Bustling Norwich city centre church cafe is a revelation
Set in the chancel of a beautiful Norwich city centre medieval church, Revelation is much more than just a café and tea room as Helen Baldry found out.
Located on Redwell Street, the Revelation Café, tea room and Christian bookshop offers an oasis of peace amongst the hustle and bustle of the city.
The cafe offers delicious locally-sourced and homemade food at competitive prices, including vegetarian and some vegan choices.
Lunchtime options, including homemade soups, sandwiches with side salads, jacket potatoes, Paninis and specials of the day, are available Monday – Saturday 9.30am – 3.30pm.
If you fancy a little light reading while you eat, Revelation offers a range of resources such as Bibles, Christian titles and an extensive range of secondhand books.
The friendly staff are always pleased to cater for outside parties wishing to celebrate birthdays, weddings, confirmations and ordinations, either for lunch or suppers.
Manager Steve Foyster has been at the helm of Revelation, previously known as Norwich Christian Resource Centre, for ten years. He said: “What we have here is a community. It is where people meet up, and are nourished – in mind, body and spirit. Every day it is wonderful to welcome old friends as well as new faces into the centre.”
“I think we do give an exceptional level of customer service with an extensive knowledge that goes back years and years. It is an extraordinary place.”
The cafe hosts regular evening events such as book launches, quiz nights and Burns Night. Discussions on emotive topics – including mental health, recovery and grief - have been held, attracting a receptive and engaged audience. Revelation is a nurturing and non-judgemental environment where people can express their thoughts and share their opinions and experiences.
The next special event at Revelation cafe is St George's Day evening on Monday 23 April. Please call 01603 766978 for further details.
A bite to eat
Helen says: “I enjoyed the Ploughman’s Lunch, which came with a good selection of cheeses, ham, a granary roll with butter, coleslaw, pickles and salad, during my lunchbreak with a friend. The food was delicious, fresh and was served quickly.
"On a Tuesday lunchtime, the cafe was busy but there were tables available. It was a pleasant space to sit and admire the medieval architecture and chat with my friend – who happens to be an architect! The opportunity to browse the Christian resources on offer in the bookshop next to the cafe area was a bonus and something you can’t do anywhere else in Norwich.
"In a city that offers so many options for lunch, it was nice to choose an independent cafe like Revelation and know that I was supporting a unique ministry in the city."
On the menu
Spicy sweet potato and butternut squash soup served with a roll and butter £4.20
Special: Vegetarian sausage cassoulet served with new potatoes £6.95
Chicken & Bacon panini £5.25
Jacket potato from £4.95
Bread and butter pudding served with custard, ice cream or cream £2.95
Jam sponge served with custard, ice cream or cream £2.95
Ploughman’s lunch (Cheese/Ham) served with roll and salad £5.95
Homemade quiche served with new potatoes and salad (pictured) £5.95
9.30am to 3.30pm Monday to Saturday.
Revelation Café and Tea Room, St Michael at Plea Church, Redwell Street, Norwich, NR2 4SN