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Ribs of Beef

) #103 of 654 Restaurants in Norwich ££ - £££ , British,
24 Wensum Street, Norwich NR3 1HY, England
+44 1603 619517
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  • Excellent59%
  • Very good32%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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“ribs” (22 reviews)
“sandwiches” (5 reviews)
“stuffing” (2 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 23:00All hours
Bar, British, Pub
££ - £££
24 Wensum Street, Norwich NR3 1HY, England
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1 - 10 of 134 reviews

Reviewed 3 days ago

Friendly, thats a plus and a lovely setting beside the river and chips to die for - what more could we ask for.

Thank spye62
Jonspower43, General Manager at Ribs of Beef, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for your lovely review. We're very happy you had a good experience. Hopefully we'll see you again soon.

Reviewed 1 week ago

this was a tip top pub but in my opinion is on the way down i had 2 different pints which i left because they were aweful they tasted to me the the lines needed cleaning,this is a very dear pub although the food is...More

Thank paul h
Jonspower43, General Manager at Ribs of Beef, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Paul. I was very sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy your pints. If you were drinking ales, It's possible that the beers were close to finishing, and we would have happily given you fresh ones. The lines are cleaned very regularly, so it...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

booked sunday lunch for 7 people. Landlord very pleasant made us feel welcome.Service very good and quick,meal was delicious then few drinks on the bar patio by river.Wonderful place

Thank tom67_11
Jonspower43, General Manager at Ribs of Beef, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

It was a pleasure to serve you and your party. We're really glad you enjoyed your experience and got a chance to enjoy the terrace on such a lovely day. Hopefully we'll see you again soon.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great range of beers and spirits, good lunchtime fresh food and good friendly service. Well situated next to river with some outside seating.

Thank Roger G
Jonspower43, General Manager at Ribs of Beef, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Roger. Thank you for the great review. We're glad you enjoyed your experience. Hopefully see you again soon.

Reviewed 14 July 2017

This pub does not do take away but when I asked they went to a lot of trouble to do some. The food was delicious. The location by the river is delightful. The cider was great. Prices reasonable. Give it a go.

Thank Jane M
Jonspower43, General Manager at Ribs of Beef, responded to this reviewResponded 16 July 2017

Thank you so much for your fantastic review. It was a pleasure to help you.

Reviewed 28 June 2017

Always pay this a visit when in Norwich, visited again last weekend, 23 pumps with different, beers,ciders and larger. Woodfords brewery beers in excellant condition.A pub where the locals go from early afternoon.

Thank supersnooper44
Jonspower43, General Manager at Ribs of Beef, responded to this reviewResponded 30 June 2017

Thank you for your terrific review!

Reviewed 12 June 2017

A lovely spot sitting out on a veranda overlooking the river. Veranda overlooking the river had a bench along the length of the pub but felt a little cramped due to tables squeezed in for eaters. Charming old building popular with locals. Friendly bar staff...More

Thank 753anthonyl
Jonspower43, General Manager at Ribs of Beef, responded to this reviewResponded 14 June 2017

Thank you for your review. We agree with the cramped jetty. Unfortunately we are unable to widen it as this is the navigable side of the river and the broads authority won't allow us to. We also have a seating area at the back of...More

Reviewed 5 June 2017

Had lunch here on Saturday, my husband had a pulled pork burger and I had a Tuna Mayo Jacket Potato, the food was lovely, we returned later after a walk round the city and sat outside by the river and had a few drinks sitting...More

Thank June A
Jonspower43, General Manager at Ribs of Beef, responded to this reviewResponded 7 June 2017

Thank you for your great review. We are really glad you enjoyed the food and your experience.

Reviewed 28 May 2017

A quick couple of pints during a trip to Norwich on a May Saturday lunchtime. Pub was slowly getting busy as we sat on the riverside in the sun. A lovely spot and a relaxing vibe overall;watching various boaters glide past and even dock for...More

Thank craigyboy191
Jonspower43, General Manager at Ribs of Beef, responded to this reviewResponded 29 May 2017

Thank you Craig, for a fabulous review. We're glad you got to enjoy our beer on the jetty. It's a little Norwich secret. Hopefully we'll see you soon!

Reviewed 28 April 2017 via mobile

7 of us dropped by for a couple. Fast friendly service and good prices. Decent Guinness is always a must and it was top notch. We'll be back.

Thank Chris L
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Barbara T
22 October 2016|
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Response from EnglandNorfolk | Reviewed this property |
No it's a small walk away. The pub itself is right on a bridge. Enjoy!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$6 - US$15
Bar, British, Pub
Lunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations
Good for
View, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 01:00
10:30 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 24 Wensum Street, Norwich NR3 1HY, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  East Anglia  >  Norfolk  >  Norwich
  • Phone Number: +44 1603 619517
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Whether you're looking for somewhere to eat a nice pub lunch, or a warm and welcoming environment to enjoy the range of cask ales, farm cider, draught lagers, continental bottled beers, wines or champagnes, the Ribs of Beef is one of the best public houses, bars and inns in Norwich.
Roger and Anthea Cawdron have owned this historic pub on the banks of the River Wensum for over 30 years, and their warm and welcoming approach has built up a strong following and a great reputation in Norwich.
On a sunny summer's day, there is no better place to sit in Norwich, than on the riverside terrace - one of Norwich's "hidden gems". Catching the afternoon sun, this is the ideal place to enjoy a cooling drink or read the Sunday papers.
In the winter, the main bar is warm and welcoming and is even open on Christmas Day so that you can enjoy the day in good cheer.
The pub caters for all ages - from the youngest, to customers who have been regulars for 40 years.
As well as serving delicious pub food - perfect for brunch, a pub lunch for work or pleasure, or a relaxing Sunday lunch by the river - the Ribs have a great range of cask ales, and often feature guest ales. The staff will be happy to let you have a "taster", to help you select the perfect ale for you or try something new.
All their pub food is prepared on the premises, meaning that it really is among the best pub food restaurants around - and so conveniently placed for Tombland and the centre of Norwich, it's a great place to stop by for brunch, lunch or drinks overlooking the river.
Breakfast baps are served from 11am and the Lunchtime menu is available 12noon to 2.30Pm weekdays and 11am to 5pm at weekends.
With more of a 'local pub' feel than many of the bars or pubs in Norwich, you'll be able to see at once how much care and warmth the Cawdrons have put into the Ribs -why it is known as "the city's favourite local".
What you might not expect in one of Norwich's pubs, is a meeting room set up for business meetings (with wifi and TV screen for presentations) The room is also perfect for private functions, dinner parties, or for clubs and groups. Use of this meeting room is free of charge.
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