The Red Lion Bishopgate

4.2
200 reviews
£25 and under
Gastro Pub
Welcome to The Red Lion Bishopgate!

As we’re using a ‘live’ booking system this means that we’re only taking bookings for a maximum of six guests in each party (both inside and outside)

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!

FOOD SERVICE TIMES

- BRUNCH -
10am-11:30am WEEKDAYS
10am - 11:30am WEEKEND

- LUNCH -
Midday - 5pm MONDAY TO SATURDAY

- DINNER -
5pm - 8pm MONDAY TO THURSDAY
5pm - 9pm FRIDAY AND SATURDAY

- SUNDAY -
10am - 8pm

Please note each booking is allocated a three hour time slot. If you wish to stay on after this we will do our best to find an alternative table.

Tables in the garden are shower proof, but may not be suitable in heavy rain.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
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
What 200 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.2based on recent ratings
4.0
food
4.2
service
4.3
ambience
3.9
value
Noise · Moderate
90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great roast and lovely setting

AT
AllisonT
Norfolk
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely chilled place, with good views of the river

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vipNigel
London
24 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Saturday evening catch up with a friend visiting from Hong Kong. Sat in the conservatory: very light and airy with views of the river. Excellent service throughout the evening. Excellent food too: roast cod and duo of duck. Highly recommend this place.

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Yorksignman
County Durham
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We’re running late & got a phone call to confirm we were coming 🙂
We were impressed by the quality and presentation of the food,
Lovely location near the river & old bridge, we have already recommended to there, and would return.👍👍👍

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Chez
Norfolk
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service2ambience5

Lovely setting and good food. Service wasn't great -They lost our drink order so food arrived with no drinks! Had to chase about 3 times. Hopefully just an off-day as the setting is really lovely and I'd definitely go back.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Norfolk
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Booked lunch at The Red Lion after reading the menus online.
I’m veggie and the other menus along the river don’t really cater for vegetarians much.
We went Paddleboarding and the had a fish platter and the Super food salad as I really craved an AMA zing Salad. 5 stars for creating some tasty food for vegetarians to eat. My friend loved her fish platter too 🥗🦀🍟

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milly
Norfolk
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Lovely setting by the river just what you need on a sunny day. The food was good and the drinks were good. The only small negative was the service is slow but that could be a positive as you don’t drink so much

KK
KathrynKDE
Norfolk
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A big thanks to our waitress she was extremely good. I didn’t get her name, but she had just had her jab.
She is an asset to the pub.

JH
JohnH
Norfolk
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Though very busy the staff were unfailingly efficient and kind

IK
IanK
Norfolk
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food2service3ambience5

Family of 4 get together. Great table on the terrace overlooking the river and the medieval Bishopgate bridge. Slightly peeved to have to wear a mask after so-called Freedom Day while walking through restaurant (we’re all double jabbed). Also, quite annoying to have to pay as you go. At one point we had to get out a bank card to pay £3.50 for a side salad. Waitress was difficult to understand beneath mask. However, despite that we had a wonderful evening and the espresso martinis were superb. Food was a bit underwhelming. No wow factor. Would definitely go back.

TE
TheresaE
Norfolk
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food1service4ambience4

Lovely pub great service , great music , but the food was dreadful. Fish Finger Burger sounded great , but was a grey piece of fish (?) in horrible greasy batter. Shame .

HR
HelenR
Norfolk
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

We had the fish platter and it was fantastic. Lovely food, excellent service. Lost stars for sitting us at an outdoor table with no umbrella, on a hot day. Even though I’d booked ahead of time. The manager did fix it quickly by sitting us at the front instead of the back of the pub. Buy another umbrella, maybe? Then it would be perfect. Will definitely visit again.

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debrap
Norfolk
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, delicious food and wonderful riverside location. We sat outside by the river and it was perfect. One of our party was in a wheelchair and the waitress was very considerate and got a ramp for us. Also the Red Lion is very dog friendly and provided a water bowl for our dog.

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vipNigel
London
25 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Pre comedy food and drinks. A warm welcome as always and we were soon able to move to an outside table to take advantage of the good weather. Initial drinks service was fine however once we'd sat outside it became (putting it kindly) somewhat chaotic. I sensed lots of new staff who, whilst faultless in terms of their friendliness and keenness, hadn't quite got up to speed with the actual serving. This said, I love this place. The setting is great and the team have done a great job at smartening up a tired old boozer. Once the service is ironed out it'll be almost perfect.

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herbert
Norfolk
2 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

slow getting drinks, staff need to be on the ball as soon as you see an empty glass get in there also offer drinks when we get seated we would have had at least two more drinks ( more profit )

KG
KevinG
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Nice location,foods not amazing for prices,lots of room for improvement.staff look anxious.mainly young girls serving.many places in Norwich much better.worth a visit,but I would not be tempted to rush back again...

