The chippies and pizzas
Pizzas flew out of the yurt at Eric’s Pizza this summer. The Drove Orchards site at Thornham was way busier than we expected right through July and August, so big congratulations to head chef Fred Bambridge who leads that business and worked extremely hard all summer. Fred and I were both delighted with the standard of food and service the team produced – and to judge by the wonderful feedback, so were our guests.
As summer began, I was delighted to welcome Michael Medlicott to Eric’s Fish & Chips at Thornham. Michael has fantastic experience working in London and Norwich, and he really impressed at interview. And he delivered all season too, improving the professionalism and consistency at the chippie. Now that things are a little quieter, he’s able to take some time to tweak things to improve standards even further.
Over in Holt, Ben Crawford has had an excellent first summer in charge of our chippie on Fish Hill. He has a brilliant young team and I’m proud of the way they run the restaurant with such maturity and independence. It’s great to see the pedestrian area around the shop finally coming together too, with beautiful planting and benches that will come into their own next spring when we increase our outside seating and create a space to relax and enjoy food and drink from us and other local businesses.
Summer in St Ives and Norwich is always a bit quieter for our shops and restaurants than it is in Holt and Thornham, but I’m very grateful for the hard work of every team member.