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The Red Lion Bishopgate, Norwich, Norfolk

The Red Lion Bishopgate

4.2
4.2
448 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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Booked 4 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

Menu

At present, we do not have menu information for this restaurant. Please see their website or wait to visit the restaurant to learn more.

What 448 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Norfolk/Suffolk

    Outdoor Eating

  • Norfolk/Suffolk

    Scenic View

  • Norfolk/Suffolk

    Gastro Pub

  • Norwich

    Brunch

  • Norwich

    Lunch

  • Norwich

    Neighbourhood Gem

  • Norwich

    Sunday Lunch

  • Norwich

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. W

    Wally

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    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

  2. NS

    NormaS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food5service3ambience3

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

  3. A

    Accura

    London

    40 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    40 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    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.

  4. EK

    EmmaK

    Norfolk

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4

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

  5. k

    kadeehowl

    Norfolk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    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!!

  6. 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 …

  7. 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.

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Norfolk

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Lovely food and great service.

  9. 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 6 days ago

    Dear 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

  10. K

    Karimbo

    Norfolk

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 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!

  11. 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

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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

  15. CB

    ChrisB

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 6 May 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    Fantastic service, good beers and decent pub grub.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. S

    Sentinel

    Norfolk

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 May 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4

    Music and atmosphere great. We were sat on metal chairs in the conservatory and the table was too low which was a little uncomfortable. Beef was underwhelming and quite tasteless which was a shame. Some of the veg was bitter too. Also no hot dessert option. I know its nearly summer but this is Sunday lunch guys!!

  19. MW

    MerylW

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 May 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4

    First visit … will be back as staff very helpful.

  20. IH

    IanH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 April 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Nice to see this pub thriving once again. Great food

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Glasgow

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Superb food as usual . Attentive service . Wonderful ambience

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 29 April 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    Disappointing menu, picked the least offensive thing on the menu but was really salty (chicken supreme) we picked a nice Sancerre which arrived room temperature which was also disappointing- wouldn’t rush back- I’m surprised given the reputation 🤷🏻‍♀️

  23. JC

    JackieC

    Norfolk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The Red Lion is a lovely place to spend a few hours on a Sunday lunchtime. Good choice for meat and non meat eaters. Selection of puddings are "to die for" It is lovely to be able to bring your dog as well. We were all made to feel very welcome.

  24. GA

    GwynethA

    London

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 23 April 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3

    The food was not as good as the other pubs in this mini local chain. Standard pub grub I'm afraid and overpriced. Doing brunches later would have helped, bit of a shame

  25. DM

    DavinaM

    Norfolk

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 April 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3

    We had a lovely meal although the chairs in the conservatory are not very comfortable and the door to the garden just kept banging constantly

  26. GU

    GUMBOmamba

    Norfolk

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 22 April 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    So good that this amazing location has at last been graced with a pretty damned amazing local -after some desolate years of bad management. The standard of food and service (alway attentive efficient and friendly but not intrusive) matches the views - excellent - on every visit since opening! Thank you to all involved

  27. SB

    SabenaB

    Norfolk

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 20 April 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    The meal was gorgeous, the pasta was a little too hot for my taste but that was taken care of.The rest of it was delightful.The outside table was a lovely peaceful view of the river and perfect for a family meal. Thank you

  28. T

    Thorperoadresident

    Norfolk

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 April 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    We had a lovely waitress who was attentive but not over-bearing. Everyone polished off their meals. All in all, it was a great lunch, thank you.

  29. DW

    DebbieW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely food. Friendly staff. Clean. This was our 3rd visit this year and we have enjoyed it each time we've been. The food is always to a good standard and the desserts we've had have been amazing. The staff are always cheerful and very helpful.

  30. v

    veggielau

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    The food was really good, possibly the best vegan roast I’ve had from a pub!! The service was really fast too.

  31. SG

    StuartG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 April 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    A pleasant evening by the river,.. certainly a nice spot, maybe the menu was a little limited but in fairness I think it reflects for food this is more of a lunchtime/afternoon venue.

  32. AG

    AndrewG

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 16 April 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4

    Nice pub meal. Waitresses were helpful. Food was plentiful and service was quick

  33. MP

    MikeP

    Norfolk

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 April 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3

    Very busy Sunday lunchtime but staff very helpful and found us a quieter table. Sunday roast excellent

  34. SC

    SueC

    Norfolk

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 April 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    First time at Red Lion for a meal. I thought it was a little bit pricey for what we had…. However the portion size was adequate

  35. AS

    AdamS

    Norfolk

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 April 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Lovely river view from the rear garden. Nice buzz about the pub. Good service and lovely food. Would recommend. Thanks to the staff.

  36. MS

    MarionS

    Glasgow

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 8 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Friendly, helpful staff. Good wholesome food. Lovely atmosphere

  37. PC

    PeterC

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 April 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3

    Nice location. Ambience generally good, depending on what time you arrive. We arrived at 18:45, which was evidently in a crossover period between afternoon boozer and evening gastro pub vibes. Food was tasty and well cooked without being spectacular, with the price point about right for the quality.

  38. K

    Karimbo

    Norfolk

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 8 April 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3

    We have been big fans of the RL since reopening, we love their Sunday roasts, have eaten there many evenings & lunch times but unfortunately this lunch meal from the specials menu wasn't so special!! Good old Ham, egg & chips, we were looking forward to, but got 2x pieces of over cooked, dry gammon, large overcooked potato wedges, the egg was ok....very dissapointed! And definately not worth the money, have you changed chefs?

  39. b

    baz99

    Norfolk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 April 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    Nice friendly pub with plenty of choice for Real Ales. Food was excellent and was served without delays. Interior can get a bit noisy when the pub fills up with plenty of hard surfaces to echo sounds but no worse than many other pubs. Prices are a bit on the high side, for me! but overall I would recommend a visit.

  40. JK

    JennieK

    Norfolk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Best roast I've had in an age! Thank you. Great service.

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 4.2 stars by 448 OpenTable diners.

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Booked 4 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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