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Norwich is home to many places to celebrate Shrove Tuesday if you:
It seems to me that everyone I’ve spoken to this year has been feeling under the weather this festive season. Each “Happy new year! Did you have a good Christmas?” has been met with a fatigued "yeah it was nice thanks but…” followed by a tragic story about how Christmas was cancelled and discarded alongside a mountain of used Kleenex and the promise of 'getting out the house for a bit’ on Boxing Day.
In the words of the great Sir Paul McCartney, the party’s on, and the feeling’s here. It is indeed very nearly wonderful Christmastime, which is a good reason to meet up with those friends you never see, get together with family, and wear those shoes that are simply too ridiculous to be acceptable at any other time of year. This is our list - arranged by outfit genre - of places to spend (or just begin…) an evening out, whether you’re in the mood for something quiet, or a bit more lavish.
It’s that time again. Now that bonfire night is over, it’s officially alright to wear glitter on your face, eat mince pies without explanation, and listen to East 17.
Summer is still hanging in there and we're determined to make the most of it and not pay any attention to the Halloween costumes and selection boxes sneaking into the shops. September can be one of the most beautiful months for sunny days and warm evenings and there's still time to get out and make the most of it. Here's our guide to enjoying every last ray of sun.
As soon as we see even a suggestion of sunshine, we all know it’s time to get down to the nearest beer garden or restaurant with outdoor seating, to make the most of it! Eating al-fresco is one of the many joys of summer days, so celebrate the incoming warmer weather with our top picks:
We all know Norfolk is stuffed full of incredible places to eat, from brasseries and fine dining to cafés and food to enjoy on the go. This reflects the county’s excellent reputation for quality produce - sometimes, though, we wish we could recreate some of their classic dishes at home. Enter: The Norfolk Cookbook! We’ve got a copy to give away to one lucky winner…
Because we’re spoiled with so many fantastic places to eat in Norwich, as the end of May half term holiday fast approaches we’ve compiled a list of our favourite places to enjoy some delicious food in. So whether you fancy something that will have options for all the family or a menu with a little more pizzazz, there’s a place to enjoy here in Norwich!
This is your 4 day advance warning - World Cocktail Day is Saturday 13th May - hurrah! Brush down your glad rags and get ready for some serious ‘research’ into the heady world of mixology. It’s dirty, it’s glamorous, and it’s the weekend!
There’s plenty of entertainment and fun in The Famous Five, a much-loved British children’s series which featured in many of our childhoods! The series centred around Georgina (aka George) and her cousins Julian, Dick and Anne – and, of course, Timmy the dog! In a nod to the popularity and success of this series in its 75th year, we’ve created the ultimate guide (and we’ve had some fun here ourselves!) to having a truly Famous Five experience in Norwich…
We love a good story, and we’re a nation who (on the whole) love our pubs! So, with the arrival of Norwich City of Ale towards the end of May, we’ve selected a few of our favourite pubs in Norwich so we can tell you their stories!
There’s a new burger joint in ‘town’: Byron Hamburgers has officially arrived!
Spanning hundreds of years and providing a variety of entertainment (and – dare we say it – educational information), visiting some of Norwich’s favourite attractions provide the perfect day out for a range of ages. If you have a few days to spend in Norwich you can easily fill them with visits to these attractions, so we’ve put together some suggestions – do them all, or take your pick!
Here’s our guide to one of our favourite areas of Norwich: the Lanes. With its beguiling mix of boutiques, galleries, beauty salons, cafes and restaurants, there’s plenty to explore here to create a truly unique and exciting itinerary, and the entire area is very closely interlinked with easy access from one area of the Lanes to another – it’s so easily walkable, and makes for a great day (and night) out!
Mark Twain said ‘Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see’…
Make the most of Half Term and Valentine's Day, or just book a spontaneous trip away; Norwich has some lovely hotels, B&Bs and self-catering properties to relax and unwind in. Once you're here, head out for some food and make sure you make the most of Norwich's brilliant shopping offer.
