Monthly Archive: January 2011

Norfolk operator rebrands pubs and launches cake business 0

Norfolk operator rebrands pubs and launches cake business

A Norfolk pub operator is rebranding two of his sites and has launched a cake business to help boost trade. King’s Head in Holt: set for rebrand A Norfolk pub operator is rebranding two of his sites and has also launched a thriving cake business. Iain Wilson, owner of the King’s Head in Holt, is giving the freehold site a 100,000 rebrand as Steak at the King’s Head.

The conservatory-style steak house will feature a charcoal grill where customers can see food being prepared. A new maturation fridge will ensure the site can age its meat properly. Wilson also owns freehold the Pigs at Edgefield, the Assembly House and Lavender House boutique hotels and Byfords caf /deli and B&B, also in Holt.

Byfords will relaunch as Byfords Store in May following a 200,000 revamp. The new-look venue will have a new kitchen, an extra 30 seats and offer stone-baked pizza, pastries and speciality breads. There will also be a salad and pasta bar for eating in or taking away.

Byfords serves up to 1,200 customers on a Saturday. Wilson has also teamed up with Mark Joll to launch cake company Sponge, following the amount of cake sales at Byfords, which number around 80 a week. Sponge is now selling 500 sponges weekly and employing six staff to meet demand.

Selfridges is among stockists. The cakes are also available online, with 35 orders per week. A “Give one, get one free” offer is currently running to spread the word.

Wilson said: “The interest has been really great and the online side of the business could be massive.”

Norfolk operator rebrands pubs and launches cake business 0

Norfolk operator rebrands pubs and launches cake business

A Norfolk pub operator is rebranding two of his sites and has launched a cake business to help boost trade. King’s Head in Holt: set for rebrand A Norfolk pub operator is rebranding two of his sites and has also launched a thriving cake business. Iain Wilson, owner of the King’s Head in Holt, is giving the freehold site a 100,000 rebrand as Steak at the King’s Head.

The conservatory-style steak house will feature a charcoal grill where customers can see food being prepared. A new maturation fridge will ensure the site can age its meat properly. Wilson also owns freehold the Pigs at Edgefield, the Assembly House and Lavender House boutique hotels and Byfords caf /deli and B&B, also in Holt.

Byfords will relaunch as Byfords Store in May following a 200,000 revamp. The new-look venue will have a new kitchen, an extra 30 seats and offer stone-baked pizza, pastries and speciality breads. There will also be a salad and pasta bar for eating in or taking away.

Byfords serves up to 1,200 customers on a Saturday. Wilson has also teamed up with Mark Joll to launch cake company Sponge, following the amount of cake sales at Byfords, which number around 80 a week. Sponge is now selling 500 sponges weekly and employing six staff to meet demand.

Selfridges is among stockists. The cakes are also available online, with 35 orders per week. A “Give one, get one free” offer is currently running to spread the word.

Wilson said: “The interest has been really great and the online side of the business could be massive.”

Rackheath Players prepare for broadway-style performance … 0

Rackheath Players prepare for broadway-style performance …

Cast members of Rackheath Players’ Little Shop of Horrors Donna-Louise Bishop 1 Tuesday, January 25, 2011 2:52 PM A group of theatre enthusiasts from Rackheath are taking on their biggest challenge yet as rehearsals begin for their first production of a Broadway musical. To send a link to this page to a friend, you must be logged in. The Rackheath Players and The Rackheath Youth Theatre have joined forces to put on a production of Little Shop of Horrors.

The chairman of Rackheath Players, Eddie Allison, said: As we approach our diamond anniversary, we wanted as many of our shows as possible to have some special significance. Rackheath Players started in 1953 so, with Little Shop of Horrors, we ve not only got a show with a 1950s vibe, but also one that s a firm favorite with many of our members. The passion for this musical, premiered off-Broadway in 1982 before being turned into a cult film starring Rick Moranis and Steve Martin four years later, is no more evident than in the show s director, Laura Dignum.

She said: It s like a dream come true. I ve loved the movie for as long as I can remember. I m the third generation of my family who ve been members of the group, so Rackheath Players has been a big part of my life.

The anniversary in 2013 seemed like too good an opportunity to miss. Deciding she would like to direct Little Shop of Horrors towards the beginning of 2010, it was agreed in July last year and planning began straight away with auditions being held in September in an X-Factor-style audition in front of a panel of three judges and a video camera. It was quite an experience, Ms Dignum added.

Little Shop of Horrors is a rock musical telling the story Seymour, a sweet but nerdish young man, his friendship with unlucky-in-love Audrey, and how their luck changes, apparently for the better, when a strange, alien plant finds its way into their lives. The performances will take place on Thursday, February 24 to Saturday, February 26 at Rackheath Village Hall, Green Lane West, Rackheath. For more information call the Box Office on 07591 194092 or visit the Rackheath Players website www.rackheathplayers.co.uk.

If you are interested in joining either theatre group, irrespective of experience and to help back stage or front of house call secretary Jenny Howard 01603 721709.

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Contact Local Life editor Donna-Louise Bishop on 01603 772438 or email donna-louise.bishop@archant.co.uk References ^ Donna-Louise Bishop (www.eveningnews24.co.uk)