ABC Guide To The Norwich Lanes

Norwich city boasts over 1500 historic buildings within the city walls. At one time the city had over 350 pubs and its 33 medieval can still be found dotted around every corner. Strolling down the stunning cobbled lanes of Elm Hill is like walking back in time with amazing examples of Tudor buildings and merchants’ houses lining the street.

Grab a taxi into the town centre and take a leisurely stroll around Norwich Lanes to find a multitude of over 300 quirky and quaint independent shops, cafes, restaurants and cultural attractions. Here is the ABC Taxis guide to some great places to visit all within Norwich Lanes.


Grosvenor Fish Bar

Grovesnor Fish Bar, Lower Goat Lane

Just on the corner of Pottergate on Lower Goat Lane is a beautiful 1700’s listed building that is home to the award-winning Grosvenor Fish Bar.  A traditional family business serving fantastic fish and chips.

Cupcake and Co

Cupcake and Co, Upper St Giles Street.

Situated on Upper St Giles Street is this quaint little bakery specialising in delicious and exciting cupcakes is definitely worth a visit.  Gluten free and vegan options are available and they also bake custom cakes/ cupcake boxes for any celebration or event.  

Sahara Cafe & Patisserie

Sahara Cafe & Patisserie, St Benedicts Street.

Situated on St Benedicts Street is Sahara Norwich’s only North African-style coffee shop.  Try the Sahara mint tea, Arabic coffee and traditional patisserie or indulge in some homemade African dishes such as chakchouka.  Classic paninis, wraps and breakfasts are also available so there is sure to be something for everyone’s taste.  The cafe hosts some gorgeous hand painted African plates and bowls as well as a vast selection of herbs and spices used in traditional North African cooking, all available to buy from the shop.

Jive Kitchen & Bar

Jive Kitchen & Bar, Exchange Street.

Visit Jive Bar on Exchange Street for a taste of Mexico.  Using authentic Mexican ingredients you can expect some of the finest burritos, tacos and tequila Norwich has to offer. Book a table for lunch or dinner or simply pop in for a drink and some fantastic bar snacks.  


The Birdcage

The Birdcage, Pottergate.

Originally built in 1859 the Birdcage is situated at the hub of the Norwich Lanes and features an art deco style building. Formerly known as the Morning Start, the Brown Derby and the Pottergate Tavern the Birdcage is now a fantastic music venue with fine ale, eclectic art and even plays host to BUMS a weekly life drawing class open to artists of all levels.

Bedfords Bar

Bedfords Bar, Bedfords Street.

Situated on Bedford Street and having recently undergone a massive refurbishment this 40 year old establishment still holds its place as one of Norwich’s favourite hangouts.  A new stage, PA and lighting setup was recently erected upstairs to provide an ongoing platform for the Norwich local music scene.

Frank’s Bar

Frank’s Bar, Bedford Street.

For a casual coffee or glass of wine accompanied by delicious light meals and bar snacks Franks Bar is a premier destination.  Located on Bedford Street this establishment has an amazing Sunday Breakfast menu and is the perfect place to meet with friends in a relaxed casual environment.

The Rumsey Wells

The Rumsey Wells, St Andrews Street.

Priding themselves with a huge selection of ales and beverages The Rumsey on St Andrews Street is a real ale pub that also specialises in rum and is home to ‘The Underbelly’ a dedicated rum bar featuring over 40 types of the liquor.  Most nights will feature live music, a dj or quizzes and with a stunning outdoor courtyard The Rumsey Wells is truly not to be missed.


18a at the Grosvenor

18a at the Grosvenor, Pottergate.

If you are visiting Norwich for the first time then why not make a night of it and stay in the heart of the Norwich Lanes. 18a at the Grosvenor is located on Pottergate and is a beautiful 2 bedroom apartment with views onto St Gregory’s Green and a stone’s throw from the marketplace.

38 St Giles B&B

38 St Giles B&B, St Giles Street.

This stunning bed and breakfast features 5 stunning en suite bedrooms over 3 floors and is situated in the heart of the city within walking distance of the Theatre Royal and a short taxi ride to any venue or attraction in the city.  The ground floor features an exquisite breakfast room that catches the sun every morning, and one you step outside the beautiful house the forum and marketplace are on your doorstep.


