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Former police detective opens new Diss bistro

Diss, Norfolk. Sophie Hillman and Tim Hayes at the newly opened Sophies shop in Diss

Diss, Norfolk. Sophie Hillman and Tim Hayes at the newly opened Sophies shop in Diss

A former police detective has cracked the case of what new career path to follow by opening a new bistro in Diss .

Sophie Hillman and her partner Tim Hayes, a former landscape gardener, opened Sophie’s at the start of January in Mere Street.

Both from Kenninghall, Mrs Hillman worked for Sussex Police and South Australia Police, returning to the UK in 2010.

“I’ve done waitressing before being a police officer for years and really enjoyed it,” she said.

“I came back from Australia and the police weren’t recruiting so me and my partner put our heads together.”

Mrs Hillman said that Mr Hayes, who has always wanted to work as a chef, took up the lease on the unit.

“It’s been quite exciting setting it up,” she added.

“It is going to be one of many, hopefully.”

Mrs Hillman said she was hopeful of securing an alcohol licence in the next five to six weeks.

The unit had been unoccupied for five years. It was marketed by Diss agents TW Gaze.

Oliver Chapman, of TW Gaze, said: “We are delighted that Sophie has taken that on.

“It is in a prime location in the town where we have the maximum footfall.

“They are absolutely in the right location.”

The unit, previously leased to a franchisee of national chain Subway, had been empty since it closed in 2009.

Mr Chapman added: “It is unfortunate that the unit was unoccupied previously but that was to do with legal issues rather than a lack of interest.”

 

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