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The Georgian grandeur of the main restaurant - The Assembly House, Norwich, Norfolk

The Assembly House

4.6
4.6
6624 Reviews
£26 to £40
British
  • Charming
  • Good for special occasions
  • Great for brunch
The Assembly House is a gorgeous Georgian gem perfectly located in the heart of Norwich. We set out to create the kind of establishment we'd love to find in one of the UK's most beautiful cities, one where old-fashioned hospitality is valued, food is delicious and where beautiful surroundings can be found hidden around every corner.
From breakfast where we serve our unique Beforenoon Tea - the breakfast edition of afternoon tea - to lunch which includes Assembly House classics and grazing boards, we're open seven days a week.
We're most famous for our themed afternoon teas which change regularly and are served from noon until last service at 3.30pm daily. As the Home of Afternoon Tea, we also serve some spectacular savoury versions of tea, including Beforenoon Tea, seafood option Afternoon Sea and our cheese-based option Afternoon Cheese. Please let us know your dietary adaptations for vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free or vegetarian teas at least 24 hours in advance.






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2 people

19:00


Booked 54 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    British, Afternoon Tea
  • Hours of Operation
    Breakfast Daily 8:00 am–11:00 am Afternoon Tea Daily 12:00 pm–3:30 pm Lunch Daily 12:00 pm–3:30 pm
  • Phone number
    01603 626402
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive Chef
    Richard Hughes
  • Catering
    From bespoke wedding breakfasts to full English fry-ups, themed afternoon teas to conference buffets, baby showers to hen parties, lunches to dinners, event dining to supper clubs, we have a range of incredible food options to suit everyone. Please call us on 01603 626402 to discuss.
  • Private party facilities
    We have a range of gorgeous private dining rooms of all sizes which can be viewed on our website and booked via our office team. Please call 01603 626402 or email admin@assemblyhousenorwich.co.uk.
  • Private party contact
    admin@assemblyhousenorwich.co.uk: 01603 626402
  • Area
    Norwich
  • Cross Street
    Next door to the Theatre Royal, opposite both The Forum and Chantry Place
  • Parking Details
    The Assembly House has a small pay and display car park adjacent to the building. This is accessed via the Grapes Hill roundabout on the inner ring road. Further car parking can be found at the nearby Chapelfield shopping centre, Forum library and St. Giles multi-story. Please visit www.assemblyhousenorwich.co.uk for further details.
  • Public Transit
    The nearest bus stops are Theatre Street (150m), Red Lion Street (0.2 miles), St Stephens Street (0.2 miles) and Castle Meadow (0.3 miles).<br />The nearest train station is Norwich Station which is 0.7 miles from The Forum.<br /><br />By car: From the Grapes Hill roundabout, take the exit signposted with a brown heritage sign to The Assembly House, which takes you to Chapel Field North, with Chapelfield Gardens on your right. Take the first turn on your right to Chapel Field East and take the first exit off the mini roundabout to Chantry Road. Approximately 200m along the road, you will find the entrance to The Assembly House’s pay and display car park.<br /><br />If you are arriving by taxi or being dropped off by car, please be aware that if you have mobility issues, you can ask to be dropped off directly at our front door.<br /><br />What 3 Words for car park: pens.supper.driver
  • Additional
    Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan

Experiences

  • Afternoon Tea

    Multiple dates available
    It's the multi-award winning service we're famous for: four gorgeous tiers served under glittering chandeliers between 12pm & 3.30pm! Afternoon Tea at The Assembly House is £32.00 for one (£18.95 for under-12s) plus a 10% discretionary service charge. ALL afternoon teas served are themed, other than for pre-booked private events. Your booking will be for one of several of our dining rooms, including the main restaurant. We look forward to you being our guests! Please tell us in the booking notes or email admin@assemblyhousenorwich.co.uk at least 24 hours ahead: * If you have dietary requirements (vegetarian, vegan, DF, GF) * If you require a high chair/are a wheelchair user * If you would like to enjoy Afternoon CHEESE or Afternoon SEA
    Afternoon Tea photo
  • Beforenoon Tea

    Multiple dates available
    The Assembly House is the home of Beforenoon Tea, the breakfast edit of our award-winning afternoon tea served EVERY DAY in our restaurant between 8am to 11am. Beforenoon Tea makes any day a celebration! The menu includes a slightly smaller version of one of our hot freshly-cooked breakfasts and then the Beforenoon Tea Stand which is filled with treats including a ‘fried egg' mango and vanilla cheesecake and cereal-based cakes and tarts. Savouries include mini cream cheese and smoked salmon croissants, Cheddar Cheese, Colman's Mustard and chive scones with bacon jam, three-cheese toasties and Assembly House sausage rolls. Then choose tea or coffee chocolate mousse. All served with loose leaf English Breakfast tea or coffee!
    Beforenoon Tea photo
  • Breakfast Menu

    Multiple dates available
    Available seven days a week from 8am to 11am, our breakfast menu includes favourites such as a Full English Fry-up packed full of local ingredients to Posh Cheese on Toast, our popular Beforenoon Tea (a breakfast edition of our afternoon tea served on three tiers) to our Double-Baked Cheddar and Parmesan Soufflés, Kedgeree to Eggs Benedict, Smoked Salmon and Scrambled Eggs on sourdough to Buttermilk Pancakes with berries and creme fraiche or Chocolate...There's something for everyone on the menu! We also have vegan and vegetarian fry-ups available and homemade breakfast beans on toast. Start your day the right way: under chandeliers!
    Breakfast Menu photo

What 6,624 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Diners' Choice Awards

