Christmas Dining for Groups

With two historic hotels in the city centre offering wonderful menus for dining, plus a host of restaurants and Norwich Market, you’ll never go hungry. 

If your group wants to be out and about shopping, doing their own thing, when they are ready, then Norwich Market is a great place to stop for a bite to eat. Lots of stalls now also offer seating. And you have Norwich’s smallest bar – Sir Toby’s Beers – offering the best gluhwein (top up too with rum or brandy!). The food served comes from around the world so there is something for every taste and budget.

If you are looking for options as a group, then Jarrold (Norwich’s only independent department store) has several restaurants. The Assembly House has its magical Nutcracker Afternoon Tea (Nov-Jan), and The Maids Head Hotel offers festive teas during December. 

Dining can also be arranged at Norwich Theatre Royal 

Other eateries include The Giggling Squid (Thai) and Namaste Village (authentic Indian).

Further detailed information below:

Maids Head Hotel
20 Tombland, Norwich. NR3 1LB
Telephone for group bookings 01603 272007
Email for group bookings [email protected]

Pre ordered 3:3:3 £45 per person
Hot buffet £35 three courses (again three choices for each course)
Coach parking available currently £16 per night 

The award winning, AA 4-star silver hotel is ideally located in the heart of Norwich, on the doorstep of Norwich Cathedral. 

The hotel can offer up to 35 bedrooms (30 bedrooms including 7 single rooms; Double for sole available) for groups and are happy to offer bespoke quotes for both bed and breakfast and dinner, bed and breakfast.  

Dinner can be served in the WinePress Restaurant or in a private room if preferred. Festive menus for dinner are available, always championing local produce and suppliers. They are happy to accommodate guest’s dietary requests and pride themselves on delivering the finest in hospitality. 

The hotel’s Jacobean bar is also proud to stock Norfolk Gins, Rums, Whiskys, Ales and Wines. 

Festive lunch and afternoon tea is also available. The hotel is bedecked with garlands and Christmas trees galore. The Maids Head team fully embrace the festive season and a warm welcome is always guaranteed. 


Giggling Squid (coach drop-off point outside restaurant)
24 Tombland Norwich NR3 1RF
01603 667341
[email protected]  

Situated in the heart of Norwich, Giggling Squid offers fresh Thai food with bold flavours in a beautiful and relaxed setting. Featuring luscious Thai curries, sizzling stir fries and Thai tapas to share, we cater for group bookings of up to 40 people with delicious lunch and dinner options from £15 per person. Our three-course festive set menu is available throughout December to give a Thai alternative to Turkey this Christmas!  


The Exchange (book online max group of 20, for more please call)
Lower Ground Floor, Jarrold Department Store, 1-11 London Street, Norwich, NR2 1JF
Telephone for group bookings: 01603 660661
Email for group bookings: [email protected] 

The Exchange located in the Jarrold Food Hall in the heart of Norwich offers a delicious menu of wood fired pizza, pasta and salads, along with an extensive list of wines. 


Benji’s Restaurant (book online max group of 20, for more please call)
Floor 1, Jarrold Department Store, 1-11 London Street, Norwich, NR2 1JF
Telephone for group bookings: 01603 660661
Email for group bookings: [email protected]  

A hidden gem in the corner of the Jarrold fashion floor, Benji’s Restaurant is the perfect place for light lunches and a glass of wine with friends. You won’t want to eat anywhere else!

The Bay Seafood & Wine Bar (book online max group of 20, for more please call)
Floor 2, Jarrold Department Store, 1-11 London Street, Norwich, NR2 1JF
Telephone for group bookings: 01603 660661
Email for group bookings: [email protected]  

Enjoy some of the best seafood in Norwich overlooking the historical and colourful marketplace in The Bay Seafood and Wine Bar.  Enjoy seafood, in particular freshly cured salmon, taster boards, main dishes from homemade fish pie to lobster bisque, through to a luxurious caviar menu which features different types of caviar including Oscietra, Sevruga and Beluga.   

Farmyard Restaurant
23 St Benedicts St, Norwich, NR2 4PF
21 November – 30 December (festive menu)
Lunch: 12.00 – 2.30pm Tue – Fri & 12.00 -3.00pm Saturday
Dinner: 5.00 – 9.00pm Tue – Fri and 5.00 – 9.30pm Saturday
01603 733188
[email protected]

A buzzing destination for the ‘fine city’, where a relaxed bistro experience meets the top-quality produce and vibrant flavours usually found in fine dining joints. From the 21st of November through to the 30th of December, we will be serving our festive menu alongside our à la carte offering.

We also offer an exclusive private hire of the venue for parties of 16 or more with no hire charge, just a minimum spend. 

Alongside our talented chefs, we will be offering a carefully considered wine list as well as house cocktails and spritzers from our bar. 

For the week of Christmas and the new year we will be: 


Afternoon Tea at Thursford
Laurel Farm, The St, Fakenham, NR21 0AS
Pre-booking essential, ten people minimum
01328 878477
Email for bookings:

Whether you’re looking for the perfect meal before your show or experience, or even if you’re just looking for a delightful way to spend the afternoon, Thursford’s Afternoon Tea isn’t one to miss! Enjoy the gorgeous outside views of the Garden Pavilion, accompanied by plentiful tiers of unlimited tea/coffee, delicious sandwiches, and a wide-range of sweet & savoury goodies! Then, go and enjoy their amazing experiences on offer. Whatever you do, it’ll be an afternoon or evening to remember!