It’s Christmas party season: Bar tabs are high, standards are low, and the next morning you promise yourself that you’re never drinking red wine/tequila/“because you lost a bet” again.
Or equally, it’s Christmas party season: you’ve spent all night being irritated by someone in a festive jumper that looks the exact opposite of how you feel, and now you fear you might have tinnitus because of how enthusiastically Mariah Carey was coming through the pub speakers. On a Tuesday.
Whatever your night time December experience, we think you deserve a delicious breakfast the next day. Below, we’ve compiled a list of our favourite breakfast places in Norwich, so you’ve got one less thing to think about the morning after the night before. Bookmark this page; you might need it.
Title image: Waffle House by Hamerska Photography
The Waffle One
Doing exactly what it says on the tin, The Waffle House has been serving up its unique menu since 1978. For breakfast, you’ll find waffle-based choices that are varied, but simple– all making for some easy decision making if you’ve got a bit of a sore head. The food is fresh, free-range and organic, so no matter what you order you’re guaranteed to get something wholesome and guilt-free. Favourites include their Big English (exactly what you’d expect, waffle style), Bacon & Banana Waffle and the delicious Blueberry Stack – two small waffles, blueberries, maple syrup and handmade vanilla-infused yoghurt. All delicious with a frothy coffee, or alternatively, they do serve a really really good mulled wine (I checked)…
Breakfast from 10am - 12pm
The Lavish One
In the heart of the city centre, in a very fine Grade-1 listed Georgian House, you’ll find a splendid breakfast, served in a glamourous dining room. From 7.30 am Monday to Friday, and 8am at weekends, the Assembly House serve a breakfast that is quite special. Choose from locally smoked kippers, buttermilk pancakes and Omelette Arnold Bennett to name a few plates; special breakfast cocktails; pastries, cakes, yoghurts and cereals. This beautiful building also houses 11 boutique style rooms – a perfect winters’ stay if you’re looking for an overnight treat this Christmastime. This is such a beautiful place – the enormous Christmas Tree outside lends an extra touch of magic.
Breakfast served Monday to Friday from 7.30am - 11am, weekends from 8am – 11.30am
The Cosy One
For freshly made, deli-style food, look no further. Louis’ Deli is the ultimate rustic, deli experience, comprised of a café, shop and kitchen. Both local and continental style breakfasts are prepared every morning, so for an easy, leisurely breakfast where you can drink coffee and chat all at the same time, this is the one for you. Choose from breakfast muffins, freshly made pastries, eggs, speciality coffee and tea, and more besides. Plus the café is on the beautiful Upper St Giles – a very picturesque area of the Norwich Lanes.
Open from 8am
The Chic One
Yes, you can have cocktails for breakfast. Yes, you can sit in a well-lit booth and share a cafetiere and pretend you’re in Paris. And yes, special offers are available. Cote is a laid back (and filling) breakfasting at its finest, and their ‘Fomulae’ offers great value: for £10.50 choose from any of their cooked breakfasts, and enjoy it with both a hot drink and a fresh juice. Plus as well as a beautiful range of classic French breakfasts (including crepes and eggs Florentine), treat yourself to a Mimosa or a Bloody Mary.
Open from 8am
The Continental One
So you know those days when you’ve left the house in a rush, you’re late for work, haven’t drawn on your eyebrows and you definitely haven’t eaten? On those days, head to Amaretto Deli for a fast, healthy on-the-go breakfast, and a decent coffee. They have a wide range of breakfast pots and pastries to choose from (hell - get a cake if you want to), and the Italian coffee is always on the go. This feels like the proper bustling warmth of Italy: friendly, busy, and exceptional artisan produce. If you’ve got the chance to be a bit more leisurely, take your breakfast to the nearby Playhouse bar, and eat your granola and yoghurt there, outside on their leafy terrace with a frothy latte.
Open from 8am
The Hungover One
George’s Jacket Spuds does one of the best breakfast butties around (on Row F of Norwich Market, on stall 120). At 8am every day, when the rest of the city is quiet, Norwich market is open and alive with delicious cooking smells, and at George’s, you can either take your breakfast away or eat it at the stall. Home of ‘the big breakfast’, the breakfast sandwich or even breakfast on a jacket potato, this is perfect for an easy, satisfying breakfast and good cup of tea.
Open from 8am
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