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Delia's Restaurant & Bar, Norwich

Norwich City Football Ground
Carrow Road
England NR11JE
Tel: 44 1603 218 704's insider take:

Imagine if Jacques Pépin—no, if Rachael Ray owned the Baltimore Orioles and set up a restaurant at Camden Yards that was open only on game nights. That doesn't quite approach the absurd glory of this venture. Delia Smith is sort of like Julia Child crossed with Julie Andrews, a quasi-saintly culinary savior and TV personality who also happens to be a sports nut. She owns the Canaries, the Norwich City soccer team, and she put her reputation on the line by operating the Carrow Road catering. Here you can eat the intelligent, yummy English–Continental food that endeared Delia to at least three generations of gastronomic neophytes: coarse country pâté with cornichons and toasted granary bread; swordfish ceviche with cilantro and mint; confit of Norfolk duck with sour cherry compote; jerk pork with grilled pineapple salsa; spinach-and-pine-nut lasagna with three cheeses. And you can see a championship soccer match, too.

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