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The Red Lion Bishopgate, Norwich, Norfolk

The Red Lion Bishopgate

4.3
4.3
471 Reviews
£25 and under
Gastro Pub
Welcome to The Red Lion Bishopgate!

We serve fresh, locally sourced food all day, everyday. Our head chef Max has created a menu suitable for everyone, including GF, Vegan, Vegetarian options.
Brunch is also available 7 days a week, 10:00am-11:30am. Please see below our food serving times:

Monday - Thursday: 12:00-20:00
Friday & Saturday: 12:00-21:00
Sunday: 12:00-20:00 - Roasts available all day.

We always leave some tables free, so if you can't make a booking just pop in to see if you can grab a table!

Please note, your booking is allocated for 2 hours.

Tables in the garden are rain proof and we do have heating, but may not be suitable in heavy rain.


We look forward to welcoming you soon.

Nick, Bri, Elle & The RLB Team.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 13 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Gastro Pub, British

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 10:00–22:00 Fri, Sat 10:00–23:00

  • Phone number

    01603 629417

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Area

    Norwich

  • Parking Details

    Public Lot

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 471 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
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Norfolk/Suffolk

    Outdoor Eating

  • Norfolk/Suffolk

    Scenic View

  • Norwich

    Brunch

  • Norwich

    Neighbourhood Gem

  • Norwich

    Outdoor Eating

  • Norwich

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. RL

    RyanL

    Norfolk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was great staff are great and good value for money
  2. GC

    GeorgeC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall2food4service1ambience1
    This was my second visit to this pub, and this time the service was terrible. Our table was booked for 2pm, we arrived at 2pm. Our group stood at the bar waiting to be seated, although I had a rough idea which table was ours, I thought it would be sensible to let them know we were there. After 5 minutes of no one even acknowledging we were stood there I had to stop one of the 4 people working behind the bar to try and get their attention. Then we had to wait a few more minutes for them to come back to us, in those few minutes they gave our table away to some walk ins who came in after we had arrived. This also happened almost right in front of me, so I saw what happened. They then obviously had no table, so we were sat out in the garden/car park on a bench, which I know they don't serve food to normally. We then had to ask for a menu. Then had to ask for a kids menu too. When it came to paying, I had to ask if we would be compensated at all for their poor service, which then took another 5 minutes of waiting about to get some money knocked off the bill. Never got an apology from anyone or any explanation. When I asked if we were sat where we were because they had given our table away I didn't even get an answer. Just silence. So overall, I would come back, as I like the pub and the chips are great, they just need a front of house manager as it seemed no one knew what was going on.
  3. PP

    PollyP

    Norfolk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Lovely position on river. Cheerful but very busy staff. Good food. Easy to book a table.
  4. C

    Chris

    Norfolk

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 23 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent as always Will return again and again
  5. GO

    GillO

    Norfolk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had a great time at the Red Lion , the food was delicious and good value and the choice of beers was of real interest. The standout feature was the service, that was polite , responsive and efficient throughout the evening, the staff are a real asset to what is a beautiful setting with great food and drink
  6. MF

    MarianF

    Norfolk

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 21 June 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Excellent service and a lovely setting. I am coeliac and the menu was clearly marked and there was a reasonable voice for me. Delicious gf fish and chips!
  7. SE

    SianE

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 21 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really enjoyed our meal and time there. Very relaxing by the river and food was great.
  8. FE

    FELIX

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 June 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The welcome and service were excellent, the food was interesting. well presented and tasty; the overall cost was reasonable and acceptable. My only suggestion for improvement is that they might consider offering cushions to those about to savour an enjoyable meal on their benches. Despite the discomfort, I already have a booking to return - we thoroughly enjoyed our lunch at the Red Lion.
  9. SR

    SharonR

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 June 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Booked for lunch, very limited menu which didn’t meet our needs for a light meal. Our table was in the main building and the noise from the staff making coffee, shaking cocktails and shouting to each other was very off putting.
  10. JB

