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Jazz in June

Join Francesca and Clifford for an evening of Jazz in the Courtyard

Don’t miss our Norwich Wine Week showcase event, Wednesday, 19th June

Sunday 23rd June 6am – 11am – access notice


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May Bank Holiday Offer

21st May 2024

We have a great May Bank Holiday offer. Stay with us on Sunday, 26th May and enjoy the night of Monday, 27th  for half price.

You choose the room type, but hurry, as we only have a limited number of rooms available. You can select from our classic doubles, executive rooms, dog friendly rooms, feature rooms, family rooms, junior suites or suites.

Ketts Keep Feature Room at the Maids Head Hotel

Ketts Keep, one of four feature rooms, all with a roll top bath


Dog friendly hotel

The hotel has four dog friendly executive rooms

The Filby Junior Suite at the Maids Head Hotel

The Filby, one of eight uniquely designed Junior Suites.

Our Cathedral Suite boasts a separate lounge and is perfect for families wishing to share a room.


This incredible May Bank Holiday offer can only be redeemed by contacting us direct, so give us a call on 01603 209955, or email MAYBHOL24, at the time of booking.

Norwich has so much to offer. Extend your weekend by booking a three or four night break. Explore the Norfolk coast, visit the Broads or the National Trust properties of Blickling or Felbrigg Hall.  Alternatively, relax with a stroll along the River Wensum and take in the magnificent Norwich Cathedral, both on our doorstep. Walk across the City to Plantation Gardens, Norwich’s Secret Garden. Choose a different mode of transport! Hire a canoe and paddle upstream or borrow one of the Hotel’s Bobbin Bikes which are available complimentary to Hotel guests. If the weather is inclement, book the Shoebox experience and visit Norwich’s hidden street.

Reserve one of our Bobbin Bikes, which are available complimentary to our guests, so please enquire about availability when booking. Also, remember to book to dine in our 2 AA Rosette WinePress Restaurant during your stay, or dine alfresco in our pretty courtyard, found nestling in the heart of the Hotel.

Pink bike in courtyard

Dawn Calls Time at the Maids Head

15th May 2024

After over 40 years, much loved member of the Maids Head family, Dawn Medley, calls time at the Maids Head.

Initially Dawn worked part time at the Hotel when her children were little as the hours fitted around family life. Despite the long hours and the tired feet, Dawn loved working in the Banqueting Department. In particular, weddings, formal dinners and celebratory occasions.

Later, Dawn moved to cover breakfast and lunch shifts. The Minstrel Suite was used for breakfast and dinner in the 1980’s. Lunch being served in the courtyard, now the WinePress Restaurant, where there were two large gas fuelled fire pits.

Dawn was trained in the art of filleting fish and carving Beef Wellington at the table, the showmanship of flambéing crepes suzettes, as well as silver service and serving puddings from the dessert trolley.

In her later years, Dawn took on the role of Bar and Lounge host and loved serving her regulars, many becoming friends over the years. For 25 years, Dawn meticulously took care of the Rotary Club of Norwich St Edmund’s dinners, which are still held regularly at the Hotel.

When asked about who her favourite celebrities were that she met at the Hotel over the years, Dawn replied, “Meeting Torville and Dean was definitely a highlight as I use to love watching them skate. Eartha Kitt was also quite special. I love the character of the hotel and all it’s history, but most of all it is the people I have met”.
Throughout the past 40 years, Dawn has seen the Hotel change hands several times, but believes the best times were experienced when it  became independent in 2012.

Farewell Surprise Lunch as Dawn calls time at the Maids Head Hotel

Dawn calls time on Maids Head and is showered with gifts

Dawn was showered with gifts from the Maids Head Family.

On Dawn’s last day, a surprise party was thrown. Many present and past colleagues attended to wish her well. She was showered with gifts and Sarah Prior, Assistant Reception Manager, paid tribute to Dawn. “Dawn was a friend from the minute I joined the hotel. I will forever be thankful for her care and support”. General Manager, Christine Malcom thanked Dawn for her loyal service. Also for being a much loved member of the Maids Head family.

Happy pedalling Dawn, you are going to be greatly missed by the Maids Head family.

We love hearing stories about the Maids Head in times gone by. If you have a story to tell, or some Maids Head memorabilia, then please get in touch. Contact Georgina Postlethwaite, 01603 209955, or email

Norwich Wine Week Showcase Event with John Hemmant, owner of Chet Valley Vineyard

Norwich Wine Week Showcase Event

14th May 2024

Our Norwich Wine Week Showcase event takes place on Wednesday, 19th June.

With a successful debut event in 2023, Norwich Wine Week returns in 2024. Starting on Friday 14 June 2024, the three day festival will bring together wine makers and merchants to celebrate our regions flourishing wine scene. This exciting festival will give visitors the chance to try a range of local tipples, as well as to enjoy informative tastings, talks, delicious food, and live music.

Throughout the week, 14 – 22 June, there will be showcase events held at various city venues. The Maids Head has partnered up with the lovely John Hemmant from Chet Valley Vineyards to offer a Showcase Tasting event.

