I’m constantly updating this post as I try out different places with my dog – so please forgive its unedited and rough-draft form…
I spend a lot of time wandering around Norwich looking for a good coffee or lunch with my chihuahua-cross Snoops in tow. I thought it might be a good idea to keep a record of all the good places I have found.
So here’s my guide to dog-friendly cafes, restaurants, shops and places to go in Norwich.
Bicycle Shop in Eaton Park
What could be nicer than a stroll in Eaton Park followed by a flat white at the very dog-friendly cafe run by the Bicycle Shop. Lots of dogs, lots of kids, lots of runners, lots of nice food and coffee. Highly recommended. Find it by the bandstand in the centre of the park.
Here’s my dog Snoops enjoying the sunshine here this morning…
This is my current favourite lunch spot with my dog. Great food, especially the soup and happy for me to bring my chihuahua cross in with me. Gets pretty busy at lunch though and can be hard to find a seat – probably because the food is so good.
North Cafe at Fye Bridge
You often see dogs in here and there’s plenty of space so you can relax a bit. Can’t beat their chunky chips with harissa mayonnaise.
Storm in a Teacup, Elm Hill
They’re not so keen on huge dogs as it’s a small cafe. But if you ask, they usually let you take smallish dogs in. Nice food, but can be a little noisy and windows steam up a bit when it rains.
18 Wensum Street, Norwich 01603 613126
Resident giant golden retriever Toby is a major attraction at this informal cafe. He’s so laid-back he adopted a submissive pose on his back when meeting my chihuahua. The food is good – toasted sandwiches, jacket potatoes, panini. The staff are extremely friendly and easy-going and the cafe has a stream of regulars popping in for their lunch.
Cupcake & Co
83 Upper St Giles St, Norwich, NR2 1 AB 07585 443801
A snug cafe selling cakes as well as vegan and gluten-free bakes. Very dog-friendly and even has their own baked dog treats.
This vegan cafe sells amazing cakes and is quite happy for you to take your dog in. Most of the seats are bar-stool height and there are only a couple of low chairs which makes it a little tricky with a dog. But the food is good and it’s worth a visit.
Cafe, Earlham Road, Norwich
Plenty of space in here, so it’s great for larger – or more than one – dog. Lots of people meet here for coffee after taking their dog for a walk in nearby Heigham Park. Food isn’t the most stunning,so I usually opt for coffee and a cake. A big advantage is there’s parking outside, handy if like me you’re meeting somebody who can’t walk that far. The cakes are delicious and the coffee great.
The Tea House
The Tea House, Elm Hill
A friendly cafe with a terrace out the front and tables in the garden at the back. Well-behaved dogs are also allowed indoors. The owner even brought my dog a bowl of water. Toasted sandwiches were particularly tasty.
Elm Hill. Haven’t tried this yet myself but there’s a sign on the door that says ‘dogs welcome’. However, closed on a Monday which is how I ended up trying the nearby The Tea House instead.
The Parson Woodforde
Weston Longville. www.theparsonwoodforde.com
A 20-minute drive from central Norwich, but dogs welcome here if you fancy a country walk and a pub meal after. Hearty, country food although portions a little big and unhealthy for my liking. But good quality and reasonably priced at around £12.95 on average for a main course. I opted for hake, sauteed potatoes and green beans. My friends choose the liver and bacon, burger and fries and steak and kidney pie. Everybody was happy with their meal. I’d just prefer a few healthier options. We went in the evening, but there is also a tempting afternoon-tea menu.
Other pubs I haven’t tried myself yet
The Cellar House, Eaton
The Earlham Arms, Earlham Road, Norwich
The Black Horse, Earlham Road, Norwich
The Eagle, Newmarket Road, Norwich
Shops that don’t mind you taking in a dog
On the floor
In your arms