The best restaurants to eat in Norwich (2023)

Best restaurants in Norwich at a glance

Benedicts
Special occasion

Former Morston Hall head chef Richard Bainbridge combines comfort food and haute cuisine at his simple yet smart neighbourhood bistro that celebrates Norfolk produce. There’s a healthy dose of nostalgia about dishes like ‘Nanny bush's seasonal trifle’ – (a winning dish on BBC 2's Great British Menu, 2015), a milk jam with puff pastry, thyme and bay leaf ice cream. The wine pairing with the six- or eight-course tasting menu is imaginative and may include an alpine cheese soup with garden herb tortellini. Their sample set lunch menu is £28.

Farmyard
Casual dining, special occasion

Farmyard’s neon-pink sign and striking blue-green frontage stand out on St Benedict’s Street, Norwich’s restaurant row. The interior of this bistro is just as arresting with a huge psychedelic mural and an open kitchen framed by a wall of enamelled white tiles. The menu highlights local produce, skillfully prepared in simple, seasonal dishes like foie gras and chicken and leek terrine. Mains starting from £18, two courses for £23 and three courses for £29.

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Roger Hickman
Special occasion

Roger Hickman’s Restaurant is where Norwich comes to celebrate. Ask for a table on the spacious ground floor of the split-level dining room for a culinary tour de force that might include loin and confit leg of rabbit with Iberico ham, pea purée and potato, and that’s just for starters. A great value lunch menu means you don’t have to save this for a special occasion. Two courses, £55 and three courses, £65.

Hawthorn
Casual dining

Working your way through barman Richard O’Brien’s list of original, complex (and strong) creations such as The Wolfpack made with tequila, kummel (caraway liqueur), grapefruit and orange sherbets, lime and smoked salt is like a Sherlock Holmes mystery. You don’t know how it’s going to end, but you know you’re going to have a lot of fun along the way. Cocktails £8.

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Woolf & Social
Casual dining, cheap eat

Don’t panic. What appears to be a line of ants crawling across a bowl of poached pear and goat’s cheese is, in fact... ants. Deep-fried until crunchy, earthy and zesty, try them with a pokey sloe gin and burnt orange negroni. If insects (including flying termites in season) aren’t your bag, go for the signature fried chicken with sriracha mayo. Small plates such as Muntjac loin with rocket and orange from £7

The Assembly House
Casual dining, special occasion, kid friendly

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The Assembly House is a gorgeous Grade-I listed Georgian building overseen by local celebrity chef Richard Hughes. Just along from M&S in Norwich’s city centre, it serves a splendid afternoon tea. It was in fact a finalist for 'best afternoon tea' in the Norfolk food and drink awards 2017. Highlights include cheese, mustard and chive scones, Norfolk ham finger sandwiches and some stunning cakes and pastries. Afternoon tea £27.95 for one.

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Shiki
Casual dining, cheap eat

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For some of the best Japanese food in the country, head to this contemporary Izayaka-style restaurant opposite the Cathedral. Here, you can watch the chefs preparing an array of sushi and sashimi, including cucumber and sesame temaki hand rolls and octopus nigiri. The ‘otsumami’ or sharing dishes include vegetarian options such as yasai age gyoza (deep-fried vegetable dumplings). Small plates from £5.50.

The Wine Press
Casual dining, special occasion

With its dark wood panelling and open fire, the private ‘snug’ at this 12th-century hotel located next to Norwich Cathedral is the perfect spot for a romantic dinner in historic surroundings. But there’s nothing antiquated about Gordon Ramsay-trained chef Marcin Pomierny’s food; scallops are paired with pig cheek, fennel salad, cauliflower and apple, and maple-braised brisket comes with hazelnuts and chickweed. Two courses are £40 and three courses are £50.

