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Our Favourite Restaurants For Festive Dining

Norfolk has an abundance of charming restaurants which serve up amazing dishes using local produce and ultra-fresh ingredients. The festive period is a great time to try something different on special menus, from fine dining to eateries offering a more casual experience.

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This lovely, intimate restaurant is located in the vibrant Norwich Lanes area of the city and offers seasonal menus which change regularly. Foodies will love delectable treats on their December lunch (£14.95 for 2 courses, £17.95 for 3 courses) and evening (£28.95 for 2 courses, £34.95 for 3 courses) menus. Try dishes including Slow Braised Shin of Beef, Pan Fried Fillet of Hake and Filo and Pine Nut and Spinach Parcel plus dishes featuring local produce such as Norfolk Game and Pheasant.



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For Thai food with a twist, Giggling Squid’s Christmas menus (yes, there are more than one!) are just the ticket (from 24 November onwards). Pick from their Christmas lunch menu (£18.95) to try one of their festive tapas sets (who can resist the ‘Merry Squid’ or ‘Jolly Squid’?), or book a table for the evening and choose from two Christmas evening menus (£24.95 or £29.95) which feature delicious dishes including Thai-style pork belly, Prawn Cashew Nut Stir Fry and Lamb Shank Massaman Curry (there are plenty of meat-free options too). The evening menus are both 3 courses and feature mouth-watering starters and desserts too. Check out our review or visit their website.



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East Twenty Six’s Christmas 2016 menu comprises of tapas-style dishes which have proved so popular on their year-round menu, but with different flavours on offer. Try their Lemon & Thyme Smoked Turkey, Rose Petal Harissa Cured Salmon and Roasted Brussel Sprouts and Squash with Dried Cranberries and Feta – and that’s just a small sample of their festive menu; there’s plenty more to discover, whether you fancy meat, fish or vegetable dishes. Order as much or as little as you fancy, there’s no limit – perfect for groups with differing appetites!



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Located in the pretty Colegate area of the city, The Last Wine Bar has regularly changing menus which feature seasonal and local produce – and their Christmas 2016 menu is no exception. A few examples of the dishes available include Ham Hock Terrine, Pan-roasted Chicken with all the trimmings and sticky toffee apple cake. There are three courses available plus coffee and chocolate for £29.50 per person (Christmas meals must be pre-booked).



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Bill's Restaurant is a great option for anyone who fancies classic Christmas dishes, and they offer a few more unique options too, all served up in this welcoming restaurant. Depending on whether you opt for the ‘Merry Christmas’ or ‘Winter Wonderland’ menu, you can choose from delicious-sounding dishes including Roast Turkey stuffed with apricot and sage, crispy cod or four-nut roast, among others, and a great selection of starters and desserts too. Their Merry Christmas menu is £22.95 and includes 3 courses whilst the Winter Wonderland menu is also 3 courses (with some extra options) and also includes a glass of hedgerow fizz and rosemary bread and olives on arrival. Christmas meals at Bill’s require a £5 deposit; visit their website for more details.



For the finer details on Christmas in Norwich visit our dedicated Christmas section on There's info on where to stay, eat, shop and explore as well as lots of additional information - it's all here!


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