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The Pennoyer Centre

Station Road | Pulham St Mary, Diss IP21 4QT, England
+44 1379 676660
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Overview
  • Excellent68%
  • Very good26%
  • Average3%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
“lunch” (13 reviews)
“cakes” (16 reviews)
“coleslaw” (5 reviews)
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CUISINES
Cafe, British, Bar, Soups, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
PRICE
££ - £££
RATINGS
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LOCATION
Station Road | Pulham St Mary, Diss IP21 4QT, England
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Reviewed 7 November 2018 via mobile

Ideal venue for business meetings or for example professional development actuvities. The building is immaculately clean, well furnished and has audio-visual facilities such as a projector and a smart-board. We found the venue comforable and were delighted with the helpful staff. There is also a...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank M0llie1923
SGrayNorfolk, Trustee at The Pennoyer Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 9 November 2018

Thanks for taking the time to leave a review, Mollie. We consulted with several business professionals when we designed the building, to really understand what works for businesses, so it's good to know that we hit the mark! We look forward to welcoming you again...More

Reviewed 26 October 2018

This is an interesting and unusual place offering a wide range of village based activities and eating experiences.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Alan M
SGrayNorfolk, Trustee at The Pennoyer Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 29 October 2018

Thanks for leaving a review Alan - we like that you noticed how 'unusual' we are! There aren't too many 15th Century Guild Chapels being used like Pennoyer's!

Reviewed 19 October 2018

Excellent exhibitions of local history which included the village school, the Pulham Pig industry of airships, and an outline of notable vernacular architecture in the village. Very friendly and informative staff and well stocked sources of local events and attractions. The cafe was also excellent...More

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank Dwb495
SGrayNorfolk, Trustee at The Pennoyer Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 29 October 2018

What a lovely review, thank you! We'll pass on your kind words to our staff, who will appreciate them. Glad you enjoyed your cafe visit too - we hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 3 October 2018 via mobile

Historic building, good quality food, free WiFi, specials board, and home made cakes. I had a baked potato with tuna, and a very good dressed salad and coleslaw

Date of visit: September 2018
3  Thank 550Rob
SGrayNorfolk, Trustee at The Pennoyer Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 29 October 2018

Hi Rob Thanks for taking the time to review us. We're pleased you enjoyed your visit and your baked potato - just the thing for these autumnal days! Hope to welcome you again soon.

Reviewed 2 October 2018 via mobile

If you want to de-stress with a quiet cuppa, bite and read your paper then this is not the place to be.More

Date of visit: October 2018
2  Thank rosebuds6
SGrayNorfolk, Trustee at The Pennoyer Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 5 October 2018

We're sorry to see you didn't have a good experience - most of our visitors to Pennoyer's have a relaxing and enjoyable time, so we're not clear what went wrong on this occasion. Please email us on admin@pennoyers.org.uk with details so we can find a...More

Reviewed 20 August 2018

Former school has been imaginatively transformed into a community hub with a small eatery. The selection is limited but fresh and very tasty and served by smiling folk. Good disabled toilets and a separate area for those with dogs, which includes doggy treats, is welcomed...More

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank Pat W
SGrayNorfolk, Trustee at The Pennoyer Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 25 August 2018

We're pleased you enjoyed your visit and like the wayPennoyer's looks. Local folk spent a huge amount of time and effort raising more than £1.2m to convert the building, and we're all really proud of it. See you again soon, we hope.

Reviewed 23 July 2018 via mobile

A lovely place to stop off and refresh in the30 degree heat! Three paninis with salad, crisps & coleslaw was very filling.

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank Kumquat7Kumquat7
SGrayNorfolk, Trustee at The Pennoyer Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 25 August 2018

Glad you enjoyed your panini - hope you had room for a bit of cake! See you again soon, we hope.

Reviewed 19 May 2018

We stopped here for lunch and had a really great meal. The variety is rather limited, but the quality is excellent, and the staff are very friendly and helpful. This place is a real asset for the community.

Date of visit: April 2018
1  Thank Michael C
SGrayNorfolk, Trustee at The Pennoyer Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 5 June 2018

Thanks for your kind words. Delighted you had a great meal - our menu isn't huge(mainly because our kitchen isn't either!), but we try to ensure there's something for everyone, including veggies, gluten free etc, and that what we do offer is great quality.

Reviewed 10 May 2018

lovely place to stop for a coffee and cake...yummy jam scone in a delightful building. Friendly helpful staff....

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank Rachel S
SGrayNorfolk, Trustee at The Pennoyer Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 5 June 2018

Thanks for your lovely review, Rachel - we're glad you enjoyed your scone (for which we're renowned - they're a meal in themselves, aren't they?!). Look forward to seeing you again.

Reviewed 24 April 2018

We stopped here last Sunday morning and had the most amazing full English. Staff were lovely and friendly - it has gorgeous courtyard area out front with a nice view of the village perfect on a warm day. Coffee is pretty good too. Definitely recommend...More

Date of visit: April 2018
Thank jemstoane
SGrayNorfolk, Trustee at The Pennoyer Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 27 April 2018

So glad you enjoyed your brunch - we've only just started opening on Sundays, but it's proving popular already. Hopefully we'll get lots more sunny Sundays for customers to sit outside!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$6 - US$15
Meals
Breakfast, Drinks, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Parking Available, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Outdoor Seating, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Monday
09:30 - 15:30
Tuesday
09:30 - 15:30
Wednesday
09:30 - 15:30
Thursday
09:30 - 15:30
Friday
09:30 - 15:30
Saturday
09:30 - 15:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Station Road | Pulham St Mary, Diss IP21 4QT, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  East Anglia  >  Norfolk  >  Diss
  • Phone Number: +44 1379 676660
  • E-mail
Description
Our cafe is different because we are a community charity with very high standards! Our award winning building is stunning - a 15th century chapel with 21st century additions; you can discover its fascinating history in our museum upstairs. Our staff are all local, they prepare the dishes in our kitchen and we buy the ingredients locally. Cakes are mostly made by our 'foodie' volunteers, whose baking is award-winning too. Lunchtime you can choose from fresh soups, salads and the creative specials of the day, washed down with a beer or wine. In the summer you can sit in the sunshine overlooking the pleasant centre of the village. If you are passing but don't have time to stop we can provide you with a take away. We have a dog-friendly table inside the building for well-behaved dogs. Our location between Diss and Harleston makes us a good starting place for walkers exploring the village and for cycling groups we offer a good stop off place with a secure site for expensive bikes.
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