Norwich Restaurants and Dining

(Norwich, Norfolk, England, UK)

Photo of the Red Lion public houseThere is a good choice of eateries to be found within Norwich, offering everything from sophisticated gourmet dining for keen foodies, to cheap eats and fast food for those in a rush. Trendy restaurants and bistros are easy to find in Norwich, as are appealing gastro pubs, which often line the riverside and come with pleasant beer gardens.

Dining out in Norwich can be a real highlight of any visit, with restaurants favouring local Norfolk produce where possible, which is readily available from the local farmers' markets.

Now supported by British actor Stephen Fry and taking place each October, the EDP Bidwells Norwich and Norfolk Food Festival is a particular highlight for city visitors. The Food Festival includes a variety of fun events, such as sampling butcher's sausages (known as the Battle of the Bangers), jelly tasting, awards ceremonies, and a Cookery Theatre with guest celebrity chefs.

Photo of local restaurant, in the city centre

Where to Eat

A good choice of restaurants, bars and clubs are located within the Elm Hill and Tombland area of the city, along the easterly Prince of Wales Road and close to the riverfront by Norwich's train station. In the actual city centre, a number of good restaurants are based along Theatre Street, St. Giles Street and also Upper St. Giles Street.

The Old Post Office Court in the centre of Norwich is home to a group of acclaimed eateries and dining establishments, such as Bedford's Brasserie and Bar, and the Walnut Tree Shades Restaurant.

Picture of shoppers at the city's Royal ArcadeAt the Riverside multiplex, the Riverbank Chinese Buffet Restaurant is a popular lunchtime haunt and provides an inexpensive buffet, perfect for shoppers.

For afternoon tea, head to the market place and to the Guildhall, on Gaol Hill, where Caley's Tea Rooms and Cocoa Cafe has possibly the finest hot chocolate that you are ever likely to drink. Further eateries in Norwich include an excellent Thai restaurant known as the Sugar Hut on Opie Street, while no more than a couple of minutes away is the Oasis Indian Restaurant, which reputedly offers the best Indian dining experience in the city and is frequently busy in the evening.