Don’t lament winter, make the most of the chillier weather in the city’s snug pubs. Norwich may no longer have a pub for every day of the year, but we still have plenty to offer! Here’s our favourite pubs and bars to enjoy a warming drink in and feel just like a local!
If you like to think of yourself as a bit of a gourmand, then Norwich is the city for you - particularly in wintertime with delicious, hearty dishes designed to warm you up. With a plethora of delightful restaurants, food stores, delis and other eateries, you can really indulge your foodie fantasies – and here’s how to do so in true Norwich style.
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.
To me, there’s nothing quite as satisfying than sampling a variety of delicious Thai dishes, freshly cooked with plenty of flavour. New restaurant Giggling Squid ticks all the boxes: it packs a real punch with its beautiful décor and amazing food, serving up an array of more unique dishes alongside the old favourites (I love to try new things but will never tire of a Masaman Curry).
You may already be aware of ‘hygge’; the concept is becoming more and more prevalent here in the UK, having picked up the pace recently. It originates from Denmark (in fact there’s no straight translation for this word into English) and, if you’re not familiar with the term, it’s basically about embracing life – all year round, but particularly during the colder months when moods can dip as much as the temperature.
As we head ever further towards Autumn and the harvest festival time of year, it’s the perfect time to take a look at the real gems we’re lucky enough to have on our doorstep.
So we know we always wax lyrical about how brilliant the food offer in Norfolk is, but that’s because it’s just so great!
Sometimes a break is all about the food; it’s not about how far you’ve travelled. It’s about getting together with friends or a partner, to really savour the taste and aroma of a glorious meal (with wine) usually involving tasty local produce. And enjoying a delicious meal out is usually best rounded off with just a short walk to your room!
Are you sick of having to choose from restaurants’ one or, occasionally, two veggie options? Had enough mushroom risotto to last a lifetime?
It’s arrived! The new Norwich Food & Drink Guide is here – the city’s guide on where to dine in Norwich!
Though we all love being cooked for, sometimes it’s lovely to be able to prepare your own food with time to spare whilst on a trip away. So here’s our round up of 13 (a baker’s dozen, if you will!) great self-catering cottages and apartments, all with kitchens in which to whip up a tasty meal made with local produce!
We often talk about things to do in terms of daytime activities and attractions - and though there’s certainly plenty to keep us all occupied during the day, Norwich has a vibrant and exciting array of evening and nightlife entertainment to enjoy. So, we’ve compiled our 5 favourite ‘nights out’ in Norwich – have a read, be inspired and get planning!
Norfolk’s leading brewery, Woodforde’s, has done it again with a fantastic new guest ale now added to its already hugely popular range of cask conditioned and bottled beers.
Summer is officially here, and with that comes lazy days in pub beer gardens, enjoying a tasty pint in the sunshine and catching up with friends.
By now we’ve no doubt you know Norwich is the city, not only of stories, but also of secrets. Secrets waiting to be told with a fascinating history to be shared - it’s what makes Norwich the vibrant area that it is today.
Father's Day is looming. Whether you want to show your appreciation for dad or grandad (or in fact any father figure in your life), avoid the mad scramble for socks and lame cards - we've got a whole host of Father's Day treats that will get you in their good books for at least a few months!
“Norwich once had a pub for every day of the year, and a church for every Sunday.” On any given day in the city of stories, you’re sure to hear someone repeating this old adage with pride. But how true is this maxim?
There's no excuse to stay in; May is a month jam-packed full of exciting events, the city is literally bursting with fun things to do. So if you fancy spicing up your free time here are some great suggestions to get stuck into!
Norwich is a city that welcomes the hungry. A cornucopia of cafes, restaurants, bars and stalls lines the streets and lanes of the city, each one inviting you to stop, try, venture inside. With choices so numerous, even the hungriest traveller needs a guide though to lead them through this culinary landscape and so we discover a small part of the city in the Norwich Lanes: the area of Gaol Hill, St Giles and Upper St Giles.