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Norwich restaurant in heart of city raises a toast to its 28th birthday

The Last Wine Bar head chef Iain McCarten, partner Ecky Limon, manager Emma Swatman and partner James Sawrey-Cookson. Picture: Andy Newman

The Last Wine Bar head chef Iain McCarten, partner Ecky Limon, manager Emma Swatman and partner James Sawrey-Cookson. Picture: Andy Newman

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A Norwich restaurant has celebrated its 28th birthday, making it one of the longest-running eateries in the city.

The Last Wine Bar and Restaurant, in St George’s Street, opened its doors on April 23, 1990 - St George’s Day.

At home in a former Victorian shoe factory - and with its name taken from shoe lasts, which are used in the manufacturing process - the business is still owned and run by founder James Sawrey-Cookson, along with his stepson Ecky Limon.

Mr Sawrey-Cookson said: “In the fickle world of restaurants, we are proud of reaching another birthday – 28 years is a long time indeed in this business.

“Over that period The Last has become an irreplaceable part of the city’s food and drink scene – it’s fair to say it is now a Norwich institution.”

He said they were “extremely fortunate” to have won a “large army of very loyal customers”, many who had been visiting since it opened.

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