J.C Pinto
Casual dining

Ask for a seat in the characterful double-height bar of this relaxed all-day restaurant with its exposed brick and beams and huge skylight, where you can look out on Norwich's cobbled lanes and sip a glass of wine. This is also favoured spot for breakfast; try the Colombian eggs with avocado and tomato salsa. Mains from £6.75

The Fig Bar
Casual dining

One of just a handful of dessert-only restaurants in the country, Fig Bar is the creation of Marcus Wareing-trained pastry chef Jamie Garbutt whose dazzlingly original, flavour-juggling creations include the 'Ambrosia' that combines blood orange poached rhubarb, lemon & camomile mousseline, coconut yogurt sorbet and tarragon merinuge. Desserts from £6.

Ten Bells
Casual dining

Gin lovers should head to this smartly modernised 18th-century pub that has its own working distillery, visible from the bar. Their own Bullards gin, made with spicy, fruity tonka beans, is served alongside more that 50 other brands as well as more than 100 whiskys. Book early for the pub's hugely popular distillery tours and tastings. Burgers from £9.50.

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Rooftop Terrace
Casual dining

Request a seat on the heated terrace at Norwich's only rooftop restaurant for the best views of the city and cathedral, accompanied by a glass or two of fizz. Head inside to the blingy dining room for the all-embracing menu that includes plates like sticky ginger and chilli tofu kebabs served with Asian noodles. Mains from £14.95.

The Vine
Casual dining

The smallest pub in Norwich, rated by the Good Beer Guide for its selection of hand-pumped real ales, also serves some of the best Thai food in the city. Run by Thai-born landlady Aey Allen, the menu features authentic dishes such as larb – that's a salad made with minced pork, chilli, toasted ground rice, lime and coriander. Mains from £14.95.

Grosvenor Fish Bar
Casual dining, cheap eat, kid friendly

They've been serving classic fish and chips here for nearly a century. Five years ago they decided to reinvent the traditional fish bar as a 'grotto' complete with Airstream caravan and a revitalised menu that includes spicy cod and salsa, Wako Tacos and a Loony Toony battered tuna steak roll with wasabi mayo. Large haddock or cod £9.50.

Wild Thyme
Casual dining

This vegan and vegetarian café in the city centre is rustic yet refined with lots of bare brick, artfully distressed period furniture and a row of arched leaded windows. Open all day, the evening à la carte draws on global influences for dishes such as Moroccan-spiced pulled jackfruit with hummus, pesto-baked chickpeas, pickled carrot salad, chermoula and toasted wholemeal pitta. Mains from £9.25.

Bishop's
Special occasion

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It doesn't get much more romantic than this 'informal' fine dining restaurant with its elegant white and grey colour scheme and glass chandeliers, hidden away on a cobbled side street in the city centre. Local produce features in dishes such as poached monk fish with tomato and capers and trout with aubergine and miso compote. (£36 for a two-course meal.)

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Jarrold

The deli in the gleaming new food hall at Norwich’s iconic department store has just been doubled in size and now includes a wine and tapas bar where you can sample the extensive range of East Anglian produce before you buy.

Norwich Market

Norwich’s 900-year-old city centre market is the city’s go-to place for street food; try Cocina Mia’s Chilean empanadas filled with chicken, chorizo and sweet peppers.

Kofra

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This hip coffee shop and wine bar is serious about caffeine, serving single-origin brews with expertise and care. They also host regular wine tasting events.

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FAQs

How many Michelin star restaurants does Norwich have? ›

The Michelin Guide has had its 2022 update and five restaurants in and around Norwich have earned a spot on the celebrated list. All five of the restaurants received a Michelin Plate for their achievement, which signifies restaurants where the inspectors have discovered quality food.

What food is made in Norfolk? ›

Top Norfolk Produce (and where to eat it!)
  • CROMER CRAB. Crab is a hugely popular shellfish all over the country, but Norfolk – and specifically Cromer – is truly a magnet for crab lovers. ...
  • NORFOLK ASPARAGUS. ...
  • BRANCASTER MUSSELS. ...
  • LOCAL BREWERIES & DISTILLERIES.

What meat is Norfolk famous for? ›

Game - venison, pheasant, partridge and pigeon are mainstays of some of the county's finest restaurants, farm shops and butchers. The county's history and many country estates, mean traditional game is still raised across Norfolk.

