A Norwich Lanes restaurant has closed its doors after five years in business. 

The owners of Salt decided to close earlier this year due to rising costs in the hospitality industry and a desire to spend more time with their young family.

The St John Maddermarket restaurant was known for its breakfasts, small plates, salads and raclette dishes. 

Owner and chef Jamie Garbutt opened the restaurant in July 2019 as the savoury sister to dessert restaurant Figbar, which will remain open.  

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Mr Garbutt, an executive pastry chef, has held positions with famous chefs Marcus Wareing and Gordon Ramsay at Michelin-starred Pétrus, Galton Blackiston and Richard Bainbridge at Michelin-starred Morston Hall, and Yotam Ottolenghi at Ottolenghi.

Norwich Evening News: Dessert restaurant Figbar will remain open for business Dessert restaurant Figbar will remain open for business (Image: Simon Finlay)"We made the decision to close Salt after five years because it was never given the opportunity to turn into the restaurant we wanted it to be and had become financially unviable," he said.

"It opened just before the first coronavirus lockdown and we were never able to get it out of survival mode.

"With the changes in the hospitality landscape, the ever-increasing cost of ingredients, staff and utilities coupled with the desire to enjoy our young family, it was a decision made to support the balance of our joys and family life.

"Figbar continues to thrive and bring much happiness to me creatively and my family fulfils all else."