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The Reading Rooms

21-23 Nelson Street | Opposite The Fat Cat, Norwich, England
01603 766137
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Ranked #108 of 667 Restaurants in Norwich
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Tue - Thu 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fri 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat - Sun 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Cuisines: Eclectic
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Description: The Reading Rooms is a family-run Gourmet Cafe committed to providing delicious food and drink. At our cafe in Nelson Street you will always be sure of a warm welcome. We pride ourselves on great service, great food and a fabulous atmosphere. We will always endeavor to supply local, free-range food wherever possible. Try our Norfolk sausages made exclusively for us less than a quarter of a mile away, that really is local! Our cakes are all made on the premises - try our Croissant Bread Pudding with Whiskey and White Chocolate or our handmade Beetroot and Dark Chocolate Ice Cream. Call to check what vegetarian, gluten free and lactose free dishes are being served on the day. Thank you to all our Tripadvisor reviewers
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English first
Norwich, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

I visited this place a while ago and thought quality of food was very good. Returned yesterday and had a decent meal but thought it was expensive: charged £7.50 for Eggs (actually one egg) Benedict . The single egg had a hard yolk and was served with 2 rashers of bacon on a split bun. Still tasty but at £7.50... More 

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Norwich, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

Food was delicious, fresh, and speedily served. Loved the music, the interior and the fact that this café is located on a residential street, where people can commune for a coffee. Staff are fantastically friendly, kind, accommodating, relaxed and generally good fun! Would go back again and again. Lovely Saturday morning treat.

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Norwich, England, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

The food was unquestionably delicious and very fairly priced, wasn't a particularly long wait either which is always nice and annoyingly infrequent these days, but not here. The reading rooms also happens to now be my #1 destination for hot chocolates, i'm not an avid coffee drinker (although my girlfriend is and she loves the americano), so i always get... More 

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1 review
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014 via mobile

Having lived and eaten my way around Norwich for twenty years, I was surprised and excited to discover The Reading Rooms on Nelson Street, to find out what this charming, quirky establishment had to offer. My disappointment in finding the food totally bland and overpriced (my friends bacon pancake also appeared to be made by a werewolf judging by the... More 

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Norwich, United Kingdom
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

£8.00 for the priviledge of burnt toast and rubbery scrambled eggs-no thanks.Owner is more than a little tetchy,all round strange behaviour from him actually.I don't give a damn if this is local,it's complete and utter tripe.

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Norwich, England, United Kingdom
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Myself and my partner went there for breakfast but to find that it was't open until 10.00am on Saturday even though on the website saids 9.00am so we had to waste 40 mins waiting outside. The decor is lovely, vitage/ shaby chic style but didn't feel that the artworks on the wall goes with the style they were hoping for.... More 

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Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Came here as my friend is a student living in Norwich and has been here before. Therefore I had high expectations and on entering the Reading Rooms for breakfast I was impressed. However, the menu was quite limited - I entered up ordering French toast sub the berry compote add bacon and an orange juice - To my disappointment the... More 

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2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

Visited today having not been for a few months. Normally a really big fan but it fell short of the mark this time. The 'his breakfast' had bacon that had barely seen the heat, over cooked eggs and what I think was meant to be toast but in reality was sopping wet piece of bean covered bread. On a more... More 

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Amersham, England, United Kingdom
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

I have visited the Reading Rooms a number of times in the past year, and it has been consistently excellent. The staff are wonderfully friendly and conversational, the chef is a real character, and it is a pleasure to eat in a place with such a relaxed, friendly environment - it is very rare to find places with such charm.... More 

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Norwich, United Kingdom
13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I've visited the reading Rooms a few times hoping to discover a pleasant cafe with good food and a nice atmosphere. Unfortunately that has not been the case. Clearly opinions are divided and I hope for the Reading Rooms sake I've been unlucky and chosen 'off days'. On my visits I've found the food to be average to poor and... More 

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Additional Information about The Reading Rooms

Address: 21-23 Nelson Street | Opposite The Fat Cat, Norwich, England
Phone Number: 01603 766137
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  East Anglia  >  Norfolk  >  Norwich
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Cuisine: Eclectic

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