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The Maids Head Hotel

Tombland, NORWICH, NR3 1LB

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The brick-built hotel in the city centre lays claim to being the UK's oldest, having been feeding and watering East Anglian travellers for a sterling 800 years. It stands next to the cathedral for company of due venerability, although the Jacobean bar is a relative stripling in the context. Dining goes on in a glassed-in courtyard with a quarry-tiled floor and simple wooden tables, and the menus keep things fairly simple too, albeit in the modern British idiom. Expect to start with the likes of Cromer crab mousse with tomato gel, seaweed salad and avocado oil, before progressing to a Parma-wrapped breast of corn-fed chicken with bubble and squeak, roasted beetroot and a jus of cider and thyme, or seared sea bass on mussel and courgette risotto with buttered leeks in white wine sauce. Dessert might be a verrine (serving-glass) of strawberries and Greek yogurt, accompanied by strawberry ice cream.

Further information

Tel: 01603 209955
Please quote 'The AA'.

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Open all year.
Sunday lunch available.

Restaurant information

Cooking type: Modern British
Chef: Mark Lutkin
Number of seats: 70
Accessible for wheelchairs.
Disabled toilets.
Children welcome.
Children's portions.
Parking available.



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A147 to north of the city. At rdbt for A1151, signed Wroxham, follow signs for Cathedral and Law Courts along Whitefriars. Hotel is approx 400 mtrs on right along Palace St
Nearest station: Norwich

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