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The Norfolk Arms is cracking Gastro pub which serves a mouth watering menu of British and Mediterranean cuisine. Head inside for a drink from their wide and varied selection of real ales and lagers or sit outside and soak up the sun whilst enjoying traditional tapas with friends.

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Opening Hours
Opening Hours

11:00 - 11:00


11:00 - 11:00


11:00 - 11:00


11:00 - 11:00


11:00 - 11:00


11:00 - 11:00


12:00 - 10:00

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The Norfolk Arms reviews

By Andrew M.

The food is fine at the Norfolk Arms, but the service is dreadful. Plus, the staff are not much bothered that food does not appear for hours.

By Andrew M.

The food was very nice, when it came. We booked a Christmas lunch at the Norfolk Arms and paid in advance, but they had clearly forgotten to cater for us. We arrived at one, as arranged, and got our food at three. The Norfolk Arms had shocking service. Even the bread took half an hour. My score would have been much higher otherwise!

By Andrew M.

I had high hopes for The Norfolk Arms but it didn't really live up to the hype. Food was ok, service was poor. I suspect The Norfolk Arms will still do alright though, it seemed busy enough.

By Andrew M.

I really like the Norfolk Arms now it's had a refit. The food is really well done and I had a smashing evening with my mates. Well done Norfolk Arms - you've pulled back from the brink.

By S.

The Norfolk Arms is not exactly the best pub I’ve ever been to. The barman was a little hurried even though we were virtually the only people in the place, and there was hardly a huge selection of drinks.

I don’t think I’ll be returning to the Norfolk Arms any time soon!

By J.

We had a massive group celebrating a birthday at The Norfolk Arms and the evening couldn't have gone smoother. Intimate atmosphere, surprisingly comfortable and the food was better than average. The staff at The Norfolk Arms even joined in when we sang Happy Birthday. How we laughed...

By T.

I only go at the weekend when it's more chilled out. I like the tapas. Everything seems fresh and its not too expensive. I would avoid this place during the week when the suburban commuters are in town.

By Richard D.

Ending a day trip to London with a meal at the Norfolk Arms is always a treat for my wife and I. Today we enjoyed the freshest sardines imaginable and excellent home-made tagliatelle with shitake mushrooms. The tapas at the next table looked good too. The fact that it's best to book is testament to the good food, friendly staff and cosmopolitan atmosphere. Anyone who wants to know what makes a good modern non-chain pub buzz should visit here without delay. Anyone with time to spare before catching a train from Euston, St Pancras or King's Cross she make a bee-line there; they won't be disappointed.

By Mark A.

Great place for Coffee and the Sunday Papers before 12pm. Roast Dinners are good but expensive, plus a 12% charge on your food bill. *Great service from the usual Italian Guys but weirdly sullen and slow from the current Sunday staff * Also serve Tapas, great for a quick snack before the cinema!

By Rick A.

Any idea where all the locals went after it turned yuppy? I used to work behind the bar before it went "trendy"

By Dsadasdasd A.

Hi saddo (no, you're not an upset female deer or goat are you?) There's a good bookshop round the corner on Marchmont Street. Maybe you could pick up an early edition of Dorian Gray and dream about the degeneracy a self-indulgent life could bring you! Hail victory.

By John L.

dear dolz - why the plural when dolt would be more appropriate? Sadly the chip would appear to be on your shoulder rather than your plate - you mean office workers and - shock horror - art students - that's art in the singular , dolt - who actually are enjoying life and speaking to each other, have invaded the miserable "boozer" - the word says it all - and the scruffy, morose saddoes who felt at home in their dingy hole don't like it. On top of that they've started serving quality food instead of stale crisps and greasy sausages - is there no end to your misery? At least if your review warns off the self-styled "characters" who used to infest this and the thousand and one sleazy pubs in London it will at least have served some purpose. Welcome to the 21st century dolz!

By Dsadasdasd A.

All the reviews below are typical of the sort of navel gazing clientele the post 2005 Norfolk Arms now attracts.

Before the refit this was a proper local boozer.

Now its stuffed full of local yapping wannabe yuppies from the surrounding offices and narcissistic St Martins arts students.

In its pomp this was a proper local with characters like the infamous 'John' giving it the large one on the pavement outside.

I'd trade that in for your pidgeon chocolate fondant whatever any day. Pah.

By A.

I have been to The Norfolk Arms a few times now and have never been disappointed. The food is simple, tasty and very reasonably priced. The place has a lovely feel about it and the menu is small but it is all presented and cooked well. The alcohol at The Norfolk Arms is also well priced, with a bottle of house white around £12.00 a bottle. Would definatly recommend it.

By M.

I went and tried the new Norfolk Arms and was pleasantly surprised. It seems that whatever teething problems there were have been sorted out and the staff were really friendly and informative. They explained the style of the place, the food and even recommended some fantastic dishes.

