Outdoor dining in Norwich

18 March 2021

Outdoor dining venues in Norwich & Norfolk

Following the Prime Minister’s roadmap announcement, bars and restaurants will be allowed to open on 12th April 2021 as long as outside space is available. You will not be able to meet other households inside, but you will be able to have a catch up in a group of 6 over a meal with a cold beer or cocktail – the choice is yours!  We’ve done all the research for you, and found some of the best venues offering outdoor dining in Norwich and Norfolk. So get ready and head outside and of course, don’t forget: ‘hands, face and space’.

Bowling House

Located in Dereham Road in Norwich City Centre, the Bowling House is back with an outdoor eating and drinking area on 12 April. Come down with your family, friends or your chosen group of 6 and enjoy great food, beer, cocktails, wine and more! Book here.

The Bowling House

The Maids Head Hotel 

A brand new outdoor, undercover seating space has opened in the courtyard of The Maids Head Hotel in Tombland and will now be open for outdoor dining from 12 April 2021. Visitors will be able to enjoy a delicious hearty meal or if you’re looking for something more fancy, afternoon tea will also be available. To find out more, or to make a booking, please call 01603 209955, or email reservations at [email protected]

The Maids Head Hotel

The Last Wine Bar & Restaurant

An independent restaurant located in the heart of Norwich, using seasonal ingredients, locally sourced, to create delicious modern food. Book your table now and enjoy an la carte menu or a tapas inspired small plates menu with your family and friends this Spring!

Saporita & Bishop’s Dining Room Collaboration

Saporita, a quaint family-run restaurant serving Italian meals has teamed up with Bishop’s Dining Room and will be offering outdoor dining from 13 April in the heart of the Norwich Lanes. Saporita will be serving traditional homemade appetisers, platters with Italian meats or grilled vegetables with cheeses, olives and focaccia. Bishop’s restaurant is going to provide a selection of drinks and Italian wines, personally chosen by owner Alessandro. Book now (07902 767473)  and savour a little bit of Italy in the City of Stories.


The Norfolk Mead

Situated in eight acres of lovingly kept private grounds in the heart of Norfolk Broads, on the banks of the River Bure. Grab a breath of fresh air and indulge in pastries, afternoon tea and a variety of hot and cold drinks with your family, friends or a group of 6 in the walled garden. For bookings, call 01603 737531 or visit The Norfolk Mead website for more details.

Norfolk Mead Hotel

Norfolk Mead Hotel

Giggling Squid

Opening for outdoor dining on Monday 12 April, this wonderful Thai restaurant is available to book online now. From spring rolls, to squid, spicy dishes to mild and vegan treats, there is something for everyone’s taste buds at Giggling Squid. Spending time with family and friends is important but please remember to follow government guidelines and restrictions if you are planning on meeting. Wear a mask, keep a safe distance and wash your hands regularly.

Gonzos Tea Room

The heated rooftop bar at Gonzo’s Tea Room is one of the best places in Norwich for social distancing meet ups. The outdoor area is heated and the cosy booths are separated to allow social distancing. You can indulge in the best and biggest homemade burgers, and enjoy their selection of cocktails!


A Scandinavian style beer garden offering food and drink from local favourites is back this Spring with even more businesses getting involved. Last winter, Moco Kitchen, The Urban Eatery, Figbar, Salt and Kofra all got involved and we are expecting similarly great eateries this time round. Tickets to this event are FREE but the capacity is very limited, with most tickets selling out within minutes of going live last year! Click here to book.

We will be updating the above list over the next few weeks and some dates might change if the lockdown criteria is not met.