Discover the Best Al Fresco Dining in Norwich

When it comes to great al fresco dining spots, Norwich is spoilt for choice. Here are just some of the brilliant restaurants and places to eat that boast gardens, pavement tables and restaurant terraces that allow for exquisite outdoor dining in Norwich & Norfolk.

Bowling House

Bowling House
Bowling House, Dereham Road, Norwich

Bowling House Norwich offers amazing meals, beer, drinks, and wine, as well as ten-pin bowling lanes. The venue located on Dereham Road in Norwich boasts an exciting cocktail bar, karaoke venue, and restaurant with a ten-pin bowling lane. To the side of the venue is a stunning spacious courtyard. For a casual dining experience with a little extra, Bowling House is a great choice for a place to dine in Norwich. 

Click here to book your lane or call on 01603 397 412

The Maids Head Hotel 

Maids Head Hotel
Maids Head Hotel, 20 Tombland, Norwich

The Maids Head Hotel in Tombland has recently opened a stunning new outdoor seating space in the courtyard, which will be open for al fresco dining and afternoon tea. The 2 AA Rosette restaurant offers an innovative menu to today’s sophisticated diner. Set in the historic courtyard of the hotel you’re sure to enjoy a delicious meal from the amazing selection of dishes available.

To find out more, or to make a booking, please call 01603 209955, or email reservations at

The Last Wine Bar & Restaurant

The Last Wine Bar
The Last Wine Bar, St Georges St, Norwich

Located on George Street in Norwich, The Last Wine Bar & Restaurant first opened its doors to customers in the ‘90s.  Over the years the cuisine has evolved but their love for fine food made from the best ingredients has not.  This delightful independent restaurant in the heart of Norwich offers an exquisite menu created using fresh products. All of which are acquired locally from high-quality growers in Norfolk, many of which have supplied the restaurant for over twenty years. 

To find out more, or to make a booking call 01603 626626, or email reservations at

The Norfolk Mead

The Norfolk Mead, Church Loke, Coltishall, Norwich

Nestled on the banks of the River Bure amid eight acres of meticulously maintained private grounds in the heart of the Norfolk Broads. Relax in opulence within the exquisite walled garden and enjoy pastries, afternoon tea, and a selection of hot and cold drinks with your family or friends. Friendly, local staff are on hand to make your visit an easy-going, relaxed experience with additional spa and treatment facilities available tucked away in the back of the hotel.

For bookings, call 01603 737531 or visit The Norfolk Mead website for more details.

Norfolk Mead Hotel

Giggling Squid

Giggling Squid
The Giggling Squid, Tombland, Norwich

 The Giggling Squid is located on Tombland in the heart of Norwich in a wonderful Grade II listed building with stained glass windows. The restaurant offers authentic, freshly prepared Thai food in a calm contemporary setting.

The Thai tapas lunch menu is a great way to sample a variety of dishes on offer with the Tapas ‘taste packages delivering a variety of four tapas designed to complement each other. The stunning outdoor dining area is situated just outside the Cathedral gates in one of the most historic parts of the city with the renowned Elms Hill just a stone’s throw away.

To find out more, or to make a booking, please call 01603 667341, or email reservations at

The Rushcutters Arms

The Rushcutters Arms
The Rushcutters, Thorpe St Andre, Norwich

Set on the banks of the beautiful River Yare stands the 16th century Grade II listed Rushcutters Inn, a stunning riverside pub and restaurant in Thorpe St. Andrew. The location is a beautiful affluent area set between the River Yare on one side and a steep wooded slope on the other, with views across Whitlingham Broads. The Rushcutters menu offers seasonal specials and delicious pub classics that are available all day and on Sundays, enjoy the famous Rushcutters roast dinner with an excellent selection of real ales and fine wines.

Click here to book your or call on 01603 435403

Woolf and Social

Woolfe & Social
Woolf and Social, Nelson St, Norwich

Woolf & Social is an artisan-inspired pub and restaurant that promotes the idea of a social club. The menu is designed to be shared with friends and family and blends the greatest concepts from street food and fine dining. Launched by friends Felix Rehberg and Francis Woolf the cuisine on offer has been described as post-tapas and the pair celebrate being awarded the Good Food Guide prize for being the region’s finest local restaurant. Diners and drinkers can enjoy the seating area outside of the pub, providing authentic al fresco dining in Norwich.

For bookings, call 01603 443658 or email

So with Summer (supposedly) in full swing and outdoor dining permitted under the ongoing restrictions. It’s the ideal time to enjoy some delicious al fresco dining in Norwich. So, the next time the sun shines, have a look at the pubs and restaurants listed above and treat yourself to an unforgettable outdoor dining experience just a short ABC Taxi drive away.

Posted on July 9, 2021

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