The Assembly House

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Afternoon Tea
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Our menus reflect the surroundings they are served in – a thoughtful selection of locally-sourced, seasonally-inspired delicious dishes which offer something special for every diner. From our traditional Full English Breakfast to our famous Afternoon Tea, a slice of something naughty from our marble-topped cake counter to a Lunch you'll want to linger over or an Early Supper as the opening act to a spectacular night out, The Assembly House can offer the perfect backdrop for you. Our customers return time and time again thanks to our fantastic food, warm, friendly and professional service and the Georgian grandeur that has delighted diners for centuries. Come dine with us at The Assembly House and let us exceed your expectations, whatever the time of day.
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JM
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Service was fantastic, food was great, love the venue. We were there at the same time as a child’s party and in the high ceiling room it was noisy we had to shout to hear each other, nothing the venue or team could do about that and the kids were having fun but I wonder if there is another area for big parties that could have been used.
Overall highly recommend.

MM
Norfolk
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our only complaint is the tea wasn’t hot enough. Suggest warming the tea pot first.

LH
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An enjoyable afternoon, staff were friendly, atmosphere good, food amazing.

I
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We stayed for 2nights excellent service a food and accommodation
A little noisy in restaurant but not bad enough to put us off on returning
Loved our meal plus afternoon tea
We will be back
Thank you

JC
Norfolk
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Good food professionally and politely served. Food arrived in a timely manner given that we were going to the theatre. Decor and atmosphere were very good.

DR
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was lovely and staff were very attentive. Highly recommend and we hope to return

HS
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely afternoon tea. We sat in the main room so the noise was rather loud but the staff were very helpful and the food was amazing.

OT
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Went for pre theatre dinner. Service was spot on and quick so at no point did we stress about being late. Food was very tasty. Will definitely go again if we want to eat early before a theatre night.

d
Norfolk
2 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Lovely room but busy so service was little slow, wedding was on and their guests were wandering about the building and room where we were sitting..thought was themed but wasn't

AW
Norfolk
3 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful venue with lovely,welcoming staff. I booked for lunch at 2.30 so was surprised that most of the menu was unavailable after 2.00. This meant that there was nothing I could eat but the chef agreed to cook me something off the pre-2 menu. This was good customer service but unfortunately the chips were very much bottom of the pan. The fish, however, was excellent. My companions all said that their meals were superb. A warning when booking on-line about menu timings is a must.

SM
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food, but lack of choice and would like to see a couple of traditional dishes added to the menu and some lighter dessert choices.
Good wine, but again lack of choice if you don't like dry wines and they had run out of dessert wines!! Why?

DC
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Suggested to us by a friend this was a lovely afternoon with great service and food. The afternoon tea had lots of lovely things and there was plenty of it which was great.

JL
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a delight ! Everything about The Assembly House is perfection. Our room was fabulous with luxurious bedding and lovely touches such as fresh milk in the fridge and homemade biscuits and flapjack. Dining was a delight with a fabulous menu and unobtrusive background music giving a wonderful ambience. Breakfast again was fabulous with an extensive menu. Last but not least the staff make the whole experience a complete joy.

LB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely afternoon tea for my daughter and I celebrating her birthday. Lovely fresh selection of sandwiches and canapes and delicious cakes. Great attentive service in a beautiful setting.

c
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Charming setting and uniformed excellent staff. Portions bit small but always good.

PR
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you love afternoon tea, there is only one place to go and thats the Assembly House! Richard Hughes and his team offer a most magnificant afternoon tea and you wont want to eat again later! The food was fabulous and plentiful and we were even asked if we needed a top up on any of the finger sandwiches, scones and cakes! There was a wide range of teas on offer, all served in the traditional way, tea leaves and a tea strainer. The service was acceptional, nothing was too much trouble, it neither slow or rushed, just right. The Assembly House itself is a beautiful buidling set in the heart of Norwich with ample parking.

