100 places to eat in this fabulous fine city of Norwich – that’s right!
1. The Belgian Monk – best place for mussels!! They are sourced from Holland, Brancaster, the Suffolk Coast and the Shetland Isles – with an endless selection of sauces, there’s roughly 50 different types to choose from. There’s also a wider array of beer and cider – my all time favourite being the Cherry Beer.
Drink downstairs to soak up the pub environment and eat upstairs…
2. Roots – Great place for a casual (but pricey) and well cooked burger with hand cut chips 🍔🍟 Notorious for it’s freshly cooked mussels also 🙂
3. The Wine Cellar – Although this place is renowned for its fantastic selection of wines, it’s also great for light bites such as charcuterie/nibble boards after a hard day at work 🍷
The sofa by the front door’s our hotspot;
And also sampled the wood pigeon which was delicious – cooked perfectly and seasoned well.
5. Bishops – Owned by a friendly Italian guy, this place is perfect for a romantic setting with fine dining. I chose the Bishop’s Charcouterie Plate for starter which included local salt beef, Suffolk salami, smoked duck, house pickles and toast – this was a scrumptious mix! As the lunch menu had a special offer, I went on to mains for a great price. This consisted of the Roasted Seasonal Pan Roasted Breast of Norfolk Chicken; Fricassée of oyster mushrooms,broad beans and a fragrant chicken broth.
We had to come back for Scallops and a cheese board for our friend’s 30th;
With a complimentary glass of Prosecco and free Mince Pies – this place will remain golden; expensive but worth every penny. We love the Italian owner Alex!!
6. Le Bistro – Located opposite Jarrolds department store (known as the “Harrods of Norwich”) lies this small unique restaurant overlooking Norwich market – Welsh rarebit thoroughly recommended;
7. B’Nou – For a touch of tapas food, this place is one of my best in Norwich. But book well in advance as they only do one seating for the evening. The Nachos with homemade beef chilli and the fresh bruscetta with tomato & basil have got to be my 2 favourite dishes – £4 per dish out of 12 dishes you can choose from throughout the evening. I tend to go for 10 dishes to share with one other person.
8. Donnelis Pizza – If you want pizza – please go here! Honestly the best pizza I’ve consumed in Norwich; 🍕that comment is supported by it’s great reputation, check out TripAdvisor… http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g186342-d8288163-Reviews-Donnelli_s_Pizzeria-Norwich_Norfolk_East_Anglia_England.html
Amalfi/Florence pizza – always best to go half and half when undecided 😉
9. Benedicts – Richard Bainbridge served our main course (Coley) at his recently opened restaurant on St.Benedict’s Street; engaging service and the best caramelised carrot starter I’d ever had.
10. Biddy’s Tea Room – A unique and quaint place to go for afternoon tea or a light bite. I’ve never known a cafe with such a selection of tea choices – to a point where I ordered Chai Tea – and I’m an Earl Grey drinker.
Thoroughly recommend this place for lunch with friends or family – remember to book in advance!
11. Thai on the River – Got to be done – a Thai that is on the river, in Norwich! Green battered prawns for starter and a Thai Duck curry with coconut rice for mains – tastes delicious and the service is quick, effective & efficient.
The “lounge” area is the best – closed off from the main restaurant seating area and you have to take your shoes off;
12. Shiki – In my opinion, the best Japanese food in Norwich; picture below encapsulates the experience perfectly.
This place got me into hot Sake!
13. No.33 Cafe – Alot of egg based dishes and a great selection of cake; very high ratings on Tripadvisor. Luckily it’s just across the road from where I work in Norwich City Centre, so a great place to grab a Hot Chocolate or Coffee before work.
14. The Library Bar & Grill – A fantastic building which used to be a library (funnily enough!) Highly recommended for a lunch stop if you’re hungry as the portions are large – a tasty medium rare steak cooked with garlic butter and chips on the side.
15. The Bicycle Shop – Possibly the quirkiest place on St.Benedicts street – a well known strip for Norwich’s independent cafes. Serving great Welsh Rarebit similar to the likes of Le Bistro 🙂
Great for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and evening cocktails.
And for those Duck Egg lovers…
16. House (Thai) – Near Chapelfields, I found this to be my favourite Thai restaurant in Norwich. Sticky Coconut rice and Duck in a Tamarind sauce accompanied by the traditional Thai starter.
17. The Lawyer – Situated just off Elm Hill, this is an excellent choice for a casual burger and bottle of red.
18. Wild Thyme – A unique vegetarian cafe serving delicious Vegetarian food. I chose the special of the day which was Thai Green Curry – perfectly spiced and great balance of ingredients considering there’s no meat.
