Harden's survey result
Many “utterly fabulous” meals are again reported at Great British Chef, Richard Bainbridge’s Norwich fixture, which is nowadays the most-commented-on dining destination in town. Despite its chilled style, it has a “very accomplished offer”, which ranges from a three-course à la carte menu for £39 through to a seven-course taster option for £60. Its ratings were dragged off its former top heights this year, though, by a few locals finding it “hyped” or “disappointing”.
With more of a “neighbourhood” vibe than nearby rival Roger Hickman’s – Richard Bainbridge’s very accomplished venture (which opened in 2015) is likewise extolled by its fan club (which is slightly bigger than its close rival) as “the best restaurant in Norwich by miles, and really deserving of a Michelin star”. “Richard and his wife, Katja, have attracted a kitchen brigade and front of house team which oozes slickly-professional but utterly-natural hospitality”. Be it from the à la carte, six-course or eight-course tasting menus, “the challenge and interest which comes with each dish is stunning”.
Richard Bainbridge’s “bistro-style” venue punches above its weight when it comes to the quality of his “wonderful” cooking, be it from the à la carte or the “Incredibly enjoyable” 6-course and 8-course tasting menus (with meat dishes particularly well reviewed). Fans feel “it’s unbelievable that it doesn’t have a Michelin star” and it edged its local rival Hickman’s in food ratings this year.
“If there was a new restaurant deserving culinary gongs it’s this one!”, say fans of Great British Chef, Richard Bainbridge’s assured newcomer. Some reports note “a tension between the kitchen’s ambition, and the local bistro setting” – and there’s the odd gripe about “dreary, MasterCheffy cooking” – but most reporters are delighted with the “remarkable modern cuisine in a beautifully simple, yet elegant environment”.
Benedicts Restaurant Diner Reviews
"Why, oh why, hasn't this restaurant got a Michelin star? On one of our regular trips there yesterday standards were sky high as usual. The food was imaginative and absolutely delicious; everything from the amuse bouche through to the dessert. Thinnest, crispiest pastry imaginable on the blood orange tart. The staff are without exception professional and friendly, with not a scrap of pretention. We always look forward to our visits, as we know we will be welcome and get wonderfully fed."
|Wine per bottle||£22.00|
9 St Benedicts St, Norwich, NR2 4PE
|Tuesday||12 pm‑2 pm, 6 pm‑10 pm|
|Wednesday||12 pm‑2 pm, 6 pm‑10 pm|
|Thursday||12 pm‑2 pm, 6 pm‑10 pm|
|Friday||12 pm‑2 pm, 6 pm‑10 pm|
|Saturday||12 pm‑2 pm, 6 pm‑10 pm|