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10 of the best places to eat at in Norwich

PUBLISHED: 07:00 09 January 2018 | UPDATED: 18:54 09 January 2018

10 of the best places to eat at in Norwich. From L-R: No.33 (Photo: Ian Burt), East Twenty Six (Photo: Antony KellY) and Roger Hickman's (photo: Simon Finlay).

10 of the best places to eat at in Norwich. From L-R: No.33 (Photo: Ian Burt), East Twenty Six (Photo: Antony KellY) and Roger Hickman's (photo: Simon Finlay).

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Norwich has a thriving food scene and with so many restaurants and cafes to choose from, it can be a little overwhelming.

Richard Bainbridge, owner at Benedicts restaurant. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY Richard Bainbridge, owner at Benedicts restaurant. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

To help you decide where you want to go, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favourite places to visit for a bite to eat, be it brunch or a slap up meal.

• Benedicts

Benedicts restaurant. Photo: Rich Brown Benedicts restaurant. Photo: Rich Brown

Run by Great British Menu star Richard Bainbridge and his wife Katja, Benedicts is a stylish restaurant serving up modern British cuisine. It’s an especially popular dining choice, with tables booking up faster than you can say ‘Nanny Bush’s Trifle’ (one of the delightful desserts on the menu).

• Farmyard

Hannah Springham and her husband Andrew Jones pictured at their restaurant, Farmyard, in Norwich which is a dementia friendly restaurant.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY Hannah Springham and her husband Andrew Jones pictured at their restaurant, Farmyard, in Norwich which is a dementia friendly restaurant. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

A relatively new one for Norwich, Farmyard offers customers all the charm of a relaxed bistro experience combined with the high quality food you’d expect to find at a fine dining restaurant. Their menu changes daily and features an abundance of locally produced ingredients. Options from their sample menu include roast crown prince squash risotto, aged Parmesan and sage as well as the Farmyard burger complete with Colman’s mustard mayo, onion jam and Gubbeen cheese.

• Roger Hickman’s Restaurant

Roger Hickman's Restaurant in Upper St Giles, Norwich; Photo by Simon Finlay Roger Hickman's Restaurant in Upper St Giles, Norwich; Photo by Simon Finlay

In 2014 The Good Food Guide aptly described Roger Hickman’s as a “civilised restaurant”, a statement which still rings true today. This fine dining establishment has won various awards and accolades over the years for its food and service. Various menus are offered here, including a lunch menu, taster menu and dinner menu.

• East Twenty Six

East Twenty Six, on Exchange Street, Norwich. Photo: East Twenty Six East Twenty Six, on Exchange Street, Norwich. Photo: East Twenty Six

East Twenty Six provides a fresh take on traditional tapas, with their menu consisting of sharing plates for friends to enjoy. Visitors are able to sample a great selection of food as staff recommend sharing around 4 of the small plates between two people. Menus change seasonally, but current items include cauliflower shawarma with caramelised onions and hummus smoked lamb shoulder.

• No. 33

The No 33 Cafe Bar in Norwich has been voted one of the best places to have breakfast in the country. Pictured are (L) Jenny Hay and Becki Bowen. Picture: Ian Burt The No 33 Cafe Bar in Norwich has been voted one of the best places to have breakfast in the country. Pictured are (L) Jenny Hay and Becki Bowen. Picture: Ian Burt

No.33 is an award-winning cafe which offers breakfast food all day as well as a range of other goodies, including decadent cakes in a wide variety of flavours. Located on Exchange Street, business is always booming, with queues down the street throughout the morning as people drop by for lunch and brunch. Menu highlights include sausage, bacon and potato hash, macaroni cheese, American style pancakes and the posh sausage sandwich.

• Grosvenor Fish Bar

The Grosvenor Fish Bar. 
Picture: ANTONY KELLY The Grosvenor Fish Bar. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Grosvenor has quickly become one of the most popular fish and chip spots in the county. The business serves all the usual chip shop fare as well as offering their own quirky ideas, such as a take on Christmas Dinner over the festive period, which was complete with turkey sausages and battered stuffing balls.

• Trattoria Rustica

Trattoria Rustica Italian restaurant on Princes Street in Norwich.  Photo: Bill Smith Trattoria Rustica Italian restaurant on Princes Street in Norwich. Photo: Bill Smith

If you’re a fan of Italian food, you must visit Trattoria Rustica, which offers a true taste of Italy in the heart of Norwich. The cosy family restaurant offers a wide range of starters and mains which go far beyond the traditional pizza and pasta dishes you’d find elsewhere, with added bonuses such as filled savoury pancakes and risotto.

• B’nou

B'nou, St Benedicts Street , Norwich. Photo: Archant library B'nou, St Benedicts Street , Norwich. Photo: Archant library

Ever been to a restaurant that doesn’t have a menu? Yes, you read that right. B’nou takes everything you thought you knew about restaurants and throws it out the window. Here you are presented with a selection of different courses at different intervals, which you can choose to accept or reject. The courses are small, like tapas,

• Woolf & Social

The Woolf and Social restaurant on Nelson Street. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY The Woolf and Social restaurant on Nelson Street. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

This establishment on Nelson Street prides itself on doing things a little differently, from their laid back social dining style with small sharing plates, to their progressive cookery which has seen quirky ingredients such as black ants added to the menu.

• Namaste India

Vijay Jetani, centre, at his new vegetarian Indian restaurant Namaste India in Opie Street, with his wife Urmila, and chef Naresh Kanthasamy. Picture: Denise Bradley Vijay Jetani, centre, at his new vegetarian Indian restaurant Namaste India in Opie Street, with his wife Urmila, and chef Naresh Kanthasamy. Picture: Denise Bradley

An authentic, Indian, family-run restaurant, this Opie Street-based establishment serves a range of traditional vegetarian food from different regions of India. The place is small and cosy and the food is full of flavour. Highlights on the menu include dosas (filled savoury crepes) and the vegetable korma.

• Where’s your favourite place to eat in Norwich? Let us know in the comments below.

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