Michelin Star Norwich
Update: Adlards has been bought by the people who own the beeches. Sadly, the food is not a patch on what it was. Now its overpriced and a bit ordinary :( No michelin star now, comments below left to remind us who it was.
This is a great restaurant serving high quality Modern British food. Went here for a birthday treat. The lunch menu is good value (£21 for 3 courses, wine extra). Dinner is more expensive and the atmosphere more formal. Dinner costs about £10 for a first course and £20 for a main course. My advice would be to go at lunchtime as it is cheaper and you avoid the 'whisper-factor'.
The restaurant has one star in the Michelin Guide. I believe it is the only place in Norwich with a star. The spring lamb was excellent. Extensive wine list. Excellent cheese board.
Summer 2003 Family Visit to Norwich
Our first stop in Norwich was the fine cathedral constructed mostly between 1096 and 1278. This has the second highest cathedral spire in England. There are many impressive examples of stone and wood carving. The stained glass will also inspire visitors who are in a receptive mood.
"Old Painted Interior"
Originally the ancient cathedrals of Europe such as Norwich Cathedral had bright paintings on the interior surfaces. Now almost nothing of these paintings remain.
There isn't much ancient stained glass in the Norwich Cathedral. In fact, most of the glass work seems to be from the 20th and 19th Centuries. Nevertheless, it is lovely to gaze at the images.
If you are visiting a cathedral with children you might enjoy playing games with them in which they try to discover things. For example, you might ask them to count angels in the carvings and stained glass, or try to find the prettiest angel among the many that they see.
"Gideon with Sword"
Here the stained glass artists show us Gideon, who won a battle against thousands with an army of a few hundred, or so the book of Judges claims. Norwich has had several military bishops in its history, but now bishops are more known for their love of peace and justice.
Norwich is densely built up with few open spaces for grass and trees, but along the river and in couryards one does find flowers and trees flourishing. Here is a poppy we admired near the Octagon Church off of Colgate Street in Norwich.
"Buried under the floor"
In Norwich Cathedral and in some Norwich churches remains of wealthy or famous persons are sometimes buried under church floors. Here on a church floor is a decorative monument with some family's coat of arms carved into the stone. It's an interesting heraldic device, featuring as it does the three chickens, or cocks, I guess. I could find no words to tell me who this represents.
Norwich is full of ancient churches. Here you see St. George's Tombland. The houses in the foreground are fairly typical of the old city.