Which chef is famous in Norwich? ›

With a background in classical cooking in Michelin-starred kitchens, Richard Bainbridge returned to his home city of Norwich to open Benedicts, a renowned restaurant which serves Norfolk produce cooked with passion, playfulness and creativity.

What is the highest star Michelin restaurant? ›

Being awarded three Michelin stars is the highest accolade a restaurant can receive. The Michelin Guide is famously secretive about how it decides which restaurants deserve stars and how many.

What food is Norfolk famous for? ›

Cromer crabs are probably the most famous Norfolk food item and the reason they are so uniquely delicious and sweet in flavour compared to other crabs found in the country is due to the fact they thrive on the chalk reefs just off the coast.

Who is the most famous person from Norfolk? ›

The Celebrities of Norfolk
  • Delia Smith. Starting off our list is one of Norfolks most well-known celebs. ...
  • Stephen Fry. Another proud Canaries fan is comedian, writer, actor, and presenter, Stephen Fry. ...
  • Hugh Jackman. One of the more surprising celebrities who appear on our list is Australian Actor Hugh Jackman. ...
  • Martin Shaw.
Aug 29, 2017

What is known as poor man's meat? ›

Lentil is called “poor man's meat” due to its low price compared to meat, and can complement cereal-rich foods in providing a nourishing meal by balancing the amino acid and micronutrient requirements of the diet (Table 11.1).

What is Norwich famous for? ›

15 Things Norwich Is Famous For
  • Colmans Mustard. Have you ever noticed on the infamous bright yellow jar of mustard the words “Colman's of Norwich”? ...
  • Alan Partridge. Aha! ...
  • Cromer Crab. ...
  • Norwich City FC. ...
  • Admiral Lord Nelson. ...
  • Delia Smith. ...
  • Fish & Chips. ...
  • Broads National Park.
May 14, 2020

Why is Norfolk so famous? ›

Norfolk is possibly most famous for the man-made Broads, over 125 miles of navigable lock-free waterways set in beautiful countryside and with many charming and picturesque towns and villages.

Which celebrity chef is from Norfolk? ›

Galton Blackiston is an English chef, born in Norfolk.

Which Norfolk restaurant was named Best in England? ›

A restaurant in north Norfolk has been named one of the best places to eat in the UK in a prestigious list. The White Horse in Brancaster has been included in OpenTable's list of the country's 'best of the best' restaurants.

Who is the woman chef at Norwich? ›

Delia Smith CH

Who has the most 5 star Michelin restaurants? ›

Joël Robuchon: 31 Michelin Stars

And with 31 Michelin stars spread across three continents, it's hard to argue this claim. Robuchon opened his first restaurant, Jamin, in Paris at the age of 36.

Why did Gordon Ramsay lose a Michelin star? ›

Michael Ellis, the director of Michelin's Guide, explained the reason behind chef Ramsay's loss of his Michelin Stars is inconsistency. What is this? “The inspectors were disappointed with the consistency of the food,” he said.

Does Bobby Flay have a Michelin star? ›

The Las Vegas Mesa Grill earned Flay his only Michelin Star in 2008, which was taken away in the 2009 edition. Michelin did not publish a 2010 or 2011 Las Vegas edition, so the star could not be re-earned.

Where did John Travolta eat in Norfolk? ›

John Travolta stunned Norfolk locals when he shopped at Morrisons and ate at a Wetherspoon pub while filming in the county.

What restaurant in Norfolk was a church? ›

ocated in a 150 year-old renovated church, Freemason Abbey Restaurant has been a local's favorite in the heart of downtown Norfolk for 33 years.

What is Norfolk for good morning? ›

One of the most common phrases used across the county, 'ar yer orrite bor', (which can be written in various other ways, such as 'ar yer reet bor') is a standard form of greeting and can be used to mean any of the following: Hi/Hello/Good Morning/Good Afternoon/Good Evening/How're you?

What is Virginia national dish? ›

Virginia: Cured country ham.

