Eaton & Cringleford

Park café gets new lease of life

Just Regional
Mar 1, 2016 2 mins read

New tenants have been found to take on the popular café in Eaton Park and it’s due to open at Easter.

Cellar Boy, which owns The Bicycle Shop on St Benedicts Street, will be opening the doors to Eaton Park Café as it takes on premises based in the Grade II listed building.

The company was chosen from nearly 150 applicants to run the venue and provide a high-quality facility for the residents, visitors and community groups that enjoy the park every day.

Councillor Keith Driver, Norwich City Council’s cabinet member for neighbourhoods and community safety, said: “The team from The Bicycle Shop has the passion and local knowledge to build on the park’s existing community and to establish the café as a thriving and vibrant venue for everyone to enjoy. I can’t wait to join them for a celebratory cuppa!”

Rob Howe, owner of The Bicycle Shop, said: “I’m delighted to have been given the opportunity to run Eaton Park Café. I, and everyone who works at The Bicycle Shop are excited to start work within such an amazing space.

“I look forward to teaming up with Friends of Eaton Park and collaborating with the clubs and societies operating in the park. Also I hope that now, as someone working in the park, I might get discounted rides on the park train…”

Helen Mitchell from Friends of Eaton Park said: “We’re really looking forward to the café re-opening and think it will have been well worth the wait. Rob and David have fantastic experience and a great track record in the city already. What’s more, they are clearly entranced by the café building. They got the importance of the community side of the café and they’re already ahead of the game when it comes to using local suppliers, recycling and being energy efficient.

“As well as good food and a warm welcome we think Eaton Park Café will now have a real chance to develop a character all of its own and that it won’t be long before it comes to be seen as a destination in itself.”

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