Photo – Ian Burt



Norwich diners have a bit more choice from today as the Prelude restaurant in Norwich Theatre Royal re-opens with a stylish new design.

Years ago this space in the lower part of Dencora House was where you had to go to pay a parking fine, but now theatre bosses are hoping that it will be just the ticket for both theatregoers and anyone else looking for a pleasant city centre space serving good food from local Norfolk sources.

I popped in to have a look at the new dining area which feels light, airy and comfortable with Art Deco design notes to complement the theatre auditorium.

Theatre Chief Stephen Crocker told me that in refreshing the dining space at Prelude they wanted to make the restaurant welcoming to everyone from the early 9.30 opening right through the day to the evening show times.  Hospitality Manager Stephen Wright said that they aimed to match the high quality shows on the stage with high standards in the restaurant, encouraging theatregoers to reserve a table for the evening.

Stephen Crocker pointed out that profits from the restaurant are all reinvested in the theatre and its projects, including learning and outreach work.  Stephen Wright confirmed that there will be menus to match particular shows in the months ahead to celebrate shows such as Matilda and Les Miserables being on the stage.  So if you are looking for a new dining experience in the heart of the city give Prelude a try and see if it hits the right note for you!


Bookings are now open for people to reserve tables on or call the booking line on 01603 598577. You can also follow the restaurant on Facebook @PreludeNTR