The Workshop: More than just a cup of tea

As a café enthusiast, it is easy to spend a lot of time drinking tea and coffee in the various eateries of Norwich with a good book or great company.

This “research” has led this particular coffee-lover to find the best kept secret in the city. Located on Earlham Road, a little way down from the Roman Catholic Cathedral, The Workshop can be found quietly tucked away.

With its friendly staff, wide range of warming spirits and fantastic food, once you’re settled in here you will find it hard to leave.

The Workshop is open from Tuesday to Sunday serving Turkish and Italian inspired soups, tapas and paninis, as well as some favourites such as fish finger sandwiches and flatbread pizzas from 6pm til late.

The large portion could comfortably feed three, and be warned that it is likely to arrive on a wooden board larger than the table! Wi-fi access is available throughout the café for just £1 and their comfy sofas make a great spot to sit and work away on an essay with a regular supply of mini baklava and coffee.

This café-bar regularly advertises for language exchange, so for those looking to learn a new language while teaching someone else their own can sign up here. Film showings are also a regular occurrence down in the basement, as well as a number of live music and poetry nights.

If you are looking for an alternative source of entertainment, upstairs hosts a wide range of literature and board games. There is even a ukulele and a ping pong table if you should feel the urge to play either!

What could be better than a Sunday evening playing Scrabble while munching their signature pizza? Or challenging your friends to a ping pong game and sampling the range of exotic gins and beers on offer?

The Workshop also have a good selection of well-priced wines, interesting coffees and fruity delights. The mango lassi topped with crushed pistachio is a must-try.

The Workshop even offers a post pick-up service; so if you regularly sleep through the postman’s knock and are plagued with little red “sorry we missed you” notes, you can now have your post delivered to the Workshop to pick up at your convenience.

Not bad at all right? This gem of a place is well worth a visit for one or all of its quirks.


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