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Weavers returns with new owners at the helm

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The new owners of one of Diss’ best-known restaurants has told diners to expect “the same quality of food and service they have always known” following their sell-out opening weekend.

Weavers Wine Bar and Eating House officially opened under new management last week. Lindsey Booty, 39, and Josh Atkin, 28, have taken over from former owners William and Katrina Bavin, who stepped down in September after 34 years at the helm.

Mrs Booty and Mr Atkin first met while working together at The Bell Inn, in Rickinghall, and decided to move on to pastures new following the pandemic.

Lindsey Booty and Josh Atkin outside Weavers restaurant in Diss. Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography 2021.
Lindsey Booty and Josh Atkin outside Weavers restaurant in Diss. Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography 2021.

“Covid put a few things in perspective for me,” said Mrs Booty, who lives in Linden Grove, Roydon.

“It opened my eyes and made me realise that family is the most important thing,” added the mum-of-one, whose sister Cassie Ayms runs Lash Luscious beauty salon, just a few hundred metres away Wills Yard.

“I wanted something closer to home and something my family could be involved in – I wanted my son to grow up in a family business, knowing you have to work hard for things in life.”

Looking beyond the busy Christmas schedule, Mrs Booty and Mr Atkin have their sights set on picking up their second AA Rossette – after being awarded one back in 2019 while they were at the Bell Inn.

For now, they remain focused on retaining the same quality of food and drink that made Weavers a favourite amongst diners in Diss under the Balvins.

Mrs Booty added: “In time, things will change, and we might put our own twist on things, but we want the same customers that came for Kat and Will.

“We’ve had massive support from local people and we know they will expect the same service and quality they have always known.”

And following a sell-out opening weekend that saw last Saturday at full capacity, it seems as though many of those pre-existing customers are already itching to get back to the Market Hill eatery.

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