The Assembly House

4.7
3386 reviews
£25 and under
British

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Afternoon Tea
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, 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.

Please note; we do not offer an evening menu.

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Experiences

  • Daytime Menu

    May 17, 2021 - May 6, 2022

    Our Daytime Menu is served from Noon to 4.30pm seven days a week and features a range of treats including speciality sandwiches, Classic lunch dishes, seasonal salads and platters and sweet treats.
  • Beforenoon Tea

    Multiple dates available

    The breakfast edition of our award-winning Afternoon Tea -perfect to start a day of celebration off in style. We even provide boxes for you to take away cakes and pastries if you can't eat it all! A smaller version of one of our hot breakfasts plus three tiers of breakfast treats served afternoon tea-style!
  • Breakfast Menu

    Multiple dates available

    Our Breakfast menu features traditional classics, breakfast cocktails and an extensive range of loose leaf teas, barista made coffees and morning cocktails.
  • Afternoon Tea

    May 17, 2021 - May 6, 2022

    Join us in the Assembly House's dining room for an indulgent afternoon of dainty sandwiches, light-as-air scones, perfect pastries and delicious cakes and enjoy a slice of luxury in the city's most beautiful building. Classic and themed Afternoon Tea at The Assembly House costs £23.95 for one or £47.00 for two, children’s afternoon teas cost £14.95 for a smaller version of our classic tea and are available for guests aged 12 and under. (Please note the number of children's teas required clearly on the booking)

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
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 3386 People Are Saying
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EricaW
Norfolk
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy afternoon tea at the assembly rooms. The new Autumn themed tea is delightful!

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DeanW
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and afternoon tea was a real treat

CW
CheriW
Norfolk
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Before Noon Tea

So much food we brought some home with us.

Great service and lovely staff .

KH
KerryH
Norfolk
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely afternoon tea enjoyed at the Assembly House.
Really is the best afternoon tea in Norwich.

LD
LindaD
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and really good afternoon tea in beautiful surroundings.

GW
GillianW
Norfolk
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Beautiful surroundings. We managed to eat lunch outside, which was lovely. The Coffee could have been hotter! Service was great. We will visit again.

MM
MaryM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful old building, car park at back . We went for breakfast, three of us so we sampled a lot of the menu and it was all delicious.

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Norfolkfoodie
London
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've had countless afternoon teas at the Assembly House - always fantastic. The staff are brilliant, the food is amazing (and they are always so helpful if there are fillings you can't eat etc) and you can even order more sarnies etc (didn't yesterday as was more than plenty!)

They made myself and my Godson have a fab catch up :-)

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SteveK
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, this was a fabulous outing! 4 of us for afternoon tea, 2 veggies, 1 ceoliac and a "normal". All perfectly catered for, the food was delicious and plentiful. The Autumn menu works really well. We thought it was great that the scones were brought out when we were ready so they were still warm. We ate outside and were served promptly and with no difference to when we have dined indoors. The girls who served us were brilliant, attentive and very lovely. The choice of tea is vast and we all had different brews so tried each others!
Altogether you can't fault the delicious food and brilliant service we will definatley be back for another full menu. Thank you so much.

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LindaF
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delicious afternoon tea, great selection of sweet and savoury, more than we could eat! The service was great, we couldn't fault a thing. Thank you for a lovely afternoon. Highly recommended and we would come again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fabulous food, perfect setting.

DJ
DebbieJ
Norfolk
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

First time here
Sandwiches swapping with no issues, more available if wanted
Scones hot and provided when we were ready for them
Only issue was I rang to ask about plain scones and was told no issue, yet this was not case yesterday
Apart from that lovely experience

MR
MaryR
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the vegetarian afternoon tea and it was delicious. Sat in the courtyard as lovely afternoon. It was a lovely experience

KG
KarenG
Norfolk
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were offered the option of sitting outside or inside. The staff couldn’t have been more helpful and were available without being intrusive and were very happy to assist and ensured both preferences and allergies Were accommodated. The afternoon tea was delicious and I am planning to come back again soon. It is a stunning setting with tables being a good distance apart.
A big thumbs up to everyone who served us! Thank you

MT
MariaT
Norfolk
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely afternoon tea. Shame sandwiches are a little too cold making them rather tasteless 😞

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Lyndy19
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Beautiful surroundings.
Wonderful place for special occasions and meeting up with friends and family.

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Neff
Norfolk
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful place with a great afternoon tea experience. Staff are both helpful and polite. Highly recommended for a great afternoon treat with friends or family.