LL
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Such a lovely place for afternoon tea. Food is delicious and plentiful. Freshly cut finger sandwiches with tasty fillings are replensished. Lovely warm cheese toasty bites with tomato relish and buttery cheese straws. Followed by warmed fruit and cheese scones with all the trimmings! Then an excellent selection of sweet treats. Staff are attentive but not overpowering. Venue is beautiful, clean and welcoming. Would highly recommend to others.

OT
Norfolk
2 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal!

VL
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brilliant as always!! I have not had an afternoon tea better anywhere else!

MW
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always food and service A1 waitress very friendly and service very good

KS
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

I have been a number of times to Assembly House. The only criticism I have is the service for afternoon tea. The first time I went, the waiter was highly attentive to the couple next to us but rather rude to my friend and I. Rather disappointing as it was our joint birthday lunch. The second time it was excellent service. This time it was the same as before. The server was highly attentive to the table next to us but seemed quite put out when we asked for assistance.

RG
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious, plentiful afternoon tea in a wonderful building with friendly, impeccable service

PP
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

But we were disappointed as had been told grilled fish of day was Bass then were told it was salmon which we have a lot. A bit vieux jeu to be honest although steak we went for in the end was nicely cooked

DI
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

A good pre theatre dining experience in a great setting. Food good and value for money. Unrushed and conscientious service. Definitely do this again

NJ
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely building. Very atmospheric for pre theatre supper and breakfast. Our bedroom was excellent. Nice touches like fresh milk, good selection of teas and separate coffee machine. Bath/shower room was huge.

P
London
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed our pre theatre meal very much. Service was good and food was good (better than I expected). Never having had a meal there before. Lovely room. Would look forward to going there again. Maybe try afternoon tea next time.

F
London
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed the afternoon with the family...much appreciated

Q
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed my tea for 2 with my daughter at Assembly House at the weekend. Beautiful place with excellent service and tasty food. Offered extra food and had second fresh tea.

DT
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic Sunday lunch with excellent service from very friendly staff all our needs catered
For nothing too much trouble very busy that says it all.
Regards David
Ps coming for afternoon tea soon

M
Norfolk
2 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Me and my daughter attended for the second time, we love an afternoon tea. Both a bit disappointed with the cakes this time, not keen on the toffee crumble and the chocolate tart, very rich. Sandwiches, scones etc lovely.

JW
Norfolk
2 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating my belated birthday and it was absolutely lovely. Im gluten free and I love the fact that apart from one item everything is the same as standard menu. I have been paces where you dont get the same and really is not of comparable value!!! The place is also very special to me as we spent some of our wedding day in the dining room and was lovely to show my grandaughter especially as my husband died two years ago

SC
Norfolk
3 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Lovely afternoon tea with my little girl, the staff couldn’t do enough for us and the cakes and sandwiches were delicious. Loved it!

SE
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was entertaining a friend and it was such a pleasure to dine at the Assembly House: the food was delicious, plates hot, portion size just right and the service excellent. The venue was busy but there was no feeling of intrusion into our space by fellow diners so we were able to enjoy our conversation - not to mention the food!

B
Yorkshire
4 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Friendly and professional service complements outstanding food. Couldn’t be more impressed.

AS
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 2

I was shocked at the standard of food, lack of taste, dry & boring not to mention how little of it there was! Also got charged an extra 10% which wasn’t mentioned anywhere! An utter rip off, throughly disappointed

GW
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Loved it apart from the 10% extra charge that you get told about just before you pay the bill so not expecting an additional £6 on the bill

KK
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The menu was perfect for a pre theatre meal. The meal was very tasty and not heavy when you are going to spend the evening sitting in a show.It was lovely and quiet and would give you a chance to enjoy the company of your guest .

CA
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for a 90th birthday treat. The food was well-presented and was delicious. We couldn’t finish it all but could take a doggy bag which was good! All members of staff were friendly, attentive & helpful & the piano player played beautifully throughout which added to the experience. Would thoroughly recommend it!

B
Norfolk
2 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous meal - food was delicious, service and staff were outstanding- will be rebooking for my next pre theatre meal.

WB
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were gifted with afternoon tea so had no idea what to expect. We were not disappointed and enjoyed a lovely tea in pleasant and impressive surroundings.

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