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Eat & Drink

We have plenty of places for you to relax  and replenish , from coffee and cake to full pre-theatre dining menus.



Come and enjoy our fresh, seasonal menu in Prelude.

Café Royal

Barista coffee, handmade cakes, delicious sandwiches.

Norwich Theatre Playhouse Bar

Playhouse Bar

A fantastic, friendly space serving a variety of drinks.

Norwich Theatre Royal Bars


Serving a variety of drinks to enjoy at our Circle or Stalls Bars.


Serving fresh, seasonal ingredients locally sourced whenever possible. Prelude is the perfect modern setting for you to enjoy a meal before the performance

If you’re looking for a more casual dining experience, we also offer a full hot menu in the Circle Bar.

Opening Times

Re-opening 5 October 2021 for pre-show dining

Pre-Theatre Dining: Open 2hrs 30mins prior to each show

You can book via the website here or email, alternatively you can call 01603 598577


To make reservation for lunch, pre-theatre dining, or special event.

Contact Prelude on

01603 598577

You can find Prelude on the ground floor of the Theatre Royal.

Click here for directions to the theatre, and for details on parking.

Café Royal 

We are delighted to introduce our brand new addition to the Norwich Theatre family. Our Café Royal team will be thrilled to welcome you in and serve you barista made coffee, freshly made cakes, locally produced sandwiches and of course a scone and tea.

Open 7 days a week, our café is the perfect spot to relax with friends, take a break from the city, or grab a bite before work.

Opening Times

Mon – Sat 8:30am – 5pm

Sun – 9:30am – 4pm

(closed from midday on days with a matinee performance)

Follow @CafeRoyalNorwich on Facebook or Instagram to keep up to date with what we are up to

Café Royal has indoor and outdoor (under cover) seating so we are always prepared for the English weather.

Based in the Theatre Royal building, located in the stalls bar, you can pop in for a coffee, meet friends and even pick which shows you want to come to!

As part of the Norwich Theatre family, our café is an inclusive space, open to all. With local produce and Direct Trade coffee, we are ethical, environmentally conscious and yummy.

Playhouse Bar

A fantastic, friendly space serving real ales from local breweries, German lagers on tap, delicious wines, exotic tea and coffee and splendid small snacks.


Opening Times

Open from Mon 12 Apr 2021

Mon – Wed 4pm-11pm, Thu 3pm -11pm, Fri & Sat 12-11pm and Sun 12-7pm

For the latest bar events and news call 01603 766 669 or follow @theplayhousebar on Instagram.

The Playroom

An intimate, quieter place away from the busy hustle and bustle of the bar. Great for catching up with friends pre-theatre show, getting on with some work with free WIFI or just relaxing.

The Playroom is available for hire for informal meetings, social events and private views.


You’ll receive a warm welcome in either of the Theatre Royal’s two bars which service the circle  and the stalls.

The circle bar is a great place to meet pre-show for a drink or a bite to eat from our hot and cold buffet.  We also have freshly made sandwiches and cakes available.

The stalls bar opens an hour before the show ideal for a quick drink and chat before the performance begins.

Please note: week commencing 1 Nov we’re unable to provide our buffet, but there will be light snacks available on the bar.

Opening Times

Our Bar opens 2.5 hours prior to the performance, sit and relax before the show and have a drink in our spacious bar

Bar Menu

There is bar menu available each show time serving light snacks. It’s available from 12.30pm on a matinee day and from 5.30pm for evening performances