Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in Norwich
Hardens guides have spent 30 years compiling reviews of the best Norwich restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 31 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
“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. 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 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”.
3. 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 last year, though, by a few locals finding it “hyped” or “disappointing”.
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. 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 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.
6. 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”.
7. Namaste Village Indian restaurant in Norwich 131 Queens Road - NR1
2018 Review: Opened in summer 2016, a “lovely, friendly Indian veggie”, in pleasantly vivid and airy surrounds, that’s particularly “good at lunchtime”; the owners’ cosier original, Namaste India – also a meat-free Gujarati – is on Opie Street.
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