5 Delicatessens You Must Visit in East Anglia


For regional delicacies and great service, Eastlife uncovers five of our greatest delis.


Norfolk – Amaretto Delicatessen, Norwich


A delight for more than one sense, the goods in the window displays look so good people take photos! But it’s the taste and smell that counts most, with fresh take away food and pizzas to try, while the Amaretto team will happily talk you through their selection of fine foods.

16, St Georges Street, Norwich, Norfolk, NR3 1BA.Suffolk – The Bistro at the Deli, Saxmundham

The Bistro at the Deli values the importance of a good cup of coffee, and hope their wide selection of coffee beans will help you choose a perfect accompaniment to their other treats. Cheeses, dressings, cakes and sandwiches, bringing quality from elsewhere to make the best in-house food, for a relaxing atmosphere.

26a High Street, Saxmundham, Suffolk, IP17 1AJEssex – The Art Café, Mersea Island

If you’re going to be temporarily stranded, as Mersea Island’s tides might leave you, then The Art Café is as good a place as any to be so. The combination of beautiful artwork, great coffee and meals made from local and seasonal quality produce mean you won’t mind the stay.

2 Coast Road, West Mersea, Essex, CO5 8QE. Cambridge – Rainbow Vegetarian Café, CambridgeRainbow Vegetarian Café’s main output is pretty self-explanatory, offering vegan and gluten-free food in the form of vegetarian cheeses, free-range eggs, and a variety of organic beverages. The menu aims also to draw from the varying travel experiences of its staff, providing a vegetarian taste of countries near and far.

9a King's Parade, Cambridge, CB2 1SJ

Hertfordshire – Halsey’s Delicatessen and Tearooms

Halsey’s was first opened in Hitchin in 1854, and today flourishes as a joint delicatessen and tearoom. The latter serves from breakfast to late afternoon, as well as Sunday brunch, while the take away service covers everything you could want. For a little extra continental flavour there are tapas nights too.

11 Market Place, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, SG5 1DR.

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