Where to Get the Best Brunch in Norwich
Brunch is a very modern concept that has really taken off in recent years, particularly amongst millennials who prefer to sleep through ‘traditional’ breakfast hours. A combination of breakfast and lunch that is either consumed in late mornings or early afternoons and is generally more filling and ambitious than your average breakfast, brunch is a delight that has taken root in popular culture.
As the most populous city in the East of England, Norwich is a historical city with an enviable heritage. It also boasts hundreds of restaurants, many of which will be happy to offer brunch options. So, here we’ll run through just a selection of the best places to find a hearty brunch in Norwich.
Frank’s Bar (19 Bedford Street, NR2 1AR)
A humble cafe and bar situated in the city center; Frank’s Bar is a Norwich institution that is a cornerstone of the local community. Where it’s really made a name for itself, however, is in its decadent brunches, which are served every Sunday between 10am and 6pm! From huge vegan platters of spicy avocado and sourdough with sun-dried tomatoes, to decadent lamb shawarma, everything is made using locally sourced ingredients and the venue boasts a decidedly chilled atmosphere and a number of weekly events such as film nights and live music events.
No. 33 (33 Exchange Street, NR2 1DP)
A proudly independent family-run cafe that is all about freshly prepared, homemade fare and generous portions, No. 33 is named for its located at 33 Exchange Street and as the name suggests, it’s a simple, no-nonsense cafe that serves epic brunches all day, every day. Whether you want to pop in for a cup of coffee or devour the biggest brunch in Norwich (the famous No 33’s Big Breakfast), you won’t leave disappointed. Vegans are also catered for, with vegan pancakes and a variety of cruelty-free options for many of the main dishes.
The William and Florence (111 Unthank Road, NR2 2PE)
Set amongst the variety of upmarket shops, cafe and bars on Unthank road, The William and Florence is a picturesque establishment brimming with natural light and serving a variety of award-winning beers and cocktails. Run by Norwich legends Nick & Briony (who have been running sister pub The Unthank Arms for over 25 years), the W&F is all about the atmosphere, the food and the service. Every weekend, the W&F also puts on a spectacular ‘bottomless brunch’ between 10am and 2pm, which is just an epic as it sounds.
The Green Grocers (2-4 Earlham House Shops, Earlham Road, NR2 3PD)
A literal greengrocer with a difference, this is not only an independently owned whole foods shop but a lovingly run bakery and cafe that specialises in local, organic food and environmentally friendly practices. Located within the Earlham House Shops on the western fringes of the city, The Green Grocers is a quiet and quaint local favourite that is the one-stop-shop for all zero waste, organic shoppers. They also serve reasonably priced brunches all day and boast a selection of over 50 teas! A perfect spot for a quiet and comfortable big breakfast any day of the week.
Woolf & Social (21-23 Nelson Street, NR2 4DW)
A social club and dining experience that extols the virtues of sharing with your friends and family, Woolf & Social provides a brunch with a difference. This is food that’s all about sharing - small dishes that are meant to be picked over and conversed over. For such fine dining fare, it’s also remarkably affordable and the restaurant’s location in the trendy Height Grove area of Norwich mean it’s a favourite among local hipsters.
Olives (40 Elm Hill, NR3 1HG)
A city centre cafe that is as simple and elegant as its name implies, Olives is a coffee shop first and foremost, but also boasts an extensive and affordable brunch menu that’s all cooked to order from fresh ingredients. The big draws are the big breakfasts and they are BIG. There are also various options for vegans and veggies, and there’s even a gluten-free option.
The Oak Bar Terrace (The Oaklands Hotel, 89 Yarmouth Road, NR7 0HH)
A bar and restaurant located in the Oaklands Hotel that roasts its own coffee and boasts a stunning terrace overlooking the Norfolk Broads, Oak is not just a swanky bar and upmarket restaurant, but a purveyor of the most luxurious bottomless brunch in Norwich. Every Saturday, for £20 you’ll get unlimited Prosecco and some incredibly indulgent options, such as eggs Benedict with honey glazed gammon and maple glazed streaky bacon and fried egg in a brioche bun. This is truly the brunch of the gods.
The next time you wake up on a Saturday morning just a little too late for breakfast but still want to indulge yourself in some classic breakfast food, keep the list above in mind and you’ll never again have to go without the most important meal of the day.
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