We have plenty of places for you to relax and replenish , from coffee and cake to full pre-theatre dining menus.
Serving fresh, seasonal ingredients locally sourced whenever possible. Prelude is the perfect setting for a mid-morning coffee, relaxed lunch, afternoon tea, pre-show dining or a special occasion.
If you’re looking for a more casual dining experience, we also offer a full hot menu in the Circle Bar.
Mon – Sat from 9.30am until close (CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE)
Pre-Theatre Dining: Open 2hrs 30mins prior to each show
If you have any specific requirements, our restaurant team are happy to help, so contact them on 01603 598577
To make reservation for lunch, pre-theatre dining, or special event.
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You can find Prelude on the ground floor of the Theatre Royal.
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A fantastic, friendly space serving real ales from local breweries, German lagers on tap, delicious wines, exotic tea and coffee and splendid small snacks.
Monday to Saturday – 10am to 12 midnight
Sunday – 12 noon to 12 midnight
For the latest bar events and news call 01603 766 669 or follow @theplayhousebar on Instagram.
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 occasionally 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 (excl Sundays). 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.
Mon – Sun from 2hrs before a show until close (i.e show days only)
Our hot buffet is served from 12.30pm on matinee days and from 5.30pm on evening shows offering various hot dishes including jacket potatoes, chilli, pasta and salads. NB Not available before Sunday performances.
Avoid the rush by ordering your interval drinks in advance
Designed to make ordering your interval drinks easier and quicker, you can now skip the queues at no extra cost! Order your drinks right up until the start of the show. Once you have placed an order you will receive a confirmation email which deliver simple instructions where to pick up your drinks order.
Pre-Order using our mobile app
Download our free app to order your drinks in advance. Available from the App Store and Google Play, just search ntrbars.