“Revelatory cooking in the heart of Norwich” - AA Inspector
Our Inspector's view
Norwich is firmly established on the UK’s foodie firmament thanks to Benedicts, a switched-on operation where pared-back, Scandi-chic looks tick all the boxes of a big-city venue and make a suitably modernist setting for chef-patron Richard Bainbridge’s innovative contemporary cooking. Devotees of Great British Menu may remember that Bainbridge was the 2015 dessert winner, so diners can be assured of exciting 21st-century food with stimulating combinations of excellent materials. A starter of Thornage Hall beetroot tartare comes with confit egg yolk, pickled onion and chervil, or you might prefer Norfolk partridge, spätzle, chestnut and pomegranate. For main, there might be Skrei cod with parsnip, roasted onions and shellfish bisque. To finish, Nanny Bush’s trifle (the GBM winning dish) with milk jam remains as a signature finisher, or you might go for the splendid treacle tart with caramelised pecans and vanilla. There’s a seasonal à la carte, six- or eight-course tasting options, and a daily changing set lunch which offers remarkable value.
Awards, accolades and Welcome Schemes
Facilities – at a glance
- Seats: 40
- Private dining available
- Wheelchair accessible
- Assist dogs welcome
- Days Closed: Sunday to Monday
- Lunch served from: 12
- Lunch served until: 2
- Dinner served from: 6
- Dinner served until: 10
- Wines under £30: 6
- Wines over £30:
- Wines by the glass: 11
- Cuisine style: Modern British
- Vegetarian menu
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About The area
The North Norfolk Coast is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and probably the finest of its kind in Europe. Here you’ll find a string of quaint villages and small towns – Holkham, Wells-next-the-Sea and Cley next the Sea are 21st-century favourites, while Sheringham and Cromer are classic examples of a good old-fashioned seaside resort where grand Victorian hotels look out to sea. Further round the coast you'll find Great Yarmouth, one of the most popular resorts in the UK and packed full of amusements, shops and seashore entertainment. And let's not forget Norwich, the region's only city.
Norfolk prides itself on its wealth of historic houses, the most famous being Sandringham, where Her Majesty the Queen and her family spend Christmas. Many of Norfolk’s towns have a particular charm and a strong sense of community. The quiet market towns of Fakenham and Swaffham are prime examples, as well as Thetford, with its popular museum focusing on the TV comedy series Dad’s Army which was filmed in the area.
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