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Laura
Norfolk
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Assembly House afternoon tea is very special. A lovely afternoon with wonderful friends.

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CarolineA
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food and drink. Staff were very attentive and helpful. The best afternoon tea experience I have had. We all felt it was a really special time.

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JessieN
Norfolk
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely experience .Met our expectations , hope to go back soon .

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DavidW
Norfolk
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was so plentiful that we asked and received a goody bag.
Top quality sandwiches, Specialist teas in a china pot .Cost was fair and service emasculate

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AnnieH
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very enjoyable experience. I had booked the Autumn Hedgrow afternoon tea for my daughters birthday treat. The tea was very well presented with a wide range of seasonal delicacies, which they managed to provide gluten free for my daughter. What we weren't able to eat, it was a large tea, was boxed up and brought home to enjoy. The service we received was also excellent.

SG
SeasideGirl
Norfolk
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food4service3ambience5

Was a lovely experience from start to finish, wonderful food in beautiful surroundings with attentive but not overbearing staff.
Couldn't fault it and would definitely return again.

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Garnham02
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location fantastic service fabulous food will defo come again for the Christmas high tea

DS
DianeS
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for afternoon tea, good food, plenty of tea. Service was very good.

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saraa
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable afternoon tea plenty to eat and drink and offered more

MS
MartinS
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very friendly staff in a relaxing environment as well as tasty menu!

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Freddie
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Lovely setting for any occasion or special event. Super value excellent service polite staff.

MY
MoragY
Aberdeen
2 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fantastic experience, amazing food in a lovely place. Delighted that the gluten free options and the children’s options were just as good as‘regular’.

TJ
TinaJ
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a lovely place for afternoon tea. We went after my daughter’s Uni graduation and had a fabulous time. Staff were so nice. Food was super tasty. The whole atmosphere was wonderful. Thank you for making her day even more special!

JH
JacqH
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Varied menu, served quickly and efficiently. Overall a very good dining experience.

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nikis
Norfolk
2 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the most fantastic place for a treat. Dress up, dress down it doesn't matter. Fantastic staff, the friendliest for miles. Ambiance is just right, no music blaring out so you shout at each other, just a little bit of bliss.

JM
JaneM
Norfolk
2 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Extremely disappointed with our Beforenoon Tea which was a treat for my daughter’s 30th.
The staff were extremely helpful throughout.
We both ordered a passion fruit cocktail but sadly had to change this to a strawberry one as they had no passion fruit purée.
We then both ordered the eggs royale which was extremely disappointing I should have sent them both back!
My daughter’s egg was full of water and mine were undercooked and snotty. Very disappointed!
They did reduce our bill by 10%.
I also object to having a gratuity added to my bill without my consent. I removed this due to experience.

AR
AlanR
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

The good service and ambience were let down by the poor quality of the lunch main course (fish) and dessert. Not good value for money overall. A pity, because we know the chefs can do better.

MB
MadB
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience1

We were very disappointed with this experience. It was meant to be a circus themed experience but we were seated in a spare room with no decorations. We had children in our party and I can say that the afternoon tea was not adapted to for smaller children apart from the size of offering. The children’s cakes were the same as an adults with cheese and fruit scones. These are not really suitable for a 6 year old or younger. These should have been changed to cater for children such as cupcakes or cake pops etc.
Our afternoon tea sandwiches were very dry and some of the fillings had been mixed together which made them unpleasant.
I would not recommend a themed afternoon tea based on this experience and would not attend another one.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The whole experience was amazing, from start to finish.. I took my mum for afternoon tea for her birthday treat which was the circus theme. Yeah t truest was wonderful the room was created like a circus big top but still was very classy in keeping with the beauty of the room. The food was delectable and exquisite. The staff were fantastic and the knowledge on which bits to start with were brilliant. They were so polite and friendly and treated with such a walk welcome.. would definitely be coming again and would highly recommend..

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Miker
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been several times now and always live up to our expectations. Lovely atmosphere great food ,great service. Highly recommended.

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FionaB
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was given as a 50th birthday present, I enjoyed it tremendously

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Bdodbtos17174
Norfolk
4 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Quiet, friendly, tasty food! Good service, though a little slow at busier times, polite staff, clean outdoor setting

GW
GoWest
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the themed afternoon tea and cannot state enough how amazing it was. The venue created an atmosphere of something that little bit extra special and the food was exquisite. Definitely one to go back to!

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