Cinema City

Cinema City, St Andrew Street.

Directly opposite St Andrews Church on St Andrews Street is Suckling House, the 16th-century home of Norwich’s Mayor, Sheriff and Burgess, Robert Suckling. Within its walls Cinema City is now housed.  Showing an eclectic mix of art-house and foreign cinema as well as some old classics.  The building hosts a bar and screens up to 6 films a day.

Fire and Flux

Fire and Flux, Lower Goat Lane

Visit Fire and Flux on Lower Goat Lane for an awesome display of local pottery and ceramics from some of the region’s most talented artists, alongside some internationally known creators.  Work stations are available to rent for artists own use and are a great resource for potters who don’t own their own studio. 

St Gregory’s Antiques & Collectables

St Gregory’s Antiques & Collectables, Pottergate.

Located at Pottergate in the heart of the Norwich Lanes is St Gregory’s Antiques & Collectables.  If you are a fan of anything vintage then you will enjoy a visit to this amazing antiques emporium and browsing the vast selection of vintage toys, records clothing, jewellery and much more.  All housed within a stunning stained glass adorned church. 


Mae Cosmetics

Mae Cosmetics, St Gregory’s Alley.

Mae Cosmetics is located on St Gregory’s Alley and they specialise in high end non-surgical beauty treatments including Permanent Make Up, Lash Treatments, Skin Therapy and more.  Why not book in for a treatment and pamper yourself for an afternoon.

The Wax Bar

The Wax Bar, St John Maddermarket.

Head to St John Maddermarket and visit The Wax Bar for a hygienic and virtually pain free wax procedure.  Establishing themselves 9 years ago The Wax Bar has gown a reputation for being a one of the best places for men and women to get their Unisex Brazilian’s and Hollywood’s.  Other services include Threading Hair removal, Gel nails, semi permanent mascara and more.


Glambox, St Benedicts Street.

Glambox is a stunning beauty salon offering a variety of high-end treatments. Operated by fully trained and experienced therapists and using only the best products, Glambox is located on St Benedicts Street and is a warm relaxed environment for many beauty treatments.

Feel Good Therapies

Feel Good Therapies, Pottergate.

Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Pottergate is Bagley’s Court home to Feel Good Therapies.  A Norwich based business focused on providing therapeutic treatments to those looking to improve their overall wellbeing.  Their holistic approach means you don’t have to be ‘unwell’ to benefit from the relaxation and balance that a session at Feel Good Therapies can provide.



Jarrolds, Norwich Marketplace.

Right at the heart of the city centre stands the beautiful Jarrold’s department store. The stunning five-storey building is home to the family-run business and boasts over 50 different departments, including the exquisite Beauty Hall, 3 restaurants, a coffee bar and Deli.  the store also features a comprehensive book store and an entire floor dedicated to fashion.


Flicka, Dve Street.

Offering high quality sustainable organically sourced products Flicka prides itself as being a stylish baby and toddler boutique nestled in the heart of norwich on Dove Street.

Conscious of the use of plastic the Flicka inventory can be recognised by the ‘Scandi’ style fit which gives children the freedom to naturally develop and build on their creativity.

Rainbow Wholefoods

Rainbow Wholefoods, Old Fire Station Stables.

Tucked away in the Old Fire Station Stables right next to the marketplace is Rainbow Wholefoods.  They have resided in the building for almost 30 years and have become a staple supply of organic, vegetarian and GM free wholefood for Norwich residents.  Supplying more than 5000 products the business has become one of the UK’s leading wholefood wholesalers.


Guide to Eating Out To Help Out In Norwich

The Eat Out to Help Out scheme is a fantastic initiative aimed to drive revenue into local restaurants and eateries throughout August.  Halfway through the month and it is clear the scheme is a roaring success with many businesses seeing more trade than they’ve ever experienced.  Every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday throughout August restaurants across the UK are offering substantial discounts on their menus.

So make the most of this exciting month by dining out and experiencing new cuisines with the help of ABC Taxis guide to some of the best eating destinations in Norwich participating in the Eat Out To Help Out scheme.

Al Dente

Centrally located on St Giles Street.  

