Cafe Britannia is one of the busiest cafes I have ever been to. Based at the former Britannia Barracks in Norwich Prison, Cafe Britannia, with it’s spectacular views over Norwich and an extensive menu, is incredibly popular with local people of Norwich.

Britannia Cafe was opened in January 2014 by Britannia Enterprises, a social enterprise that has partnered with the Ministry of Justice and HMP Norwich. The majority of the staff are offenders serving at HMP Norwich, who go through a rigorous assessment before they are able to work at the cafe. They are all volunteers, and do not receive any tips from customers – tips all go to the charity Victim Support. So far Cafe Britannia have donated over £4,000 to Victim Support.

Food & Drink

The slogan for Cafe Brittania, displayed outside and inside the cafe, is ‘Taste Rules’. Their dedication to providing tasty food is probably the main reason Cafe Britannia is so popular.

The dedicated breakfast menu offers a variety of cooked breakfasts and some healthier options. Breakfasts are served from 06:30 to 11:30 Monday to Friday and from 08:00 to 11:30 on weekends.

Cafe Britannia’s lunch menu has a wide selection of traditional British favourites, cooked to order. Afternoon Tea is also available.

Cafe Britannia: A Busy Cafe in Norwich Prison Reducing Re-Offending

The omelette was delicious!

The cafe is committed to supporting the local community, and they actively source products from sustainable local Norfolk suppliers. As well as using local suppliers, some of their fresh vegetables actually come from the prison gardens!

What’s nearby

Cafe Britannia: A Busy Cafe in Norwich Prison Reducing Re-Offending

The view from Cafe Britannia

Address: Cafe Britannia, Britannia Road, Norwich NR1 4LU
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 06:30 to 16:00; Saturday 08:00 to 16:00; Sunday 08:00 to 16:00


Cafe Britannia is situated at Mousehold Heath, offering spectacular views over Norwich. It is approximately 10 minutes walk away from the centre of Norwich, where you will find shops, restaurants, and Norwich Cathedral.


If you are looking for a cafe that provices tasty food, a nice atmosphere, and beautiful views, all while helping people transform their lives, Cafe Britannia in Norwich is the cafe for you. Be prepared to queue and wait for a table though, as it does get busy, but I’d say it is definitely worth the wait.

Looking for a great place to enjoy a coffee and / or lunch? Want to avoid the large chains? Our Food for Thought series will offer you insight into cafés that provide good food and drink whilst helping others.
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Nisha Kotecha is the Founder of Good News Shared. Having worked and volunteered for charities in the UK for over 10 years, Nisha is on a mission to highlight how amazing charities are.

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