What dessert is VA known for? ›

Virginia: chess pie

A simple concoction of sweet pie dough filled with a tasty cornmeal custard, chess pie is an American classic.

What is Virginia's state meal? ›

Virginia. The Old Dominion State is happy to be known for its cured country ham—the perfect addition to a breakfast plate full of eggs, biscuits and gravy, and grits. We're talking salty ham here; it's not for the faint of heart.

What celebs live in Norfolk? ›

7 celebrities you might spot in Norfolk
  • Jessie Buckley. Oscar-nominated actor and singer Jessie Buckley revealed in 2021 that she lives in a 17th-century house in Norfolk. ...
  • Olivia Colman. ...
  • Adam Buxton. ...
  • Stephen Fry. ...
  • Janet Street-Porter. ...
  • Jake Humphrey. ...
  • The Royal Family.
Sep 3, 2022

Where do the rich live in Norfolk? ›

New figures have revealed that Burnham Market is the most expensive village to buy a home in Norfolk. The average sale price in the north Norfolk village is £996,012, over the 12-month period to May 2022.

Do any celebrities live in Virginia? ›

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is the most famous celebrity who lives in Virginia. However, the wrestler-turned-actor is notoriously hard to pin down in one location due to the sheer number of homes he owns. The truth is that he has a rotation of homes he tends to enjoy—including one in Charlottesville, Virginia.

What is called when you only eat white meat? ›

As you've probably guessed, a pesce-pollotarian is someone who only eats white meat, like chicken and turkey, and seafood. They would also eat dairy, so the only foods they really try to avoid would be red meats, like beef and pork.

What is no meat called? ›

A vegetarian is someone who follows a vegetarian diet—they don't eat meat of any kind (beef, chicken, fish—no animal flesh at all). The word vegan typically refers to someone who doesn't eat or use any products from animals—vegans don't eat meat or dairy, and they often don't eat other animal-derived foods like honey.

What is it called when you eat nothing but meat? ›

The carnivore diet consists entirely of meat and animal products, excluding all other foods. It's claimed to aid weight loss, mood issues, and blood sugar regulation, among other health issues.

What is the main shopping street in Norwich? ›

Shopping in Norwich is mostly concentrated in the city centre, thanks to modern department stores and shopping malls. You'll find these and branches of all the major high-street shops on London Street and Castle Street.

What was the old name for Norwich? ›

The Anglo-Saxons settled the site of the modern city sometime between the 5th and 7th centuries, founding the towns of Northwic ("North Farm"), from which Norwich takes its name, and Westwic (at Norwich-over-the-Water) and a lesser settlement at Thorpe.

Is Norwich a wealthy area? ›

In Norfolk, 15 areas are among the richest 10pc in the country while 32 are in the poorest 10pc. Those neighbourhoods are in Norwich, Great Yarmouth and King's Lynn.

What is the traditional food of Norwich? ›

Samphire: delicious sea vegetable, also known as sea asparagus, thrives in tidal salt marshes in north Norfolk. Locally grown asparagus and potatoes and beet crops such as chard and sugar beet. Also salt marsh lamb and beef from Blakeney, local pork and Norfolk Pork Pies and sausages, and of course Venison.

What is a person from Norfolk called? ›

Most English counties have nicknames for people from that county, such as a Tyke from Yorkshire and a Yellowbelly from Lincolnshire; the traditional nickname for people from Norfolk is 'Norfolk Dumpling' or 'Norfolk Pudden' ("pudding"): two of the county's two culinary dishes.

What is the oldest town in Norfolk? ›

Thetford
Shire countyNorfolk
RegionEast
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
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How many Michelin star restaurants are in Norfolk? ›

Four Norfolk restaurants have gained one of the culinary world's most prestigious awards - a Michelin star. The Michelin Guide 2023 has been revealed today (March 27) with 17 restaurants from the county included.

Which UK city has most Michelin star restaurants? ›

It's just been revealed that beside London, the Lake District has the highest number of Michelin-star restaurants in the UK.

Where in the UK has the most Michelin stars? ›

It's not surprising that England's capital is home to the biggest number of three Michelin-starred restaurants in the UK, considering London's reputation as one of the greatest foodie cities in the world.

