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The Bicycle Shop restaurant, Norwich
Fran Kennedy

The 11 best restaurants in Norwich

Never go hungry in Norwich with our guide to the best places to eat in Norfolk's top city

Kitty Drake
Charmaine Wong
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Kitty Drake
Charmaine Wong

Most people know of Norwich for one of a few things: the university, Colman's Mustard and Alan Patridge. But there are more things to do in the city than that! 

For starters, Norwich is an absolutely stunning city. The historic architecture, cobblestone lanes and leafy riverside are just perfect to stroll through. That means you'll need to work up an appetite to last you a full day. Luckily, Norwich has plenty of restaurants and cafes for you to grab a satisfying bite. From sushi and tacos to critically swooned-over bobby dazzlers, it’s all here amongst our picks of the best restaurants in Norwich.

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Top-rated Norwich restaurants

1. Brick

Why go? For proper Neapolitan pizza.

This indie pizzeria is so serious about its thin-crust pizzas. That passion pays off: Brick makes superbly soft, squishy pizza, with every topping either sourced from Italia or a local supplier. Try the H&M: tomato, mozzarella, Norfolk ham and mushrooms. Budget.

2. Woolf & Social

Why go? When you’re after good music and stylish small plates.

Inspired by the idea of a social club, this trendy, stripped-back restaurant specialises in small plates to share (obvs). Brunch at Woolf & Social is fantastic – don’t miss the bloody mary laced with port and lemon bitters. Other highlights include an upcycled bar and a dish of smacked cucumber. Mid-range.


3. Shiki

Why go? For sushi to rival the best in the UK.

Loved by Jay Rayner, as well as the foodies of Norwich, this understated Japanese joint is just around the corner from the Norwich cathedral. Inside Shiki, sushi is served on charming three-tiered cake stands and it’s succulent stuff. For the best deal, visit on an all-you-can-eat Tuesday. Mid-range.

4. Grosvenor Fish Bar

Why go? Savour this innovative twist on the age-old fish 'n' chip classic.

Grosvenor Fish Bar has been serving fish and chips to Norwich folk for more than 90 years, but you wouldn't know it on a visit there. Thanks to a modern renovation by a Miami businessman and a local chef in 2012, the Grosvenor now offers quirky specials in trendy surroundings (including an underground grotto). 



5. Benedicts

Why go? For telly-famous trifle.

Run by ‘Great British Menu’ star Richard Bainbridge, this small, stylish restaurant is English through and through. Dishes at Benedicts have names like Halesworth Lamb, Blythburgh Pork Loin and everything’s executed beautifully. Benedicts Black Forest Gateau is a highlight. Top-notch.

6. Farmyard

Why go? When you want to feel trendy.

A neon-pink sign spells out the name of this hip, upscale eatery – a name that gives a clue to what you’ll find inside. Farmyard boasts locally sourced, quality ingredients, with dishes like spring lamb, pink fir potatoes and duck with rainbow chard. High-end.


7. Jive Kitchen

Why go? When you’re after tacos and tequila. Lots of tequila.

Two-for-one taco Tuesdays are a feature at this Mexican street food restaurant. The look at Jive Kitchen is colourful, with cactus-themed decorations and burritos fatter than your arm. Tequila is also a big thing here – order a margarita, it would be rude not to. Budget.

8. The Bicycle Shop

Why go? For Bohemian mismatched furniture and excellent beer.

The Bicycle Shop was a bike shop for 82 years before opening as a rickety, three-floored café and bar. Brunch is a feature here, but there are mains and tapas too, like the rosemary and garlic whole-baked camembert. Chefs kiss.


9. Baby Buddha

Why go? Great for groups – go here when you want a banquet, Cantonese style.

A charmingly named, family-run Chinese teahouse where the speciality is dim sum. There’s lots of seating inside the Baby Buddha and the menu is extensive: expect excellent cheung fun and lovely fat-steamed dumplings. Mid-range.

10. Blue Joanna

Why go? When you feel like tinkling the ivories.

The star at this buzzy Asian restaurant is a painted blue piano. There’s live music every night, plus a fat stack of vinyl. The food at Blue Joanna is punchy and adventurous – think street-food-style barbecue ribs with sriracha slaw, and Korean ‘Blue’ tacos. Mid-range.


11. Moorish Falafel Bar

Why go? If you’re a veggie on a budget looking for a great lunch.

The upstairs dining area at this falafel bar doubles as a free gallery space for local artists. Drink it all in while enjoying signature falafel plus salad bowls and tagines. Super cheap – it’s also BYOB. Budget.

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