9 restaurants and pubs perfect for outdoor dining in Norwich

Plenty of places are perfect for eating outside in Norwich, including The Earlham, The Red Lion and The Assembly House.

There are plenty of places perfect for eating outside in Norwich. Pictured are The Earlham, The Red Lion, The Assembly House, The Rooftop Gardens and The Last. - Credit: Various

There are plenty of wonderful restaurants and pubs in Norwich where you can eat outside and make the most of the weather.

Here are just a handful of places to visit. If we haven't included your favourite, please share it in the comments below.

The courtyard at The Last in Norwich.

The courtyard at The Last in Norwich. - Credit: Iain McCarten

1. The Last

Where: 70-76 St Georges St, Norwich NR3 1AB

When: 8am to 3pm Wednesday to Friday, 12pm to 3pm Saturday, 5pm to 10pm Wednesday to Saturday, 12pm to 3pm Sunday

The Last has a few tables outside the front of the restaurant, but if you head to the back you'll be greeted by a picturesque courtyard covered in vines perfect for a spot of lunch.

Rooftop Gardens, Norwich. Picture: Archant Library

Rooftop Gardens, Norwich. Picture: Archant Library - Credit: Archant

2. Rooftop Gardens

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Where: The Union Building, 51-59 Rose Ln, Norwich NR1 1BY

When: 11am to 12pm Monday to Saturday, 12pm to 12am Sunday

For a view of the city's skyline while you eat your dinner, head to the Rooftop Gardens on Rose Lane.

The outdoor seating at the Assembly House in Norwich.

The outdoor seating at the Assembly House in Norwich. - Credit: The Assembly House

3. Assembly House

Where: Theatre St, Norwich NR2 1RQ

When: 9am to 4.30pm every day

The Assembly House might be tucked away in the city centre, but it has a courtyard perfect for outdoor dining, including a shepherd's hut serving station.

Dinner at the Oak Bar and Terrace at the Oaklands Hotel in Thorpe St Andrew. Photo: Lauren Cope

Dinner at the Oak Bar and Terrace at the Oaklands Hotel in Thorpe St Andrew. Photo: Lauren Cope - Credit: Archant

4. Oak Bar Terrace

Where: 89 Yarmouth Rd, Norwich NR7 0HH

When: 7am to 11pm Monday to Thursday, 7am to 12am Friday, 8am to 12am Saturday and Sunday

The restaurant, bar and outdoor area have had a revamp in the last couple of years and there is now a spacious outdoor decking area, which feels tucked away and secluded.

The outdoor seating area added to Woolf and Social restaurant during the pandemic.

The outdoor seating area added to Woolf and Social restaurant during the pandemic. - Credit: Francis Woolf

5. Woolf and Social

Where: 21-23 Nelson St, Norwich NR2 4DW

When: 6pm tp 11pm Tuesday to Friday, 12pm to 3pm and 6pm to 12am Saturday, 12pm to 3pm Sunday

Though it's in the middle of a golden triangle neighbourhood, the popular Woolf and Social has created an inviting outdoor area, which is undercover.

The Earlham pub in Earlham Road, Norwich. 

The Earlham pub in Earlham Road, Norwich. - Credit: Victoria Pertusa

6. The Earlham

Where: 41 Earlham Rd, Norwich NR2 3AD

When: 3pm to 11.30pm Wednesday and Thursday, 3pm to 12.30am Friday, 12pm to 12.30am Saturday, 12pm to 8pm Sunday

The Earlham was opened in June 2021 by Rosie Hanison, who also runs the Black Horse down the road. It has outdoor tables and picnic benches.

The Red Lion in Norwich which has opened it's doors to customers once again. Picture: Danielle Boode

The Red Lion in Norwich which has opened it's doors to customers once again. - Credit: Danielle Booden

7. Red Lion

Where: 79 Bishopgate, Norwich NR1 4AA

When: 10am to 10pm Monday to Friday, 10am to 11pm Saturday and Sunday

The Red Lion is another recent addition to the city, having been reopened in 2021 by Nick and Briony De'Ath, who run other pubs around Norwich. It has seats outside overlooking the river.

8. Gonzo's Tearoom

Where: 68 London St, Norwich NR2 1JT

When: 12pm to 3am Sunday to Wednesday, 12pm to 3.30am Thursday to Saturday

As well as its inside space, Gonzo's has a rooftop terrace with heaters for customers, and views across Norwich.

9. William and Florence

Where: 111 Unthank Rd, Norwich NR2 2PE

When: 10am to 10pm Sunday to Thursday, 10am to11pm Friday and Saturday

William and Florence has a deceptively large garden at the back of the restaurant, as well as seating by the front.