The Pantry at Jarrold’s

So, with relatives staying in Norfolk last week, it was a nice opportunity to take someone out and show them around the fine city – shopping and seeing the sites.

After many hours of walking around and trying things on, I suggested going to Jarrold’s for lunch. I visited The Pantry Restaurant a few months ago and wanted to see if it was just as good. The Pantry is located on the third floor of the department store and is beautifully decorated with a quaint chicken patterns and pale colours – it’s perfect for someone as twee as me!

I was surprised at just how busy it was on a Tuesday at 2pm – there were no tables available at all, which I suppose is testament to how popular it is. That might be because it serves such a wide range of food from slabs of fresh cake, hot meals, salads and sandwiches. Much of it is serve-yourself, which gives it a slightly canteen feel, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

I opted for the salad bar, which is £7.95 (I think!), and allows you to fill a plate with a range of cold meats, fish, pasta, salad a veg. I have a bit of a thing for smoked mackerel at the mo, so I was quite pleased to discover it among the cold meats. If you were prepared to load your plate scientifically, you could problem get a helluva lot for your money.

The sandwiches are freshly made to your order too, which is a nice touch – it means the bread isn’t at all soggy and tasty. And of course, no inNorfolk food blog would be complete without cake; the carrot cake is beautiful – all moist with a sharp cream cheese topping – I thoroughly recommend it.

If you’re looking for somewhere for lunch in the centre of Norwich, try The Pantry Restaurant.


Hi, I'm Lucy. I've lived in Norfolk since 2001 and in that time I've grown to love this fine county. From the city of Norwich, to the countryside villages and sweeping coastline, there's so much to explore and hope to share my experiences with you here.

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