  • Norfolk/Suffolk

    Great for brunch

  • Norfolk/Suffolk

    Good for special occasions

  • Norfolk/Suffolk

    British

  • Norfolk/Suffolk

    Most Booked

  • Norwich

    Best Food

  • Norwich

    Great for brunch

  • Norwich

    Gluten-free-friendly

  • Norwich

    Romantic

  • Norwich

    Good for special occasions

  • Norwich

    British

  • Norwich

    Most Booked

6,624 Reviews
  1. HollyC

    London

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    My husband and I went to the Assembly House for afternoon tea to celebrate the birth of our daughter with friends. The afternoon tea was fantastic and the staff who served our party were friendly/helpful as they accommodated two additional people. Unfortunately the friendly/helpful nature of the staff was soon lost as approx one hour after we left I received a call advising that the Assembly House had undercharged the party. At this point my friends were on trains home and we were not in a private location but talking to shop staff. The man who spoke to was insistent we came back straight away, I politely advised this was not possible, or hand over my card details which was not possible in a public setting. The man then proclaimed it was my responsibility to ensure the bill was correct versus the Assembly House staff and continued to be exceptionally rude despite me advising I can settle the bill shortly but this exact moment was not a good time! As a result of the threatening nature of the man my husband and I rushed back, causing great upset, to settle the bill with little remorse or a sorry for the intimidating/threatening behaviour. The staff member behaviour soured an otherwise great experience for the sake of £40! Strongly recommend customers think carefully about going to the Assembly House given the hostile nature of some staff members as we are now reluctant to return!

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  2. HilaryS

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Going to the Assembly House is always a real pleasure. The surroundings are so elegant and the ambiance unique. Not to mention the quality of the food and service.

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  3. NicolaJ

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely Afternoon Tea, as always. Lovely place, lovely food and lovely staff.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very nice. Very civilised. The Sea Afternoon Tea is a good lunch.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely experience on what was a difficult day for myself and my husband. Very friendly and helpful staff. Food was amazing 💜💚

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  6. Mitchy

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Absolutely fabulous food and service as always 😀 we came to celebrate myself and friends birthday. We will definitely recommend and return many thanks to all the staff .

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  7. JoanneW

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a lovely time and the food as usual was excellent. Loved the Beauty and the Beast theme!!

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 July 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    There is no better place in Norwich to have tasty light lunch.

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  9. Hats89

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 7 July 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Went for Beauty and The Beast afternoon tea yesterday. Utterly stunning building and the room we were sat in was decorated beautifully. The service from start to finish was lovely although we did have to flag someone down anytime we needed something as we were not approached at all for more drinks or if we wanted our scones. The sandwiches were lovely and cut perfectly if not a little bland. The chicken roll was lovely and the toastie was nice but would benefit from stronger cheese as it didn’t really taste of anything. The scones were perfect and some of the best I’ve ever eaten. The sausage rolls were amazing as were the little tart and salmon mousse. The cakes very much let it all down. The blueberry cake tasted of nothing and seemed greasy. The macaron again tasted of very little and the red food colouring stained everything it touched. The lemon cake was nice but the icing was awful and it seemed to be made from margarine rather than actual butter. The chocolate mousse was lovely if not a little strong for the children. Both the savoury and sweet biscuits were out of this world. Our biggest complaint is that 4 of us were squeezed into a small table. We really struggled for space. I couldn’t drink my tea and had to hand back my pot of tea as we simply didn’t have space for it. We felt incredibly cramped. It would of been nice to have some music in line with the themed afternoon tea playing too perhaps?

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 July 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service absolutely outstanding. Will def come back again

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FAQs

The Assembly House is rated 4.6 stars by 6624 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 54 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for The Assembly House

Theatre Street, Norwich, Norfolk NR2 1RQ

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Next door to the Theatre Royal, opposite both The Forum and Chantry Place
  • Area
    Norwich
  • Hours of Operation
    Breakfast Daily 8:00 am–11:00 am Afternoon Tea Daily 12:00 pm–3:30 pm Lunch Daily 12:00 pm–3:30 pm
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    British, Afternoon Tea
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    The Assembly House has a small pay and display car park adjacent to the building. This is accessed via the Grapes Hill roundabout on the inner ring road. Further car parking can be found at the nearby Chapelfield shopping centre, Forum library and St. Giles multi-story. Please visit www.assemblyhousenorwich.co.uk for further details.
  • Public Transit
    The nearest bus stops are Theatre Street (150m), Red Lion Street (0.2 miles), St Stephens Street (0.2 miles) and Castle Meadow (0.3 miles).The nearest train station is Norwich Station which is 0.7 miles from The Forum.By car: From the Grapes Hill roundabout, take the exit signposted with a brown heritage sign to The Assembly House, which takes you to Chapel Field North, with Chapelfield Gardens on your right. Take the first turn on your right to Chapel Field East and take the first exit off the mini roundabout to Chantry Road. Approximately 200m along the road, you will find the entrance to The Assembly House’s pay and display car park.If you are arriving by taxi or being dropped off by car, please be aware that if you have mobility issues, you can ask to be dropped off directly at our front door.What 3 Words for car park: pens.supper.driver
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Richard Hughes
  • Additional
    Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan
  • Phone number
    01603 626402
  • Catering
    From bespoke wedding breakfasts to full English fry-ups, themed afternoon teas to conference buffets, baby showers to hen parties, lunches to dinners, event dining to supper clubs, we have a range of incredible food options to suit everyone. Please call us on 01603 626402 to discuss.
  • Private party facilities
    We have a range of gorgeous private dining rooms of all sizes which can be viewed on our website and booked via our office team. Please call 01603 626402 or email admin@assemblyhousenorwich.co.uk.
  • Private party contact
    admin@assemblyhousenorwich.co.uk: 01603 626402
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