Boasting some of the finest Italian cuisines in Norwich Al Dente incorporates authentic Italian ingredients and recipes to create a menu that reflects all the classics you’d expect but with modern Italian gastronomical flair.  Their delicious handmade pasta is available to purchase from the Deli Shop so you can recreate your favourite dishes at home.  Or at least attempt to.


Located on Magdalen Street.

For those who love their seafood, Brummell’s is an understated gem. With numerous awards under their belt, the menu is an inspiring mix of locally sourced ingredients, through to renowned international favourites.   The stylish décor has lots of character and the fantastic service and attention to detail is what makes Brummells a top dining destination in Norwich.   


St John Maddermarket, Norwich

If you enjoy Thai cuisine then this family-owned and run restaurant is always highly recommended.    The food at Chamthai is crafted using authentic ingredients and is delivered with well-balanced spices, heat and zestiness.  Every dish is beautifully presented and the restaurant is cosy and relaxed.

Trattoria Rustica

Princes Street, Norwich.

Another Italian delight situated in the heart of Tombland, on one of Norwich’s many rugged cobbled streets is family owned and run Trattoria Rustica. Serving up a delightful menu of classic antipasti, pasta and pizza plus some speciality dishes and the finest wine around.  This gorgeous little restaurant is tucked away and has a cosy, rustic appeal.  Downstairs is a crypt area that can be hired for private meals and the service is second to none.  Truly one of the best restaurants in town. 


St Benedicts Street, Norwich.

Nestled in the heart of the city on St Benedicts Street is ‘Bistronomy’ style restaurant, Farmyard.  The menu is varied and vast, and every dish is beautifully presented, rich and flavoursome.  With everything handmade from scratch using the best locally sourced ingredients, Expect freshly baked sourdough bread and ingredients cooked over charcoal on their own “Bertha” oven.


Lower Goat Lane, Norwich.

If you’re looking for some simple but fine quality French cuisine in stylish and comfortable surroundings then head down to L’Hexagone for some lunch.  This French Bistro in the heart of the Norwich lanes is owned and run by Husband and wife team Thomas Aubrit and Gemma Aubrit-Layfield. The lunch menus are seasonal and the dishes are all handmade using fresh produce and locally sourced ingredients, and based on Thomas’ own daily recipes.  

The Kimchi

Serving up their own blend of Korean comfort food The Kimchi comes highly recommended for their high-quality dishes and attention to detail. Situated in the centre of Norwich near the marketplace The Kimchi boasts an impressive menu at reasonable prices. Book early to avoid disappointment and expect some absolute delights from their very own KFC (Korean Fried Chicken ) through to Man-Doo (dumplings) and Crispy Savoury Pancakes.  Sound good?

The Ivy

London Street, Norwich.

Offering a wide variety of all-day contemporary British cuisine and internationally insured dishes The Ivy is a great destination for dining in Norwich.  The stunning gold bar sets the scene for an eloquent, if not a romantic dining experience.  Offering an a la carte menu as well as generous set menu and vegetarian and vegan options. Expect fantastic service in a relaxed atmosphere with great food and wine.


10 Irresistable Cafes And Restaurants To Visit In Norwich.

Norwich is a fine city with its scattered cobbled lanes, historic architecture and stunning riverside views.  We are widely known for our university, Alan Partridge, crabs and mustard, but Norwich also boasts some amazing locations to eat and enjoy a wonderful dining experience. From Vegan cuisine through to sushi, it’s all here amongst our list of the best places to eat in Norwich.  So as lockdown lifts and local restaurants open their doors to welcome you back, it’s time to scrub up, order yourself an ABC Taxi and go and safely and responsibly enjoy yourselves.  

Blue Joanna

Blue Joanna, Unthank Road, Norwich

Located in the heat of the Norwich golden triangle on Unthank Road Blue Joanna have just reopened their doors and invite you to enjoy authentic Asian style street food and unique cocktails, all whilst enjoying the ambience of classic vinyl records playing or often the slick sounds of the live blues piano that sits in the main dining area.

