The 10 best places in Norwich to get lunch for under £5
PUBLISHED: 16:36 18 August 2016 | UPDATED: 16:52 18 August 2016
In the past week the Facebook group ‘Meal Deal Talk’ has swept the nation, but cast away your shop-bought sandwiches and feast your eyes on the best lunches available from Norwich’s independent eateries.
1) Grosvenor Fish Bar, 28 Lower Goat Lane
A sausage or a fishcake with curry/gravy/peas/beans in a roll with chips: £3.50
This award-winning fish bar is the jewel in the crown of the Norwich Lanes and is rated number one of 641 restaurants in Norwich on trip advisor.
Owner Mal Motta has been serving fish and chips there for a staggering 45 years, so it isn’t any wonder his food is lip-smackingly good. The bar also has a downstairs seating area fitted out like an underground bunker and you can even take your food into the Birdcage Bar opposite for a boozy lunch.
2) The Gluten Free Café, 21 Timber Hill
Lentil, Goats Cheese and Greens Pie hot/cold £4.50
This café only came to trendy Timber Hill in January this year and has proved very popular. They state on their website “if you have to have a gluten free diet you won’t ever have to read a single label,” which has been greatly received by customers, including Dorothy Sharp who describes the shop as ‘gluten free heaven.”
The huge selection has seen customers coming back for more and the premises that double up as a grocery store, have become a one stop shop for coeliacs. Staff are also on hand to offer gluten free tips and recipes to customers.
3) Moorish Falafel Bar, 17 Lower Goat Lane
Moorish Pita on brown or white £3.50
You don’t have to be a vegetarian to enjoy this superb eatery in the Norwich Lanes, with generously stuffed pita inspired by the Mediterranean and Middle East.
Each pita comes with three falafels and hummus and you can cram it with as much salad and dressing as you like. Extras can be added at a 50p, including salsa, feta and aubergine to give it that extra special touch. The majority of their food is also suitable for vegans and their signature home made lemonade can be bought for £1.90.
4) George’s Jacket Spuds, Market Row F, Stall 120
Jacket spud with one filling £3
Hidden in the maze of Norwich Market is this popular lunch spot, with portions so large you could happily share. The potatoes are baked in George’s special cooker, which ensure the skins are perfectly crisp and innards as fluffy as a cloud.
Fillings include beans, cheese, coleslaw, beef chill and sausage to name but a few and an extra filling can be added for just 50p. With no waiting time, delicious spuds and a friendly face at the stall, it’s no wonder it’s so popular for a quick and easy workers’ lunch.
5) Henry’s Hog Roast, Market Row D, Stall 21
Roast Pork, Stuffing & Apple Sauce in a roll £3.20
“Just had the best pork bap of all time at Henry’s Hog Roast” said Ben Roberts on Facebook. His hyperbole is justified, as you’d have to try pretty hard to find a better hog roast. Henry carves the pork joint in front of your eyes and serves it in a delicious bun complete with crackling and all the trimmings.
If pork isn’t your thing, the beef, mustard, horseradish and salad roll is also £3.20 and almost as tasty. You only have to look at the congestion in the middle of the market every lunchtime to see how good it is.
6) Biddy’s Tea Room, 15 Lower Goat Lane
Homemade sausage roll with homemade coleslaw and pickle £3.95
Visiting this wonderfully quaint tea room in the Lanes is like stepping straight onto the set of the Great British Bake Off, complete with Alice in Wonderland themed menus and vintage decoration. Biddy’s started in 2010 and was name after owner Charlie’s dog to bring hearty ingredients and “recreate that traditional village staple in the city.”
Afternoon tea can be enjoyed upstairs, but if you’ve only got time for a light bite, tray bakes and cakes range between £2-£3.50 along with homemade pies and pastries, which all come below £4. They also launched a sister café in Aylsham in 2014.
7) Urban Munch, 1 Castle Meadow
Little Corker: 2 butchers sausages, stuffing gravy and trimmings £2.60
You won’t get better banger for your buck anywhere else in the city and even the little corker will keep you full until dinner and is excellent value for under £3. The owners are extremely friendly and their generous takeaway baguettes and mountainous roasts take you right back to the Christmas holidays at your grandmas.
It’s queued out the door by 12.30pm, so make sure to go early, as when it’s gone its gone! Oh, and make sure you take full advantage of the serviettes.
8) Logans, 5 Swan Lane
Crispy bacon and brie baguette £3.90
Blink and you’ll miss the Logans café, hidden down Swan Lane and sandwiched between Bedford Street and London Street.It is one of the oldest sandwich shops in the city and has an impressive selection of hot and cold sandwiches and homemade cakes.
At the counter there is a deli bar, where you can make your own lunch and choose between baguette, bloomer or wrap. It costs just £3 with one filling and unlimited salad, including apple slaw, mixed leaves and spinach and extra fillings can be added for 75p.
9) Pandora’s Kitchen, 67 London Street
Large chocolate brownie £2.75
Rated on Trip Advisor as the number 1 café in Norwich, this eatery is certainly worth a visit. The nineteenth century shop has been restored to rustic perfection, complete with quirky décor. Think menus in scrolls in milk bottles and piles of books in the middle of the table. The food is absolutely delicious and is all homemade using fresh, local produce.
If you’ve got time for a longer lunch their £9 ploughman’s lunch is to die for, complete with pork pie, sausage roll, cheeses, corkers crisps and Norfolk chutneys. If you’re in a rush, their cakes are ideal to settle those midday sugar cravings, with tray bakes at £2.75 and round cakes at £2.95.
10) Timberhill Bakery, 27-29 Timberhill
Balsamic onion and cheddar toastie on white sourdough £5
Toasties are the name of the game in this newly opened bakery at the top of Timberhill and has been met with raving review. The bakery was set up 10 years ago in South Wales and owners Mike and Natalie chose Norwich for its newest opening due to “it’s thriving independent food scene”. The menus change monthly, as the expert bakers concoct new breads and pastries in the kitchen. The selection of hot drinks is seriously impressive, with 26 variations to choose from with a choice of normal, soya or oat milk.
Sourdough toasties are served between 11:30-3pm including all day breakfast, salt beef and smashed avocado and sundried tomato, which cost between £4.50 and £7.50. Their sausage crolls, pork sausage meat wrapped in freshly baked croissant pastry, costs £2.75, but are selling out by lunchtime everyday!
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