New cafe at Whitlingham Country Park

A new cafe opens at Whitlingham Country Park on Saturday 25 January to provide refreshment and relaxation to visitors enjoying the great outdoors right on the doorstep of Norwich.

Churchill Catering, which also operates the cafe at Thetford High Lodge, has invested £60,000 in the latest equipment and furnishings in the flint barn visitor centre which has stunning views over the Great Broad. 

The cafe will be serving an all-day menu starting with cooked breakfasts, and from 11.30am offering a deli bar with freshly made sandwiches made from speciality breads, baked potatoes with a choice of fillings, and home-made cakes and scones baked on the open plan premises. The latest ‘bean to cup’ coffee machine which can serve 300 cups an hour will provide the finest fair trade coffee. There will also be children’s choices.

“It will be a theatre of cooking,” said Managing Director Tony Nicholl, who founded the company 20 years ago. “We are very excited to be opening at such a popular and beautiful site as Whitlingham. We have put a lot of time and thought into setting up the cafe so we can provide a fast service while coping with large numbers of visitors.”

Comfort is also a feature with settees, coffee tables and newspapers, and tables decorated with fresh flowers.

The Barn Café will employ 10 staff in summer and five in the winter who have all been taken on from the previous cafe’s staff.

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 Thetford High Lodge, takes over the Whitlingham cafe as Manager.

The 280 acre Whitlingham Country Park offers outdoor recreation just two miles from Norwich city centre and is popular with dog walkers. It boasts two broads and people can learn to sail, canoe, windsurf, or take a trip on the Broads Authority’s solar boat Ra. It also has woodlands, meadows, cycle tracks, a low ropes course, a play area for children and a camp site. An Outdoor Education Centre runs all sorts of land and water based activities and the Flint Barn hosts a Broads Authority information centre and souvenir shop as well as an environmental classroom.


Thursday 1 January 1970