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The Red Lion Bishopgate, Norwich, Norfolk

The Red Lion Bishopgate

4.4
4.4
799 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 11 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 799 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

    Great for brunch

  • Norwich

    Neighbourhood gem

  • Norwich

    Lively

799 Reviews
  1. CatherineH

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    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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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    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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  3. BryanW

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. LynB

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely astompheric venue. Very reasonable prices and no pressure to leave. Our group was there for 6 hours would definitely go again

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  30. JayneS

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 7 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food tasted fantastic , but my male partner didn’t feel he had enough of the pasta dish he ordered as he would have like hence 4 stars instead of 5

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  31. GeorgieS

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 4 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely pub and location. Good food but we had a wait of 40 minutes for our lunch. People who arrived a long time after us were served fast so felt quite neglected!

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  32. Sunday1

    Hampshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    not a bad meat but quite expensive , Deserts especially

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  33. Deana

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 30 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and service as always. Just a fab place for food.and a drink. Nice and cosy with friends. Will be there again soon

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  34. RobP

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 28 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, lovely location and great staff! Environment was warm, appropriate music and good choice of both food and drinks!😊

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  35. jamesd

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very good survice , food was good and the place has a very nice feel about it

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  36. AndrewL

    Cambridge

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 19 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Warm welcome to buzzing pub eatery. Staff friendly and attentive. Went for 3 courses and all were excellent. Aspalls cider was exceptional. Out to go to place when visiting Norwich. Thank you

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  37. Warnsey

    London

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 14 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a late roast lunch and it was excellent. Great value for money and food was prepared quickly. Rated this highly and will definitely be back. Staff lovely and very attentive, with great knowledge of all beers/wine on offer.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    You can never go wrong at the Red Lion. Great atmosphere, lovely food and friendly service. The Red Lion has become are go to pub for Sunday Lunch.

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  39. MikeT

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 10 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Had a 7.30pm booking. Got there at 7.35. Nobody acknowledged us or came over or offered a drink. Guy behind bar ignored me when I tried to get his attention. Eventually at 7.45pm we were offered to our table and then told kitchen closing at 8pm!!! So it was all a bit rushed. Food was good though and place is nice. Staff were nice but they need to be trained better - layout of bar doesn’t help with service tbh. I would say place is worth a try and hopefully this was a one off issue?

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  40. DavidB

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Sunday roast we had was delicious Lovely atmosphere

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FAQs

The Red Lion Bishopgate is rated 4.4 stars by 799 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 11 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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