19. Moorish Falafel – Healthy, fresh and please try the Falafel!!
20. Adam and Eve – The oldest pub in Norwich! Great place for nibbles and drink outside to admire the authentic building.
However, I brought my friend here last weekend for fish pie and it was literally a bowl of cheesey mash. Just come here for just a casual drink I say…
21. Clarke & Ravenscroft – My friends at work and I go out every Friday as part of our “Lunch club” tradition – and this is the place we just keep coming back to.
Freshly homemade soup with a side cheese toasty (selection of 3 cheeses) is the usual deal for £4.95- thick fresh bread with tasty fillings.
HOWEVER, I hate to say this as we love the lady who owns this, but there was a hair in my friend’s crayfish & mango salad and since then we’ve seen the place in a different light – cold sitting area so maybe grab a safer bet to takeaway.
22. Mambo Jambo – Fun and filling Mexican food – feels like you’re in a night club though! Burrito and enchilada heaven 🙂
23. Strangers – Another cute and small independent cafe which is great for paninis, i.e. Beef with Emmental Cheese. There’s only about 3 tables in here though so I wouldn’t bet on it if arranging a lunch date. Nevertheless, there’s always other places to eat around the lanes.
24. Ground Cafe – Interesting narrow layout and fantastic Chilli Con Carne filled Jacket Potatoes, well that’s if you get there before 1pm on a lunch week day… The service isn’t great which puts us off our next visit.
25. Paolo’s – Hearty Italian food – not the best Interior but definitely a “go back to” place if you’re wanting carbs. I recommend the Salmon linguine which had beautifully chopped chives on top.
26. Britannia Cafe – The highest viewpoint of Norwich which is run by inmates – fantastic cakes (I.e. Their classic Victoria Sponge) sold in the cafe in a quirky environment – a fantastic novel scheme of reintroducing “naughty people” back into society.
27. Waffle House – Sweet and savory in a waffle – what can go wrong?
28. Within the famous Norwich Markets, a great place for those with a sweet tooth is Cupcake & Co. I love the lady who owns this place and they’ve now opened a cafe on Upper St Giles street.
29. Middletons – Steak Steak Steak!! Not the best in the world but does the job.
30. Lust & Liquor – Another new place in Norwich which has just opened – great Tapas and Espresso Martinis, do you see a pattern here?
31. Merchants of Spice – An excellent Seafood exotic special – although I felt sorry for the table of boys next to us who had their beers spilled all over them by a new waiter…TWICE!
32. Espresso – Great place for baguettes and chocolate slices. However, the side Mediterranean veg I once had here was smothered in grease and oil – it’s truthfully put me off going here again.
33. Amaretto – Only next door to Espresso, I recommend pizza slices at this one. Great place and lives up to its great reputation.
34. Franks – My vote is that it’s at it’s best either for a healthy egg based breakfast with fantastic freshly squeezed juices – or fresh cocktails with friends in the evening 😉
37. No.12 – Located opposite and in viewpoint of the Norwich Castle, this traditional pub is definitely a must for Christmas dinner.
38. The Ironhouse – Modern eating and drinking in the heart of Norwich; this place has low beamed ceilings and is ideal for both lunch and dinner. Risotto of the day and Quiche of the day are both normally options I’d go for 😉
39. Pret (snore – chain!) but admittedly a place I will always go when panicking where to go for lunch – Swedish Meatball Wrap never fails.
40. Platform 54 – Usually empty! Although we did have great Tapas here, i.e. spicy stuffed peppers.
41. Las Iguanas – Our first girls dinner after Zumba one night resulted in terrible food but great Pina Coladas as you can see from the excitement on our faces…
42. Prezzo (Thorpe Road) – Again a chain, but a fabulous little Italian situated next to Norwich train station. The steak pizza is delicious.
43. Maddermarket Kitchen – A snazzy little place with great Mac&Cheese!
44. Vine Thai – Fantastic Thai food and great beer. Similar to the likes of Thai Lanna which is a couple of streets down from Vine Thai – although I rate Vine Thai at a higher standard.
45. Cinema City Dining Rooms – Ideal to go for a nice meal here, then finish the evening next door with a movie at the cinema. A fairy-lit setting in the outside terrace – quite romantic 😉
46. Pottergate Pantry – Bad service but that doesn’t necessarily matter as you don’t sit in here – does the job if you fancy a lunch time sandwich. Chicken tikka panini has never let me down here.
