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!
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. 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.
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.
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).
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…
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