Norwich food and drink
Eating out in Norwich is bound to be part of the pleasure of your visit. You'll find a huge choice of tempting and welcoming eateries across the city, many showcasing the variety and quality of Norfolk's fresh produce. What follows is just a small sample of what's on offer; wander round the city and you'll discover many more gems for yourself.
In the cathedral quarter, Tombland has a choice of several popular restaurants, cafes and bars, including Prime, upstairs from the Edith Cavell pub. Customers of this small but lively restaurant enthuse about its friendly service and delicious food. On the other side of the road is stylish Japanese restaurant Shiki which serves authentic, freshly prepared sushi platters, tempura, yakitori, teppanyaki and many vegetarian dishes. Not far away, tucked away off Elm Hill, is the Tea House, a quirky little spot with books to read and a wide range of teas, great home- made cakes and light meals.
One of the most famous names associated with Norwich is, of course, Delia Smith, and Delia's Restaurant and Bar based at the Carrow Road home of the Canaries is well worth a visit. The ambiance here is very relaxed and the tasty food is all prepared to Delia's own recipes.
Another famous name, Jamie Oliver, has a presence in the city, too. Just moments from Norwich Castle, nestled within the beautiful Art Nouveau Royal Arcade, Jamie's Italian serves delicious Italian cuisine with a contemporary twist. The Grade 2 listed building makes a particularly lovely setting, with a stunning arched ceiling and mosaic windows.
Fancy something a little different? Chez Denis in Orford Yard could be your top choice. Denis trained in St Lucia and specialises in French Caribbean food. Expect expertly prepared and vibrantly flavoured Creole and Cajun fish and meat dishes as well as exotic desserts. And don't forget the rum!
The Lanes and Upper St Giles quarter is full of wonderful eateries and you'll be spoilt for choice if you stroll around this area. One of the more unusual offerings for brunch, lunch or an anytime snack is the Moorish Falafel Bar in Lower Goat Lane. The food here is really fresh and very reasonably priced. And when you've eaten, Finnie's next door offers a great smoothie to complete your meal - it is owned and managed by the same guys as Moorish.
While you're in the Lanes area, pop into the famous Louie's deli on Upper St Giles Street for a mouth-watering selection of local and international fine foods. There's a cafe here too; perfect for lunch or brunch.
A short walk from the Lanes up St Benedicts Street you'll find lots more great places including The Bicycle Shop, an intimate and friendly cafe bar which also hosts music and comedy gigs in the basement; while The Reading Rooms, a bit further west on Nelson Street is a family-run gourmet cafe which uses local, organic, free-range food wherever possible (try the amazing Whiskey and White Chocolate cake!).