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.
Image: The Norwich Providore, in Norwich Market
WHAT’S IN SEASON RIGHT NOW
Norfolk has some lovely produce that really comes into its own during the winter. Brancaster mussels are available during a number of months (any month ending in ‘r’, actually!) but especially great during winter, as is Norfolk Sugar Beet (harvested between mid-September and March). Enjoy a slice of Norfolk Shortbread with a cuppa and make sure you place your orders for Norfolk Black Turkeys – they’re immensely popular for (when else?): Christmas! Buy in and cook at home or seek out restaurants offering delicious local produce on their seasonal menus.
Find out more about Norfolk foodie favourites on the Norfolk Food & Drink website.
Image: Roger Hickman's Restaurant
Want to enjoy beautifully cooked food, minus the effort (or the washing up)? Head out and enjoy freshly cooked, seasonal dishes that you’ll be thinking about long after you’ve finished – there’s plenty of choice here!
Try Roger Hickman’s Restaurant, Benedicts, Bishops Dining Room & Bar, The Last Wine Bar, The Library or The Iron House – all of these are stylish city-centre eateries which can’t fail to impress. For somewhere outside of the city try The Artichoke at Broome, The Loddon Swan, The Bird in Hand or River Green Café. The Fritton Arms also uses plenty of local produce – in fact a good portion of ingredients are grown right on the Fritton Estate. Now that's fresh!
Image: The Iron House
For a lighter lunch or a cup of tea (with a slice of cake, of course!) head over to one of the city’s lovely cafés; a few of our favourites which also use fresh local ingredients are The Britons Arms Coffee House and Restaurant, Café Benji in Jarrolds, and Delice.
Norwich Market, England’s largest and oldest outdoor market, is another great option for local food, particularly if you want a quick and cost-effective lunch. There’s a diverse range of food stalls (we love a slice of pizza from Brick or a loaf of artisan bread from The Norwich Providore), and we’re particularly excited about four new stalls taking up residence there: Lasagneria, Falafel and Friends, And Eat It and Puff and Bean. Check out our blog post all about Norwich Market.
GATHER IT YOURSELF
Get creative in the kitchen and gather together some seasonal produce to create your very own dish of the day. Pick up ready-made items to buy and eat at home, source ingredients from a local shop, or actually getting outside and find your own (perhaps a bit cold, but well worth it).
Image: Café Benji's at Jarrolds
Pick up some foodie treats to spread out a winter picnic (perhaps stick to eating in inside though!) from Louis’ Deli, the deli in Jarrolds or, if you’re a little further afield, from Byfords in Holt or Disney’s Deli in Wymondham.
We’re aware that most ‘pick-your-own’ (PYO) farms are closed to the public during the winter, but if you’re already thinking ahead The Fritton Arms usually offers something a little different in their Autumn foraging breaks. Join their expert, Jon Tyler, for a crash course on all things foraging; you’ll learn which plants and fungi are ideal for picking (and which will leave a bitter taste in your mouth!) and afterwards enjoy rest and refreshments in their inn. Make a weekend of it with their 2 night breaks. Dates are to be confirmed for 2017 so keep checking visitnorwich.co.uk for details!
Image: The Loddon Swan
COMING TO VISIT?
Greater Anglia have Advance fares from £9 one way between London Liverpool Street and Norwich. Trains run every 30 minutes. Abellio also serves Colchester, Ipswich and Diss on the Norwich line. Direct trains also run from Cambridge.
East Midlands Trains runs services from Liverpool, Manchester and Nottingham.
Flights into Norwich served from Edinburgh, Manchester, Exeter, Aberdeen, Jersey*, Guernsey* and Amsterdam.