47. Logans – Good service and great Brie and cranberry baguettes but nothing special inside.
48. Finnie’s Juice Bar – A fantastic mini food bar I came across last year; I grabbed a pizza slice and curry box to take away – you can also perch outside on the few chairs they have and soak up the Norwich lanes.
49. Loch Fyne – Friendly service and a delicious fresh Plaice of the day as you can see from my picture below;
50. Lamb Inn – Based in the City Centre, this pub has a big outside terrace for eating in the Summer and has a snug feel inside the restaurant. Not exactly an authentic location (i.e. the lovely Norwich Lanes) but great for a bite to eat on a shopping break (or decision for which flat to live in on a re-location to Norwich!)
51. Bills – Breakfast time? I know this one’s a chain, but you must grab a bite at Bills which is located bang in the Norwich City Centre. The Mac N Cheese with Butternut Squash needs to be tried.
Naked burger’s not too bad either…
53. East 26 – A fairly new restaurant in Norwich, this place provides a select menu choice – friendly owner and great interior (Mac&Cheese with smoked Haddock highly recommended.)
However, my most recent visit did not live up to my first experience; the service was sloppy and my tiger prawns tasted like feet! Odd observation but atleast two people will back me up on this.
54. The Plough – Great beer garden on St.Benedicts street which has an outside BBQ (although no other cooked food available.) Great selection of Grain beer and classic cocktails to enjoy in the sun with friends.
56. 42 King Street – Another great cocktail/tapas find just off Prince of Wales street (I do NOT recommend going anywhere on the actual Prince of Wales street, apart from the odd Chinese place that takes your fancy at 3am) – aside from the location, the Tapas dishes are fantastic! E.g. Braised Lamb, Beef Chilli with Nachos, salted cod, cheese croquettes…
And of course, the Espresso Martinis & Elderflower Mohitos…
57. Britons Arms – Perfect place appearing as an old building with low beamed ceilings – ideal for an afternoon cup of tea/coffee with a jam&cream scone.
58. St.Giles House – A cosy setting which led to another order of a Butternut Squash Risotto after visiting Wild Thyme – seasoning could have been better.
Despite my happiness with comfort food, my friend had an awful Chicken Salad which tasted bland and the service was incredibly slow, perhaps why we were the only customers in the building?
59. Grovesnor Fish Bar – THE BEST FISH AND CHIPS IN NORWICH!!
60. The Window – The best coffee in Norwich!! Now that’s a bold statement, but a true one! There only used to be about 2 tables in this place so it’s more for a “grab a coffee and go”. HOWEVER… The Window is now non existent as they will be moving location to become a much larger cafe. Stay tuned.
61. Farmer Browns – I luckily got to experience this fabulous restaurant before it closed – Duck breast and dauphinoise potatoes dish to die for in a candle-lit setting.
62. After the disappointment of no more Farmer Browns, we went to House of Tiago in Tombland at the weekend. A complete meatfeast!
63. Unthank Arms – The most recent place I’ve discovered for a fabulous Roast.
64. Reindeer Pub – Another place trialed for Sunday Lunch – INCREDIBLE. All food is presented in a unique way which is always a nice surprise.
65. Assembly House – a great way to spend lunch for my friend’s 30th.
The courgette and Norfolk Dapple cheese soup was delicious – with a side smoked salmon sandwich and portion of chips.
We even came back for a casual cheese board on our lunch break from work 😉
67. Bond – Recently opened in Tombland, the only close “food thing” is the jaffacake cocktails…
68. Prime (The Edith Cavell) – situated amongst a great square of restaurants within Tombland, there’s an excellent menu of which I most recently sampled the risotto with leek butternut squash and red crispy onions to top it off with; full of flavor!
69. Jarrold’s cafe – now you’ve got a choice out of 3 within the “Harrods of Norwich” department store, but a great location to stop for a quick slice of cake during a shopping break.
70. Dray Yard Smokehouse – Excellent smoked enchiladas! Fantastic food – ideal for a quick lunch stop (£5 deal atm). The Mac n Cheese with Pesto was tasty too – but recommend sticking to the smoked meats as it’s a Smokehouse afterall.
71. Lam Thai – Yet another fantastic Thai tried out in Norwich. Even though I wasn’t the biggest fan of the interior (cafe/cold feel), the food was delicious; prawn starter and Pad Thai for main – can’t go too wrong!
72. Harriets’s Tearoom – Very impressed with the service here, they kept the place open for me and my friend 20 minutes after closing; the variety of tea and puddings leaves your spoilt for choice.
The macarons were delicious; Raspberry, Creme Brulee, and Salted Caramel – LUSH.
73. St Andrew’s Brewhouse – A relaxed and informal atmosphere, this is the perfect place for home cooked food, locally brewed beer🍻 and a great selection of bar snacks.
