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.
The recent EDP Norfolk Food & Drink Awards (12 September) have really highlighted some of these, showcasing and honouring some of the delectable delights that Norfolk has to offer. Why not combine great accommodation with delicious food to create the ultimate foodie break here in Norwich?
Top image: delicious dishes at Benedicts, Norwich
The Winepress restaurant at the Maids Head Hotel has a great claim to add to its list of awards: head chef Marcin Pomierny won Chef of the Year at the EDP Norfolk Food & Drink awards! The restaurant offers simple but delicious freshly cooked food and a lovely setting to enjoy it in – though the hotel has recently opened its newly refurbished entrance and reception area, its history is still a huge part of the hotel’s legacy. As you dine make sure you take in the Jacobean Oak-panelled bar and savour the fantastic tastes of the restaurant’s menu.
For tasty food and fantastic views, Café Britannia is an excellent option; located just outside the city, the café is on the grounds of Norwich Prison and is run by prisoners there. The café offers beautiful views of Norwich whilst you eat and was awarded Best Family Dining at the recent EDP Norfolk Food & Drink awards. In fact, its enormous popularity has seen a second café open in the centre of the city, located in the Guildhall.
Owner Richard Bainbridge may be very used to winning things, having won 2 courses to be included in the Great British Menu’s WI Centenary Banquet in 2015, but last week his restaurant, Benedicts, was also awarded the fantastic accolade of Norfolk’s Best Restaurant (and runner up in the Outstanding Front of House category, too!). A trip to Norwich isn’t complete without sampling some of his amazing courses; really indulge your taste buds with their tasting menu or Great British tasting menu (each consist of 7 mouth-watering courses), sample their à la carte options or, for smaller budgets, go for their equally delicious set lunch menu with its regularly changing dishes.
Great food and stylish accommodation combine at this pub in the pretty South Norfolk market town of Loddon; their 1 AA rosette restaurant serves up modern British dishes with local ingredients and flavours whilst their stylish double rooms are spacious and tastefully decorated – perfect for a foodie break outside of the city. The Loddon Swan recently came runner up in the Norfolk’s Best Pub category and they certainly have a wide range of excellent local ales and wines to pick from!
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