Sunday, 7 February 2016

Fine breakfasts in a fine city - My favourite five

Every week I'm asked where my favourite place in Norwich is to go for breakfast. There are so many places to get a great breakfast in Norwich it's really difficult to narrow it down to just one. Here are five of my favourite places (In alphabetical order) that I love returning to for a great breakfast.

 Harty’s Diner – 61 Heigham Street Norwich
If you’re looking for a traditional café serving a great builders breakfast then head along to Harty’s Diner. I first discovered it in 2010 and have returned on numerous occasions to enjoy a consistently good breakfast at an affordable price. The service is friendly and efficient and there’s always good banter between the staff and customers, not many places like this still exist but Harty’s Diner still stands strong.

House Café – 52 St Benedicts Street, Norwich
This popular café can get very busy and once you’ve tried the Full House breakfast you’ll understand why. They make their own delicious ciabatta, which is toasted and served with heaps of butter. The breakfast menu is varied and offers something for meat lovers, vegetarians, vegans and those who are gluten free. Enjoy a pot of tea here served with a strainer and mis-matched vintage crockery. 

Olives – 40 Elm Hill, Norwich
If scrambled eggs are your thing then head along to Norwich's historic Elm Hill where you can find Olives. The breakfast here is a bit different to your average Full English but what they have created is an incredible taste sensation. P.B George sausages feature on this breakfast along with the best scrambled eggs I've ever tasted and delicious homemade bubble and squeak. It can get very busy at times but the traffic light in the corner of the cafe will indicate roughly how long you can expect to wait.

Pandora’s Kitchen – 67 London Street, Norwich
The three floors of kitsch and homely styled rooms found at Pandora’s Kitchen make for the perfect escape from the busy city centre. Jeff and his team will make you feel at home here and have a breakfast menu to be proud of. The “Fry Up Inspector” breakfast served here features all of the fabled “magic nine’ Full English breakfast items and was voted number 10 in the 25 best breakfasts in Britain by Esquire magazine. 

Street Café – 147 Magdalen Street, Norwich
With it’s traditional interior and excellent service a visit to the Street Café feels really special before your order has even been taken. Chef Andy certainly knows how to serve a stunning Full English breakfast that always looks superb and is made using quality, locally sourced ingredients.  Archers sausages are used here, these sausages have won numerous awards and are a personal favourite of mine. 

For my full list of favourite places to go for breakfast in Norwich take a look at my recommended trail map and the recommended section on my blog.


  1. Some top notch looking breakfasts there, omg the bacon on the Olives picture is making me salivate.

  2. Totally agree with the Street Cafe, awesome breakfast

  3. Google 'Drayton Road Cafe' and give it a visit. Think your top 5 will be changed if you do so! Looking forward to seeing a review in future.

    1. I will happily visit when I have time. It's gonna take a damn fine sausage to get in my top 5 though!

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    1. No, but Sergeant Sausage reviewed it for me. It's on the blog somewhere and I hope to go myself at somepoint.