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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Revelatory cooking in the heart of Norwich

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At a glance

Vegetarian menu
Private dining
Wines by the glass

Norwich is now 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 winner, so diners can be assured of exciting 21st-century food that's brimful of revelations, courtesy of stimulating combinations of excellent materials. A starter of moist and super-fresh crisp-skinned mackerel is balanced with bracing bursts of cucumber, sour apple and dill ahead of a main course that sings of spring: hay-baked Blickling Hall Estate hogget matched with spring greens, chervil root and wild garlic. Otherwise, there may be dry-aged Gressingham duck with salted plums, shiitake mushrooms, red onions and thyme sauce. To finish, the nursery comforts of Nanny Bush’s trifle with milk jam passed muster with the exacting standards of the WI ladies on the telly and remains as a signature finisher, or you might go for an equally classic and perfectly rendered lemon tart, its heavenly pastry encasing a zingy lemon custard. It all comes via a seasonal à la carte, six- or eight-course tasting options, or a daily changing set lunch which offers remarkable value.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 31 July to 15 August, 24 December to 9 January
  • Days closed: Sunday to Monday
  • Closed for lunch: Tuesday
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2
  • Dinner served from: 6
  • Dinner served until: 10

Chef

  • Chef(s): Richard Bainbridge

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines under £30: 6
  • Wines over £30: 29
  • Wines by the glass: 16

Price guide

  • 2-course lunch from: £16
  • 3-course lunch from: £20
  • Credit cards accepted

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Assist dogs welcome

Additional information

  • Seats: 40
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 14
  • Off-site parking available: On street, car parks nearby

Getting here

Just off inner ring road. Turn right by Toys-R-Us, second right into St Benedicts Street. Restaurant on left by pedestrian crossing.

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