Our Story

With a fascinating history spanning over 300 years, our city-centre location makes us the perfect base from which to dine and stay to explore the fine city of Norwich.

Formerly functioning as the Trowel and Hammer Inn, we now provide guests and visitors with exceptional Italian-inspired food and comfortable rooms. The Al Forno retains its historical charm with timber beams and exposed brick, whilst realising its own special identity as a hub for Norwich city-explorers.

Norwich is packed with culture and attractions to suit all ages and interests. Whether it’s visiting Norwich’s extensive shopping area where independent stores stand shoulder to shoulder with high street favourites, enjoying a trip to one of the beautiful city parks, or exploring one of the several museums and historical buildings, there is always something going on in the city and it’s all a stone’s throw away from the Al Forno.