How many restaurants in the UK have 1 Michelin star? ›

In the 2021 Guide for Great Britain and Ireland, there are 7 three Michelin-star restaurants, 20 two Michelin-star restaurants and 157 one Michelin-star restaurants.

What city has the most Michelin 5 star restaurants? ›

Some US cities that have Michelin Star Restaurants include New York City, Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. New York has the most Michelin Star Restaurants with a total of 73. Globally, Tokyo is the city with the most Michelin Star restaurants.

What is the difference between 1 star and 3 star Michelin restaurants? ›

Michelin Guide Star Rating Descriptions

One star: A very good restaurant in its category. Two stars: Excellent cooking, worth a detour. Three stars: Exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey.

Where has the most 3 Michelin star restaurants? ›

The rating system was first introduced in 1926 as a single star, with the second and third stars introduced in 1933.
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Summary.
RankCountry (Regions)Number
1France and Monaco31
2Japan21
3United States14
4Spain13
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Which restaurants lost their Michelin star 2023? ›

No new three stars were awarded in London this year. Only one restaurant has been given the proverbial chop and lost a star: Seven Park Place in Mayfair. Sadly one of the restaurants that held a Michelin star in 2022 has permanently closed: The Glasshouse in Kew.

How many 3 Michelin star restaurants are in the US? ›

The Michelin Guide began reviewing restaurants in the United States in 2005 beginning with New York City. In subsequent years, Michelin expanded its reviews to other major US cities. As of the 2022 Michelin Guide, there are 14 restaurants in the US with a rating of 3 Michelin stars.

What is the highest rated restaurant in the world? ›

Best of the Best
  • El Bulli (2002, 2006–2009)
  • The French Laundry (2003–2004)
  • The Fat Duck (2005)
  • Noma (2010–2012, 2014, 2021)
  • El Celler de Can Roca (2013, 2015)
  • Osteria Francescana (2016, 2018)
  • Eleven Madison Park (2017)
  • Mirazur (2019)

What are the 3 star Michelin restaurants in the UK? ›

Three-Michelin-starred restaurants in England
  • L'Enclume, Cartmel, Cumbria. ...
  • The Fat Duck, Bray, Berkshire. ...
  • The Waterside Inn, Bray, Berkshire. ...
  • Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester, Mayfair. ...
  • Core by Clare Smyth, Notting Hill. ...
  • Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, Chelsea. ...
  • Hélène Darroze at the Connaught, Mayfair.
Mar 29, 2023

Which nationality has the most Michelin stars? ›

As the Michelin Guide is a French institution, and French cuisine is the foundational fine-dining tradition that has informed and inspired modern haute cuisine around the world, it is no surprise that France is also the country with the most Michelin stars in the world.

Who has 2 Michelin stars in the UK? ›

Restaurants with two Michelin stars in England
  • Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons, Great Milton, Oxfordshire. ...
  • The Hand & Flowers, Marlow, Buckinghamshire. ...
  • Midsummer House, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire. ...
  • Moor Hall, Aughton, Lancashire. ...
  • Raby Hunt, Summerhouse, County Durham. ...
  • Restaurant Sat Bains, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire.
Mar 27, 2023

What city has the most Michelin star restaurants? ›

Tokyo was the city with the most Michelin-starred restaurants in the world as of January 2022, with 203 of the Japanese capital's eateries boasting at least one of the tyre giant's coveted stars.

Which chef has the most Michelin stars? ›

1. Joël Robuchon: 31 Michelin Stars. Many consider the late French chef Joël Robuchon the best chef of the modern age. And with 31 Michelin stars spread across three continents, it's hard to argue this claim.

How many Michelin One Star restaurants are there in the US? ›

There are hundreds of thousands of restaurants in the world. Of these, under 4,000 restaurants have received a highly coveted Michelin star. In the U.S., there are fewer than 200 restaurants that have earned at least one Michelin star. A Michelin star indicates that a restaurant is high quality and serves great food.

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