December 9 2013 Latest news:
Monday, September 2, 2013
A village pub is to get a new lease of life as an Indian restaurant.
The Former Two Friends in Blofield Heath reopens on Wednesday as the Tamarind Indian restaurant, the latest in a line of similar pub conversions.
Owner Giyash Miah, who lives in Sprowston, has spent more than £100,000 transforming the building, creating a state-of-the-art kitchen, and decorating it in a luxurious and spacious style.
He said: “I had to change everything inside and took the staircase out, and we had a sale of bits and pieces from the pub at the Heathlands community centre.
“I’m proud of what I have achieved here, and I hope that it will give the people of Blofield Heath something to be proud of too.
“We have had tremendous feedback from the village already. I think people appreciate what we have done here.”
He picked the name tamarind, which is the name of a tree in India that produces the characteristic sour seed pods used in cooking, to differentiate it from all the restaurants with spice or tandoori in their names. “It was a bit different, more upmarket,” he said.
He hopes to expand the restaurant by opening up an outside seating area next year.
Others restaurants in Norwich that were once pubs include the Duke of Norfolk in Mousehold Lane, now the Rishi Indian restaurant, and the former Refreshers in St Giles Street, near Guildhall Hill, which is now Paolo’s restaurant.
The restaurant is now taking bookings. It will also have a takeaway service. Call 07944 949738.