Feast your way around Norwich city’s multicultural eateries

The Library Restaurant The Library Restaurant

Monday, September 1, 2014
3:28 PM

Food, glorious food. People dining in Norwich are spoilt for choice, with a cornucopia of cafes, restaurants, bars and stalls lining the streets and lanes of the city.

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What’s your favourite dining spot?

• From restaurant meals to street food stands and top takeaway outlets, we want to hear your recommendations as part of the Feasting in the Fine City week.

• Let us know by tweeting using #cityofstories, commenting below or writing a short review – of up to 50 words - to samuel.russell@archant.co.uk.

• For more about the City of Stories campaign, see www.cityofstories.co.uk

To celebrate them, the City of Stories campaign – which aims to boost visitor numbers by sharing tales of the city – is looking at Feasting in the Fine City this week.

And as part of the third week of the 12-week campaign, we want to hear about your favourite places to eat in Norwich.

It follows a positive response from readers, who last week sent us their photos of city architecture from a different perspective and have been writing about what Norwich means to them.

This week the focus is food, with people encouraged to enjoy a meal out in the city and share their experience online.

From the fine-dining of Roger Hickman’s Restaurant in St Giles Street, two-time winner of the EDP’s Restaurant of the Year and the only restaurant in the city to boast three AA rosettes, to humble chip bars, Norwich has it all.

Hickman’s little restaurant used to be run by David Adlard, one of the first British chefs to win a Michelin star. Hickman was head chef, and cooking alongside him was TV chef Tom Kerridge, who now runs the Hand and Flowers in Marlow, the first gastropub ever to win two Michelin stars.

Kerridge has previously said it was his training at Adlard’s that helped him understand British ingredients.

The Library Bar and Grill in Gaol Hill has a story stretching back to the 18th century.

It is built on the site of the old city gaol, with the former library opened in 1836, containing 50,000 books in two 11-bay wings across three storeys.

Despite a major fire in 1898, it remained a library until 1976, when the last book was stamped and the service was moved elsewhere.

It wasn’t until 2006 that the building was transformed, with the restuarant now renowned for its cocktails and food cooked on a specially imported wood fire grill.

But this is just the tip of the iceberg, with a multicultural offering from across the globe waiting to be discovered.

See our graphic, right, for a selection of international dining spots.

As part of the week, there will be a special Colman’s Mustard event at The Library Restaurant, Guildhall Hill, on Thursday at 4pm.

Guests can expect to hear stories from the Colman’s Mustard history books, including how tonnes of Colman’s Mustard powder found its way to the arctic, just why Fanny Cradock made an appearance at the Mustard Shop in 1973 and more.

There will also be a mustard tasting session, mustard chocolate and archive material on show.

The event is free, but booking is essential.

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