The Seafood soup at The Norfolk Arms was to die for! The pigeon breast with chocolate and raspberries was just naughty. The chocolate fondant was seriously amazing. I would highly recommend going to The Norfolk Arms and ask the staff for recommendations. The whole evening was great and my friends and I are definitely going back seeing as they change the menu regularly.

By H.

The Norfolk Arms has recently been transformed from non-descript local pub to gastro-style pub. The decor looks great and provides a much nicer atmosphere for after work drinks and weekend chilling. We were a little disappointed with the gastro menu which promised so much.

The scotch egg was great but the chewy pasta, over-done peas and crab for £11.50 left a bit of a bad taste in the mouth. Let’s hope that it was just down to being the end of a long day in a new kitchen. The Norfolk Arms now provides a great place for wine drinkers to chill with the paper in the sun even if it has priced out most of the locals.

By L.

We were given old meat at The Norfolk Arms. The waitress changed the orders, but no chef came to give an explanation. I then ordered some fish, and the waitress told me that they only had potatoes and beans as a side. They didn't tell us that they were going to serve us the same ones back again with the new dish.

When my fish came to the table it was cold as if it had just came out of the fridge. The waitress said that there wasn't anything else to change it for. So I didn't have any dinner. The rest of my group ate a bit of their food but they didn't enjoy it. I tried to get a refund for my fish but the French manager wouldn't do it. He was really rude and started shouting at us. I wouldn't recommend The Norfolk Arms to anyone. It is nothing special as a pub, the food is terrible and the manager is very arrogant and aggressive.

By Samantha J.

Only a short walk from King's Cross station, this surprising tapas restaurant and bar is sure to become a regular haunt for anyone who walks through its doors.

The Venue
The Norfolk Arms is a bit like the wolf in sheep’s clothing – the traditional exterior is certainly deceptive. If you didn’t know any better, you’d think you were coming upon a traditional pub, but walk inside and you’ll get an incredibly nice surprise. Rows of Spanish ham joints hang in the window, along with bunches of garlic and peppers. The interior is predominantly dark wood, with white wooden tables dotted everywhere and simple wooden chairs. The bar area is large, with more hams hanging to the rear. A few paintings line the walls, but the simplistic decor hints that the focus here is placed elsewhere (the food, as you’ll later discover).

The Atmosphere
This place is going to be busy whatever night of the week you visit, so booking is certainly a good idea. Tables will continuously be filled and refilled with people, giving the whole place a feeling of hustle and bustle. The atmosphere is that of an authentic Spanish tapas bar, despite the setting being the bones of what was once a British pub. Staff are mostly Spanish as well, continuing the authenticity - and also very handy when you need some advice on what dishes to choose. They are incredibly helpful, but always busy, so service here may be a little slower than other venues. Persevere, though, it’s worth the wait.

The Food
Choose from a huge selection of tapas or a more ‘structured’ menu if you don’t fancy sharing. From the main menu, starters include split pea and Serrano ham soup with crème fraiche (£4.50) or, if you fancy an old favourite, go for a half-dozen rock oysters with shallot and cabernet sauvignon vinegar (£9). Mains like grilled whole sea bream, roast beetroot and sautéed green beans (£14.50) and braised pork cheeks in rioja with pardina lentils and roasted red pepper (£11) emphasise that the Norfolk Arms is serious about its food.

If you love the social style of tapas eating, choose a couple of dishes each and just keep ordering until you’re full. There’s certainly plenty to choose from: pork spare ribs with crackling (£5) offers impossibly tender pork with crunchy crackling; a half-pint of prawns with mayonnaise (£3) is a bowl spilling over with fresh prawns in their shells – simple but delicious; ‘rojones’ (£4) is pork belly fried in paprika – juicy meat with a hint of spice; and burrata mozzarella (£9), stuffed with white truffle cream and drizzled with extra virgin kalamata olive oil and oak-aged balsamic is a speciality, and perfect with the meat and fish dishes on offer. For the quality and the portion size, it’s all great value, too.

A good list of desserts, including banana pavlova and toffee sauce (£4.50) and mango and vanilla baked cheesecake (£4.50), are the perfect end to a fantastic meal.

The Drink
It seems only fair to start your night here with a glass of Spanish cava – and it’s only £5.30 for a glass, £24.50 for a bottle. Wines start from just £2.65 for a small glass and £13.50 a bottle – very reasonable indeed. Quite rightly, both house white and red are Spanish. There’s also a good list of sherry, starting from £3.80 a glass. If wines aren’t your thing, there is a good list of beers from Kronenbourg to Newcastle Brown Ale and Sol, starting at just £3.60 a pint. A select list of popular cocktails is also on offer – think cosmopolitan and amaretto sour – from £5.50.

The Last Word
Whether you’ve searched the Norfolk Arms out or have stumbled upon it thinking it was just a regular pub, the shock of the unexpected interior and the fantastic food and drink on offer is a truly welcome surprise.

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