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A little guide to Norwich, Norfolk

blogger guide to norwich

 

A few weeks ago, on the same weekend we visited Southwold, me and my boyfriend made a little daytrip to the beautiful city of Norwich. I had only ever been there for dinner once (when it was already really dark!) so I’d never gotten a good look at the city during the daylight hours. Even then, though, I could see that I would really love the it if I ever came back to properly explore it.

 

I wasn’t wrong!

 

norwich old town

norwich old town

 

Lunch: Tofurei

 

We started our day in Norwich with lunch from a fully vegan deli called Tofurei. They are an independent business selling everything from sandwiches and pastries to sausage rolls and burgers – all vegan, of course.Β Tofurei doesn’t have a hot food license (yet!) so everything was served cold or room temperature which I was a bit wary about at first, but completely forgot about as soon as I took my first bite.

 

I went for their cheese burger which very pleasantly surprised me. It had such an ‘authentic’ taste, and I didn’t really mind that it wasn’t hot at all because the flavour was all there. The deli had a little “sauce station” too, so I added some BBQ sauce and ketchup to my burger which made it taste even better. My boyfriend had the sausage roll and really loved it too.

 

Walk around

 

Norwich is a beautiful and a very historic town, dating back to the Roman era, so a little stroll around the town is very much recommended. Especially the old town and the Lanes are worth a wander with their little cobbled streets, slightly crooked houses and ALL the pubs and independent shops.

 

Another good, though perhaps slightly less picturesque, street for wandering in is St Benedicts Street which has lots of record and music shops as well as a plethora of pubs, restaurants and cafes to explore.

 

 

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Visit a pub

 

Norwich has quite a few lovely pubs – both quirky and traditional – and as it was quite a rainy day when we visited we ended up trying one of each out.

 

The first one, the Birdcage, was my favourite. It’s a small-ish pub just a few minutes away from the market (and very close to Tofurei) that has this cosy, living room style feel to it with its antique furniture and eclectic selection of paintings on the walls. Grab the arm chairs at the back if you can – they are so comfortable and you’ll never want to get up! The pub doesn’t sell food, but you can buy fish and chips from Grosvenor Fish Bar opposite and they will serve it to you at the pub. Such a great example of two local businesses pulling together!

 

The second pub we visited was called The Ten Bells and it was a bit more traditional, but still had a few of its own quirks too. Aside from being a popular pub, The Ten Bells also has a gin distillery onsite and it serves its own gin from the bar. I’m not a big gin lover so I didn’t try it, but I do hear it’s very good! You can also do tours and tastings on certain dates (check their website here).

 

 

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Dinner: The Tipsy Vegan

 

One (other) good thing about Norwich is that it’s a very vegan and vegetarian friendly city. I’ve already told you about my lovely vegan burger I had for lunch, but we also had an amazing dinner in a fully vegan restaurant called The Tipsy Vegan.

 

The menu was full of “replacements” for popular meaty dishes such as ribs, fish and chips and steak as well as outright vegan dishes like sweet potato tacos and veggie skewers. Me and my boyfriend went for the tacos (they were meant to be shared by 2 people or more) and were very happy with our choice. That said, we tried a little piece of the ribs too which were so good as well and scarily accurate too!

 

The dessert list looked too good to pass on, and so we shared a plate of little doughnuts with chocolate and salted caramel sauces for dipping. It was as good as it sounds…

 

norwich bars norwich lanes
norwich architecture

 

Have you ever been to Norwich?

 

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18 comments so far.
  • Oh it looks so cute! I really haven’t done much of that bit of the country, really need to get exploring! x

    • Laura Emilia

      It really is so lovely! There’s lots to explore too – so many little independent shops, restaurants & pubs! x

  • Oooh I had no idea that Norwich was so quaint and picturesque! Love your “mini pub crawl” πŸ™‚

    • Laura Emilia

      Hehe it’s the thing to do on rainy days! xx

  • Looks lovely. I have a friend who lives in Norfolk and he’s first on our list once Mr P passes his driving test so I’m sure we can squeeze in a quick detour to Norwich x

    • Laura Emilia

      Ooh yes definitely do that if you can – I really enjoyed our visit! x

  • I love Norfolk, Haven’t been to Norwich for a long time though. Next time I go I’m definitely heading to some of these places πŸ˜€

    Megan | http://www.MummyandHarrison.co.uk | Fashion, Lifestyle and Parenting Blogger.

    • Laura Emilia

      I hope you like them when you go! I really enjoyed our visit x

  • Ahhh Norwich is my home city so I loved reading this and I’m so glad you had a good time! I have to say, it is a really veggie/vegan friendly city which has been very helpful for me – and I love The Tipsy Vegan. If you return, the same people who own it have a fantastic stall called Bia Kitchen on Norwich market and they are great for a takeaway lunch – if its a nice day there is an area with loads of benches above the market where we usually sit and eat it πŸ™‚ I hope you’ll be back! πŸ™‚ xxx

    Sophie | Sophar So Good

    • Laura Emilia

      Oh I’m so happy you enjoyed reading this! I really loved Norwich and I’m sure I’ll be back multiple times as my boyfriend’s family lives close by. Bia Kitchen sounds amazing – I’ll definitely pay them a visit next time! Hopefully I’ll be lucky enough to get some sunshine too… xxx

  • I’ve never been to Norwich before but I’d absolutely love to! I really want to go on more UK breaks – and to be honest I don’t think that’s too far away from where I live! πŸ™‚ I love how quaint and charming the cobbled streets and wonky buildings look! πŸ™‚

    • Laura Emilia

      I agree – I’d love to explore more of the UK too! There’s so many places still on my list… I hope you get to go Norwich soon, I really loved it! xx

  • Luna Lovecow

    It looks so cute there with the narrow cobble streets! So awesome that it’s so vegan friendly as well! Is this near where Jim is from? x

    • Laura Emilia

      I know, they were the cutest! I think you would love it πŸ™‚ Yes, it’s about 1 hour by bus so it’s very handy for a daytrip! xx

  • Hayley Rubery

    Ahh love this post girl! I’ve been to Norwich a couple of times but both times were a fair few years back! Definitely need to go back and check out some of these spots after reading this post love! πŸ™‚

    Hayley xo
    http://www.frockmeimfamous.com

    • Laura Emilia

      Thank you lovely! Hope you make it back soon – I was definitely pleasantly surprised! xx

  • Ahhh my home! I’m Norwich born and raised … not lived there for a fair few years though. I moved to London in my late 20s and now I’m up in Newcastle! My Mum, Dad and sister still all live in Norwich so we go back a few times a year but not really not as much as we should – the journey from Newcastle to Norwich is pretty epic!

    It must have been a good long while cos I don’t recognise most of the places in your post, they must have all opened since I left!

    • Laura Emilia

      Aww I can imagine how much you must miss it! My boyfriend is from close to Norwich originally so hopefully I’ll get to visit again soon. Do you have any tips on must-do things that I haven’t already done?

      You should definitely go for a drink it the Birdcage next time you visit – it was so cute and quirky! x