Food review: The Copper Kettle, Norwich city centre
Norwich’s food scene is constantly changing – but dating back to 1958, The Copper Kettle, located on Lower Goat Lane, must be one of the oldest cafés in the city. The recipe for success? It’s one of those places you can count on. The modest menu has something for everyone (lunch options range from steak and kidney pudding to Caesar salad via burgers, paninis and fries), the food is well cooked, great value for money, and the staff welcome you like an old friend. For me, the breakfasts are the star attraction here – I can’t think of a better way to start a Sunday.
Ordering our drinks (decaf cappuccino for me and hot chocolate for my friend) was the easy part.
The Copper Kettle Restaurant has to have one of the most extensive breakfast menus in town. Along with the traditional full English breakfast (in sizes ranging from medium to super deluxe), all-day breakfast options include American style with eggs, sausage, pancakes, bacon, home potatoes, mushrooms, maple syrup and toast or fried bread. There is also a range of sweet and savory crepes, pancakes, pancakes and a ‘lighter’ selection including toast, bagels, cakes with different combinations of toppings and porridge.
My friend chose the avocado eggs benedict – while I went for the average vegetarian breakfast.
The avocado eggs were Instagram-ready, no filter needed. It is said to taste as good as it looks. The biggest test, of course, were the eggs, whose yolks were golden and poached to perfection, with a rich, indulgent hollandaise sauce.
And although it was billed as a medium-sized vegetarian breakfast, when my plate arrived, it looked like a larger-than-your-stomach moment: two vegetarian sausages, eggs (again cooked properly), beans, tomatoes, hash browns and toast. Everything is delicious and not a morsel left on the plate.
Our review visits are unannounced and we pay for our own meals