5 of the best date restaurants in Norwich
Whether you’re looking to impress on a first date or splashing out for a special occasion, Norwich has a range of romantic restaurants that are sure to impress
Located, as its name suggests, within a former library, this atmospheric Norwich restaurant has a dining room filled with historic features that are sure to make your date feel special. Deceptively simple dishes, crafted using fresh local produce, arrive beautifully presented, while the wood-fired grill adds an extra twist to the a la carte menu. The reliance on local suppliers means that menus are subject to change, but expect to treat that someone special to the likes of wood-grilled sea bass with ratatouille and crushed new potatoes or breaded aubergine burger, stuffed with mozzarella, tomato and basil sauce. And there’s always the Sunday roast…
Library Restaurant, 4A Guildhall Hill, Norwich, Norfolk NR2 1JH, +44 (0)1603 616606, thelibraryrestaurant.co.uk
The Last Wine Bar & Restaurant
Whether you’re on your first date, or your fortieth, the Last Wine Bar is the perfect place to spend a romantic evening in Norwich. Something of a local institution, the Last is set within a former Victorian shoe factory, and its intimate bar retains many of the factory’s original features. Whether you choose to work your way through the wine list here or head to the ground floor restaurant, you can expect to find a warm welcome and a menu the combines classic cooking with modern culinary innovation. Norfolk crab with lentils, fennel and smoked haddock, and a roasted cauliflower and pumpkin tagine with chickpeas and turmeric yoghurt are just two of the menu highlights.
The Last Wine Bar & Restaurant, 70-76 St George’s Street, Norwich, Norfolk NR3 1AB, +44 (0)1603 626626, lastwinebar.co.uk
Roger Hickman’s Restaurant
If you’re celebrating something special, then there’s no better Norwich venue to choose than Roger Hickman’s. The chef started his career in the city, before opening his eponymous restaurant and transforming it into a haven of fine dining serving a menu of modern British cuisine. But it’s not stuffy; the dining room offers low-key elegance and an atmosphere that’ll make you feel at home. And it goes without saying that the food is incredible. Try the wild sea bass with butternut squash, samphire and mussels or delve into the duck with egg, turnip, broad beans, girolles, grains and a truffle jus.
Roger Hickman’s Restaurant, 79 Upper St. Giles Street, Norwich, Norfolk NR2 1AB, +44 (0)1603 633522, rogerhickmansrestaurant.com
Delia’s Restaurant and Bar
Dinner at the football may not sound like the most romantic evening out but thanks to Norwich City fan Delia Smith, her beloved club is home to one of the best restaurant’s in Norwich. Open only on Friday and Saturday evenings, Delia’s serves up the TV chef’s recipes – cooked to her very exacting standards –in a space that offers a relaxed atmosphere and warm, friendly service. If you’re after home comforts then you’ve come to the right place. Although the menu changes every month, you can expect to find dishes such as a chargrilled Rib-Eye steak with cream and cracked pepper sauce (and proper chips, of course) or a vegetarian lasagne with spinach and four cheeses. Football and fine dining – who knew they’d be such a fabulous combination?
Delia’s Restaurant and Bar, Norwich City Football Club, Carrow Road, Norwich, Norfolk NR1 1JE, +44 (0)1603 218705, deliascanarycatering.co.uk
Shiki Japanese Restaurant
Japanese food is a great date choice; it’s light, healthy, delicious and easy to eat (no tangles with spaghetti required here). Shiki Japanese Restaurant can be found in the heart of Norwich, near the Cathedral, and specialises in sharing plates – perfect for getting up and close and personal with your date! There are a range of hot dishes available, including seafood tempura and chicken katsu, but the sushi and sashimi are what people really come to Shiki for. Every choice is delicious, whether you opt for classic California rolls or try something a little more adventurous.
Shiki Japanese Restaurant, 6 Tombland, Norwich, Norfolk NR3 1HE, +44 (0)1603 619262, shikirestaurant.co.uk