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Video: Customers welcome back popular café at Whitlingham Country Park, near Norwich

PUBLISHED: 15:30 26 January 2014 | UPDATED: 15:53 26 January 2014

Sarah Peachey, manager, at the reopened café at the Flint Barn Visitor Centre, Whitlingham Country Park. Picture: Denise Bradley

Sarah Peachey, manager, at the reopened café at the Flint Barn Visitor Centre, Whitlingham Country Park. Picture: Denise Bradley

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Visitors to Whitlingham Country Park near Norwich are celebrating the reopening of a café at the Flint Barn visitor centre.

The café has been closed for about two months but reopened under new management yesterday.

The previous staff have been retained and feedback from visitors has been positive.

Churchill Catering, which also operates the café at Thetford High Lodge, has invested £60,000 in the latest equipment and furnishings.

Area manager Beverley Pooley said: “We hope to give customers something extra. We’re expecting the same type of customer as at High Lodge – people who enjoy the outdoors. We want to bring our expertise and enhance the customer experience. We will be open seven days a week bar Christmas Day, and feedback so far has been good. We will be listening to customers about what they like.”

Customers yesterday were pleased to have the café back and the fact that the previous staff had been kept on.

One customer, who did not wish to be named, added: “I would give it 10 out of 10. We’ve had a massive Chelsea bun and a sausage roll and it was gorgeous.”

It will be serving an all-day menu starting with cooked breakfasts and managing director Tony Nicholl, who founded Churchill Catering 20 years ago, said: “We are very excited to be opening at such a popular and beautiful site as Whitlingham.”

Churchill, which is based in Rickinghall near Diss, runs cafes on 120 sites from Kent to Falkirk in Scotland and employs 350 people in Norfolk and Suffolk alone. Sarah Peachey, the deputy manager at High Lodge, has taken over the Whitlingham café as manager.

The Barn Café will employ 10 staff in summer and five in the winter.

Have you opened a new business in the Norwich area? Call reporter David Bale on 01603 772427 or email david.bale2@archant.co.uk

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