The Last Wine Bar & Restaurant
New owners, a stylish makeover and a creative tapas style menu - The Last reminds us why it's one of the coolest places to eat in Norwich.
Once a 19th Century shoe factory, hence the name, The Last is a short walk from Norwich centre and a pretty one at that – over Fye Bridge and into the most historic part of the city. This bar/restaurant has been a social institution amongst the 40+ crowd and unless you’ve been hiding under a crab donut, you’ll know that the staid fine dine restaurant has been replaced by a vibrant new brasserie.
Three dining areas to choose from offering three different experiences but all with The Last’s unmistakable relaxed charm.
The bar is all brick, wood and leather giving it a cosy yet sumptuous feel. The raised dining platform nicely positions the tables away from the bar to offer intimacy. During the day, the floor to ceiling windows are great for people-watching and at night it’s hard to resist the warm inviting glow as you try to stroll past. The Last has always maintained a chilled but decadent vibe, most of which is down to the well appointed and friendly staff.
The new brasserie is light and airy with a modern, colourful decor courtesy of local interior designer Paula Gundry. Tropical fabrics, large plants and quirky local art for sale come together to create a fun and stylish eating environment.
The downstairs cellar has been transformed and is an homage to Art Deco with the black and white zigzag floor, marble topped tables, grey pannelled booths and greenery. I’m seriously trying to manufacture an excuse for a party as the space is so colonially cool. The historic shoe theme is still subtle in the decor and I particularly like the toilet door art!
Open Mon – Saturday for pastries, lunch and dinner and offering a creative tapas inspired small plates menu and À La Carte. Breakfast is available on Friday & Saturday mornings and in the warmer months you can dine alfresco on St George’s Street.
Passionate about using seasonal, locally sourced ingredients, Head Chef Iain McCarten offers a creative menu with fabulous vegan and gluten free options. The wine menu is impressive too (over 100 to choose from) and is taken very seriously – I recommend you keep an eye out on their Facebook page for their wine tasting evenings and events.
70-76 St George's Street, Norwich, NR3 1AB
Opening hoursMonday: 12pm - 9.30pm (last food orders)
Tuesday: 12pm - 9.30pm (last food orders)
Wednesday: 12pm - 9.30pm (last food orders)
Thursday: 12pm - 9.30pm (last food orders)
Friday: 9am - 9.30pm (last food orders)
Saturday: 9am - 9.30pm (last food orders)