Norwich: 7 unusual places to eat

08:15 7 May 2022

Looking for a dining experience that’s a little out of the ordinary?

Norwich has a lot to offer when it comes to dining and there are certainly a few places that offer a quirky atmosphere.

From open-fire grills to alfresco dining at the market, here are seven quirky restaurants to try in the city.

1. The workshop

The Workshop in Earlham Road offers a unique dining experience
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Where: 53 Earlham Road, Norwich, NR2 3AD

Opening hours: Thursday to Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Earlham Road workshop is renowned for its Middle Eastern-inspired dishes, but the interior is also a feast for the eyes with its art deco furnishings and artwork.

The laid-back atmosphere and intimate setting add to the charm and indoor plant lovers will be in their element as the restaurant also offers a wide selection for sale.

2. Bowling alley

Bowling House, Dereham Road, Norwich.Photo: ANTONY KELLY

A game of bowling can be enjoyed alongside the Bowling House’s range of small dishes and mains
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Where: 7 Dereham Road, Norwich, NR2 4HX

Opening hours: Tuesday to Thursday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m., Sunday from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.

A ten-pin bowling alley isn’t the only draw at the Dereham Road site, as it also offers great food in its restaurant.

On the menu, a range of small plates as well as mains and dishes to share.

Once your meal is done, you can stroll through the alleys or do some karaoke.

3. Slice and dice

Samantha Whitehouse with the endless brunch at Slice and Dice vegan cafe.

You can have breakfast, lunch and dinner while playing board games at Slice and Dice
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Where: 86 St Benedicts Street, Norwich, NR2 4AB

Opening hours: Tuesday to Thursday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Slice and Dice serves plant-based dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner, prepared daily.

But at Slice and Dice, dining isn’t the main event as it doubles as a board game cafe and has a huge selection of tabletop games for people to enjoy.

4. Wallowing

The Wallow has a Valentine's Day deal.  Photo: Victoria Pertusa

The Wallow offers an extensive selection of wines that can be poured from its self-service wine dispensers
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Where: 36 Exchange Street, Norwich, NR2 1AX

Opening hours: Monday to Tuesday from 4 a.m. to 11 p.m., Wednesday to Thursday from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m., Friday to Saturday from 12 p.m. to midnight, Sunday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The Wallow offers an extensive menu of snacks and dishes to share and offers wine by the glass through its self-service wine dispensers.

There is a huge selection available offering a wide range of grapes from different regions.

The space is warm and intimate, especially if you venture into the basement.

5. Prime

The Edith Cavell bar and restaurant in Tombland, Norwich hand out cups from their first st

You can finish cooking your steak the way you like it at Prime
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Where: 30 – 32 St Giles Street, Norwich, NR2 1LL

Opening hours: Monday to Thursday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., Friday to Sunday from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Prime recently moved from its Tombland site to new premises in St Giles Street.

Although it offers classic steak dishes, the experience becomes convenient as the steaks are served on hot stones, allowing you to cook them however you like.

6. Brix and Bones

Brix and Bones in Norwich, above Gonzo's Tea Room, launches evening service after running late

Brix and Bones sits above Gonzo’s Tea Room and offers an exciting experience as chefs prepare meals over an open fire
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Where: 68-72 London Street, Norwich, NR2 1JT

Opening hours: Wednesday to Friday from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Open fire cooking is the name of the game at Brix and Bones, making for an exciting cooking experience.

You can watch from your seat as the chefs carefully prepare meals from the “experimental” menu and the food is cooked over hot coals.

7. Dine al fresco in the market

Churros for the People on Norwich Market has launched a new tapas menu to eat and now serves alcohol.

Churros for the People is now open late and serves Spanish tapas at its market stall
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Where: 1 Market Place, Norwich, NR2 1ND

Opening hours: 12 p.m. – late

Norwich Market has so many choices when it comes to finding good food, but for those looking for an evening meal, this might not come to mind.

This is about to change as a number of stalls have started serving food overnight.

Spanish tapas at Churros for the People, Chilean cuisine at Cocina Mia, and pizzas and burgers at Italian Street Food can now be enjoyed well into the evening.

The food can then be washed down with a beer or two from Sir Toby’s Beers.

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