Cities like London and Manchester have thousands of restaurants, but Norwich far exceeds the number of incredible spots in such a small area.
The saying goes that Norwich once had pubs every day of the year, but this is actually twice as many as maps from the late 1800s, which marked 622.
This phrase is probably more appropriate for the number of restaurants that have emerged in recent years.
From authentic Korean cuisine at The Kimchi to Italian flavors at Benoli, owned by Masterchefs: The Professionals finalist chef Oliver Boon, Norwich offers a truly global dining experience.
The burgeoning food scene has even caught the attention of prominent food critics, with Jay Rayner raving about French bistro L’Hexagone on Lower Goat Lane last year.
Speaking of lanes, there are great spots around every corner, from Grosvenor Fish Bar with a seating area in the bunker to its sweet and savory sister stores Fig Bar and Salt.
If you’re looking for a quick bite, Norwich Market is a street food lover’s haven. The recently opened New York-style sandwich stand The Bodega is a hit.
A shining example of market collaboration is the communal seating area for empanadas and beer between Sir Toby’s Beers and Chilean stall Cocina Mia.
If you want local produce, the newly renovated Jarrold Food Hall is the place to go. With a cheese room and freezer, it’s packed with haute cuisine from the owner of the city’s restaurant, Farm Yard, and can be delivered nationwide.
Veganism is also thriving in the city, with Tofueri recently featured in The Hairy Bikers. One Planet Pizza is now in stock at his Asda stores nationwide.
Those who want to stay up to date with foodie news can follow bloggers such as Fry Up Inspector and Love Norwich Food. These bloggers have nearly endless content for all new openings, revamps, menus and more.
When it comes to awards and honors, eateries like Benedict and Farmyard on St Benedict Street are regulars, while Brix and Bones, a rising star restaurant above Gonzo’s Tea Room, was recently added to the Good Food Guide.
And the highlight was two new food halls opening in late 2022. His Yalm at Royal Arcade and Castle Social at Castle Quarter.
Forget it’s a great city. Norwich is truly a food city.