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The Red Lion Bishopgate, Norwich, Norfolk

The Red Lion Bishopgate

4.4
4.4
810 Reviews
£25 and under
Gastro Pub
Welcome to The Red Lion Bishopgate!

We serve fresh, locally sourced food all day, everyday. Our head chef Lee has created a menu suitable for everyone, including GF, Vegan, Vegetarian options.
Brunch is also available 7 days a week, 10:00am-12 noon (11:30am on Sundays). 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, Alby & The RLB Team.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 9 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • 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, Dog Friendly, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 810 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseEnergetic

Loved For

  • Norfolk/Suffolk

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Norfolk/Suffolk

    Great for scenic views

  • Norwich

    Child-friendly

  • Norwich

    Neighbourhood gem

  • Norwich

    Lively

  • Norwich

    Most Booked

810 Reviews
  1. JuliaA

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    We got there at 4.30 Sunday for the BBQ and the food had all been sold. We all left and went to the Gem

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  2. robk

    London

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    I’m afraid this was a horrible visit today. We were told Tuesday that the Sunday roast menu had stopped , ok we thought but then they ran out of all 3 boards, and half of the mains menu, leaving sirloin, fish and chips our burgers as the choice . The fish is over battered , covering a very small portion of fish . This has been one of the best places in the city but today was horrible which we booked for my partners 50th. We did receive a sizeable discount from the bill but we have never had to ask for one before and should be unnecessary . Cant go back under the current circumstances

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  3. Phoenix

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Food took a long time coming, l understand it was a busy Saturday lunch rush but we did wait longer than expected and had to hurry off to our appointment after. My meal tasted very over cooked especially the broccoli which was completely shriveled up. The chicken was very dry as well. My friend was expecting more salad in her burger. I have been here before and the meals have looked so much better, but l really didn't think my recent meal was worth the price tag. I love the ambience and interior and brought my friend along as l was hoping it was going to be as good as l remembered but sadly l was so disappointed

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  4. MarianW

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The Red Lion dining experience worked for us as we were going to a performance at the Great Hospital that evening

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  5. JamesA

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 11 May 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    On arrival, pretty much universally ignored by staff. Admittedly it was busy but still, we weren’t greeted or shown to our reserved table. Just found a reserved table and assumed it was ours. Drinks orders were taken and arrived promptly, no complaints. Ordered food and we all had sharing boards. To then be told that there were no boards available. Also another one of the veggie options was not available. Half our party of 6 was vegetarian and we picked this place specifically as it had a good variety of vegetarian options. Ended up all 6 of us having burgers and chips. Which, tbh at £16-17 each were really no better than any fare from certain American fast food establishments. Chips were dry and cold. Burgers were ok but nothing special. Had to go hunting for salts and vinegars and condiments which was a shame. Like said previously it was busy but the noise was unbelievable. Couldn’t even hear the person next to you. Overall very disappointing when arranged to see long time friends we don’t see very often. Wouldn’t recommend.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 May 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Very slow to make the meals. Two chefs down and very slow service.

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  7. Deana

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 9 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food amazing chicken supreme simply the best. Lovely ladies nothing to grumble about at all. Fab place to get a drink and something to eat

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Kent

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely place - comfortable seating and very welcoming to us (and our dog) - we had a delicious roast dinner in the conservatory overlooking the river

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  9. GUMBOmamba

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 1 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wotta delight that this lovely pub in its amazing setting; neglected for so long has taken on the "fizz" of great success under this management. Deelish food. Friendly efficient and non intrusive service. I recommend it often and all who try it feel the same!

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  10. Luvfood

    London

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 28 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Overall we loved our visit. We arrived an hour early so our table wasnt ready which was fine as we said we would have a drink and wait to be called. We didn't get called until my husband went up to the bar and we were told the table was ready so not really attentive. When seated we were left for a long time before a waitress came to our table. The waitresses were lovely but not very energetic and attentive to customers. we were sitting there clearly waiting to be served and 2 waitresses started clearing a table next to us instead of serving. Apart from this, we LOVED it and the food was absolutely amazing. We will definitely be back.

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  11. Tiempo

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 27 April 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    I know we went on same day as home football match, so was busy! But food was just plonked down on table no asking if we needed condiments etc. wouldn’t rush back!

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  12. GuyB

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 April 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    Too noisy. All hard surfaces so no chance for chatting without raising your voice. Food, though not bad, is a case of style over substance. I would have preferred simpler food with more flavour. A little pricey.

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  13. CatherineH

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 22 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was well presented and tasty but portion size was a bit meagre. I still felt hungry after the meal.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 21 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I wanted to share my experience about the Sunday lunch I recently had at The Red Lion Bishopsgate in Norwich. From the moment I walked in, the warm and inviting atmosphere set the tone for an enjoyable dining experience. The traditional pub setting combined with the friendly staff made me feel right at home. The Sunday roast I ordered was top-notch - the meat was cooked to perfection, the vegetables were fresh and flavorful, and the Yorkshire pudding was a standout. The portion size was generous, and I left feeling satisfied and impressed. Overall, I would highly recommend The Red Lion Bishopsgate for anyone looking for a delicious and cozy Sunday lunch in Norwich. I will definitely be returning for another meal soon!

