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Thorpe Ferry Cafe – Norwich

Bungalow Lane, Norwich, NR7 0SH

NOTE: This venue is a seasonal one and closed over the winter so check before visiting.

Our cosy riverside café is a beautiful and tranquil spot to stop for a drink and a bite to eat, away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

We serve a selection of hot and cold drinks, as well as baguettes, cakes and sausage/vegan rolls, plus an authentic Thai dish of the day made by owner Jaa Fisher. Many of the fragrant herbs and spices used in these dishes are grown on-site, and Jaa and her team are keen to use local suppliers wherever possible.

Why not tie in a trip to the café with a trip across the River Yare on the on-site ferry? A five-minute zip across the water offers easy access to the beauty of Whitlingham Broad and the quaint village of Trowse. Both the café and the ferry are dog-friendly (you may have seen our own ‘house dog’, Zelda the springador, in the photos and of course Jet the ferry dog), and you can even transport your bicycles across the river.

Opening times: Our opening hours are below but in the summer and school holidays, we will be open 7 days a week.

Parking: We have a large car park.  Be aware when you drive down Bungalow Lane there is a gated rail road to cross.

Accessibility: Although our venue is wheelchair-accessible, sadly our toilets are not.

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

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4.9
58 reviews
  • Keith Harris
    Keith Harris
    in the last week

    My first visit was for a coffee and I just had to have a fat sausage roll with salad. Superb quiet river location, friendly and attentive owner and just heaven. I have to go for a meal soon

  • Jim Paine
    Jim Paine
    a month ago

    We had such a lovely time. A place we wanted to visit for a while now - definitely worth the effort. This sweet little riverside cafe, serving basics such as tea, coffee, cakes sarnies and sausage rolls also offers lovely Thai curries for lunch. You can find this cafe down a bumpy track which takes you over the railway line and along the side of the wonderful Thorpe Marsh Norfolk Wildlife Trust site. Carry on, don't give up! and you will eventually reach the river and the wonderful cafe. Highly recommended. You can also take a little ferry across the river to Whittlingham Country Park if you fancy. Great for children, grannies, dogs and for impressing visitors! Clare and Jim

  • Gerry Gallott
    Gerry Gallott
    a month ago

    …what a fabulous cafe!! Right on the river bank with glorious views. Such friendly and efficient staff ~ very warm and welcoming. As for the food…absolutely delicious! Excellent coffee ~ served in kooky chinaware! Had a really lovely relaxed atmosphere. Very dog friendly too! 💯 percent recommend and will absolutely return!

  • Elizabeth Connor
    Elizabeth Connor
    a month ago

    So annoyed I only discovered this today as it will only be open for two more weekends before shutting for winter until next Easter. What a gorgeous place! Drive down a track and over a railway line to get here and you will be rewarded with tables on decking looking out over a beautiful stretch of river where you may be lucky enough to see a kingfisher. Great choice of homemade produce including vegan or sausage rolls and a good choice of cakes. However, for me the best things were the Thai dishes of the day (one with meat, one without) which change daily and are made by Jaa, the friendly Thai owner. Both were absolutely delicious. Portions were large and what a bargain at £7.50. Most of the customers appeared to have been before and I can understand why as we aim to return next week to try another offering. Update April 24: Now open again after the winter and Jaa has expanded her menu, see attached photo.

  • _len 4ik_
    _len 4ik_
    11 months ago

    It was a pleasure to visit this beautiful gem by the water. The black dog Jet got us all fallen in love with him, as he gave a paw in exchange for a treat (which was a sausage roll from the cafe). The ferry ride was very relaxed and friendly. Highly recommended to everyone!

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