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The Refectory Cafe

65 The Close | The Close, Norwich NR1 4DH, England
+44 1603 218321
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  • Excellent41%
  • Very good36%
  • Average18%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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“scones” (17 reviews)
“tuna sandwich” (2 reviews)
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Cafe, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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65 The Close | The Close, Norwich NR1 4DH, England
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Reviewed today

Stopped off to get warm on a cold afternoon after visiting the beuatiful Cathedral and discovered they had Lamingtons!!! Sensational!!! Good choclate cake too, but their hot chocolate left a bit to be desireed.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank ianwebb75
Reviewed 4 days ago

Lovely atmosphere, friendly and helpful staff. Good options and fresh food, and all labelled re allergens and hot comforting drinks.

Date of visit: December 2018
1  Thank Derek H
Reviewed 5 November 2018

Incorporating the original refectory wall this café is attached to the cathedral. It is bright and clean. The staff are friendly and helpful. Generous portions, delicious cakes and reasonable prices.Lift for disabled.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Dobede
Reviewed 19 October 2018

The cafe is in a beautiful setting, with lovely views outside of the cathedral and grounds. However, the food is rather expensive for what it is, with long wait times. Nothing really on offer for gluten intolerance sufferers like me. It can get very busy...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank karenmurphy70
Reviewed 27 September 2018

We attended on a Tuesday afternoon in September for tea and a scone. The woman who served us was totally indifferent and clearly did not want to be there. The place (very attractive setting) was half full with every table covered in dirty crockery. Most...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Jakey15
Reviewed 25 September 2018

This cafe is well worth a visit when you go to the cathedral and you enter it from the cloisters. It is a stunning modern construction which is nicely bended into the stonework of the cloister walls. You can see the cathedral through windows so...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Edmund R
Reviewed 17 September 2018

Had lunch here, simple but wholesome food. My fish pie was good enough and reasonably priced. BUT: There are far too many tables, so you have to sit really close to your neighbours The lady cashier appeared to be totally disinterested in her job and...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank cliffordchambers
Reviewed 15 September 2018 via mobile

Loved the architecture and the airy wood and glass structure. It was very busy, but the selection wasn’t very wide. I ordered a ham and pickle with rockette sandwich, which was very well filled and the cheese scone was very tasty, and quite large. The...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Paleflier
Reviewed 13 September 2018

We popped in here after the Cathedral and we enjoyed tea and cake served by a really nice young man. The Refectory is upstairs, which may have been a problem for people not too mobile, but they have a super lift to rectify that.

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank happylady02
Reviewed 6 September 2018

This is part of the cathedral but can be accessed from outside. It is modern and efficient and after ordering your drinks are brought to the table so there are no long queues. A gentleman was playing classical guitar - nice but unobtrusive.

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank MeridianManchester
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 6 - US$ 10
Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Takeout, Serves Alcohol, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Reservations
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 65 The Close | The Close, Norwich NR1 4DH, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  East Anglia  >  Norfolk  >  Norwich
  • Phone Number: +44 1603 218321
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Enjoy delicious food and drink in a beautiful and contemporary setting. Or if you’re pushed for time, just pop in and take away a freshly prepared sandwich. Combining medieval and modern architecture, The Refectory really does offer a unique café experience. We serve light lunches, homemade soups & cakes and a selection of hot and cold drinks. We also regularly stage special events ranging from celebratory meals and wedding receptions, to networking breakfasts and live music nights.
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