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Summary

£86
 ££££
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“The best restaurant in Norwich (which is not intended to damn with faint praise!)”, according to fans of Roger Hickman’s “classy” and long-established dining destination in the city centre (which narrowly edged ahead of nearby Benedicts this year in our annual diners’ poll). All reports applaud the “very assured cooking”“deeply flavoured with deft presentation and lovely combinations, without a single gimmick or fad”. Service is “willing” (“polite, charming, considerate, good-humoured!”) and “the room itself is elegant, and the napery satisfying”. One gripe – “it would be better to have their more extensive à la carte menu back in the evenings, but I guess the focus on a tasting format is a sign of the times”.

Summary

£84
 ££££
3
Good
3
Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“A long-term destination in the culinary wastelands of Norfolk, but so good it is worth a trip”, say fans of Roger Hickman’s “lovely” culinary beacon (which dates from 1990 under former owner David Adlard). Reports often compare it favourably with nearby Benedicts, although the latter outscored it by a whisker again this year. Whatever the ranking, all reports rate it well, lauding “superbly executed food, with touches of inventiveness which all hit the spot”. Such gripes as featured in feedback are that it’s pricey or “a bit OTT” in its approach.

Summary

£78
 ££££
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Top-quality ingredients perfectly cooked and served with a smile” have long been on the menu at this venue – and Roger Hickman cooked here under its previous owner, David Adlard, who opened its doors in 1990. These days it’s in a two-horse race for local bragging rights with nearby Benedicts. The latter had the advantage in this year’s survey, even if fans insist this is “still the best restaurant in Norwich by a country mile”.

Summary

£77
 ££££
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Still the best restaurant in Norwich” say fans of Roger Hickman’s long-established fine dining destination, whose fanclub is smaller nowadays than that of nearby Benedicts, but overall scored more highly last year. The level of cost here is a tad higher, and the approach more in the vein of traditional fine dining. “A new private dining room has been opened last year, which is stunning, and such an investment shows a real confidence from Roger H, who pleasingly is pretty much always in evidence at every service”.

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79 Upper St. Giles St, Norwich, NR2 1AB

Restaurant details

Portions
15
No dress code
40

Roger Hickman’s Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Roger Hickman’s Restaurant in NR2, Norwich by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Roger Hickman’s restaurant.
Robert K
A sign of the times perhaps, but we were th...
Reviewed 9 months, 11 days ago

"A sign of the times perhaps, but we were the only couple in the restaurant at lunch. With not a single other person there, there was obviously no atmosphere. Last year’s wonderful waiter, Richard, has now gone, but his replacement, Kevin, though very young and inexperienced, did a very good job of making our visit a pleasant experience. "

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Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Lunch £30.00 £35.00
  Cost Availability Courses
Menu1 60.00 Dinner only 5
Menu2 85.00 Dinner only 7
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £28.00
Filter Coffee £4.00
Extras  
Service 10.00%
79 Upper St. Giles St, Norwich, NR2 1AB
Opening hours
MondayCLOSED
Tuesday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 7 pm‑10 pm
Wednesday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 7 pm‑10 pm
Thursday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 7 pm‑10 pm
Friday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 7 pm‑10 pm
Saturday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 7 pm‑10 pm
SundayCLOSED

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