I’m inspired to blog about my most recent findings when it comes to eating out in Norwich.
It’s most certainly no secret that I’m very much enjoying dating again, with my dark haired and stunning bearded man friend, we’ve been enjoying many fun days and nights out in Norwich City.
You can even travel to Norwich from Cambridge on the Megabus from just £1 – read this review for more info – I do this myself sometimes even now, it’s very handy indeed!
Many people are now asking me where’s good to eat and drink in the beautiful City of Norwich and so here’s my personal guide to our most favourite and recent Norfolk haunts. If you find yourself in Norwich with nowhere to eat, here’s hoping that this guide helps you to find somewhere a little more independent or unique than the usual places you might end up settling for.
I’m even sharing some of my favourite music discovered in Norwich, as well as events and shops too, I’ll share as much as I find and enjoy in the hope that it will be helpful for some of my readers.
In fact, here’s a little video I’ve created for you too, enjoy:
Cakes, Coffee & Sweet Treats:
Pye Baker of Norwich – perfect for fresh bread & luxurious cakes (REVIEW)
Macarons & More – not just for macarons, their bars & cakes are stunning
Alchemista Coffee Co – skull-shaped coffee cups and steam punk interior! (Review)
Bread Source – a trendy bakery, perfect for a quick coffee & pastry or tasty takeaway bread. (Review)
Biddy’s – great selection of tea & a homemade, vintage afternoon tea
Katie’s Cake Box – beautiful cupcakes and drool-inducing cookie dough bars, amongst other treats! (REVIEW)
The Assembly House – luxurious afternoon tea & dining venue
The Mill Cafe – a once-monthly community village cafe (REVIEW)
Cafe Britannia – a cafe open to the public, within the local prison!
Figbar – a decadent dessert bar, newly opened in Norwich. (REVIEW)
The Little Red Roaster – for fantastic coffee & local treats including Doughnut Lab doughnuts
Every Days a picnic – a countryside lunch or cream tea venue (REVIEW)
The Pennoyer Centre – superb value, quirky, full english breakfast & fab cakes
Whitlingham Visitor Centre – gorgeous walk on outskirts of city, great views
The Forum – perfect for people watching over a cuppa
Club De Cacao – Lynn hosts a local chocolate tasting and social club, she’s a super passionate lady
Frank’s Bar – sell Doughnut Lab goodies, something you shouldn’t miss out on!
The Bicycle Shop – stunning gluten free brownies here, well worth it for a quirky venue
BBQ & Meaty Feasts:
Bite The Bullitt – a fantastic pop-up BBQ vendor, a real MUST
Lust & Liquor – Mexican inspired venue, superb burgers & sides + great beers
Yellows – 2 burgers for £12 on Wednesdays, at the Norwich Football ground – owned by Delia Smith
St Andrews Brewhouse – new brew house serving food and a big selection of ales
Middletons Steakhouse – amazing steak, chilled/romantic venue, great Sunday roast
Prime at Edith Cavell – cook your own steak at the table, lots of fun
Restaurant Benedicts – owner Richard Bainbridge, a superb menu at Michelin standard (REVIEW)
Elveden Inn – close to Thetford, a great place out of the city for fine pub food
The Library – gorgeous venue, oh, those coffee smoked ribs… (REVIEW)
Dunston Hall – part of the Q Hotels group, good for roasts or a lazy brunch
The Gunton Arms – the BEST steak you’ll EVER have. I promise you! (REVIEW)
Stoke Mill – an old watermill not far from city, some of the finest dining in Norwich
Delias – Delia Smith is famous for being. Apart of the football scene, this is her gaff
Redwell Brewery – the tours are so much fun, the beer on tap all over city = superb (VIDEO HERE)
The Playhouse Bar – great outdoor seating by river, whilst in the bar, look up & admire…
Brewdog Norwich – a dog friendly bar, great interiors, outside seating and a bowl of water & treats for pup!
Mash Tun & Gin Palace – the Mash Tun is my fave pub, with the gin palace upstairs above
Fat Cat and Canary – pub with huge selection of real ales & host to Bite The Bullitt Pop-up
St Andrews Brew House – the same team behind the Cambridge Brew House, a great bar to prop up!
The Waterfront – perfect venue for live music, I spend a lot of time here, Redwell on tap now
The Ten Bells – where we first found Bite The Bullitt pop-up food, a chilled bar
Rumsey Wells – a great pub, stocking Norfolks’ “Brays Cottage” pork pies at the bar
The Birdcage – a quirky bar, lots of nooks & crannies or sit outside in square during summer
The Norwich Tap House – huge selection of local and craft beers, a fantastic find, board games included!
The Belgian Monk – perfect for a night on Belgian Beers… If you dare!
Adam & Eve – …we had our first Norwich date here….. Norwich’s smallest pub, very cute curled up here in winter!
The Jubilee – this is where may local football fans hang out on match days, byo takeaway food
The Maddermarket Theatre – creative event space with its very own “Redwell Bar”
Events For The Diary:
Porkstock – a pork & beer festival held at the Redwell Brewery
Art Car Boot – an annual car boot sale with an artsy & craftsy difference…
City Of Ale – this Norwich beer festival is an annual event attracting a huge audience
GoGo (Dragons) – a charity event held bi-annually, go on the dragon trail in 2015 to see the city by foot
GoGo (Hares) – the next charity event for 2018 – art trail for kids and adults alike!
Lord Mayor’s Procession – an annual parade worth seeing, the city streets go crazy
Live Music I’ve Discovered/Enjoyed:
Placebo – an old teenage favourite I enjoyed for my birthday this year – swoon!
Jarrolds – visit Yhe Granary behind it on Bedford street for contemp homeward and gifts
Irregular Choice At Imelda’s Shoes – I’ve spotted Ruby Wax shopping here recently, great place
The Rock Collection – great goth shop to take me back to teenage years!
Rum = unusual – “He’s a rum’un” (weirdo) / Rum sexy (unusually sexy)
“Bear” = most likely actually saying “beer”
Check out this hilarious video on how to communicate with that tricky Norfolk accent hehe:
Graffiti in Norwich:
It’s not often I fall in love with art, but when it grabs my attention I can’t help but tell everybody about it.
Read about Norwich-based graffiti artist, Ruth Knapp here.
Places I Want To Visit Next:
Flaming Galah’s Aussie Pie Stop
The Dining Rooms & Cinema City
I’ll be updating this guide when I find a new great place, so be sure to keep this in mind when you next fancy a snoop to find out where’s great to visit whilst in Norwich.
This is one of my new favourite Cities and it’s well worth a visit for the weekend, there’s plenty to keep you busy!
Have you visited Norwich? Do you live there? Where do you like to eat, drink or play?
Where would you share as your fave events, haunts or shops in Norwich?
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VIP Events hold one of their record fairs in Norwich, about 6 times a year, in St Andrews Hall. Some great shopping if you’re into vinyl. Your list of places to eat will come in very handy after a day of crate digging at the fair. Also, keep Vintage Trouble in your sights. This great band loves to perform at The Waterfront every time they’re in the UK. It’s a wonderful, intimate venue that’s perfect for Vintage Trouble’s uplifting, soulful shows.
OOh noted, let me know if you are headed up to Norwich anytime : )
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