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  15. BryanW

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was great. Friendly staff and very pleasant environment. Menu quite good with vegan options. Food tasted very nice but the main meal portions were tiny and no vegetables or salad provided which was desperately needed. We had the vegan gnocchi. Not much bigger than a starter although price was pretty standard. Not good value. Has put us off returning I'm afraid.

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  16. Jutta

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 11 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfect place for a lunch with four ladies. Seabass was excellent. really good choice of meals.. Portion sizes are not so huge that you feel you need to roll home, there was definitely a wee space left for a gorgeous Bakewell tart and raspberry ice cream. Would absolutely recommend and am definitely going back.

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  17. TraceyE

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 7 April 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    I’m at the Red lion lots. Usually excellent roasts but yesterday’s wasn’t. Overcooked, fatty beef, cold vegetables and slow service. Usually the service and staff are incredible. Hopefully it will be better next time. I’d recommended eating there and I felt disappointed I did as it wasn’t the usual standard of food or service.

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  18. JanW

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a lovely 4 person table in the conservatory ... great service . drinks and food.

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  19. SW74

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 1 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Food great. Just service was a little bit too slow ! . Probably just down to them just being really busy as it was a nice bright day and not quite enough staff ! That said it would not stop me from going again or recommending to a friend. Place has nice relaxed feel and prices fairly reasonable.

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  20. JulieB

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 31 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    It was raining the day we booked the table and we was out side , the staff were very helpful turning the tables round and putting the heater on

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  21. Davey6

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on 31 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Really nice brunch with good service . Will definitely be back

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  22. IanD

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 22 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Exceptional location and great food. Good wine list with all wines available by glass or bottle.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Absolutely lovely roast, good range of meat and alternatives. Friendly service from staff!

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  24. CassW

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 3 March 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Was looking forward to trying the Sunday roasts, with the good reviews! I’m afraid I was disappointed. We all had the beef, which was just full of fat and chewy, so for £18 I expected better. We was a table of 4 and out of the 4, 2 of the meals was like this! We did tell the waitress, who just apologised and gave us the bill. You could see by the pile of fat left on the plates, it wasn’t enjoyed! So for this reason we won’t be returning….

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  25. mikei

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food and beers with excellent service just a bit noisy when the away fans turned up but the pub couldn’t do anything about that

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 February 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    The food was not nice at all. The fish was way too battered and not enough actual fish. The halloumi was extremely salty and not edible . The focaccia was very oily and again not edible .

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  27. Linda

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 28 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Good atmosphere and tasty food. It would have been better for someone to show us to our table rather than point out from the bar which one it was.

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  28. JaneH

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 25 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Friendly staff, good timing food good. Will visit again

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  29. TraceyE

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 25 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Jess our waitress was absolutely amazing. Had a lovely meal and service was incredible.

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  30. AlexH

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Good pub food in a pleasant setting with good range of beers and wines

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  31. MissRazzle

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A lovely afternoon made better with delicious food in relaxed environment that was very friendly to my cousin's dog. Thank you.

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  32. MrsH

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Nice friendly staff. Food nice and also hot. Tables were a little close to each other as I had to move to let my daughter out because the table behind had people on it. On the whole a nice little pub, wouldn't mind going in the summer to sit outside by the river.

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  33. JillB

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 20 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    A quiet night but that was a bonus. Great for the get together with family.

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  34. HilaryS

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We thought it was great at the Red Lion. This is a pub I used to enjoy coming to and hadn't visited in a number of years. We will be back. The staff were really friendly. The food was freshly cooked. It is such as nice light and airy venue and I love the location in the heart of historical Norwich, right by Bishop Bridge.

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  35. Clarki

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Booked late on Sunday afternoon for evening dinner. Lovely welcome and service excellent. Table looking out on bishops Bridge. Food was first class. Excellent evening. Thankyou

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  36. Davey6

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    First time visit for brunch wont be the last Great food and service 👌

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  37. Eddie

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had the pasta deal with a glass of wine. Delicious pasta, excellent service lovely ambience

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  38. Simon

    Kent

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 13 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Thank you for a nice meal ideally timed for the Norwich City match. Also great attention from your staff for one of our party who cannot eat onions. Thanks

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  39. Northy

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 13 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Not as good as usual as the menu doesnt now include the sharing boards. Not many staff on and so service slow. The food we had was good though and it was a Tuesday so perhaps to be expected

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  40. AmyA

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Really good roast dinner - we think excellent value for money! Came really quickly, hot and absolutely delicious. Had we known how quick we might have held off ordering food so quickly as we were in and out within the hour! Didn’t have a dessert, but they look yummy. We did ask to see the dessert menu but I think it just got a little busy so we didn’t get it and to be honest we didn’t really have room anyway so took it as a sign! We’ll definitely be back!

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The Red Lion Bishopgate is rated 4.4 stars by 810 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 9 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
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • 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, Dog Friendly, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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