John will introduce you to three of his Chet Valley Vineyards wines. He will share with you his passion and extensive knowledge and provide you with an informative and unforgettable experience. This sociable, interactive event, will be accompanied by charcuterie and cheese sharing platters. John will also be producing tasting notes with the opportunity to purchase his wines on the night.

Enhance your experience by booking an overnight stay at the hotel. Book a bed and breakfast stay from just £135 per couple for a Classic double room. Upgrade your room from just an additional £20 per night.

Book your Norwich Wine Week Showcase Event by calling our Events team 01603 272008, or email

We hold many events throughout the year details of all our events can be found here. Alternatively, pick up a leaflet when you are next visiting the hotel. You can also follow us on Instagram.

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Afternoon Tea Norwich

Afternoon Tea in Norwich

8th May 2024

Experience a touch of quintessential Englishness by taking Afternoon Tea in Norwich at the Maids Head Hotel.

Pastry Chef Anthony Boldyreff, who joined the hotel in 2023, has transformed our afternoon tea menu to rival any offering in Norwich. His latest afternoon tea menu is an explosion of  textures, colour and flavours. Anthony suggests that afternoon tea should not just be about the cakes (although they are important!), but also about the savouries. These days, our tastes are changing and we are looking for something a little less sweet. Anthony’s savouries are all homemade and currently include

Salt beef slider 
Ginger & lime prawn cake
Hoisin duck blini 
Mint & coriander falafel

Afternoon tea Norwich

Anthony’s Afternoon Tea Savoury Selection.

Scones are freshly baked and accompanied by clotted cream and our very own homemade jam.

Scones, Homemade Jam and Clotted Cream Norwich

Scones and homemade jam.

But what will be your favourite sweet treat? Will it be the richness of the brown sugar tart with tonka bean, the tanginess of the lemon meringue eclair, the colourful red velvet cake, or perhaps the mouth watering white chocolate coconut Raffaello macaron?
You will need to book a table to come and decide for yourself!

Afternoon Tea cakes Norwich

Maids Head Afternoon Tea cake selection.

Gluten free and dairy free afternoon teas are available, please just ensure to request at the time of booking.

Tea can be enjoyed in our WinePress Restaurant, from the comfort of an armchair in one of our comfortable lounges or even al fresco in our pretty Courtyard, nestled right in the heart of the Hotel.

Maids Head Afternoon Tea available in the Courtyard

Afternoon Tea can be served in the Courtyard.

How to book and complimentary parking

To book a table for Afternoon Tea in Norwich call 01603 272010 or go online. Don’t forget to state where you would like your afternoon tea served i.e. WinePress, Lounge or Courtyard and whether you have any dietary requirements.

A Children’s Afternoon Tea menu is also available; please remember to request this in advance.

Complimentary car parking is available whilst you indulge in your afternoon tea experience. Kindly just register your car details at Reception upon arrival.

Book an afternoon tea celebration

If you are planning a special occasion, enquire about our versatile event rooms. These are available exclusively for a private gathering of friends and family. Whether a Baby Shower, Hen Party, Birthday or Anniversary celebration our Events team are on hand to help you. Call 01603 272008 or email to discuss your next ideas for a get together.

Maids Head 1963, S3 Bentley

Maids Head Open Day

22nd January 2024

Our Maids Head Open Day held on Sunday, 21st January, was a roaring success. A massive thank you to everyone who attended. It was a pleasure to showcase the hotel and to hear about all the exciting events being planned for 2024 and beyond.

Intimate Weddings at the Maids Head Hotel

Private Dining at the Maids Head Hotel

Enquiries being discussed ranged from weddings, birthday parties, anniversary celebrations, baby showers and hen parties to corporate events. Guests were also able to explore our Paston, Cathedral and Queen Elizabeth Suites as well as our Surlingham Junior Suite. The Maids Head offers 4 suites, along with 8 Junior Suites and four feature rooms. All with their own unique features and charms. The hotel boasts 84 bedrooms all with their own character.

Queen Elizabeth luxury Suite at the Maids Head Hotel

Queen Elizabeth Luxury Suite

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Celebrate Valentines at the Maids Head Hotel

Celebrate Valentines in the romantic setting of the Maids Head

17th January 2024

Celebrate Valentines in the romantic setting of the Maids Head. Head Chef Oliver Sanders and his Brigade will create the perfect Valentine experience for you. Served in our historic 2 AA Rosette WinePress Restaurant, you can treat your loved one to either our seasonal a la carte menu or 5 course tasting menu. To make your dining experience even more of an occasion, add our optional wine flight of especially selected wines to your tasting menu.Read more »

Meeting and Events at the Maids Head Hotel

Unmissable B2B Meeting Room Offer

16th November 2023

We have a great unmissable B2B Meeting Room offer to help kick start 2024.

The Maids Head boasts 7 versatile meeting and event rooms, each with its own individual charm and character. Whether looking for a small meeting room for just two people. To a conference for 120 delegates with break out rooms for team activities.  We can offer you our expertise and a bespoke quote to ensure a successful event. (Along with some great food!)

Our delightful Snug at the Maids Head for a small meeting

Our delightful Snug at the Maids Head, ideal for a small meeting

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