In the past week the Facebook group ‘Meal Deal Talk’ has swept the nation, but cast away your shop-bought sandwiches and feast your eyes on the best lunches available from Norwich’s independent eateries.Grosvenor’s Fish Bar Picture: @kittyaine
1) Grosvenor Fish Bar, 28 Lower Goat Lane
A sausage or a fishcake with curry/gravy/peas/beans in a roll with chips: £3.50
This award-winning fish bar is the jewel in the crown of the Norwich Lanes and is rated number one of 641 restaurants in Norwich on trip advisor.
Owner Mal Motta has been serving fish and chips there for a staggering 45 years, so it isn’t any wonder his food is lip-smackingly good. The bar also has a downstairs seating area fitted out like an underground bunker and you can even take your food into the Birdcage Bar opposite for a boozy lunch.Gluten Free Cafe Picture: @kaoriking
2) The Gluten Free Café, 21 Timber Hill
Lentil, Goats Cheese and Greens Pie hot/cold £4.50
This café only came to trendy Timber Hill in January this year and has proved very popular. They state on their website “if you have to have a gluten free diet you won’t ever have to read a single label,” which has been greatly received by customers, including Dorothy Sharp who describes the shop as ‘gluten free heaven.”
The huge selection has seen customers coming back for more and the premises that double up as a grocery store, have become a one stop shop for coeliacs. Staff are also on hand to offer gluten free tips and recipes to customers.Moorish Falafel Bar
3) Moorish Falafel Bar, 17 Lower Goat Lane
Moorish Pita on brown or white £3.50
You don’t have to be a vegetarian to enjoy this superb eatery in the Norwich Lanes, with generously stuffed pita inspired by the Mediterranean and Middle East.
Each pita comes with three falafels and hummus and you can cram it with as much salad and dressing as you like. Extras can be added at a 50p, including salsa, feta and aubergine to give it that extra special touch. The majority of their food is also suitable for vegans and their signature home made lemonade can be bought for £1.90.George’s Jacket Spuds
4) George’s Jacket Spuds, Market Row F, Stall 120
Jacket spud with one filling £3
Hidden in the maze of Norwich Market is this popular lunch spot, with portions so large you could happily share. The potatoes are baked in George’s special cooker, which ensure the skins are perfectly crisp and innards as fluffy as a cloud.
Fillings include beans, cheese, coleslaw, beef chill and sausage to name but a few and an extra filling can be added for just 50p. With no waiting time, delicious spuds and a friendly face at the stall, it’s no wonder it’s so popular for a quick and easy workers’ lunch.Henry’s Hog Roast Picture: @kristie.yeong
5) Henry’s Hog Roast, Market Row D, Stall 21
Roast Pork, Stuffing & Apple Sauce in a roll £3.20
“Just had the best pork bap of all time at Henry’s Hog Roast” said Ben Roberts on Facebook. His hyperbole is justified, as you’d have to try pretty hard to find a better hog roast. Henry carves the pork joint in front of your eyes and serves it in a delicious bun complete with crackling and all the trimmings.
If pork isn’t your thing, the beef, mustard, horseradish and salad roll is also £3.20 and almost as tasty. You only have to look at the congestion in the middle of the market every lunchtime to see how good it is.