Summer is for... new experiences


Looking for some much-needed downtime from busy life? A quick getaway here in the UK is good for the soul. Disrupt your usual routine, make new discoveries, encounter the arts, eat well and rest your head in a comfortable bed after a day of exploring on foot (with a break for beer). It’s time well spent in so many ways. You can now get to Norwich in just 90 minutes from London. One of the most walkable cities in the UK, our maverick spirit, award-winning independent shopping, global street food and culture are all under Norfolk’s big blue skies.

 

Experience

The Norwich Lanes - Norwich’s beating indy heart, and home to over 300 shops, bars, galleries, restaurants and cafes. Here you’ll discover some of the most exciting places in the city for food, city-brewed coffee and unique boutiques. Be sure you visit on the 6th and 7th of July when the awesome Norwich Lanes Summer Fayre brings the spirit of this big-hearted, creative city to the streets with pop-up food and artists’ stalls, plus live music and performance on St. Gregory’s Green. 

Breadmaking at Bread Source - This contemporary bakery has grown from roots in North Norfolk, to their Scandi-style shop on Upper St Giles. Start your day with a flat white and freshly-baked, unlimited sourdough toast. Want to recreate it all at home? The team also offer bread making courses. You'll be welcomed with coffee and pastries, and learn all about the craft of making the perfect loaf. Includes lunch and a bread-themed goodie bag.

 

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Breadsource on Upper St Giles. Photo: Hannah Hutchins

 

Butcher Bhoy - On Street level, this is a local farm shop and a great place to pick up a trad butcher’s sausage roll. But make your way inside, and find an Irish bar, which - at the weekend - is one of the loudest, stompy-est venues in the centre. From July 22, choose a cut of local meat from the counter, and they’ll cook it for you to eat in the bar. Sláinte!

Pub and Paddle - This is a pub crawl, by canoe. Leaving from the Red Lion (right by Norwich’s magnificent cathedral), paddle your way from the city into the countryside. On the route, stop at any waterside pubs and inns that take your fancy, before ending up (if you make it) at the tranquil village of Bramerton. Great for a group of mates or for a couple looking to make a day of it.

 

 

Eat

Benedicts - Simple, award-winning cooking meets cool, Scandi style surroundings and the very best hospitality. Chef-patron is Richard Bainbridge (of Great British Menu fame), and with 3 AA Rosettes, Benedicts offers one of the best value tasting menus around. 

Woolf and Social - This small, contemporary restaurant won the praise of Marina O’Loughlin in The Times last year, and offers seasonal small plates just made for sharing. With a menu that features some really exciting food (truffle popcorn; smacked cucumber; spinach, dapple and marmite Borek), this is intelligent, innovative cooking in a relaxed atmosphere perfect for long evenings. 

Vegan - There’s no shortage of plant-based eateries in Norwich, and this is a city that’s getting known for championing the best vegan food (Norwich was named the most vegan-friendly city in the UK by Nisbets, this July). Erpingham House in Tombland is the largest plant-based restaurant in the UK and is open throughout the day for lunch-on-the-go or an evening meal with friends. Head into the Norwich Lanes for more choice: famed for inventive vegan comfort food and their cocktail-making prowess, The Tipsy Vegan can be found on St Benedicts Street. And if you want to try the only Norfolk Tofu in the world, a visit to Tofurei on Pottergate is a must.

The Ivy Norwich Brasserie - Colourful art-deco splendour meets the rugged motifs of Norfolk – this iconic brasserie has made its home on London Street. Serving seasonal food late into the night, spend all evening here, grab a cocktail at the glamorous bar or make the most of their streetside dining.

 

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The Ivy Norwich Brasserie. Photo: Hannah Hutchins

 

 

Drink

Kofra - Coffee. Community. Quality. That’s Kofra’s mantra, and they completely live by it. This independent coffee shop can be found around the city in multiple places: on Unthank Road (opposite the gothic beauty of St John’s Cathedral), tucked away on Onley Street and in the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts. Wherever you go, you’ll get speciality brews and a warm welcome from the baristas.  Plus, you can pick up a bottle of wine while you’re there. Win win.

 

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Kofra on Unthank Road. Photo: Hannah Hutchins

 

Drake's - Found beneath the atmospheric Hawthorn cocktail bar (head there for an Old Fashioned and some candlit conversation) on the corner of leafy St Benedicts Street, we recommend you try the Sherry. Yep, Sherry. Not dusty, get-it-from-your-mum’s-cupboard-at-Christmas sherry, or use-it-just-for-impressive-recipes sherry; this is a spectrum of the fortified wine that will blow your mind. Try the sherry flight, and get some Spanish tapas from the kitchen while you’re there.

Sir Toby's Beers on Norwich Market -  located on the side of the market facing the Guildhall. At Christmas, Sir Toby's caused a stir when they opened one of the tiniest alpine chalets you’ve ever seen, in the market unit neighbouring theirs. This was a super special festive treat, and proved extremely popular with locals and visitors alike. So popular, in fact, that Toby and his business partner now have a licence to sell alcohol all year. Now, they're probably the smallest bar in England. Go and check them out; they even offer suggestions for beer pairing with take-away food from the market!

 

Stay

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Apartment 18b at the Grosvenor. Photo: Hannah Hutchins

 

Apartment 18a at The Grosvenor – a unique apartment above one of Norwich’s most beloved chippies: the Grosvenor Fish Bar. With views over busy Pottergate in The Norwich Lanes, it’s a little oasis in the centre of town. Duane and Christian will give you  one of the best welcomes in the city.

Whitlingham Broad campsite - the beauty of the countryside, within half an hours’ walk of the city. Walk into Norwich for all the shops, coffee, nightlife and bustle, or stay in Whitlingham for watersports, walking, cycling, and a dry ski slope…

Gothic House B&BIn the heart of Norwich on bustling Magdalen Street is Gothic House. A uniquely stylish B&B on one of Norwich's most exciting streets, beside antiques and vintage shops galore. Expect a warm welcome from owner Clive, and Khmer the cat.  

 

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