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OVERVIEW

A perfect springboard for exploring Norwich's lively city centre, the 18th century Assembly House offers stylish, characterful bedrooms and close proximity to busy shopping streets, the castle museum and market square. Despite its central location, the rooms are private and tranquil, with breakfast, lunch and lavish afternoon teas served in the lofty surroundings of its grand Georgian public rooms.


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OUR REVIEW

THE NEIGHBOURHOOD

It's impossible to beat this hotel's prime city centre location on Theatre Street, next door to the Norwich Theatre Royal and opposite The Forum on Millennium Plain, the main focus of the city's cultural activities. Close to bars, restaurants and cafés and the main sights, including the Norman castle and museum, which is a 15-minute walk away.

By car: Norwich is 1 hour 30 minutes from Cambridge and around 3 hours from London. The hotel car park on Chantry Road is free for overnight guests. Parking permit passes are avaliable to collect from the hotel.

By train: The hotel is a 15-minute minute walk from Norwich station, or a seven-minute taxi ride, with regular connections from London Liverpool Street, Liverpool Lime Street, Sheffield and Nottingham stations. Book trains to Norwich.

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THE LOOK AND FEEL

Oozing with 18th century opulence, all the ground floor public rooms including the main restaurant and Grand Hall have been newly refurbished, with punchy Georgian colours setting off ostentatious chandeliers and ornate plasterwork. A hub for Norwich life, these rooms buzz with visitors and diners, while the bedrooms are tucked away and offer a quiet refuge from the city streets.

THE FACILITIES

The restaurant's front of house doubles up as reception, and access to all eleven bedrooms is via a short, outside walk from the main building to the bedroom wing, but helpful staff will help with luggage if required. The staff's love of the building is palpable, and many have worked at Assembly House for years.

  • Restaurant
  • Bar

  • Cookery school

  • Family-friendly
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi

BED AND BATH

Modern amenities, including deliciously comfortable beds, combine with antique touches, and pampering bathrooms have underheated floors and marble fittings.

Room types: Rooms 1-15 (individually designed and tariffed)

Key amenities: en-suite bathroom with double-ended bath, drench shower, underfloor heating and marble fittings, tea and coffee facilities, TV, desk, free Wi-Fi

FOOD AND DRINK

There's no more exquisite dining venue in Norwich than the main restaurant in the Assembly House. Used for buffet breakfasts which morphs into light lunches and indulgent afternoon tea with a bewildering choice of leaf teas and tisanes plus a lavish selection of sandwiches, scones and cakes. Last orders are early evening.

Assembly House Restaurant: Grand Georgian dining room, friendly and professional service, popular with theatre-goers. Open for classic breakfasts, light lunches, Sunday roasts, afternoon tea and private dinners. Lunch from £7.50.

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