    JulieB

    Norfolk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Good service , good Sunday lunch , we asked for extra gravy, it was brought in a jug nice and hot , beef was good , the pork belly was a little disappointing as was mainly fat Overall a lovely meal
  11. SR

    StephenR

    Norfolk

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall3food1service3ambience1
    Roast was rubbish for £15 wasnt worth it. Neither of us finished our drinks or meals, paid and left. 4/10 from me 5/10 from my partner.
  12. DW

    DebraW

    Norfolk

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a very pleasant evening dining at The Red Lion. Customer service was fab , food was lovely, we had delicious, imaginative vegan options. The only criticism I would have is that our seats were leather and still wet, from being outside/in the conservatory , but once we pointed it out, was quickly rectified! All in all, a lovely experience, we'll be back!
  13. H

    vickieH

    Norfolk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great place to meet friends. The river and everyone paddling about really adds to the chilled atmosphere.
  14. LL

    LynnL

    Norfolk

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Had the veggies board The RLB (homemade) had a lovely texture but not enough flavour/garlic/salt for me The cherry stuffed peppers, lovely but too many. The courgette dip was a bit rank to be honest. Pitta bread, a lot of but pleasant Salad in the middle was lovely Have had the cheesy loaded fries on another visit and they are pretty awesome and hubby had the fish special which went down a storm..
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Norfolk

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 15 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best chips served here!
  16. SB

    SarahB

    Nottingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food, and the customer service was 10/10. Really nice location by the river, and really good outside seating area.
  17. JF

    JojoF

    Norfolk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We arrived early...as our table was free we were able to head straight thete. Right by river as requested in booking. Had unrushed catch up with our visiting friends, the good didn't take long, veggie Gnocchi really tasty. Felt laid back, clean and yet attentive also. friendly staff seemed genuinely pleased we had had a great evening. Will go back definitely.
  18. SH

    SueH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Lovely venue by the river - staff friendly, efficient and helpful and the food very good - yummy roast Sunday lunch and delicious puds.
  19. CA

    CAROLINEb

    Norfolk

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 9 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely pub great food lovely setting friendly quick service thankyou
  20. RH

    RebeccaH

    Norfolk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 May 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    The service was great, friendly attentive staff and ammaaaaazing Sunday roast for veggies- highly recommend. Also nice setting by the river.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Norfolk

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 May 2022

    overall1food1service5ambience5
    food was uncooked
  22. MB

    MargaretB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We both had fish and chips - perfectly cooked and huge portions. Home made tartare sauce was delicious. Not cheap but you get what you pay for. Lovely setting - with bonus of swan family and several cygnets swimming by as we ate
  23. CB

    ChrisB

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 26 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great beer and food. Prompt friendly service. A very enjoyable evening.
  24. W

    Wally

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 May 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    The staff were friendly. The service was quick. The food was generous, but slightly average in flavour. The beef was quite chewy. The carrots were rather too Al Dente
  25. NS

    NormaS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 May 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    Lovely setting for Sunday lunch. Very busy because of Premier league last game of season but staff coped very well.
  26. A

    Accura

    London

    40 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on 21 May 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Tables in conservatory too low for eating. Seating inside had very loud music. Food was ok but not great, drinks very expensive. Best bit was the service.
  27. EK

    EmmaK

    Norfolk

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 21 May 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Though the menu is small, specials are also on offer. Food was very tasty and well presented. Highly recommend the burger.
  28. k

    kadeehowl

    Norfolk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had such a great night at The Red Lion. Sam was super helpful, all the staff were friendly too. I’d recommend the Camembert, very yummy!!
  29. EN

    ENC87

    Essex

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 May 2022

    overall4food2service3ambience4
    The menu was limited. We went for lunch but only had a small selection to choose from with only bigger dishes available. We were told we couldn’t order a portion of chips …
  30. D

