Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in Norwich
Hardens guides have spent 31 years compiling reviews of the best Norwich restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 9 restaurants in Norwich and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Norwich restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
Featured Norwich Restaurants
1. Stoke Mill British, Modern restaurant in Stoke Holy Cross Mill Road - NR14
2021 Review: “A very professional operation, run to a high standards” – this picturesque, converted old mill on the River Tas (dating from 700 years ago) was once home to the business that became Colman’s Mustard. “A very good option for a fine Sunday lunch at a fair price”.
2. Benedicts British, Modern restaurant in Norwich 9 St Benedicts St - NR2
“I’d eat there every day if I could – eclectic food, great service, wonderful!…” – Richard Bainbridge’s cooking is “never run-of-the-mill”, his menu’s “a joy”, and “staff friendly and knowledgeable about both food and wine”. The restaurant is “comfortable and not overcrowded”, with a “lovely, neighbourhood-y ambience”.
3. Brasteds British, Modern restaurant in Framingham Pigot Manor Farm Barns - NR14
Brasted’s Award Winning Restaurant is located in the picturesque privately owned village of Framingham Pigot. With its warm, inviting décor and friendly staff it’s the perfect choice for any special occasion or celebration. Our A La Carte Menu changes on a seas...
4. Namaste India Indian restaurant in Norwich 2a Opie Street - NR1
2021 Review: “Exceptional” Indian vegetarian and vegan cooking wins high ratings for this “beautifully decorated” little restaurant on a central Norwich backstreet – a family-run business operated by “people who really care”.
5. Farmyard Restaurant British, Modern restaurant in Norwich 23 Saint Benedicts Street - NR2
Chef-patron Andrew Jones learnt his trade alongside star chefs such as Richard Corrigan and Claude Bosi before launching this local/seasonal venture with his partner Hannah; it recently scooped three AA rosettes, and reporters had some accordingly “exquisite” dishes here. The owners also run Norfolk restaurant-with-rooms The Dial House, which doubles as an antiques and vintage store.
6. Last Wine Bar & Restaurant British, Traditional restaurant in Norwich 70 - 76 St Georges Street - NR3
2021 Review: “After nearly 30 years under the same ownership” owner James Sawrey-Cookson retired and this “well-loved Norwich institution” changed hands last year: bought by a number of business-minded regulars. Chef of three years’ standing, Iain McCarten is “well into his stride, but what makes this place so popular is the whole atmosphere (there is a real sense of belonging”). “Hopefully the new owners don’t ruin the formula” although change is certainly afoot, with a new outside terrace and adjoining brasserie section opening in autumn 2019.
7. Roger Hickman’s British, Modern restaurant in Norwich 79 Upper St. Giles St - NR2
“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”.
8. The Wildebeest Arms British, Modern restaurant in Stoke Holy Cross 82-86 Norwich Rd - NR14
Co-owner of the award-winning Ingham Swan, local boy Daniel Smith – ex-of Le Gavroche and Morston Hall – took over this country pub (once an African-themed gastroboozer, oddly) in 2015. One reporter was “surprised at how good the food (creative modern British) was” on a recent visit – it “has definitely gone up a notch”. (As we went to press, Smith’s third venture, Warwick St Social, in Norwich, was still closed owing to the pandemic, but had plans to reopen in late 2021).
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