The Belgian Monk

The Belgian Monk, Norwich 7 Pottergate - Norwich

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• European
• British
• Pub
• Central European
• Sit down

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Last update on 08/11/2023
4,0
1868 Reviews
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Last update on 13/05/2024
4,3
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Last update on 15/05/2024
4,4
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Last update on 03/06/2022
4,2
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Last update on 15/11/2023
4,0
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Last update on 16/08/2023
3,0
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Last update on 15/11/2023
3,0
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Last update on 07/10/2020
3,8
12 Reviews
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Last update on 05/08/2021
4,5
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Last update on 09/10/2022
4,3
4 Reviews
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Last update on 19/06/2020
4,0
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Last update on 28/11/2021
4,5
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Raw Ree
+5
Stopped in Norwich on the way to our holiday destination. Stumbled across this place while looking for a different vegan eatery. Had a wonderful vegan menu. My son and I shared the pie and the burger between us, while my partner adapted the tartiflette to make it gluten free with the very helpful and friendly staff. All their beer is vegan too, so treated myself to the Kwak. We finished with desserts of the tiramisu, a milkshake for the boy and the chocolate brownie for me. All delicious and pretty reasonable with two of the mains being on an early bird menu at nearly half the price! Highly recommended!
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Pat Morris
+5
Great food, very extensive menu ( including vegetarian/vegan ) and a HUGE selection of beers!! I'm not a beer drinker but can recommend the Raspberry beer.....it went down a treat! Busy, vibrant atmosphere. Advise booking at busy times.
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Kristine Diana Tsiknaki
+4
Now this is a place for beer lovers. Prepare to sit down and be adventurous as they have an entire menu of awesome rare beers you won't really find that easily.

I opted for a blackcurrant flavoured beer that was very refreshing and tasted like a snakebite. It wasn't very strong but it was perfect for sitting out in the sun and cooling down.

I definitely recommend this place for its great beer selection and I wish I had managed to stay longer there to try more of them.
Jun 23, 2016
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Charlie
+4.5
Great Belgian brews and food. Have been to the Belgian Monk twice now and left impressed after both visits. I am admittedly a huge mussels + frites fan, so it has been difficult from me to venture past the huge selection of tasty bivalves. My favorite (so far) are the Hot and Spicy. The fish and chips is also quite nice and a definite upgrade from the usual pub variety. The service has always been good as well.

