BY HENIKA PATEL
The fine city of Norwich is home to a diverse choice of restaurants, cafés and bars – and as a county dedicated to farming, Norfolk’s eateries can certainly make the most of the very finest local produce. From independent and international cuisine to our very own seafood, fresh from the Norfolk Coast.
A wander through Norwich Market is a great place to start to explore the rich gastronomic heritage of this city. As one of the biggest outdoor markets in the country, it boasts around 200 independent traders. Whether you’re craving a steaming cup of tea, delicious international lunch or fresh ingredients for your dinner – it is well worth a visit.
The Norfolk Diet also celebrates all that’s great about Norfolk food and drink. The founder decided in 2010 to try to eat only local produce for a month. This lead to exposure to some of our region’s finest producers, which are now available for you to visit in one place outside The Forum every month. If this is something that interests you, the next event is being held on Saturday 18 April for two days – and will be the perfect place to pick up all your local goodies!
Recently, I visited the relaunch of the Library Restaurant who also pride themselves on cooking with the most local produce. True to its name, the Grade II Listed former library-turned-eatery exhibits both the cool and the character of Norwich beautifully. The high ceiling brasserie and grill is adorned by ancient bookshelves, which accompany the dining experience. Most of the food is cooked on a specially imported wood grill, giving many dishes on the menu, including their famous homemade burgers, a very unique flavour.
The new all day lounge bar means you can grab a coffee and homemade cake or tapas alongside a locally brewed beer from 11am. I most certainly enjoyed the cocktails during the relaunch, which are available all day, everyday, with a 2-4-1 promotion available from 5.30pm to 7pm.
If you become a regular Library-goer, the restaurant now offers a loyalty card scheme earning you points to exchange for your favourite dishes and drinks. If you are in search of an individual venue, you can also hire the old Library for parties of up to 150.
Upcoming events include Fiesta La Mode In Association with Jarrold. The evening promises an introduction to the fabulous new LK Bennett Summer collection and gorgeous skincare range from Creme de la Mer – combined with tapas style food and cocktails, of course!
If you’re interested in more places to eat and drink out while in Norwich visit www.visitnorwich.co.uk/eat-and-drink