The Assembly House

4.5
1627 reviews
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  • Afternoon Tea
  • Special Occasions
  • Pre/post Theatre
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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Norfolk
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The little extras like my birthday card and candle in my extra birthday cake made our visit even more special

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PH
Norfolk
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best afternoon tea experiences we've had. Excellent food, service, value for money and ambience. Will definitely go again.......and again and again.

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MB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Perfect venue for that special occasion and that bit different to others

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

Really enjoyed the delicious gluten free meal, attentive staff, delicious food, privacy perfect and will come again....

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JL
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best afternoon teas that I have had. Beautiful setting and excellent service. We were offered extra sandwiches but we knew that if we had more we wouldn’t be able to eat all the delicious scones and cakes. We asked for extra cream and jam which were delivered immediately. My only question was on the price. It’s £21.95 per person and £42.00 for two but for three we paid £63.95. I would have hoped that the charge for the third person would have been £21.00?

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SS
Norfolk
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and great service. Will definately go back

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

Lovely place to enjoy a relaxed meal. Visited with a colleague from London who always chooses this place when visiting Norwich. Food very tasty and wine of good quality. Afternoon tea seems to be a popular choice, although have not tried so far.

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L
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 5

Really disappointed in the afternoon tea, incredible location and atmosphere but small portion and mediocre cakes and sandwiches did not do it justice, won’t be returning unfortunately.

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TC
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Afternoon tea was lovely, table nicely layed and a gentle 'buzz' in the air of everyone chatting but without being too noisy. Polite service from the waitresses who explained what was in the sandwiches and checked there were no special dietry requirements. Top ups of tea, coffee and sanwiches are available. Service charge is added to the bill which I was not expecting but this is optional.

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OT
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Afternoon Tea - delicious food and you do get a lot for your money (we had to take cakes home as we couldn't eat it all!) but the service was slow to be seated, to take our order and to ask for the bill.

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CL
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely afternoon tea, brilliant selection of gluten free cakes and perfect scones, we are definitely coming again!

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ND
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful venue and the food as always was outstanding.

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CB
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Amazing food, atmosphere and staff, only advice is for staff to provide a more "friendly" experience as they only came over when called over or to bring food, no other communication, or asking if food was ok (which is was). Also tables where very close together, making a bit of an awkward feeling. However we had a delicious meal and delightful time, thankyou. We shall be back!

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LP
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Very friendly and courteous staff. Food very fresh and needs catered for. Felt very relaxed and had an enjoyable experience. This was the first time I had visited the assembly room for afternoon tea.

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ES
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were in Norwich for the day and had eaten here before in a previous visit.
The surroundings were first class, the service excellent and the food delinks and well priced.

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SF
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Afternoon Tea. Fabulous food. I am wheat intolerant so had to have gluten free! My husband had normal. Both were super thank you. Presented so well. The Staff were wonderful and the surroundings beautiful. As this was a Christmas present, it was such a treat!

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SL
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 7 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good service staff very pleasant and helpful food excelent will tell all my family about it thank you for a very enjoyable afternoon

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OT
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 7 May 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Had afternoon tea, extra sandwiches and tea top ups came at no extra cost. Sandwiches were nothing special but cheese scone was lush! A nice chilled out experience overall.

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BW
1 review
Dined on 6 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff were very attentive nothing was too much trouble. The waiting time for food was minimal and the food was delicious. I would highly recommend

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LP
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I surprised my mum with afternoon tea for her birthday. She was over the moon. It’s a beautiful place. Food was really lovely & plenty of it we had to take a doggy bag home with us. Staff & service was faultless. They gave mum & card & put a candle in her cake which made it that but more special for her. We’ll definitely be back.

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DL
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional service & wonderful food. Very impressed

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G
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect start to our mother & daughter day out to the theatre , food and service was wonderful .

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J
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding in all aspects - great service and delicious food.

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous breakfast, great service. One of our favourites

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C
Bedfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were a party of five ladies, all family and we hadn’t seen each other for a couple of years. We had a lot to catch up on and the whole afternoon was delightful. The staff were attentive but not overbearing and we felt able to eat and drink at our own pace without feeling pushed to leave. Thank you Assembly Rooms - we look forward to returning in the future.

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GP
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Having sat down at our table at 12.30, we looked at the menu and were disappointed at the lack of choice of main dishes. We then all chose the dish of the day, fish pie, to be told that there was only one left. Not a great start. We then ordered grilled fish with extra vegetables and were fairly pleased with that.
Perhaps we'll return for afternoon tea later in the year but certainly were generally disappointed by our first lunch experience. Shame.

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H
Norfolk
2 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal as always, really friendly staff. Ready to book again

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LP
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Food was average, Limited selection and £3 supplement for asparagus was steep when in season

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OT
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an enjoyable lunch prior to go to the theatre.

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LH
1 review
Dined on 30 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super food from an interesting menu. Everyone enjoyed their choices.
Service efficient and courteous.

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JK
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our experience was great but I did try to book for a later time and this was refused. I can’t understand why as the venue was not full. Can you explain this, please?

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KM
Norfolk
5 reviews
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

About 4-5 years ago the food was of higher standard. I felt let down.

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n
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very friendly, helpful staff and the food was lovely!

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SS
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a super afternoon tea, plenty of variety and lots to eat - couldn’t finish it all! Was beautifully presented and the staff were very professional and friendly. Would definitely return!

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CW
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great service, with a smile. And lovely food

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OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Before theatre meal. Pleased that there were a number of vegetarian and vegan dishes to choose from. Food very tasty and filling. Service prompt and efficient as usual

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p
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Table too small for what is put on it for afternoon tea, initial service was good explaining what was on the plates but after that no one came over to us ask if all wa okay. We had to try and get the attention twice if waiting staff one to ask for hot water to top up tea pots and secondly after we sat for ten minutes after finishing th get the bill. Floor under our table was dirty with pieces of cake. Food was okay but nothing amazing for the £42. Paying more for the surroundings with are stunning.

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W
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love coming to the Assembly House, the food is always amazing, the service top notch & the place is just lovely.

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OT
Norfolk
5 reviews
Dined on 23 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently excellent food, service and atmosphere in fab surroundings. Good value for money. Our go-to place particularly when we are going to the Theatre Royal just next door.

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T
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 23 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best afternoon tea experience by far in the fine city of Norwich. The service is outstanding, always paying attention to your individual needs and preferences. My personal favourite is the cheese scones, which are the best I’ve ever tasted. We will definitely be back in the future.

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