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From Fine Dining to Fish and Chips - Locally Sourced Ingredients Make Norwich’s Restaurants Special

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Since the annual Norfolk Food and Drink Festival started to champion the region’s culinary delights in 2004, dining out in Norwich has been on the up-and-up. There are plenty of stylish restaurants where you can sample contemporary food made from locally sourced ingredients. Norwich also has some delightful cafés and tea rooms, and there’s no shortage of international cuisine, with everything from Mexican to Malaysian restaurants dotted around the city.

Typical dishes

 

Norwich's location, just a short distance inland from the Norfolk coast, means it's renowned for its seafood - try Brancaster mussels, Cromer crabs, and Stiffkey cockles.

International food and gastropubs

 

No visit to Norwich is complete without an evening spent drinking and dining in one of the city's pubs. Some are sleek gastropubs with a modern vibe, while others maintain an olde-worlde ambiance. For fresh and zingy Thai food, seek out Vine Thai, which is inexpensive and authentic. It’s housed in Norwich’s smallest pub, and has local beers on tap. The Marsh Harrier, a vintage pub with a rustic vibe, is worth the short trip south of the city centre. Here you'll find seasonal British classics alongside creative vegetarian dishes, accompanied by fine wines and matured cask ales.

 

  • Vine Thai, 7 Dove Street, Norwich, Norfolk NR2 1DE; Tel: +44 1603 627362; Website: Vine Thai
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  • Marsh Harrier, Ipswich Road, Norwich, Norfolk NR12 1AB; Tel: +44 1603 507513; Website: Marsh Harrier

 

Dining in heritage buildings

 

The book-lined walls and soaring ceilings of a Victorian-era library now house an excellent restaurant, aptly named The Library, which offers a reasonably priced set menu. It's renowned for its chunky burgers, grilled meats, and fish, and sources local seasonal ingredients. Another handsome eatery is the Assembly House, a Grade 1-listed Georgian mansion and one of the Norwich 12. Traditional British cooking is given a modern twist, and the quality is faultless, whether you're here for breakfast, high tea, or dinner. The building also houses an arts centre.

 

  • The Assembly House, Theatre Street, Norwich, Norfolk NR2 1RQ; Tel: +44 1603 626402; Website: The Assembly House
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  • The Library Restaurant, 4A Guildhall Hill, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 1JH; Tel: +44 1603 616606; Website: The Library Restaurant

 

Norwich Lanes

 

Many of Norwich’s eateries are found in the vibrant heart of the city, among the Lanes. For unfussy fine dining, head to Bishop’s Dining Room, on one of the city’s oldest streets. Pale wood floors and elegant linens compliment fresh local cooking, and there’s a welcoming vibe. For fish and chips, head to the local institution that is Grosvenor Fish Bar. As well as traditional fried cod with potatoes, you can feast on steamed fish, shark nuggets, calamari, and tangy dips. There's a funky and modern interior, and you can eat outside when the weather’s good.

 

  • Bishop’s Dining Room & Wine Bar, 8-10 St Andrew’s Hill, Norwich, Norfolk NR1 1AD; Tel: +44 1603 767321; Website: Bishop’s Dining Room & Wine Bar
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  • Grosvenor Fish Bar, 28 Lower Goat Lane, Norwich, Norfolk NR2 1EL; Tel: +44 1603 625855; Website: Grosvenor Fish Bar