SM
SharonM
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were recommended the red lion and have been twice since. Service is very good, efficient, quick, friendly, informative. Food is great especially Sunday lunch. Sitting outside is just lovely. River location and relaxing

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Andrew
Devon
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second visit, excellent all round, service very good, great food. 👍😊

HW
HaleyW
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely staff members, cheerful and helpful. Great food for a great price. Thanks guys. X

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Nicky
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great Brunch!Good choices on an excellent menu , catering for all my families different requirements , vegan, lactose intolerance and two fussy grandchildren. Very good and helpful staff. Would recommend and already have to friends and family.

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AdrianS
Norfolk
2 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

For all those who mourned the loss of the Red Lion, Bishopgate, rest assured, it is back. You walk in the door and immediately can see that, although it has been re-vamped, this is not an anonymous gastro pub makeover, it is in fact the RedLion, born again!
It has been very sensitively renovated.
Congratulations to all involved!

MC
MartinC
Norfolk
2 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outside table for 4 today Saturday, we asked if we could have an umbrella table and were asked to choose which one would we want, no issue whatsoever. The service was top class, any issue handled speedily, regular genuine checks on our food and checking on enjoyment. We could not be more impressed, most certainly recommend this pub for the food, the drink range the staff and most certainly the genuine service - Thank you to the whole team.

SB
StevenB
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent setting on the river. Perfect for an evening drink and meal. Cheers

LR
LynnR
Norfolk
3 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great afternoon sat in the sun watching the world go by, what more could you ask for

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debrah
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely food, lovely staff and lovely setting. We will definitely be going again,

ST
SarahT
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service, waitresses very attentive, had lovely table outside, food served very quickly, was my first visit, would go again

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Anon
Norfolk
3 reviews
Dined on 15 July 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Unfortunately the duck was tough on the day we went, but the rest of the food was excellent. This was mentioned to the staff.

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SimonT
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good service



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SallyE
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great to go somewhere that wanted your custom
Felt welcomed from start to finish
Busy , which was great and the staff looked after us well
Food was lovely freshly cooked and full of flavour.
we had the Sharing g boards
Just enough for us
Good selection of local Gins and craft beer nice to see them supporting our local economy
Sally Emms

OT
OpenTable Diner
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience2

Really disappointed with our meal this evening. The beef and fish finger burgers was unexceptional in taste and poor value for money. The fish was miniscule in the fish finger burger. Not what we expect from this group of pubs.

KB
KimB
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Menu seemed a bit limited .thought there would be snacks ,sandwiches, paninis , etc on it for a light lunch .

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Sally
Norfolk
5 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Lovely place for brunch and a good selection of quality food. The young lady who served us was very friendly and efficient.

CA
ClareA
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely pub and the waiting staff were so sweet and friendly The food was genuinely amazing, though the cost seemed a bit steep for the portion sizes.
We sat outside and though it was a bit cool and blowy by the river, on a sunny day this would be one of the most perfect pub settings.

JW
JohnW
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good to go back to a pub I have been frequenting for a long time. Looks to be in good hands - table service very friendly & helpful.

Looking forward to the football season.

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Shenoslen
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely location by the river wensum,
Friendly service. Nice atmosphere Food very tasty, Very good portion sizes. Table in conservatory good choice of drinks.

DJ
DJTM
County Durham
2 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Food served good well presented
Service very haphazard asked for extra gravy for nut roast which very dry but after asking 3 different staff none materialised , they also brought a portion of cauliflower cheese which had not been ordered
Pub very noisy with loud music not sure we will return.

PH
PaulH
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service in a great setting, what more could you ask for? Will be back soon!

EJ
vipEdwinaJ
Norfolk
7 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great all seasons venue. Staff friendly. Sunday roasts were lovely.

DH
DulcieH
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! The staff were great and the food was delicious and I loved the decor. Our new favorite pub in Norwich!
Xxx

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ShaunF
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great pub, we arrived to a very busy pub but was seen to very quickly and taken to our pre booked outside table by the river.
Atmosphere was great and was made to feel welcomed straight away, service was excellent as due to how busy it was expecting to have to wait a while for ordering drinks/food.
However service was extremely quick and food arrived within 20 mins of ordering, I had the Cod dish which was exactly as I hoped, fresh, full of flavour and wouldn’t change a thing.
We were never left for that long when a waitress would be checking we were ok and needed anything.
Returned the following morning for breakfast and once again was great.
Great setting by the river and with views of the cathedral, easy walking distance into the city/tombland with plenty of bars and restaurants.
Would definitely recommend and look forward to returning especially to try the Sunday roast.

FAQs

The Red Lion Bishopgate is rated 4.2 stars by 200 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.