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Hungry? You won't be able to resist Norwich this autumn...

As we replace green for gold, sandals for scotch guard and old pencil cases for new ones in readiness for September, our wonderful, glorious summer is coming to an end.

It's been great, BUT worry not; Norwich has plenty to look forward to this autumn. Over the coming months, there are so many food and drink events going on in the city that you will be truly spoilt for choice. Here's your guide to what's on - and where to eat - this autumn. 

Pictured: Louis' Deli

Gastronomic, 6 - 22nd September
An immersive theatre premiere, on board a Boeing 747
Stage Two - Norwich Theatre Royal

It’s 2021. Three international sky chefs are cooking on a Boeing 747. As they fly over rainforests, mountain ranges, oceans and deserts they transform a tiny cabin into a unique and spell-binding kitchen. All life is here at 30,000ft. Politicians, honeymooners and lone travellers stare out of their window seat. At their destination airport, there has been an incident. The sky chefs calm the passengers with a little bit of culinary magic.

 Attended by three local chefs, in 'Gastronomic' 40 ‘passengers’ will be treated to a meal, simultaneously watching their own in-flight screen at each performance. This is a first for the city, and tickets are selling out fast, so book yours here!

The Assembly House Food Festival, September - November

The inaugural Assembly House Food Festival brings a whole new flavour to the grand Georgian house, with a wonderful mix of performance, dining and unusual events. The Assembly House in the heart of Norwich is one of the city’s finest examples of Georgian architecture. Frequented in the 19th century by local gentry, today the Assembly House is an 11-bedroom boutique B&B, restaurant, opulent afternoon tea venue, arts hub and home to the Richard Hughes Cookery School.  Take your pick of one - or a few - of the following events: 

  • For one-night only see a pop up screening of the film Chocolat, complete with a chocolate inspired afternoon tea. 
  • Game masterclass & lunch with Jose L Souto (House of Commons, The Ritz, The Savoy Grill)
  • An introduction to food writing with Andy Lynes (columnist, author, Masterchef semi-finalist)
  • Dinner with Karl Goward of Shepherds of Westminster
  • David Clayton's Parade of Puddings
  • One Man in his Apron; Richard Hughes
  • The School of Chocolate with UK Chocolate Ambassador Gary Hunt
  • The Ten (Food) Commandments by Jay Rayner

For more information see the Assembly House events page!

Karl Goward
Karl Goward

New things for Louis’ 

Louis’ Deli in Upper St Giles in the Norwich Lanes has been a local institution for over 20 years. This autumn sees the deli become Louis’: café by day and Les Garrigues by night, as two independent businesses join forces. Les Garrigues offers French wines from natural vineyards with wine priced more affordably than in restaurants. Exciting! 

The High Sea at the Grosvenor Fish Bar

The High Sea is the bigger, badder, bolder, better and battered sister to High Tea! For over 90 years the Grosvenor fish bar  has been selling fish and chips from its corner spot in Pottergate in the Norwich Lanes. Today the iconic, award-winning Grosvenor never sits still, launching new products on a regular basis. The latest – High Sea – is a 3-tiered fishy extravaganza featuring mini-clam sliders, cod cheeks, prawns, goujons, whitebait, dips and chips. Cost: for two £29; for one £15. 

Louis' Deli and Cafe on Upper St Giles
Louis' Deli and Cafe on Upper St Giles

The Ivy Norwich Brasserie
London Street

The latest addition to The Ivy Collection  opens its doors in a beautiful historic building located in the heart of the Norwich Lanes on London Street. Its setting on one of Norwich’s best-known pedestrianised streets makes alfresco dining in pretty surrounds available for the first time into the evening. Inside, the colourful and stylish décor - styled by the famous Martin Brudnizki design studio - gives a nod to Norwich scenes whilst the cocktail menu includes exciting new drinks inspired by local stories, such as Felbrigg Gardens and Iceni Martini (Boudicca, Queen of the Iceni has just been named number 14 in the BBC History Magazine’s ‘100 women who changed the world’, fact fans). 

The Ivy Norwich Brasserie
The Ivy Norwich Brasserie


Greater Anglia has Advance fares from £10 one way between London Liverpool Street and Norwich. Trains run every 30 minutes. Greater Anglia also serves Colchester, Ipswich and Diss on the Norwich line. Direct trains also run from Cambridge.

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