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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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  • Pauline Yoong
    Pauline Yoong
    7 months 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.

  • Sue Davison
    Sue Davison
    9 months ago

    Lovely setting by the river, pleasant staff, quick service however we ordered fish, chips and mushy peas, peas were stone cold and the fish had a translucent bits that looked as though it was under cooked, huge chunky chips were lovely. Also ordered the crab burger, very tasty, lots of french fries, a bit of salad would have been good and it would have looked better presented. Lovely burger though.

  • Charles Devereux
    Charles Devereux
    9 months ago

    Lovely pub. By the river. Ultra dog friendly (judging by my visit it’s probably obligatory to have a dog!!) . Friendly staff, nice beers, super atmosphere. Food looks good but I didn’t have any. I think this pub was closed for a while but it is a super spot now

  • Benjamin Yachts
    Benjamin Yachts
    a year ago

    From the moment I walked through the door I could tell immediately the experience would be a good one. I was greeted by Elle who gave me a very warm welcome, professional and courteous, a sweet young lady indeed. She went the extra mile to accommodate giving me a great seat by the river just where I like to be the most. Moving on to the food… wow, absolutely blown away! The portion size was definitely a belly filler. Flavours well balanced with succulent meat and perfectly cooked vegetables. If you are a Yorkshire pudding lover then you will love these ones. Even the mint sauce was home made. Presentation gave the impression of a well trained chef and after eating, I can assure you the chef talents shines throughout his food. The establishment it’s self, is clean well decorated and has fantastic river side seating areas outside. Lastly… the toilets, this matters a lot to me, I can confirm they are clean and well maintained. Thank you to all the staff for your hospitality and for a great meal. Quite obviously a very well run pub.

  • Steph Woodbine
    Steph Woodbine
    6 months ago

    Can't get enough. Been numerous times since it reopened and is a real crowd pleaser. With car parking, attentive staff and a well thought-out menu. Great place for some afternoon food and drink by the river.

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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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