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Are the people of Norwich dining out less?

PUBLISHED: 16:35 08 January 2019 | UPDATED: 16:48 08 January 2019

Armin Hess, Jenny Dark and Jane Crowland. Photo: Fiona McNally

Armin Hess, Jenny Dark and Jane Crowland. Photo: Fiona McNally

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Although Norwich has an abundance of great restaurants, the general consensus among the people of Norwich seems to be that people of all ages are eating out less and less due to high prices in restaurants.

Bridget Gardner. Photo: Fiona McNallyBridget Gardner. Photo: Fiona McNally

In light of the news that Jamie’s Italian will soon be closing, I conducted some research and found that eating out is clearly viewed as a special occasion and is often a rare occurrence for the people of Norwich - surely raising prices will only worsen the situation.

Here’s a sample of Norwich’s eating habits when it comes to eating out.

Name: Bridget Gardner

From: Norwich

Occupation: Retired

Eats out: Twice a month

Jenny Dark. Photo: Fiona McNallyJenny Dark. Photo: Fiona McNally

Bridget sometimes eats in pubs around Norfolk after long walks along the coast and enjoys eating at The Bicycle Shop and Pulse as she is a vegetarian.

Name: Jenny Dark

From: Norwich

Occupation: Nurse

Eats out: Once a week

Jenny enjoys eating in restaurants such as Wetherspoons and Turtle Bay and regularly eats out in Norwich.

Bridget Gardner. Photo: Fiona McNallyBridget Gardner. Photo: Fiona McNally

Name: Godfrey Brown

From: Norwich

Occupation: Retired

Eats out: Twice a year

Godfrey rarely eats out in Norwich and has no preferences to where he goes when he occasionally does choose to eat in a restaurant.

Name: Tia Roberts

Armin Hess. Photo: Fiona McNallyArmin Hess. Photo: Fiona McNally

From: Norwich

Occupation: Student

Eats out: Once a week

Tia eats out rather regularly in cheaper restaurants such as Wetherspoon and would like to eat in different restaurants but finds herself limited by a student budget and high restaurant prices.

All three girls were disappointed to discover that Jamie’s Italian will be closing in February as they are all big fans.

Name: Armin Hess

Tia Roberts (pictured middle). Photo: Fiona McNallyTia Roberts (pictured middle). Photo: Fiona McNally

From: Norwich

Occupation: Retired

Eats out: Once a week

Since retiring, Armin has found it easier to go out to eat as he has more time to do so. He enjoys eating in Jarrold restaurants and cafés and also likes going to Middletons which he finds is a bit ‘hit and miss’.

Name: Jane Crowland

From: Norwich

Jane Crowland. Photo: Fiona McNallyJane Crowland. Photo: Fiona McNally

Occupation: Retired

Eats out: On special occasions

When eating out on special occasions, Jane enjoys eating Italian and French food but rarely eats out since having retired due to the high prices in restaurants.

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