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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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 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
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 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
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.
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.
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.
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.