The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Norfolk Edition

Category: Eat Out

Muddy eats: Byron Burgers, Norwich

21 Mar 2017

You can’t seem to go anywhere these days without bumping into a burger restaurant – whether it’s Five Guys or Gourmet Burger Kitchen, a meat pattie between two buns is big, big business. While I’m not much for jumping on band wagons, I am very much in favour of Byron, another burger chain which opened it’s first branch in Norwich yesterday.

Having frequented the branch in Islington more times than I care to admit during a long stint in London – with its industrial, stripped-back design and amazing milk shakes – I was excited to see a version open in my home town.

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Batter up, baby!

24 Feb 2017

Two great things concur next Tuesday: it’s the last (that’s last) day of February, and therefore, winter, and it’s Pancake Day. What’s not to love? To celebrate these two wonderful things, we are enlisted the help of Richard Banbridge of Benedicts fame (who incidentally won the Best Restaurant Award last year for Muddy Stilettos) to give us his favourite pancake toppings for you to replicate. Over to you, Richard…

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Muddy eats: Figbar, Norwich

20 Dec 2016

When London opened its first dessert bar a few years back, the concept was met with a certain amount of trepidation – was this a one trick pony, all style over substance, an idea too far…? Happily, it was the start of a trend that shows no signs of abating with one-dish restaurants opening up all over the capital and beyond, including celebrations of eggs (Good Egg), cereal (Cereal Killers) and puddings (Afters).

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Muddy eats: The Library, Norwich

13 Dec 2016

If you walk at a relatively brisk pace down Upper St Giles Street towards the lanes, you could easily sail past The Library. But, once spotted, you wonder how you could bypass such an imposing building, set so far back from the main humdrum that it boasts a courtyard bigger than its central location should allow – perfect for enjoying a tipple on a summer’s evening amid Norwich’s gentle buzz.

Opened in 1886 as the UK’s first public subscription library, this gorgeous listed building – with its grand pillars – was destroyed by a fire in 1898 and re-opened in 1914 after a full refurbishment that cost just £1,719. 

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12 great pub roasts to try

28 Nov 2016


It’s roast season (hurrah) and Norfolk is well and truly stuffed with beautiful pubs serving some beautiful Sunday roasts between now and, well, February I guess (hurrah!). With inventive takes on traditional produce; medleys of colourful, local veg; Yorkshire puds as big as your head; and pork crackling so crunchy you could use it as a weapon – not to mention warming fires, local ales and cosiness galore – the choices are endless.

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8 of the best cosy pubs

17 Nov 2016

Winter: brrrrr. Cold, dark, damp… Despite the twinkly lights and the alcohol-fueled Christmas parties, this time of year isn’t always kind weather-wise. Thankfully, Norfolk is stuffed like a Turkey with cosy pubs to retreat to – open fires and hot cider at the ready. So, pick up a paper, a loved one and (or) a dog, and bunker down in one of these beauties.

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Muddy Eats: The Kings Head, Letheringsett

27 Oct 2016

Getting lost isn’t usually a good thing but if, like me, you miss the right-hand turn into the town centre of Holt and can’t turn round for another mile, the first place you’ll come to is The Kings Head – a sprawling country pub housed in a jaw-dropping Georgian manor. As soon as my tyres hit the gravel and I see this absolute beauty, spinning the car around is no longer a priority – upstaged by a convenience break, a quick snoop around, half a pint and a homemade black pudding scotch egg.

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Norwich Cocktail Week is coming

6 Oct 2016

Taking place in Norfolk’s arty capital every year, Norwich Cocktail Week 2016 kicks off this Saturday and runs until 15 October – eight days rather than seven cleverly incorporating two Saturdays (two bites of the martini-doused cherry, if you will). Participating bars across the city will be mixing their own concoctions for wristband wearers to try.

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The Urban Guide to the Countryside -
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