• Old Hall Farm Café open for business!

    7th July 2020The Delicate Diner

    From Wednesday 8 July, Old Hall Farm at Woodton will be re-opening their café following the closure of hospitality following the COVID-19 pandemic. Old Hall Farm already has an extensive outside seating area but they will be opening the café on a limited basis from tomorrow. Owners Rebecca and Stuart Mayhew have chosen to limit occupancy to 20 covers inside and 20 on the patio, both of which offer a select and delicious menu including specials. All seats inside will need to be pre-booked, although you can request a patio table if you wish. In addition, there is the picnic…

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  • The Norwich Cosmetic Clinic Afternoon Tea

    9th April 2019The Delicate Diner

    For the last two years, The Assembly House in Norwich has been home to a fund-raising afternoon tea, and this year is no exception. Wednesday 1 May will see people come together once more, this time to raise much-needed funds for the Priscilla Bacon Hospice. As well as enjoying the amazing afternoon tea from Head Pastry Chef Mark Mitson, there will much to enjoy during the afternoon, which is kindly sponsored by Norwich Cosmetic Clinic. The Priscilla Bacon Lodge on Unthank Road in Norwich is looking to raise a total of £12.5 million to better serve the people of Norwich.…

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  • The Norwich Food & Drink Festival – a Preview

    10th June 2018The Delicate Diner

    I cannot wait for next Sunday! A celebration of all things foodie – and all things Norfolk – at the annual Norwich Food and Drink Festival. This brilliant day out for all the family will be held once more at The Forum in Norwich, as well as on the adjoining streets, and there is so much to look forward to. Cozens-Hardy LLP Solicitors are once more the headline sponsors for this fabulous event, which will see everything from cooking demos and a foodie street market to Battle of the Bangers and Splat the Dad. The event begins at 10am on Sunday…

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  • Take a seat for the launch of the historic Last Pub Standing – the first ‘Proudly Norfolk’ pub

    14th November 2017The Delicate Diner

    A new gastropub, the Last Pub Standing, officially opens its doors to the general public next Monday, 20 November. Named to reflect the fact that it’s the last of 58 pubs still standing on King Street, the Last Pub Standing encapsulates the fascinating history and stories that have emanated from this part of the city over the centuries. Built during the 17th century on a site that was originally part of a Greyfriars priory, the premises became a pub in 1877. Owner and general manager Darren Fennah has spent the last five months renovating the Grade II listed building, restoring…

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  • Grape Expectations!

    11th July 2017The Delicate Diner

    Norfolk Wine School launches WSET specialist wine training courses Norfolk Wine School, which launched last September, is delighted to announce that it is now offering the globally-recognised WSET (Wine & Spirit Education Trust) specialist wine education courses. With the Winbirri Estate Bacchus from Norfolk recently winning an international award at the 2017 Decanter World Wine Awards, Norfolk has been rightly thrust into the wine industry’s headlines. With the public’s increasing thirst for information about wine, Norfolk Wine School’s WSET courses are ideally placed to help hotels, bars and restaurants meet this need. All Norfolk Wine School WSET courses will be taught by Chief Wine Tutor, Jeremy Dunn DipWSET.…

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  • Your Gluten Freedom Expo

    1st October 2016The Delicate Diner

    It is almost time… At 10am tomorrow, the doors open once more on Norfolk’s premier gluten-free event – the Your Gluten Freedom Expo. Held at The Forum in Norwich, the Expo follows on from the last two high successful events, and is eagerly anticipated by many. The first gluten-free Expo was held last October to great success, and founder Sara Matthews, of Sara’s Kitchen, must be applauded for her vision. Since then, the team may have grown but it is still very much Sara at the helm. In a bid to keep things moving forward, there are a few changes this…

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  • The Great Hospital hosts a Blooming Great Tea Party!

    15th June 2016The Delicate Diner

    As mentioned in my earlier blog on the Art of Butchery, Charlie Hodson something of a local food hero. He is also Executive Head Chef of the beautiful and historic Great Hospital in Bishopgate, Norwich. Charlie is also Norfolk Ambassador for Marie Curie who, next week, are encouraging everyone to hold a Great Blooming Tea Party. So what better excuse for a chef like Charlie to get everyone together? The Great Blooming Tea Party will be held on Wednesday 22 June in the Birkbeck Hall at the Hospital – so even if the British summer decides to drench the grass, guests…

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  • #MeatTheButcher – The Art of Butchery at the Royal Norfolk Show

    15th June 2016The Delicate Diner

    Farming and Norfolk go hand in hand. Driving around the county, as well as neighbouring Suffolk, you see vast fields of arable crops; pastures with cows, gently chewing the cud under a tree; and also great parts of the countryside devoted to pigs. This part of the UK has the best pork in the country and, seeing how the live and thrive, it is easy to see why. I, myself, grew up on a farm estate and while my interest was more in the horses than the cows, sheep and chickens, they were part of the fabric of my life.…

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  • An Update from Your Gluten Freedom – beer, bangers and more beer!

    9th June 2016The Delicate Diner

    Good evening, my lovely Delicate Diners! I hope that you are all well. I like to picture you reading this, sat out in the garden and enjoying the late sun of another lovely June day, a glass of wine in hand and your other half slaving over a hot stove, preparing you a plate of gluten-free deliciousness. Or, maybe you are like me. In from a superb day in Norwich – I have been talking all things The Delicate Diner/Your Gluten Freedom – cat cursing you as you have been out all day and hasn’t been fed yet, and dinner…

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  • The Countdown to Fire & Feast with Relish…

    25th May 2016The Delicate Diner

    Those of you that know me well know that my favourite restaurant is Relish. Located at Newton Flotman and run by husband and wife team, Jeremy and Rachael Parke, Relish has been the scene of many a milestone for me over the years. From dodgy first dates to the ‘I’ll just stop for a glass of wine’ moment – and you roll out four hours later – Relish has been the backdrop to my life over recent years. I even hired out the whole venue for my 40th birthday, back in January, and we all enjoyed what Relish does best – a…

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