So you’re having a fabulous holiday in Norfolk and you spend the day in Norwich. Why wouldn’t you… it’s in the top 10 shopping destinations in England with over 300 independent shops down The Lanes alone, 12+ fabulous historical buildings, 31 medieval churches and the biggest outside market in Europe. (with 200 stalls including food stalls selling everything from local cheeses, spices, mushy peas & pies to hog roasts, local sausage hot dogs, great coffee and gluten free pastries)
Anyway, you’ve had a busy day shopping, enjoyed lunch in one of the great restaurants in the city, (and perhaps even had afternoon tea in one of *my favourite tea joints (see below).
With the day drawing to a close, you’ll soon be on your way back to your comfy Norfolk cottage BUT with tired feet and a holiday appetite you really should consider taking back some scrumptious takeaway food.-
Here are my top tips…
Try… Flaming Galah’s - Australian pies served with creamy mash, mushy peas and comforting gravy. The pies are packed with exciting delicious fillings like chicken sate, chunky beef & bacon along with daily specials like braised duck, curry lamb and more all for under £5 plus you can pull up outside and grab a couple to go. Call 07837 915375 / 123 Ber Street.
Try… Moorish – Falafels to die for.,- Warm wholemeal or plain pitta filled with 3 hot falafels, smothered in homemade humus, topped with fresh chopped salad and drizzled with chili, tahini or garlic - or have all three! A takeaway falafel is only £3.50, and extra toppings are a grab at 50p each including feta, olives, tabbouleh and crispy aubergines. 01603 622250 / 17 Lower Goat Lane
Try… Brick Pizza – Pizza doesn’t get better than this. Wood fired fresh dough beauties with quality Italian style toppings on a delicious Italian tomato, in-house sauce. 01603 620661 / 39 Market Place.
Try… Grosvenor Fish Bar – not just the best fish’n’chip shop in Norwich, it’s- the no.1 restaurant on Trip Advisor too. A well-established, family run business with a menu full of surprises as well as the usual’s. They use local fish and potatoes. Dishes from £3.50. 01603 625855 / 28 Lower Goat Lane.
Try… Louis Deli – a window and counter full of homemade & local tastiness. Grab a mezze picnic of artisan breads, charcuterie, pickles, salads, pastries, cakes and more. 01603 763377 / 81 Upper St. Giles Street.
Then eat, enjoy and taste Norfolk and do it all over again the next day. Ah, holidays are great aren’t they?
Oh, and by the way, my favourite three afternoon tea places in Norwich’s city centre are…-
1. The Assembly Rooms – one of the Norwich 12 historic buildings built in Georgian days for entertaining the gentry. Here you will discover a delicious traditional afternoon tea with dainty pastries and good service served in the main Georgian hall.
2. Harriett’s Tea Rooms – Norwich’s answer to Bettys, with smart traditionally dressed waiting staff. Plus a pianist at selected times.
3. Biddy’s Tea Rooms – Rustic, homemade scrumptious goodies served in a traditional tea with plump scones, served upstairs at Biddy’s down The Lanes.
My name is Zena, and I have now launched Food and Drink walking tours around Norwich City centre. For more information go to lovenorwichfood.co.uk
By Zena Leech-Calton
Owner – Lodge Farm Holiday Barns & Lodge Farm Kitchen – cookery courses & Love Norwich Food – Food & Drink Walking Tours.