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 &  Managers Tim & Tracie Fox 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.



    Soup of the Day Hearty & homemade with crusty bread & butter

    Ribs Homemade Scotch Egg  Pickle & salad garnish

    Mini Pork Pie Pickle or mustard & salad garnish

    Crispy Whitebait Lemon, tartare sauce & salad garnish£

    Wherryman’s Lunch Bread & Butter, Mature Cheddar, hand carved ham, pork pie, pickled onions, pickle & salad garnish


    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

    Prawns mayonnaise

    Hummus, cherry tomato & rocket


    Tuna Mayo

    Chilli Beef

    Chicken & Ham mayo


    Our burgers are handmade in house from traditionally reared 100% prime local beef mixed together  with a selection of fresh ingredients and seasoned before being  grilled to order to create the best tasting burger just for you, served with lettuce, mayonnaise, dill pickle, coleslaw, onions and tomato in a floury bun with chips.


    Classic 6oz (170gms)  100% prime beef burger

    Old Porky with crispy bacon & cheddar cheese

    Old Devil with our delicious chilli beef


    Sausage Platter; Three delicious Archers sausages, with beans & chips

    Vegi Sausage Platter; Quorn sausages, baked beans & chips

    Ham Platter; Hand carved home cooked ham, two fried free range eggs & chips

    Scampi; Breaded whole tail with peas, tartare sauce, lemon & chips

    Chilli; Bowl of our delicious chilli with rice topped with nachos, cheese & served with bread & butter

    Chicken & Ham Salad; Chicken breast, hand carved ham, coleslaw grilled jacket wedges & dressed salad leaves

    Salmon & Dill Fishcakes with peas, tartare sauce, lemon & chips

    Nut & Vegetable Roast; Ribs recipe, served with rich tomato & basil sauce, salad and chips

    Beef & Ale Stew; Sarah’s own delicious recipe served with peas & mashed potato

    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.


    The Ribs of Beef platter: Freshly prepared sandwiches, wraps and freshly cooked sausage rolls for your event (cheese & pickle, tuna mayo, egg mayo & cress, ham & mustard, chicken & sweetcorn) £6.50. Add Coffee £2 per person

    for a minimum of

    20 people

    Freshly prepared sandwiches & wraps (as above)

    Chicken drumsticks, cocktail sausage rolls

    Chicken & ham Vol au vents

    Sausages in honey mustard sauce

    Potatoes wedges with Aoli dip

    £9 per person

    for a minimum of

    20 people

    Freshly cooked cold cuts of ham & turkey

    Cheese & tomato quiche

    Tomato & onion salad, new potatoes

    Coleslaw, crusty bread & butter

    Mini French fancies (extra 50p per person)

    £10 per person

    20 - 30 people

    The Ribs of Beef chicken curry, lasagne or chilli,

    (choose any two)

    Tomato & onion salad, new potatoes

    Coleslaw, crusty bread & butter

    Mini French fancies (extra 50p per person)

    £10 per person

    We are happy to adapt to your requirements. Please ring 01603619517. Free room hire & use of Riverside Terrace

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