Jayne and Nigel Raffles lovingly restored and re-opened the Library as a restaurant in October 2006.

This stunning building has a long and varied history.

The Norfolk and Norwich Subscription Library was formed in 1886. The original subscription rate was £1.00 for ladies over 18 and £2.00 for men. Fueled by voluntary subscriptions, the building possessed many volumes of great value.

In 1898, during the August Bank Holiday weekend, a fire broke out in nearby Dove Street. The fire quickly spread to the Library and within an hour the entire building was gutted and most of its contents were destroyed. The building was later restored at the cost of £1,719 and re-opened in 1914.

This beautiful venue now hosts a multitude of events including weddings, corporate events, special birthdays and even special wine tastings. We also have many regular diners who join us for fine, fresh food, cooked on our unique Aztec wood grill. 

Our philosophy is fresh, simple food, cooked on site using local produce and suppliers.

We are certain that a visit to the Library will be one you will enjoy. Whether you tour our very own mezzanine art gallery that overlooks the restaurant  or simply relax in our comfortable and contemporary lounge, you will find the escape you need to unwind. 

We hope you enjoy your meal with us at the Library and welcome any comments or feedback you may have. 


With Love,