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Mackintosh's Canteen, Norwich

Unit 410 Chapelfield Plain
England NR21SZ
Tel: 44 1603 305 280
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Named in honor of the candy factory that once stood here, neither this upstairs dining room nor downstairs café, located just outside the newer of Norwich's two shopping malls, is remotely canteenlike. Rather, they're cheery places for intelligently cooked, locally sourced food, such as dressed Cromer crab with celeriac rémoulade, or pesto-baked corn-fed chicken with goat cheese mash. (Burgers, by the way, are better next door at Tootsies.) At the end of the meal, everyone gets to dip into the huge dish of Quality Street chocolates—Mackintosh's most-recognized candies. Children, of course, adore this.

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Serving up failure

I had the complete misfortune of enduring a "dining experience" earlier today at Mackintosh's canteen. While the service was excellent, the staff... more