The Wallow

The Wallow, Exchange Street, Norwich

The Wallow is a somewhat unique dining experience heavily focussed on an amazing selection of wines that changes regularly.  Offering a wide selection of gourmet meat, fish cheese and antipasti this is a fantastic place to eat with friends for an informal relaxed evening tasting wine and sharing platters.  For vegetarians The Wallow offers a stunning cheese and veggie board.  The state of the art wine chiller sits centre stage and is designed to maintain the optimum temperature for the hand picked wine selection from around the world.

William & Florence

William and Florence, Unthank Road, Norwich

Another gem found in the heart of Unthank Road is William & Florence featuring delicious grazing boards, homemade pates and terrines and local smoked fish as well as irresistible vegetarian and vegan alternatives.  On Sundays the William & Florence hosts their famous classic roast again offering vegan and vegetarian alternatives.  


Jorges, Orford Yard, Red Lion Street, Norwich

For truly authentic modern Portugese cuisine, book a table at Jorges off Red Lion Street hidden away in Orford Yard.  This cosy restaurant features a stunning open kitchen and outdoor courtyard for al fresco dining.  Serving seasonal tapas, meat and seafood and offering the widest selection of the finest Portuguese wine in Norwich.

Woolf And Social 

Woolf & Social, Nelson Street, Norwich

Offering seasonal sharing platters and small plates and using the best locally sourced ingredients, Woolf & Social offers an exquisite artisan dining experience.  With an extensive brunch menu the Woolf & Socials take on British cuisine is all about sharing and the restaurant is inspired by the traditional idea of a social club.   With decor designed by artist Atelier Grove, and a wine list curated by Rupert Taylor the Woolf & Social the attention to detail is evident from the walls to the plate.


Shiki, Tombland, Norwich

Bringing authentic Japanese cuisine to the heart of Norfolk Shiki uses the finest local ingredients to create a delicious offering of sushi to yakitori.  With over 16 years behind them Shiki is a great place to dine whether you’re on a date,  celebrating or entertaining clients.  Offering Otsumami sharing platters that feature a little bit of everything for everyone to share you can expect quality japanese cuisine on your doorstep.


Ciscoes, Ber St, Norwich

Francisco ‘Cisco’ Papica found his love for cooking in a busy kitchen in the Philippines.  Surrounded by some of the Philippines top chefs Francisco grew an adoration for the art, a love that now manifests itself within the walls of ‘Ciscoes’.  A Pan Asian and sushi restaurant serving mouth watering far eastern dishes located on Ber Street, Norwich.  Offering a great vegan and vegetarian range of meals as well as gluten-free alternatives, everyone is sure to find something they like.

The Waffle House

The Waffle House, St Giles Street, Norwich

Located on St Giles Street Norwich The Waffle House has to be one of Norwich’s favourite places to eat.   Established in 1978, these guys know a thing or two about waffles.  In all seriousness, the quality of the ingredients and the light crispy waffles is really what makes speaks volumes.  Using only fresh produce there is equal emphasis on vegetarian dishes on the menu as well as gluten free waffles.  The Waffle House is a great casual dining location in the centre of the city that is a winner whatever the time of day or season.


Tofurei, St Gregory’s Alley, Norwich

Tofurei presents an exclusively soya based menu creating many wonderful dishes from the humble bean.  They offer a wide range of savoury vegan comfort food through to cakes and sweet treats.  Using East Anglian grown soya their Lenwade based factory is the only place in the UK producing British tofu and soya milk. Based in Pottergate with a quaint deli and cafe with outdoor seating, why not head into town and meet up with friends to share a soya ice cream or enjoy a hot drink and treat yourself to a savoury pastry from the deli.

The Tipsy Vegan

The Tipsy Vegan, St Benedicts Street, Norwich

Looking for somewhere to meet for a casual brunch with friends, or perhaps tapas and cocktails on one of those sunny days.   The Tipsy Vegan is the perfect city-centre meet-up location to catch up with those people you’ve missed over lockdown.  Everything on the menu is vegan and features light bites, burgers, tapas and cocktails. Keen emphasis on high quality ingredients makes each dish unique and innovative and with almost everything made from scratch in The Tipsy Vegan kitchen.  Expect some of the finest vegan dining Norwich has to offer. 

Don’t forget to check the websites of any restaurants you’re planning on visiting for changes in service and the expectations of the public, related to the government’s guidelines on coronavirus for restaurants, cafes and take away services.