Food Glorious Jarrold’s

Jarrold began in Woodbridge where John Jarrold had his first shop in 1770. His early death lead to his widow moving back to her home town of Norwich. It was then his son John Jn took the reins in his early 20’s and set up Jarrold’s retail, later extending into farming and then printing. 

Did you know Jarrold’s printed Anna Sewell’s Black Beauty.

Jarrold’s is still family run and independent with its 8thgeneration Jarrold. 

Somewhere along the line in the early 1900’s George Skipper designed what Jarrold’s is today with its Grand Victorian facade. It’s evaded wars, fires and recessions as many before have fallen Jarrold still stands proud, it doesn’t just survive it thrives.

And the food scene is where it thrives the most – Food Glorious Food. 

Where do we begin?

Let’s start from the top

  • The Pantry Floor 3

This is a modern canteen with daily breakfast from 11am, a carvery lunch along with freshly baked cakes legendary scones and a salad bar with other house made goodies.

Opens Daily between 9 / 9.30am – until 4pm & Sunday 10.30 – 2.30pm

  • The Bay – Seafood Bar Floor 2

A grand art deco style sit-around bar and restaurant. Lavish on oysters and champagne, treat yourself to caviar or lunch in style (12-2.30) with seafood classics like bisque. 

Opens 9.30-5pm (Saturday until 5.30pm) Sundays 11-4pm

  • Benjis  Floor 1

Benjis offers formal dining in a modern yet, back to the classic days feel with amazing service. Offering breakfast, afternoon tea and lunch. Classic restaurant style dishes like Calves Liver & Colcannon, Monkfish or Cromer Crab Salad. Or go for the 2 course lunch menu with a glass of wine for £13.50 or 3 for £16.50. Sandwiches also available. (12-2.30)

Breakfast offers Benedict’s, sausage baguettes and pastries to name a few. 

Plus, afternoon tea of sandwiches, tea and scone for £14.50. (2.30-4pm)

Opens 9 / 9.30 – 5, Sundays 10.30–4pm with a lighter menu in-between.


In the Basement, you’ll find a plethora of kitchen gadgets, a deli, local produce from chocolate to chutney, amazing wines, beers and spirits plus a

  • Deli & Wine Bar  Sit at the bar to enjoy charcuterie, cheeses, pastries, wine & fizz.
  • The Exchange Offering wood burning pizzas, salads and pasta. But you’ll also get breakfast including Burcher muesli, bagels, eggs on toast, chocolate pizza (yes) and so much more.

For Lunch you’ll get all sorts including stoned baked bread with Pulled Duck, Beef & Veal Ravioli or try the BBQ Ribs.

On Sundays try the ‘Host your Roast’ for £14.95 per person plus the wood burning oven will be fired up for your pizza and pasta delight.

Opens 9.30 – 5pm (6.30pm on a Thursday), Sundays 11 – 4pm

  • Chapters Coffee Bar Connoisseur coffee, a range of amazing teas plus cheese straws, pastries and cakes –  nestled around the book section.

Open 9 / 9.30 – 5pm, Sunday 10-4pm

If that wasn’t enough Jarrold’s have now launched their own food labelbranded by the old Jarrold print FONT.

They have got together with dozens of mainly local suppliers to create something magnificent. 

Wines from Spain – 

Chocolate Truffles from Bean to Bar made in Suffolk – 

Honey from North Norfolk – 

Beer from Norfolk Brew House – 

Heritage Mustard & 

Apple Juice from Norfolk orchards.

Plus, Marmalade, Jam, Tea, Coffee, Gin, Scottish all Butter Shortbread, Olive Oil, Chutney & Balsamic.

It’s all incredibly good but I especially liked –  The Demerara Shortbread & the Salted Caramel Truffles.

And if you can’t fill your culinary boots with all of that, get yourself on down to the Cathedral rectory – Jarrold’s run the café there too.

Now, who else in the World can beat Jarrold’s on Food.

Yes, there is Harrold’s, Fortnum & Mason, Selfridges in London and Macys of New York – 

BUT Norwich has Jarrold’s – Jarrold’s is Norwich x

By Zena Leech-Calton ©

all for the love of food