From the street the Norfolk Arms is your typical London pub. A place where Charles Dickens might drink with Samuel Pepys. Mix and match benches and tables clutter the pavement where – rather than bewigged gentlemen – local business-types and shoppers refresh after a hard day at the coalface. Inside the traditional feel continues while a lively ambience and fresh paint keep the look free from old-man-and-dog territory. A new breed of gastropub, the Norfolk Arms has already gained critical acclaim, thanks in part to its novel ordering concept. Nevermind starters and mains, this is tapas-meets-home cooking, where you just keep ordering plates of food until you can scarf no more. Roast dinners, pates, scotch eggs and pork belly are joined by Mediterranean flavours throughout.
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28 Leigh StreetBloomsburyLondonWC1H 9EP
- Public transport:
- Russell Square, Underground
It's an OK restaurant, the food was not bad but not a highlight either. If you are in the area and want to go for tapas you can try this place. But I wouldn't travel to the area just to go here.more
A very laid back gastro pub in the heart of Bloomsbury. I went for dinner and the food was really good. Look out for deals with 'dining cards'. The crowd is mixed with locals and office workers. Good atmosphere, can get crowded though. Make sure you book a table for dinner. I would happily go again.more
We were 9 with small kids and got a private room upstairs which was ideal.
Beet root & goat cheese was a winner.
Baked giant beans was a flop.more
What a great find in Bloomsbury. We are new to London but wanted to take some visitors out for a mid-week meal somewhere central. Found this little place on the Timeout website. It looks like a typical pub but the focus is on the food - primarily a HUGE selection of different tapas. We shared six tapas between the six of us and all went away happy.
Recommend the ham croquettes, amazing!
On our last night in London my wife and I decided to get lost to find a hidden gem. To locals this might not be hidden (as the place was packed) but to us it was not near a main road so it was by chance that we found it.
My wife has been on the hunt for beef roast with Yorkshire pounding. They had it and she ordered it. I was having a hard time because everything sounded so good so I ask for...more