Secret Norfolk: the best vegetarian restaurants

The best vegetarian restaurants in Norfolk 

Secret Norfolk: Life in a Fine County

Written by Nicole Ranaweera

Norfolk born and bred, I love this county; its quirks, eccentricities and hidden gems, but as a vegetarian it can sometimes be difficult to know which restaurant offers more than just a lasagne and risotto! With that in mind I’ve put together my top 10 eateries, from restaurants to cafes, for a great, meat-free bite to eat…

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Shuck’s at the Yurt, Thornham

Shucks, Drove Orchards, Thornham Road, Thornham, PE36 6LS | T: 01485 525889

Shuck’s is a casual, family-friendly restaurant that caters for vegetarians, vegans and meat eaters alike. Award-winning chef, Philip Milner produces innovative vegetarian and vegan dishes that really are a feast for the eyes, stomach and soul alike! Plus, the restaurant is housed in a yurt within walking distance of the sea. Is there really any more you could ask for? More details at 

Namaste, Norwich

Namaste Village, Queens Road, Norwich, NR1 3PN | T: 01603 466466

Namaste is, in my mind, the best Indian restaurant in Norfolk. Not only are all dishes vegetarian friendly, there is a great selection. Having recently had the seal of approval from my Sri Lankan mother-in-law who cooks amazing curries herself, I know I can legitimately recommend it to all serious curry fans that are looking for the real deal. Read more at

River Green, Trowse

River Green Café, Trowse, Norfolk, NR14 8AH | T: 01603 466466

Located just a short distance from the Norwich city centre, The River Garden is renowned for good food that uses local ingredients where possible and caters for vegetarians, vegans and those who are gluten free. Serving a range of cuisine, you can drop in for a light bite, or a 3 course meal. Read more details at

Wild Thyme, Norwich

Wild Thyme, Labour In Vain Yard, Norwich, NR2 1JD | T: 01603 765562

A vegetarian and vegan café in the heart of the city centre, Wild Thyme is located just above Rainbow Wholefoods. Most dishes can be modified to vegan or gluten-free, so this is a great place for lunch or just a cup of tea and cake!

Bia Kitchen, Norwich

Bia Kitchen, Norwich Market, NR2 1ND

If you’re looking for a quick lunch on the go, you can’t go wrong with a visit to Bia Kitchen, located in Norwich Market. Offering contemporary street food, this vegan cuisine is truly delicious and won’t break the bank! Take a look at the menu at


Tofurei, 12 Pottergate, Norwich, NR2 1DS | T: 01603 627717

This vegan café in the Norwich Lanes is a relatively new addition to the Norwich food scene. Enjoy one of their amazing vegan cakes with a cup of tea, or just pick up a soysage roll from their unique deli! All products are plant based and the tofu is made on the premises. Visit for more details 

Deerly Beloved Bakery

Deerly Beloved Bakery, Turner Road, Norwich, NR2 4HD | T: 07768762998

An artisan vegan bakery that is fast becoming one of Norwich’s vegan jewels in the crown. Often popping up at food markets and events, you can enjoy one of their amazing cakes any time at Waterstones Cafe W, St Benedict’s Food Store or Biddy’s Tea Room.

Moorish Falafel Bar, Norwich

Moorish Falafel Bar, Lower Gate Lane, Norwich | T: 01603 622250

Another great addition to the Lanes in Norwich, this is a great place for either lunch or a coffee and vegan cake-break from shopping! Tasty falafel in pitta with delicious salads plus fresh lemonade or mint tea makes for a delicious quick lunch and, it’s reasonably priced too! View the menu at

The Greenhouse, Norwich

The Greenhouse, Bethel Street, Norwich, NR2 1NR

Offering an organic and fairtrade vegetarian and vegan menu, The Greenhouse café is part of the Greenhouse Trust that houses a bookshop, café, shop and art gallery. A lovely place to escape the shops and relax! Discover further details at

Amandines Café Restaurant, Diss

Amandines Café Restaurant, St Nicholas Street, Diss, IP22 4LB  | T: 01379 640449

Located in a charming courtyard in the market town of Diss, on the Norfolk and Suffolk Border, Amandines Café offers a good selection of dishes made from fresh, locally sourced vegetarian and vegan ingredients. View the dishes at

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