We visited the Assembly House in Norwich at Christmas to try their festive afternoon tea, having been assured by family that their normal fare was excellent. More than 250 years old, it features really nice plasterwork and wood panelling, and is a lovely place to sit and enjoy the surroundings. If you arrive early in winter, you can wait by a warming fire.

Grand interior, The Assembly House, Norwich

The staff are really friendly, and very happy to accommodate a couple of vegetarians (and a picky eater!), bringing a different from normal selection of sandwiches especially for us. 

Sandwiches, The Assembly House, Norwich

The standard was turkey, salmon, cheese, and egg sandwiches; scones made with cheese and Colman’s mustard (a famous local company) and with cranberries and clementines, served with local jam and clotted cream; a selection of cakes; and choice of hot or cold teas and coffees. In addition, they made some extra olive, houmous and sun dried tomato and ham, cheese and mustard sandwiches for us. 

Cakes, The Assembly House, Norwich

They were also very generous, offering free refills of scones, sandwiches and drinks. The only thing you couldn’t have more of was the cakes. Everyone enjoyed the sandwiches and scones, particularly the houmous option of the former and the cheese version of the latter. The cakes divided opinion, with some of us enjoying the mini lemon muffins and gingerbread men, and others preferring the red velvet. However no-one really liked the weird icing Christmas tree cakes! 

Fire, The Assembly House, Norwich

The normal price for this is £35 for two people, but we got it on a deal thanks to my sister. In short we had tasty food and drink, in a beautiful building, served by good staff, and at an acceptable price especially considering the refills. Very highly recommended.

Address: Theatre Street, Norwich NR2 1RQ
Telephone: 01603626402

Website: https://www.assemblyhousenorwich.co.uk

Dining room, The Assembly House, Norwich