Pub quizzes also available here most Sundays.
74. Brick Pizza – BEST PIZZA IN NORWICH !! Recently opened next to the market and Sir Garnet pub. Bring your own booze and admire the pizzas below;
75. The Rumsey Wells Real Ale Pub – another wood-panelled pub with comfy leather sofas serving a creative pie menu. Great atmosphere and live music is regularly played here, along with an endless array of board games for a wet Sunday.
Good old #Battleships
76. Last Wine Bar: This place is my number 1 place in Norwich; fine wine, delicious freshly cooked food (i.e. the Seabass with asparagus) in a cosy setting which entices you to stay around the “bar area.” I most definitely recommend this one for taking people out for a nice meal and a great experience.
77. Roger Hickmans: Now this is a Michelin restaurant worth discussing; this place just had got to be trialed in my recently new City of Norwich. A heads up – never rush this place on a Friday after a long day at work – treat yourself to a Saturday evening where you can really take your time and enjoy each and every gastronomical dish. In terms of the food and service it was again spot on. This must have been the fullest I have ever been in my whole 25 years as a serious eater.
78. Olive Tree – Quite simply, this is the place to go for a bolognese pizza after a night out!
79. Indian Spice – Close to the train station, this takeaway isn’t the best for mild dishes but knows their spices; Chicken Jalfrezi is good here.
80. Bar Tapas – Tasty Spanish Tapas and live music – a fun place to visit at the weekend.
81. Kings Head – A good old unspoiled traditional English pub – great selection of beers and cheeses.
82. Cherry Leaf – Another Coffee shop in Norwich, a little stuffy and not as great as it looks passing by 😦
83. Cosmo – Do not go here! I was highly disappointed after the excitement of this new place that had opened up in Norwich with over 150 prepared dishes from around the world… TERRIBLE FOOD AND ATMOSPHERE.
84. The Earlham Arms – smart pub with a large garden and sofas and serving locally-sourced food 🙂
85. Wig & Pen – 17th-century pub with terrace offering real ales and comfort food amid exposed brickwork and beams; walking distance into Tombland for post drinks.
86. The Coach and Horses (Thorpe Road) – Great place if you’re looking for a standard Roast and also ideal for watching big sporting matches.
87. Fat Cat Pub – A selection of more than 30 real ales & bar snacks – not recommended if your purpose is to eat out!
88. Prezzos in Tombland – An area which feels like you’re on holiday surrounding by restaurants and bars on cobbled streets; I know it’s a chain but this a great location for standard Italian food.
89. Zizzi’s – Another competitor across the road from Prezzos in Tombland – not the best branch I’ve been too – pretty average pizza.
90. The Gluten Free Cafe; everything gluten free and tastes healthy; however, my bread role was a little dry which accompanied my watery leek and potato soup; although nice cafe set up and the cakes looked yummy 🍰
91. The Tea House – Cathedral Quarter – A snazzy little place directly opposite an Antique shop; great stop for a cup of tea and a good old jam scone.
92. Pandora’s Kitchen – Another great cafe open every day for breakfast, lunch and afternoon teas, cakes and treats.
93. The Ribs of Beef – This friendly pub is complete with one of the city’s traditional pub food menus, offering cask ale, great wines, real cider, pub food and a riverside jetty.
94. West Cornwall Pasty Co – Serious master bakers of delicious fresh Cornish food; my favourite being the Thai Red Chicken Curry Pasty with home made wedges on the side.
95. Doughnut Lab – Picture speaks for itself…
96. Norwich Tap House – An exciting craft beer pub in the centre of Norwich serving a fine array of draught, bottles and other treats; great place to play board games, i.e. draughts.
97. Norwich Playhouse – Also a theatre in St George’s Street, this place has an enormous beer garden so great in the Summer to sit outside with a sandwich from the bar.
98. The Dog House – The central City Centre location makes it an ideal stop-off after work or to grab a pre or post theatre drink and bar snack.
99. Macarons & More – A great Patisserie run by MasterChef finalist Dr Tim Kinnaird; original and award winning macarons, cakes and other sweet treats.
100. We’ve made it to 100!!! Eat on the go at NORWICH MARKET; Stalls also sell a delicious range of quality local food including meat and fish, freshly baked bread, jam and chutneys plus a wide range of cheeses.The Jacket Potatoes are also enormous so if you’re hungry get these for £2.50 with any filling you wish; a perfect place for some tasty lunch on the go enjoy fish & chips, sandwiches, ice cream, sweets or a hog roast plus many more tasty offerings.
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