The Owl is a very special place as it is arguably the oldest tea room in Norfolk. It changed hands at the start of 2017 and we, as the new owners, have done our very best to embrace and preserve the long-held traditions of this iconic bakery and café, whilst easing it into the 21st century with additional, new and exciting specialities.
In renovating the café/restaurant interior we worked on preserving the traditional feel of natural wood and Georgian architecture, adding splashes of colour and opening out the dining rooms to accommodate people more comfortably. We also installed central heating. For our menu, please see the Food section.
Our Secret Garden, so called because many are still unaware of its existence, has an attractive, paved terrace and colourful borders. Offering seating for 35 people, this peaceful sun-trap, away from the noise and bustle of the town, is a perfect place to meet friends or escape to for a relaxing glass of wine or coffee. We have two very large canopies offering both shade and protection from rain when necessary.
Last but certainly not least, there is our shop and bakery, through which you will probably pass to enter the café. In the shop we retail all our homemade cakes, breads and savouries. You will find a richly varied selection, from traditional Norfolk shortcake and our famous quiches, to exotic pistachio cherry cakes and pecan pie.
Our delicious salad bar is something we are very proud of as this offers our customers a varied and healthy option, to eat in or take away. We make the salads every morning using fresh, seasonal ingredients and they are mostly either gluten-free and/or dairy-free.
At The Owl, we have carefully selected our tea and coffee to complement our menu using local Norfolk suppliers. Our house tea is from Wilkinson’s of Norwich – a scented yet richly flavoured blend of Darjeeling, Kenya and Ceylon - offered alongside many other speciality teas. For coffee we have a state-of-the-art La Spaziale espresso machine and our beans come from Norwich’s Little Red Roaster whose house blend is roasted for us to order.
Welcome to the Owl and we look forward to serving you.