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New plans drawn up for Diss Corn Hall cafe

The Corn Hall cafe.
The Corn Hall cafe.

New plans are being drawn up for the cafe at the Corn Hall in Diss.

It follows news that Fredericks Fine Foods is no longer working in partnership with the arts and community venue.

From its base in Norfolk House Yard, Fredricks Fine Foods helped to develop the cafe in the run-up to the new-look venue, which opened in May last year.

The parting of ways is said to amicable.

Owners John and Juliette Atkinson said: “The cafe, which until the end of October was run as a joint venture between ourselves and the Corn Hall, has now become independent and will be run exclusively by the Corn Hall.

“We hope that the move will allow the cafe to develop a menu which reflects the events that the Corn Hall has been so successful in staging so far.

“It means we will have more time to develop our thriving outside catering business and our delicatessen and catering kitchen, which has become a well-established feature of Norfolk House Yard.

“We will continue developing new dishes with more locally-grown crops and ingredients.

“We would like to wish the Corn Hall cafe every success in its new venture.”

Clare Robinson, Corn Hall operations manager, said: “We’re enormously grateful to Fredricks for the huge contribution it has made to the cafe right from the start.

“Not only did Fredericks develop the menu and enable us to offer delicious, high-quality food, they also worked with us on aspects like the servery layout. We simply couldn’t have done it without them.

“The plan was always to look at how things were working for both parties after the first year of operation and, having done that, we both agreed that it made sense to go our separate ways.

“The renamed Corn Hall Cafe will now be cooking a substantial amount of food in house, using local suppliers.

“A revamped menu is currently being developed by new Corn Hall cafe staff.”

Plans are being put in place to open the cafe six days a week, from Monday to Saturday, from the end of this month.

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