The only complaint I can bring is that it's a bit expensive for this kind of fare. The portions are large, however, and as stated above, the food very good.
Sep 22, 2011
5
Kristine T.
+5
Now this is a place for beer lovers. Prepare to sit down and be adventurous as they have an entire menu of awesome rare beers you won't really find that easily. I opted for a blackcurrant flavoured beer that was very refreshing and tasted like a snakebite. It wasn't very strong but it was perfect for sitting out in the sun and cooling down. I definitely recommend this place for its great beer selection and I wish I had managed to stay longer there to try more of them.
5
Bruce K.
+5
Having heard about a great selection of beers in Norwich, I had to give it a try. I wasn't disappointed. The name gives it away - a massive selection of Belgian beers. Well over 30 different drafts and bottles on offer, all neatly organized and listed on the wall by price, style and alcohol-by-volume for easy ordering. I had also checked their website, so I knew that they also had a decent food menu, with a rather large and strange section focused on mussels. My friend and I arrived in the peak of the dinner hour. Most of the tables had reserved signs on them, but we were able to find one that was still open. Standard UK ordering system - pay and order at the bar, your food will be brought to your table. They have a two-for-ten deal with a six or so meals. My friend and I both went with the mussels and fries special. The mussels arrived in a large stock pot with about 20+ mussels in a heavenly cream and onion stock. Very delicious. The fries were a little soggy, but they were hot and good, served with a small pot of mayo. Other sauces were available, but instead I tossed them into the soup to soak up the stock, then fished them out with the mussel fork. :-) Hard to choose which ones, but we enjoyed three delicious Belgian beers. Starting with a weissbier, then a blond and for me, ending up with a pilsner. All were excellent selections, but the weiss was definitely my favorite. Draft beers are only served in half pint glasses, bottles are 300 or 330ml depending. Tip: Book ahead.
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Sonya L.
+4
Nice one! I like the yard and the food there. I'd love to go there again when I'm in Norwich.
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Kevin J.
+4
I wanted to pan this place. Oh God I so wanted to drip sarcasm and vitriol upon it. I mean I hate Belgian beer, can't stand the Oz Clarke beer crowd and loathe pretentious menus. Sod! This place is pretty bloody OK. It has all of the above (plus Jean Michelle Jarre playing) but, even with a cold that prevents me from tasting vindaloo, I can smell every bottle of beer that is being poured. The staff really seem to care, and the place is lovely and cozy. I'll take this over an Irish bar in Brugges any day of the week.
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greasythug
+4
Great deals if you dine at a certain time. Their Dubbel deal is two courses for just under ten pounds. It's a limited menu but if you're after a bargain then it's worth the limitation. They have a great sausage and mash with a veggie option available. The cherry beer is the best I've ever tried. They also offer a selection of tipples in a wooden rack if you are feeling like a change or in the mood for experimentation. There's a small court yard with heaters if you prefer an alfresco meal. The decor is brill with faux book pannels that I've seen people try and take off the shelf. There's a larger area upstairs which can become available if things are busy in the main down stairs. The muscles are delicious when in season.
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rogernooks
+4
Had a few good night here. Always friendly staff behind the bar and they know how to serve a good pint. Funny, how all the best nights are spontaneous!!
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hotclubdeparis
+4
A nice place for food. If you go between 5pm and 7pm they have special deals, from a limited menu, which offers good value. Apparently this is an amazing place for mussels, but as I'm not a fan I can't comment! A large selection of beers I'm always tempted by fruit beer! They also recommend which one to have with which meal.
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Sean D.
+4
The Belgian Monk has a friendly feel to it. The area around the bar is a little cramped, but there is plenty of space in the beer garden. As the name implies they serve a number of Belgian beers. I recommend giving the fruit beers a try, but realize that they don't all taste the same. If you are in a group, order different flavors and have a taste of each. I've been here a couple of times. This last time was in a fairly large group as part of a pub crawl. I think it worked well as a relaxed place to try a type of beer you don't find in most pubs. However, if it had been more crowded when we arrived or the beer garden had been closed to bad weather, the stop might not have been as successful, so plan accordingly.
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dan_m
+4
The Belgian Monk is a great place to go for food, with pretty expansive menu. Lovely mussels as you'd expect. But the beer really is the prime reason for making a visit. They have an enormous range of different types of Belgian beer, ranging from the standard alcohol, slightly tiddled variety to the full blown, only served in half pints because it'll send you screwy. Most times the taste won't give it away either, so it's never long before you're stumbling out into Pottergate wondering what just happened. They do a great beer taster rack, a tipple of several types. That alone is enough to get a good night going
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BinaryMoon
+5
lovely food - especially if you like chips with mayo. Apparently it's well known for it's mussels but I'm not a fan of sea food so can't comment on them - personally I like the Croque Hawaian, and the Asparagus tart. They have a great special offer during the week to save you some cash and get you tasty food. They also have a massive selection of beers (and recommend different ones to go with different meals). The deserts are stunning - I'd recommend the chocolate selection (I have a sweet tooth). I've been there for lunch a few times now and would say it's is one of the best places in Norwich.
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Lisa Tam
+5
Highly recommend the garlic and butter mussels. The fries are deliciously crunchy and you can dip it in the sauce after! I'm normally not a beer drinker but I loved their specialty, cherry beer.
5
Emily Robinson
+5
Very attentive customer service would be the highlight of this place. The food isn’t far behind either. The menu for vegetarians are decent and the wine options are extensive. The Christmas festivities were pleasing and we had a merry time out there.
5
Yvonne Koay
+5
Top notch food, great selection of Belgian beers and friendly service. We got the “Dubbel Deal” which made the food incredible value for money. Highly recommend
5
Helena Keys
+5
Amazing selection of beers, including everyone's favourite: the cherry beer! I've never had a sit down meal here before but the drinks (and chips) are delicious. The beer garden is cute and sits next to an old church - there's also patio heaters so you can sit outside anytime of year. Dogs are allowed in the garden but not in the restaurant.
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Gill Chambers
+4
Had the roast dinners, which aren't as cheap as some you can get, but the quality is fantastic. And there is a lot of food on the plate. Can recommend the belly pork. Wasn't so keen on the Yorkshire pud, but I think that's down to personal preference - I prefer smaller non crispy as opposed to large. Can also recommend the cheesecake. They originally sat us next to the toilets (a thing that I believe NO restaurant should ever do), but very nicely moved us when I asked. Good selection of Belgium ales.
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chani fediuk
+4
Had a roast dinner. It was good but not the best. Also had apple crumble which was good 😊 would recommend as other meals I have had here are tastey and the service/atmosphere is perfect!
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Michael Lumsdon
+5
Great beer selection and fanatic food!
5
Erin Erskine
+5
Came in for a quick drink. Lovely pub with incredibly friendly staff. While we didn't eat, the fish and chips smelled absolutely delicious. The atmosphere was really nice - we felt like we could have sat and drunk the afternoon away!
5
Matt Read
+5
First time at the Belgian Monk today for lunch, didn't have a booking but a table was available. The liver & bacon was delicious & my wife had the pork belly (which she said was better than one she tried the other week elsewhere) a very good selection of beers, tried a couple I've never had before & was superb. Two mains for £25.... excellent value for money!! Staff were very friendly. Will definitely return.
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Lee Griffin
+5
Popped in for a couple of glasses of Belgian Beer. Really nice place with a really nice atmosphere. Definetly not worth walking past...Get in and, get a proper beer at 11% or 22% alcohol proof if you like. Tastes are well nice. Did not dine here so, cannot comment about it

Timetable

Monday:
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Tuesday:
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Wednesday:
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Thursday:
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Friday:
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Saturday:
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Sunday:
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM

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