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The Red Lion Bishopgate is a traditional riverside pub with a warm welcome for all. Part of the De’Ath Hospitality family; serving a delicious menu, great selection of drinks and an idyllic spot by the River Wensum. In the shadow of Norwich Cathedral with historic walks, abundant nature (we have our own resident kingfishers!) and all the buzz of the city centre just a few minutes walk away, customers can book a table inside to relax with friends, perch at a bar table with a view of the river, settle in on the Chesterfield sofa or enjoy the outdoors-indoors in the conservatory. Outside there’s a choice of the traditional front garden under the shade of the Robinia tree or a sheltered, heated terrace to spread out alongside the water’s edge.

An outstanding range of beers and real ales, carefully selected wines, tempting soft drinks and top quality coffees are available and customers can look forward to enjoying a sundowner in the sunshine on the banks of the river. We serve food all day, every day with something on our locally sourced menu for everyone to choose from. Whether it be brunch to hearty main courses or a grazing board to a few nibbles.

As per all listings on Dog Friendly Norfolk, we accept well behaved dogs.



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1,133 reviews
  • Tray
    3 months ago

    Lovely pub with a lovely view , but it is extremely packed , went on a Sunday for a roast , had 2 share a table just to sit . Had nice selection of beers on . Unfortunately we couldn't have a roast as they said only had enough meat for the tables that was left reserved, wich is fair enough . Drinks seemed very expensive so went for cheaper beer for second pint and was charged even more!!! when checked bank balance, so for this reason won't use this place again 👎

  • Maxim
    2 weeks ago

    Lovely place with nice atmosphere. The service was fast at first but then we’ve been waiting for 30-40 minutes for our food to arrive. Other than that it’s great.

  • Mick Smithson
    Mick Smithson
    6 months ago

    It was Saturday morning and neither of us wanted to cook, we both did the old side eye thing until eventually I gave in and said "We will go out for Breakfast", We arrived at 11:30 and luckily I had booked a table as it was busy. (Fail to plan and you plan to fail kids!) On arrival at the bar, a very nice lady asked us if we wanted to eat indoor or out? It was sunny so we opted for out. Good choice. Now we have been married for 29 years (how she has put up with me for this length of time is a bloody mystery, " its like the turns of seasons and the tides of the sea") and we both have smartphones, but we both sat their and actually did that weird speaking to each other thing, we were having such a great time, that we ignored our phones, the buzzing on our wrists of the smart watches. and just enjoyed the ambience and atmosphere. Its that kind of a place. So time to order, we went for our traditional breakfasts, she had a Vegan and me being a "geezer" had the full english, she had smelly tea nad I had proper tea (Earl Grey and English Breakfast), sadly this only means a mug of tea, not a pot, if anyone from the Red Lion reads this, give us pots of tea, its our right. Tea arrived quickly, food soon after and it was delicious, we enjoyed watching people paddle boarding down the river and the English sunshine. After stuffing ourselves and ordering another mug of tea each (I refer you to my earlier comment), she popped to the loo and I paid the bill. (So I ended up losing in the end :) ) I asked "Is service included" and the reaction suggested that many people dont tip, come on people, if you get good service, at least leave a couple of quid, none of us wants to see American style tipping, but its nice to show appreciation. We then went for a walk along the river which is glorious. Now we had such a good time we had ignored numerous messages from our kids, who had both decided that the "radio silence" could only mean we had both died. I am sure i could sense their disappointment when they discover we were alive and only their dream of inheritance had died. So would I recommend the Red Lion? Hell yeah, but book first and remember the leave a tip for good service.

  • Pauline Yoong
    Pauline Yoong
    a year ago

    A lovely delightful lunch we had on a weekend. The outdoor seats are all fully booked. We had a table in the conservatory area by the window which was a little warm. Service was prompt and attentive. We had the steak and battered haddock and chips. Both taste fantastic. Really love the food and would love to come back for another visit. Highly recommended.

  • Antony Gouldstone
    Antony Gouldstone
    2 months ago

    Went in here with some work colleagues on the run up to Christmas. You walk in to a welcoming and friendly atmosphere. It is a lovely little pub with lots of seating indoors and out. Out the back there is a lovely terrace area next to the river. Good selection of drinks at reasonable prices. The food is to die for (especially the puddings) I will definitely be visiting here more often. Well done to the team for making such a great place to visit.

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  • Monday 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
  • Tuesday 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
  • Wednesday 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
  • Thursday 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
  • Friday 10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
  • Saturday 10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
  • Sunday 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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