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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 Street, Bloomsbury, London, WC1H 9EP

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Norfolk Arms

28 Leigh Street
Public transport:
Russell Square, Underground


3 out of 5 based on 26 reviews

Top 5 reviews of Norfolk Arms

3.0 out of 5 25 May 2014
by Tom K.

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

4.0 out of 5 3 May 2014
by Stephan V.

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

3.0 out of 5 27 December 2013
by Udi B.

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

4.0 out of 5 10 October 2013
by Wallace B.

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!


3.0 out of 5 17 July 2013
by James M.

I went to the Norfolk Arms for dinner with four people. We shared tapas.

The food was good - not amazing, but not bad. Very average for London, but the prices were reasonable. The portion sizes were good, and two-three dishes each was enough. I particularly liked the spare ribs with crackling, and the salted cod.

Service was also average. We were sat in a corner near the back, and at times...more