Daughter is given keys to The Outback as restaurant on outskirts of Norwich gets a revamp

PUBLISHED: 06:30 26 June 2012 | UPDATED: 09:11 26 June 2012

A Taste of Oz at the Swan public house, Ringland, near Norwich.

A Taste of Oz at the Swan public house, Ringland, near Norwich.

The keys to a popular restaurant on the outskirts of Norwich – and its new jeep – are being handed over from father to daughter today.

The Taste of Oz restaurant in Ringland, near Taverham, is relaunching today after a refurbishment and change of direction. The restaurant had previously been famed locally for offering acquired tastes with an Australian theme, such as ostrich, kangaroo and crocodile.

Located adjacent to the Swan Inn, the restaurant will now be known as The Outback.

Andrew Parke has handed the restaurant on to his 27-year-old daughter, Jenna Parke-Howard, and her husband Lee.

Mrs Parke Howard travelled around Australia when she was younger and has taken inspiration from her time Down Under for the rebrand – based around a themed tin shack.

Mr Parke, who is remaining in charge at the Swan Inn, said: “The Taste of Oz had been open for six or seven years and what happens with restaurants is that you have to have a bit of a revamp.

“Numbers had gone down a little bit so we have completely stripped out all the tables and have got booths in now, like in American restaurants. You won’t recognise it now, it’s like a new building.”

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