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The Best Family Dining in Norwich
Perhaps one of Norwich’s biggest draws is its food scene. If you can think of a cuisine – you can probably find it in Norwich! From Thai, Italian and Belgian food to classic pub grub and more – there’s no shortage of tantalising and tasty discoveries to be made! With so much on offer, we recommend treating the family to a meal out, whether at an old favourite restaurant, or somewhere new. Need help deciding? Check out our recommendations for the best family friendly restaurants around.
Set in the heart of Tombland, Giggling Squid is a great option for families looking for an exciting culinary treat! And when the weathers nice there’s plenty of outdoor seating so you can enjoy your food al fresco. The kid’s menu is also a delight, with a choice of ‘Little Tapas’. Mix and match small plates such as ruby noodles with delicious vegetables, pork dumplings and spring rolls. Get 2 dishes for only £5.99 and you’ll receive either jasmine or sticky rice for free.
Watching a match at Norwich City Football Club with the family? It makes sense to pop into Yellows for some hearty grub! This warm and friendly restaurant has something for every age, and the children’s menu is particularly good value for money. Choose from a main course (burger, hot dog, pasta or fish fingers) add a side dish (baked beans, garden peas, salad) and follow up with a dessert (warm donut or ice cream) for only £10 including a soft drink.
If you’re after a breakfast or brunch spot in the city centre to fuel up before a day of exploring, then Cosy Club is the ideal place! Available until 5pm, there are plenty of treats for the kids to enjoy, including the cosy breakfast with sausage, bacon, egg, beans and toast for only £5.95. Or for something sweet there’s buttermilk pancakes with berry sauce, banana and Greek yoghurt for £5.95. While adults can enjoy some delicious food such as smashed avocado on toast for £7.75 or the Butcher’s brunch with sausages, bacon, black pudding, beans, egg, tomatoes and toast for £13.95.
When the sun starts shining, the first place on your list of where to go should be Café Gelato. This popular city centre spot will often have a queue outside – but trust us, the wait is worth it for the freshly made traditional, authentic Italian gelato. There are all the classic flavours available, as well as some more adventurous options such as English breakfast tea, and lemon and fresh basil sorbet.
Fish and chips is always a winner for the whole family. And if you’re looking for the best fish and chips around, you can’t go wrong with Grosvenor Fish Bar. There’s a huge range of choice on the menu with all the usual suspects as well as a specials board – the cod goujon and chips for £7 is ideal for the kids. And to top it all off – you can either take food away or eat in, in an underground cave below the restaurant!
With Italian pizza served by the slice to eat in or takeaway – Saporita is a great place to stop off for lunch in the city. Pizza slices start from £4.90 – and they do not skimp on the size here! You can also add chips for £3.70 or salad for £3.90. Got a sweet tooth? You can’t miss out on dessert here. One of the most popular items on the menu is the sweet Panzerotto, deep fried dough filled with warm Nutella or jam and only £5 for two. Delicious.
Serving up Belgian waffles since 1978, The Waffle House is a Norwich institution. And let’s be honest – who doesn’t like waffles? The children’s menu is available for ages 7 and under and includes a selection of savoury waffles with 2 toppings for £3.40 and sweet bowls of ice cream with a choice of 2 toppings for £2.35. For the adults, why not try delicacies such as Tunisian spiced chicken salad waffle (£11.50) and warm Dutch style apple waffle (£5.95).
Turn a meal into a whole evening out at Bowling House! Have some fun bowling before tucking into a well-earned meal. You can book a lane for £18 (30 mins, up to 3 people) or for £36 (60 mins, up to 6 people). Then treat yourself to some delicious food – we particularly love the sound of the loaded beef nachos for £16. And for the kids, they can enjoy a main, dessert and drink for only £10 which includes mac and cheese, burgers, fried chicken and chips and more as the options.
Namaste Village is an authentic family-run Indian restaurant, offering up some of the finest Indian food in Norwich. The entire menu is vegetarian and vegan, showcasing dishes from different regions of India. With plenty of delicious and healthy meals on the menu, it’s the perfect place for the whole family to enjoy some exciting flavours. Main dishes from £8.45.
The Oak Tree pub is on the outskirts of Norwich, but it’s definitely worth a trip out. With classic English pub food and drink, you’ll be guaranteed some warming grub here. There’s also a kids ‘Pick ‘n’ Mix Meal’ deal which consists of a main and a dessert for only £4.99. Not to mention it’s also a great destination for a family Sunday Roast with all the trimmings, with a kids roast from £5.99.
Want to discover more fabulous food and drink in Norwich? Check out our Restaurants in Norwich listings to get some inspiration.