10 of the best restaurants in Norwich
PUBLISHED: 16:20 14 June 2018
Norwich always seems to be welcoming a new addition to its eclectic list of great places to eat out. We pick some of the city’s best restaurants that you need to visit
9 St Benedicts Street
Praised in the 2018 Michelin Guide for its “respect for good quality Norfolk ingredients”, Benedicts on St Benedicts Street is a stylish and understated restaurant that serves modern British cuisine. Husband and wife team Richard and Katja Bainbridge opened the restaurant in 2015 to high praise with some diners saying it may be the best restaurant in Norwich.
What to order: the set lunch menu offers three courses for £22 and changes seasonally depending on local produce. A la carte options include Gressingham duck with buttery mashed potato, English peas and rhubarb. And no visit is complete without trying the legendary Nanny Bush’s trifle with milk jam.
Shiki in Tombland is an authentic Japanese restaurant that has recently introduced its new concept ‘izakaya’. Izakayas are Japanese pubs with smaller dishes to snack on and share with friends alongside sake or beer. Shiki brings the taste of the Land of the Rising Sun to this historical corner of Norwich. Say hello to a sushi-induced coma because every Tuesday evening, diners can enjoy all-you-can-eat sushi for two hours for £27 a head.
What to order: browse the otsumami menu and pick some shareable plates which include deep fried pork called tonkatsu, seafood tempura, marinated and grilled chicken skewers called yakitori and many more. Finish with a bigger bowl of something from the shime menu such as Japanese curry with a chicken katsu topping.
23 St Benedicts Street
The self-described “bistronomy” restaurant, Farmyard on St Benedicts Street, brings together an unassuming bistro atmosphere with fine dining. The colourful exterior and neon sign beckon diners into the laid back, stylish restaurant in the Norwich Lanes.
What to order: although the menus change often to reflect seasonal availability of ingredients, creations have included tasty-sounding mains such as dry aged collar of pork with burnt apple, calcot onion and pink fir potato.
39 Market Place
Pizza-heads have got to try Brick on the Market Place. Order your pizza and see it prepared before being cooked in the wood fire oven and landing hot in front of you.
What to order: with changing specials on the menu, there are around 15 different types of pizza to choose from with simple but fresh and delicious ingredients used. Order some dough balls to share, served drizzled with tasty garlic and herb butter.
103 Unthank Road
Laid back restaurant/bar Blue Joanna on Unthank Road has “Asian style street food, cool cocktails, vinyl records and live music”. Cocktails include a Bakewell fizz made with prosecco, amaretto and kirsch or try the slow negroni with sloe gin, campari and martini. Sip your drink as you tuck into dishes with fresh ingredients pulling influences from South Korea, Japan and beyond. Saturday night sees free live music nights from 9.30pm.
What to order: try the Korean Blue Taco made with two blue corn tortillas with salsa roja, pickled cucumber, Asian slaw and soy lime dressing with your choice of pork, beef, chicken or tofu.
79 Upper St Giles Street
An extensive (and award winning) wine list accompanies the menu of modern British dishes at Roger Hickman’s Restaurant on Upper St Giles Street. With three AA rosettes and a spot in the Good Food Guide, this restaurant is praised far and wide in newspapers and by its customers.
What to order: the dinner menu, with a choice of two or three courses, has included starters of crispy pig cheek with baked apple, chorizo, chickpea, mushroom and a BBQ sauce; mains of halibut with jersey royals, crispy oyster, cucumber, radish and a lemongrass fish cream.
8-10 St Andrews Hill
Minimal white table cloths and crockery is offset with touches of elegance such as chandeliers and gold framed mirrors at Bishop’s restaurant on St Andrews Hill. The menu features ingredients from local suppliers that change for the best of the season’s bounty.
What to order: keep an eye out for seasonal fare such as smoked duck breast with charred spring onion, pomegranate and spiced orange syrup; or pan roasted pork chop with braised vegetable pilaf, purple sprouting broccoli and a green herb and anchovy dressing. Desserts are equally tempting, you might find a blueberry and vanilla cheesecake with blueberry and mint compote or dark chocolate and amaretto mousse.
21-23 Nelson Street
One of our picks to visit for a tasty brunch, Woolf and Social have inventive creations with dishes including tantalising street food created with locally sourced ingredients. A curated cocktail list is another reason to pop into this social hub and enjoy some relaxed dining.
What to order: try the ham hock with pickled vegetables, or if you fancy trying something more unusual, how about some insects with pear, chicory and goat’s cheese? Indulge in some Norfolk cheeses with tomato and fennel chutney to finish as you sip on a cocktail.
46 St Benedicts Street
Even with no useable website and limited social media presence, this enigmatic tapas restaurant is still booked up wall to wall. This is a totally unique dining experience, with one sitting at 7.30pm. There is no menu, but a round of nine dishes plus dessert will be brought out when everyone in the restaurant has finished the previous dish.
What to order: that part is taken care of for you.
2 Warwick Street
Also a great spot for cocktails also offers a “great menu which combines classic pub food with … fine dining” in an Instagrammer’s dream setting. With contemporary interior décor, Warwick Street Social is located on a quiet street but is positively buzzing with energy. Don’t miss cocktail hour from 5pm to 6pm every day!
What to order: try the evening set menu of two or three courses. We love the sound of roast lamb rump with fondant potato, roast butternut squash, Jerusalem artichoke and sautéed savoy cabbage.