The Little Red Roaster, Norwich

17 July 2009

This is a little coffee shop with its own roaster, which is itself quite little, and red. It’s not far from the centre of Norwich.

The Little Red Roaster, Norwich

My poor sisters and girlfriend were dragged here during a trip to Norwich with just the promise of a free coffee (i.e. paid for by me) keeping their little legs moving. As it turns out, they were glad to have made the effort.

And by “effort”, I mean a short walk from Norwich city centre. Perhaps they were just worried I’d get us all lost (completely unfounded).

The Little Red Roaster, Norwich

The coffee options are many and varied, including a flat white (always good to see those on a menu). Whenever I try a flat white I hope it’s as good as the ones I’ve had in London (e.g. at Fernandez & Wells and Flat White), but this one wasn’t, quite.

But it was delicious, and beautifully presented. I also had a latte which was equally delicious, and equally well presented. Our little group enjoyed all our drinks.

The Little Red Roaster, Norwich

The coffee is roasted on the premises in the eponymous roaster, a dainty red thing behind the counter. One nugget of wisdom I’ve picked up on my coffee trawl is that it’s a tricky business, roasting coffee. Very few coffee shops take on the burden of doing it themselves.

The coffee is Fairtrade and organic.  There’s also a good selection of food available, including fresh pastries.

The Little Red Roaster, Norwich The Little Red Roaster, Norwich

The LRR is a cute, comfy and picturesque place, hence all the photos. They make great use of a small, flowery outdoor area, perfect for a sunny day, and the window bench is ideal for people-watching.

But it is very small and I understand it can get busy. Not surprising – it’s the sort of friendly, communal, feel-good spot that engenders a bit of a cult following.

The Little Red Roaster, Norwich

This is easily the best coffee shop I’ve found in Norfolk.

Small but perfectly formed. A little bundle of joy.

The Little Red Roaster, Norwich The Little Red Roaster, Norwich

81B Grove Rd
Facebook: pages/Norwich-United-Kingdom/The-Little-Red-Roaster/23277592739

We visited on 17 July 2009.

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  • Dibbles 9 December 2009 at 6:56 am

    Looks blummin lovely!

  • Bluefox 13 February 2010 at 10:11 pm

    Best coffee in Norwich, nay – Norfolk. Yes I’d put my money where my mouth is.
    Hats off to Kate and Darren who strive to bring “coffee culture” to Norwich.

  • AJ 7 March 2011 at 11:29 am

    Without doubt the Roaster is the best coffee in Norfolk, on a spring or summers day sat outside the views and people watching are great, the coffee + food is always amazing, can get crowded on cold days inside though!!!

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