose excellent asian beef starter and perfectly cooked sea bass for main course accompanied by a decent glass of white wine. It's just a shame that it's often fairly empty on a weekday lunchtime so it really does feel like your dining in the library, virtually in silence! We were in and out in only 45 minutes which is a shame because it's a beautiful building with a good menu and deserves to be better supported.

LS
Norfolk
2 reviews
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Beautifully cooked steak and burger. Attentive staff and a nice relaxed atmosphere.

A
London
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Welcoming staff offered a choice of seating and took the order quickly. Food was good quality and well presented. Lovely not needing to talk over back ground music which was playing softly. Attentive staff who did not fuss whilst we ate the meal. Nice relaxing experience.

DC
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautifully prepared food with careful and attentive service. Wonderful location and ambience and not expensive.

NY
Norfolk
3 reviews
Dined on 15 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We really enjoyed our pre Theatre dinner. Staff helpful and friendly.
Would definitely go again.

RM
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 15 April 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Service and ambiance were very good. Food was very average. Too fried and not healthy enough.

NW
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

The food was quite good but not exceptional. It was very cold in the restaurant and that spoiled it for us.

FT
Norfolk
3 reviews
Dined on 9 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Very quiet, only people in the restaurant- lovely food for the price, great service but lacked atmosphere even for a lunch time.

MB
Norfolk
2 reviews
Dined on 8 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Me and my friend had a lovely lunch service was excellent food was excellent we can book again.

DM
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 8 April 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Disappointing vegan option: nice idea but “ribs”, particularly, unpleasant.

SB
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great Service very attentive but not overly so, food was good vale desert and cocktails tasty. Presentation was excellent and I loved the open kitchen it shows a confidence in the produces.

MN
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 3 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and friendly staff. Made a lovely evening

OT
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 2 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brilliant service and food.
The Mixed Grill is a meat fest and delicious!

JS
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Overall, it was ok. The venue is great, the main course was good except that the cabbage was very salty. Almost too salty to eat. Starters came out very quickly and the chicken in the Caesar salad was quite dry so it must have been sitting for a while. Would probably go again if in the area but I would definitely ask for less salty veg.

HT
1 review
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We have a lovely family meal but it just seemed very quiet for a Friday evening

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 28 March 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

The food was very poor quality, all the meat dishes very tough and tasteless. The staff didn’t seem interested.

MM
Norfolk
3 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visited on a Saturday early evening and hadn’t realised they offered a fixe prixe in a Saturday between 6 and 7. The food was excellent particularly the crispy beef to start, in terms of quality and portion size. Will definitely return.

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