New combo place
The Kitchen opened on St Benedicts in April 2008. It sells itself as a deli/cafe/restaurant/bar, but really its more of a restaurant than anything. The decor is a bit confused, but the upstairs is nicer. The food is very good for the price, mains around £8, and it is a welcome addition to the area. There is an excellent trend for smaller cheaper informal eating places. My gripe is that they havent changed the menu and dont advertise specials. We have been twice and dont really want to go again until it changes.
Update: They have sorted out the layout downstairs so its much better and the menu varies weekly with specials too, so all good. Our only gripe now i(if you read the KitchenGuy) is the wine list is a bit rubbish. How about going BYO? I'd happily pay corkage.
"Historic East Anglian City"
Norwich was once one of the largest and most important cities in England, and it still is a lovely town to visit. This town was home of Julian of Norwich, the famous mystic anchoress who wrote (or at least is given credit for writing) the first English female-authored book. At the Norwich Cathedral you can see her statue and a picture of her in stained glass. Notice also the image of her cat.
"City of History"
I although I haven't been inside, Norwich is famous for its ancient castle keep in the center of the old city. The keep now houses a museum. At one time it served as a prison. If you have ever heared Peter Bellamy's "The Transports" you may recall the songs set in Norwich Jail. Well, I guess this old castle is that jail.
"East Anglian Pride"
Most Americans who trace their American ancestors to early English immigrants into New England have roots in East Anglia. Some of my East Anglian ancestors arrived in America in the early 18th Century or late 17th Century, but more recent Norfolk relatives only left England in the early 20th Century. These recent ancestors from Norfolk have left some traces in Norwich, and it's always a pleasure to go back and see sites that have meeting for my family history.