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The Tobie Norris

The Tobie Norris is a memorable and historic pub that many moons ago was a bell foundry, owned by a Mr Tobias Norris in the 17th century. It’s a special building and character drips from its ancient stone walls, warped timbers and uneven flagstone floors.

This could well be the only building in the world that dates back to the 13th century and waited over 700 years to become a pub for the first time. The Tobie Norris is unique and the way the building’s features, from the open fires to the flagstones and striking wood beams, have been incorporated into the bustling pub is impressive. The recently added modern features such as the new orangery blend in seamlessly.

In total there are seven rooms, each distinct from the other, set over three levels, plus an enclosed patio. Sitting on one of the church pews, beneath a ceiling crisscrossed with gnarled beams that were probably spanking new in Henry VIII’s time, is a pleasant way to enjoy a drink and one of the pub’s trademark pizzas.

Which brings us to The Tobie Norris’s food and drink, which is very decent indeed: on offer are a good array of real ales (with regular guest choices) and wines, nice nibbles, good thin-crust pizzas and tasty, hearty mains packed with big flavours. Local ingredients are used in some dishes – Cote Hill Blue cheese, Tallington lamb and Lincoln Red beef, for example.

One thing to note is The Tobie Norris’s child policy: children over 10 are allowed in at lunchtimes (12pm-2.30pm); the rest of the time it’s over-21s only. Dogs are welcome.

The feel of The Tobie Norris, which is part of KNEAD Pubs, is informal and relaxed, bolstered by good, professional service. Many pubs claim to have character but few have this amount of personality.

Useful info
12 St Paul's Street, Stamford, Lincolnshire PE9 2BE
01780 753800

Customer reviews for The Tobie Norris

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  1. Avatar Stuart ratcliffe says:

    It is far more relaxing to enjoy an excellent lunch surrounded by adoring (expectant) pooches than a herd of feral children.
    Tobie Norris has charm & character plus an excellent range of food & beverages to suit all.
    However beware of going out of lunch times when “feralis” might be spotted!

  2. Avatar Beverley Cartwright says:

    I have visited this establishment a couple of times recently and had really good experiences. The ambience of the pub, menu and quality of the food are great whether it be a light snack or a more substantial offering. Lots of lovely nooks and crannies to sit in and an old world charm make this a great place for a drink or food. On my last visit I had the Moules and they were scrumptious. Definitely worth a try – you will end up making it a regular haunt!

  3. Avatar Adele says:

    A brilliant eatery with great surroundings, a fantastic vibe, friendly knowledgable staff and delicious food. Have popped in here on a Friday for coffee, had dinner with family and caught up with friends over their great pizza and wine deal. Will be back again very soon!

  4. Avatar Angela Cross says:

    Wonderful and friendly pub serving great food. Thoroughly recommend.

  5. Avatar Jack Thorpe says:

    What are you looking for in a good pub that does food?

    Character? Check.
    Good beer? Check.
    Great food? Check.

    I’ve never had a pint that was anything less that brilliantly kept, there’s a wide selection of spirits, the wine list is good, the pizzas are phenomenal, Sunday lunch is the best you’ll get, the building is beautiful.

    Honestly, I’m just as happy here on my own with a pint, a paper and a packet of nuts as I am with my partner for dinner, or at our annual works’ Christmas party.

    I cannot fault it – and believe me, I’m a right picky sod!

  6. Avatar Andy Redfern says:

    Always enjoy meeting friends here – loads of character, greats beers and friendly staff…

  7. Avatar Graham Wright says:

    Very atmospheric pub with interesting and historic interior spaces. Good range of drinks, especially beers (albeit rather expensive!). Seems to be undergoing changes in the kitchen layout at present, new menus on the cards?

  8. Avatar James Latham says:

    With lots of little nooks and crannies, this place takes a bit of exploring. There are a range of comfy leather armchairs that give you the opportunity of settling in for an afternoon of relaxation with a pint and the paper.

    Usually a good range of ales and a warm welcome. Definitely a ‘must visit’ whenever I’m in Stamford!


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