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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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  • Mick Smithson
    Mick Smithson
    a month 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.

  • Tony Parkins
    Tony Parkins
    4 months ago

    The new Red Lion is lovely, fab decor, great coffee and friendly and attentive staff. We sat outside by the river, looking across to the historic Lollards Pit overlooked by the site of the Ketts Rebellion camp, such history to enjoy with a coffee. We had brunch today, it was fab! Smashed Avocado on sourdough with bacon and a poached egg was superb, perfect egg, quality bacon, my lady had the American style pancakes with bacon and maple syrup, they were so light and the bacon, again was great. Recommended Ps. If you think its too cold to sit outside on a may evening to eat, it would be without the fab heaters

  • Neville Clark
    Neville Clark
    a month ago

    Enjoyed an afternoon meal sat looking at the tranquil river. Still busy and serving good food options at 4.30pm which was great as another venue had let us down. Actually turned out better here. Staff really happy and keen to help. Prompt service. Fair prices. Lovely ambience. Thanks guys.

  • Alasdair Willett
    Alasdair Willett
    a month ago

    Probably the best Sunday Roast within the city walls. The fab food was accompanied by a great range of real ales. Plenty of atmosphere in this busy pub with great views alongside the River Wensum. They accommodated my request for a wheelchair accessible table, but unfortunately there is no accessible toilet, so one star lost from an otherwise five star experience.

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Opening Hours

  • 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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