The Cosy Club, Norwich
We like cosy and we like clubs - so a big Muddy thumbs up to this gorgeously decadent restaurant in the heart of the city. We got a sneak preview .........
The Cosy Club has been cooking up a storm over the last eight years and Norwich is the latest in a long chain of Cosy establishments to open across the country. Situated on London Street in the old NatWest bank, it joins The Ivy in what seems to be the blossoming restaurant corner of the city. From the outside very little appears to have changed – and then you walk through the doors…
On their website The Cosy Club describe their ethos as ‘aristocratic abundance with a dash of local village cricket pavilion pottiness’ and that pretty much sums it up. To say that the interior has been revamped is an understatement: every corner seems to have been decorated by the wand of the absinthe fairy. Something wonderfully quirky can be found in every nook and cranny and the lights – oh, those lights! – are simply staggering. Think 30’s decadence with Victorian portraiture and staff in vintage clothing, all housed beneath soaring ceilings and giant pot-plants. It has to be seen to be believed.
As it was opening night, we were treated to a selection from their tapas menu: halloumi sticks, feta, tomato and watercress pesto on sourdough toast, sesame chicken, and chorizo and pulled chicken on crispy potatoes. The goat’s cheese and spinach croquettes were so scrumptious that when asked if one dish was enough, the immediate response was “two please!”
We washed it all down with several glasses of a beautifully light Sauvignon and if this is their house white, I’d happily drink the house dry. The cocktail selection featured many twists on traditional favourites – we particularly liked the sound of the Butter Toffee Old-Fashioned – and also a great range of ‘mocktails’ for those teetering on sober curious.
Vegetarians and Vegans rejoice, there are two dedicated menus available.
The Cosy Club could rapidly establish itself as Muddy’s go-to destination. It has everything you want – beautiful decor, fantastic cocktails and reasonably priced food – under one enormous roof, within walking distance of great shops, cafes and more bars. We can’t wait to go back again!
Words Hannah Colby