    Deborah

    Cambridge

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    We arrived and were seated at our table and told to order at the bar as we were on an outdoor table. My husband went to the bar to order food and drink. He was eventually served and ordered a pint of beer which was pulled by the barman, he struggled to get a pint in the glass, he was asked if it was the end of the barrel which it was and refused to take it. The food was derived to the table and although the flavour was good and it was nicely presented it was way too salty, we were incredibly thirsty all night and it spoiled our eating experience.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Norfolk

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Lovely food and great service.
  32. DS

    DanielleS

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience1
    Horrible experience Table next to me was using the most disgusting language which I then left my food and two other tables got up and left. Reported it to the bar and still when I drove of the table where using rude hand gestures. Never would go back

    The Red Lion BishopgateResponded on 17 May 2022Dear Danielle, Firstly, I would like to apologise that you found your experience here with us at RLB horrible. However,I find that the 1 star review is inaccurate to the pub itself. We always try & go above and beyond to help our customers and in your case, it was dealt with by myself in telling them to mind their language as soon as you brought it to my attention. I hope you are able to visit us in the future to see what we really are rather than someone else's behaviour. Elle - General Manager

  33. K

    Karimbo

    Norfolk

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience4
    Picked a dish from the Specials menu, it was far from special...rather average really! What's happened to your fantastically tasty & inventive menu Red Lion?? When you first re-opened we dined with you on a regular basis as your food was fantastic, but the standard has dropped & its very average & boring.....sorry!
  34. MJ

    MarieJ

    Norfolk

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere good food and a good choice of drinks and ales
  35. IT

    IanT

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 May 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Good choice of ales and food offerings. Lovely location by the river.
  36. F

    Fifi

    Norfolk

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 10 May 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Lovely atmosphere inside with opportunity to sit outside if you know it’s going to be sunny. Useful to have the car park. Will be going again.
  37. N

    Nicky

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    Actually haven’t been for a while ! But the menu was not such a great choice as it was the last time and when asked about the change there was a very curt reply that it hadn’t changed z! No smile or pleasant exchange for customers! Think the member of staff got out of bed the wrong side ! Won’t be back in a hurry
  38. CB

    ChrisB

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 6 May 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Fantastic service, good beers and decent pub grub.
  39. MT

    MartinT

    Norfolk

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 5 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Booked a table in the conservatory for myself and a friend which we were quickly led to on our arrival. Staff were very attentive without being overbearing. Quickly given menus and asked about drinks. Service was very friendly and efficient and staff were very knowledgable. Food arrived promptly and was very tasty. Recommendation from our waitress about the sticky toffee pudding for dessert was much appreciated. Great selection of real ales to wash it all down with as well. All in all a lovely experience. Will definitely return.
  40. DM

    DonnaM

    Norfolk

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 May 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    The meal was booked for a family member’s birthday. Previously been to The red lion and had a good experience. It was not busy for food but mostly people drinking outside. We were not shown to the table. It was pointed out to us. A member of staff came to take a drinks order but we did not get drinks for over 10 minutes as they were serving people who went to the bar. They had to be reminded by myself that we hadn’t had our drinks. When the burgers came they were burnt and inedible so had to be taken back to the kitchen. Which meant the person that had another choice from menu was left eating alone. A fresh plate of burger and chips were brought out and were enjoyed. The desserts were lovely. When paying there was a wait with staff ignoring at the bar. There was no suggestion of discount or asking how the meal was. There seemed to be less staff than usual but as mentioned not many people ordering food. The inside of pub was barely filled. Very disappointing visit.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

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

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waiting staff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

The Red Lion Bishopgate is rated 4.3 stars by 471 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 13 times today
Google Map for The Red Lion Bishopgate

79 Bishopgate Norwich, Norfolk NR1 4AA

Additional information

  • Area

    Norwich

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 10:00–22:00 Fri, Sat 10:00–23:00

  • Cuisines

    Gastro Pub, British

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Public Lot

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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