About Us

Christmas and New Year’s Opening Times

Christmas Eve:
Bistro serving food until 3pm
Bar serving drinks until 11pm

Christmas Day: Closed

Boxing Day: Closed

27th – 30th December: Open as usual

Open as usual in the day until 4pm.
Ticketed event from 6pm.
£30 for entrance to the bar, soul music with Mark Purdy and buffet
£50 for five course meal, entrance to the bar, soul music with Mark Purdy and buffet.
Please purchase from bistro.

1st – 4th January: Closed

5th January onwards: Open as usual

Opening Hours

Monday to Saturday: 10am – late (serving food 12 noon – 9.30pm)
Sunday: 10am – 4pm (serving food from 12 noon)

Monday to Friday: 12 noon – late
Saturday: 11am – late
Sunday: 12 noon – evening

The Rathskeller Wine Bar and Bistro opened in December 2013. It is a family owned and run venture. The Bistro is located in The Hanse House is in an area previously utilised by Trading Standards, whilst the wine bar was used as a storage space, although you wouldn’t think so looking at it now!

Carefully selected furniture and décor, accompanied by great views of the river and the exposed timbers of the crown post roof have resulted in the perfect environment for fine dining; whilst the outdoor seating area takes full advantage of the quayside location. Lunch and dinner are served daily, with a roast on Sundays.

Featuring oak panelling with copper accents, the wine bar has a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere, offering a wide range of refreshments both if you are dining in the bistro or calling in to socialise with friends over a few drinks. In addition to hosting live music events there is also an open mic night on the last Friday of every month, when anyone is welcome to come along and perform!

The Rathskeller has a handpicked wine menu to suit all tastes. We offer a variety of excellent and popular real ales, lager and bottled beers and a comprehensive spirit selection. Our Bar staff are more than happy to mix your favourite cocktail too.

The Bistro offers a freshly cooked menu of the finest homemade dishes using prime Norfolk produce. We source seasonal ingredients from local suppliers where possible, so the menu changes on a regular basis, with a variety of daily specials too. The Bistro offers a relaxed dining experience for everyone whatever the occasion. It is recognised not only for its fine food, but also for its friendly atmosphere and good service, nothing is too much trouble.

Along with our restaurant we are an events venue, we have a wide variety of function rooms to hire. Functions include weddings, wakes, baby showers, christenings, and more! Please call or email us if you would like anymore information on our venue hire or restaurant.

Our Chefs
Head Chef – Shane Wagg
Sous Chef – Paul Smart