Just a short walk from the city centre  with views over the river from outside deck area.

The City's favourite local!

Welcome to the Ribs of Beef

Logo: The Ribs of Beef, Norwich real ale pub by the river

01603 619517

Real ale pub by the river

Of all the pubs, public houses, bars and inns in Norwich, which is the fairest of them all? Well, you could start with The Ribs of Beef dubbed 'the City's favourite local'. This friendly pub, complete with one of the city's traditional pub food menus, offers cask ale, pub food, riverside jetty and use of their free downstairs meeting room.


Whether you're looking for somewhere to eat a nice pub lunch, or a warm and welcoming environment to enjoy the range of cask ales, farm cider, draught lagers, continental bottled beers, wines or champagnes, the Ribs of Beef is one of the best public houses, bars and inns in Norwich.


Roger and Anthea Cawdron have owned this historic pub on the banks of the River Wensum for over 30 years, and their warm and welcoming approach has built up a strong following and a great reputation in Norwich.


On a sunny summer's day, there is no better place to sit in Norwich, than on the riverside terrace - one of Norwich's "hidden gems" or the triangle garden. Catching the afternoon sun, this is the ideal place to enjoy a cooling drink or read the Daily papers.


In the winter, the main bar is warm and welcoming and is even open on Christmas Day so that you can enjoy the day in good cheer.


The pub caters for all ages - from the youngest, to customers who have been regulars for 40 years.

As well as serving delicious pub food - perfect for brunch, a pub lunch for work or pleasure, or a relaxing Sunday lunch by the river - the Ribs have a great range of cask ales, and often feature guest ales. The staff will be happy to let you have a "taster", to help you select the perfect ale for you or try something new.


All their pub food is prepared on the premises, meaning that it really is among the best pub food restaurants around - and so conveniently placed for Tombland and the centre of Norwich, it's a great place to stop by for brunch, lunch or drinks overlooking the river.


Live Music is staged to liven up Sunday afternoons from 5pm till 8pm featuring local musicians of all ages. A range of bands which can be checked out on the Ribs Facebook page.


Breakfast baps are served from 11am and the Lunchtime menu is available 12noon to 2.30pm weekdays and 11am to 5pm at weekends.


With more of a 'local pub' feel than many of the bars or pubs in Norwich, you'll be able to see at once how much care and warmth the Cawdrons &  Manager Jonathan Power have put into the Ribs - why it is known as "the city's favourite local".


What you might not expect in one of Norwich's pubs, is a meeting room set up for business meetings (with wifi and two TV screens for presentations) The room is also perfect for private functions, dinner parties, or for clubs and groups. Use of this meeting room is free of charge.


Several real ales ready for you along with lagers, wines, soft drinks AND food!

To ensure our customers are happy and satisfied with our service, enjoy our beer and food and will return not as a stranger but a friend.

Juicy meat, crispy roast potatoes and delicious Yorkshire puddings.



    Ribs Homemade Scotch Egg – Oven baked in breadcrumbs, served cold with homemade chutney & salad garnish

    Devilled Whitebait – Crispy coated whitebait, deep fried served with mixed salad garnish, tartar & wedge of fresh lemon

    Peri Peri Prawns – King Prawns marinated in peri peri spices, coated in crispy breadcrumbs served with mixed salad garnish & sweet chili dip



    Granary Bread. All served with crisps and dressed leaves.


    Warm roast beef with horseradish or English mustard

    Home cooked ham with English mustard

    Cheese with pickle

    Archers famous Pork sausages with English mustard

    Chicken & ham mayonnaise

    Tuna mayonnaise

    Prawns lemon mayonnaise

    Hummus, cherry tomato, red onion & rocket


    Bowl of Chips

    Baked Potato with butter salad garnish & coleslaw

    Deep fried jacket wedges, salad garnish, coleslaw


    Top your chips, baked potato or wedges or add a side, choose from:


    Baked beans

    Cheddar cheese





    Our 6oz burgers are handmade in house from traditionally reared 100% prime local beef! They are grilled especially for you when you order. Served alongside a generous portion of chips, your burger will be in a freshly toasted bun, accompanied by lettuce, onions, tomato, mayonnaise, dill pickle and homemade coleslaw.


    Naked Burger – No bun, no chips – just burger and salad

    Classic Prime house beef burger

    Old Porky – Our Classic with added crispy bacon & Cheddar cheese

    Chili Burger – Our Classic burger topped with our famous homemade chilli & cheese



    Sausage Platter - Three delicious Archers sausages, chips & baked beans

    Veggie Sausage Platter (V) – Three Quorn Sausages, chips & baked beans

    Ham Platter - Norfolk smoked ham, two fried free range eggs & chips

    Scampi Breaded - Whole tail scampi in breadcrumbs, served with garden peas, chips, tartar sauce & wedge of fresh lemon

    Chilli – A bowl of the Ribs tasty chilli, topped with cheddar cheese served with either rice or chips

    Salmon & Dill Fishcakes – served with chips, garden peas, lemon wedge & tartar sauce

    Vegetable & Nut Roast – with apricots, almonds, peanuts & walnuts topped with goats cheese & served with generous salad & a few chips

    Sunday Roasts from 12 noon until 5pm.

    Lunch  Week days 12 noon - 2.30pm

    Saturday 12 noon - 5pm


    Roast Beef, Roast Chicken or Nut Roast £8.95, served with Yorkshire puddings, roast potatoes.


    Sticky Toffee Pudding - comes with a rich toffee sauce and custard

    Old English Blackberry & Apple Crumble - and custard

    Vanilla Ice Cream - Two scoops with a café curl toffee or raspberry sauce

Lunch is served EVERY day


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The Ribs of Beef, Riverside Freehouse, Norwich

24 Wensum Street, Fye Bridge Norwich NR3 1HY

Call us today 01603 619517

or email enquiries@ribsofbeef.co.uk

© Anthea and Roger Cawdron | The Ribs of Beef, Norwich 2016