Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in Norwich
Hardens guides have spent 29 years compiling reviews of the best Norwich restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 30 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.
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1. Stoke Mill British, Modern restaurant in Stoke Holy Cross Mill Road - NR14
“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. Farmyard Restaurant British, Modern restaurant in Norwich 23 Saint Benedicts Street - NR2
Farmyard is a Norwich based 'Bistronomy' style restaurant, where a relaxed 'bistro' experience meets the top quality produce and vibrant flavours normally found in "gastronomic" fine dining joints. Everything is prepared in our open kitchen, including the sourdough bread, bake...
3. Roger Hickman’s British, Modern restaurant in Norwich 79 Upper St. Giles St - NR2
“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 this 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 this 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”.
4. The Gunton Arms British, Traditional restaurant in Norwich Cromer Rd, Thorpe Mkt - NR11
This “quirky” country pub combines an “old-fashioned” interior with striking artworks by YBAs on the walls, to create the “perfect ambience” and it has won a fair following. Game from the surrounding Gunton Deer Park is a highlight of the menu – most (if not quite all) opinions on the cooking are positive.
5. Benedicts British, Modern restaurant in Norwich 9 St Benedicts St - NR2
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”.
6. Last Wine Bar & Restaurant British, Traditional restaurant in Norwich 70 - 76 St Georges Street - NR3
“After nearly 30 years under the same ownership” owner James Sawrey-Cookson retired and this “well-loved Norwich institution” changed hands this 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. Namaste India Indian restaurant in Norwich 2a Opie Street - NR1
“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”.
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