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Ground, Norwich, restaurant review: ‘The best soup I’ve ever tasted’

PUBLISHED: 10:26 20 December 2017 | UPDATED: 10:36 20 December 2017

Sandwiches at Ground. Photo: Emily Revell.

Sandwiches at Ground. Photo: Emily Revell.

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We escaped the busy streets of Christmas shoppers with a trip to a cosy cafe.

Broccoli and spinach soup at Ground. Photo: Emily Revell. Broccoli and spinach soup at Ground. Photo: Emily Revell.

Ground is an independent café that might have passed you by. My favourite table is right in front of the window as it’s perfect for inconspicuously watching the world go by. Although it’s perfect for a coffee pit-stop, the food really stands out.

I often come here for lunch and on this particular occasion my mum and I decided to share a soup and two sandwiches. The soup changes regularly and on this particular day it was broccoli and spinach. Much like the café’s pea soup (a favourite of mine) it was bright green and while visually off-putting to some if you can get over the remarkable colour, you will probably experience the best soup you’ve ever tasted.

Every bowl of soup I’ve eaten here has been beautiful – fresh and light – with two slices of brown bread. I’m not entirely sure how they capture the delicate and soft textures and flavours that they do but hats off to them because I’ve never had soup like it. The soup always tastes healthy too, so if you are looking for a virtuous lunch then look no further, as I actually felt like I was getting healthier as I was eating it (disclaimer: I was suffering from a really bad cold so this was more pertinent than ever.)

Ground also has a fabulous selection of sandwiches, and forget dull ole’ bread because here there is focaccia, onion bread, ciabatta and so much more. The sandwiches change almost daily and although I did a little weep that they didn’t seem to have the houmous and roasted vegetable focaccia I’d become accustomed too the replacements more than made up for it.

Ground. Photo: Emily Revell. Ground. Photo: Emily Revell.

We choose a carrot fritter, halloumi and spinach number in cheesy red onion bread – not your typical sandwich but flawlessly executed – to the point where I can not fault it. The carrot fritter held together well, was wafer-thin and bursting with flavour, the halloumi was just right and the bread divine. It was a stroke of genius, again hats off!

Our second sandwich was a rosemary focaccia with roasted butternut squash, walnuts, feta and rocket. It wasn’t quite as ‘wow’ as the first but still very enjoyable. The butternut squash was soft and complemented the walnuts and feta well, but the real stand out was the bread which acted to bring all of the flavours together harmoniously.

They also have some delightful cakes but on this occasion we were too full!

Drinks

Carrot fritter and halloumi sandwich at Ground. Photo: Emily Revell. Carrot fritter and halloumi sandwich at Ground. Photo: Emily Revell.

Coffee, tea and soft drinks! The coffee is pretty good.

Ambience

The café has a relaxed atmosphere. It’s clean, homely and cool. The clientele are always nice and friendly. It’s ideal for grabbing a quick bite alone and reading a book or newspaper (wink, wink).

Service

Ground. Photo: Emily Revell. Ground. Photo: Emily Revell.

Always friendly, delightful and swift.

Loos

One toilet downstairs, it’s quite small but fits with the size of the café.

Parking

Outside Ground. Photo: Emily Revell. Outside Ground. Photo: Emily Revell.

The closest would be St Giles’ Multi Storey but it’s within good walking distance of anywhere in the city centre.

Location

Right in the heart of the city, it’s easy to reach with its central location just off the lanes behind Guildhall.

Price

Our soup and sandwiches were £4 each which is extremely good value for how fresh and scrumptious they are.

Highlight

The soups – I seriously don’t know how they do it.

In summary

Never underestimate a good café. I know some of you are probably rolling your eyes at my enthusiasm but a fantastic lunch is something to get excited about, it’s the little things in life eh? I sure wish I had half the culinary talent of those in the kitchen at Ground.

This is an independent review.

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