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The Old Rock Shop Bistro

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10 Hamilton Road, Cromer NR27 9HL, England
441263511926
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8:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Fri - Sat 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Delivery, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer

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  • 242
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    Very good
  • 15
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  • 3
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  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Brownie

Have not eaten a meal here, but am a regular for coffee. You get a great latte and probably the best chocolate brownie in East Anglia. Very friendly staff, as well.

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5 of 5 starsReviewed August 8, 2015
Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
  • Local cuisine
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English first
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45 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Friday Dinner. Very few customers present. Short menu - not necessarily a bad thing as it often indicates freshly made food - but this one perhaps a little short on imagination as well! Chill con Carne lacked 'sauciness' being a fairly dry mince (note to chef: add more stock, more wine, more fresh chilli, some paprika, anything really!). Chicken curry... More 

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SamRockShop, Owner at The Old Rock Shop Bistro, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review your visit to us. This Friday was the first that we have extended our hours into the evening in months, largely due to popular demand from regular customers and holiday makers returning from previous years. You're correct, it wasn't quite as busy as we're used to, but then we had only decided... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Have not eaten a meal here, but am a regular for coffee. You get a great latte and probably the best chocolate brownie in East Anglia. Very friendly staff, as well.

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SamRockShop, Owner at The Old Rock Shop Bistro, responded to this review

Hi Martin E, Thank you for your positive comments. We're very proud of our brownie...it took ages to get the recipe right so we're glad that you enjoy it. Hope to see you soon, Sam The Old Rock Shop Bistro More 

Sheringham, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

Regulars at this bistro, always excellent and today the pizza slices and coffee was superb. Sausage rolls are always recommended. We have never been disappointed. Give this place a try. If someone says it was awful I/we do not know what they are on about.

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SamRockShop, Owner at The Old Rock Shop Bistro, responded to this review

Hi Graham C, Thank you for another excellent review of your visit(s) to us! It goes without saying that providing a quality of food and service that keeps customers coming back for more time and time again is our top priority. We're all really pleased to see that we have consistently achieved that for you since at least early 2013... More 

London, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

Terrible atmosphere . Staff could just smile don't cost anything. I had the soup which nice but cold . exspensive . I found little privacy. Too many tables .

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SamRockShop, Owner at The Old Rock Shop Bistro, responded to this review

We’re sorry to see you did not enjoy your visit to us at the end of July. It is certainly unusual for our atmosphere or any of our staff to be described in this way, as several of our previous reviews are testament to. Please accept our apology should things not have been as you would have expected. Unfortunately, due... More 

Grenoble, France
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28 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

I stumbled on this bistro by accident and realised it is the cafe that a friend raves about and visits often, she lives in the town. We had very good coffee and home made food and we're pleased with our visit although we weren't made aware of coffee fill ups for a pound as other reviewers have mentioned. Well done... More 

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SamRockShop, Owner at The Old Rock Shop Bistro, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review your visit to us...great to hear you found us without even realising it was your friends favourite coffee spot! The refill offer is mentioned on all of the menus (we used to have it on our blackboards too but we needed the space!). Very pleased to see you enjoyed your visit to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

The staff are friendly, the service is quick. That the crab is good is a given in this part of East Anglia, but they put it with a fresh salad, and there are excellent homemade sausage rolls among the other options. The Bakewell tarts were warm from the oven, and delicious. We ate one in the cafe, and took two... More 

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SamRockShop, Owner at The Old Rock Shop Bistro, responded to this review

Hi Dan M, Thank you for your kind review. You’re right, you can’t go wrong with a fresh Cromer Crab and we’re pleased to see you liked how we serve it (just to aid freshness even further our fishmonger’s are just around the corner!). We’re making a couple of hundred sausage rolls a week this time of year so we’re... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

We visited this fabulous place several times during our recent stay in Cromer for coffee and cakes. The sausage rolls are amazing as are all the other cakes available (we tried most of them in our five day break)! We even took individual bakewell and coconut tarts home with us they were so good! The cleanliness of the café is... More 

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SamRockShop, Owner at The Old Rock Shop Bistro, responded to this review

Hi Goldilocks53, It would appear we are kindred spirits…the table clearing thing drives us mad too! We don’t claim to always get there, sometimes there’s the odd one gets overlooked but as standard we aim to dive straight in and get the table cleared and cleaned straight away. Really pleased to see you like what we do, we’ve just started... More 

Sheffield, England, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

For a single traveler with a dog a perfect place to visit. Coffee and toast was brilliant. Would fully recommend.

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SamRockShop, Owner at The Old Rock Shop Bistro, responded to this review

Excellent, thank you. Hope to see you again soon. Sam The Old Rock Shop Bistro More 

Bedford, UK
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58 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Having been out all day we found the Old Rock Shop late one afternoon, what a delight, extensive well priced menu and very helpful and friendly staff. Energy boosted with sandwiches and great carrot cake we made our way home. So pleased to have 'discovered' this wonderful place

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SamRockShop, Owner at The Old Rock Shop Bistro, responded to this review

Fantastic…this is exactly why we stay open a little later than most. Really please you enjoyed everything, the Carrot Cake is a relatively new one for us; Gluten Free (and Dairy Free too if we haven’t iced it) but you wouldn’t know. It’s very quickly become a very popular item and Dave (our main baker) gets told off by customers... More 

Sheffield, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

Homemade produce of high quality and reasonable prices. This was matched by excellent service from friendly and polite staff. Can't wait to visit again for the best crab sandwich I have ever tasted!

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SamRockShop, Owner at The Old Rock Shop Bistro, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind comments. As we have quite a small, relatively close-knit team reviews like this really do put an extra bit of bounce in their step! We're all really pleased to see that you like what we do and shall endeavour to keep on doing it! Thanks again, hope to see you soon. Sam The Old Rock... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 10 Hamilton Road, Cromer NR27 9HL, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  East Anglia  >  Norfolk  >  Cromer
  • Phone Number: 441263511926

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Cafe, Seafood, British

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Monday
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm

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