Review: Food and service at celebrity chef Jamie Oliver’s new Norwich restaurant are praised

Jean Whitaker, from Wells, enjoying opening night at Jamie's Italian in Norwich.

Jean Whitaker, from Wells, enjoying opening night at Jamie's Italian in Norwich.

Submitted - July 2012

The food at celebrity chef Jamie Oliver’s new Norwich restaurant has been described as ‘delicious’.

Rachel Whitaker, from Barnham Broom, was among the first customers of the new Jamie’s Italian restaurant, in Royal Arcade, on its first day yesterday.

Ms Whitaker enjoyed a meal with her mother, Jean Whitaker, from Wells, who is pictured here enjoying a ravioli dish which included minted pea, asparagus and lemon which she described as ‘a taste of summer’.

Rachel said: “We hadn’t booked but had heard on the radio in the morning that it was opening day and we were heading to the city to do some shopping. We arrived and were given a buzzer as we sat at the bar and had a drink.

“About five minutes later the buzzer went off and we were taken to our table. The service was impeccable, there was a real buzz about the place and my honeycomb cannelloni was also delicious.

“We were very impressed and will be back!”

- Have you been among the first to eat at Jamie Oliver’s new restaurant? Leave a comment below or send a more thorough review and photos to

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  • cheap pasta and pizza--i can do that at home. he is so preachy too....

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    Tuesday, July 31, 2012

  • Lets have some positive comments please! We're looking forward to trying somewhere a bit different for a change. Any new business that creates jobs and brings trade to any part of the city has got to be good news. And I would feel much happier going there than risking life and limb at any establishment in the Prince of Wales Road area of an evening!! Now that IS something to moan about. Good luck to Jamie's and all who work there.

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    Carol Bolton

    Tuesday, July 31, 2012

  • I'm boycotting young James after it emerged his restaurants are not paying local dairy farmers a fair price for the white stuff....shame on all those who eat there!!!

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    Tuesday, July 31, 2012

  • bookworm - i) they don't do pizza and ii) it's not cheap. food is ok but Prezzo is just as good and better value.

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    a fine city

    Thursday, August 2, 2012

  • Fanstatic news for Norwich!. Great use of a lovely building which would of been left empty. Enjoyed the eating experience in the Jamies in Cambridge. Cannot wait to try the one in Norwich.

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    Tuesday, July 31, 2012

  • Was reallly excited about this so took the family on Tuesday. Great food for adults and kids alike, restaurant beautifully finished and staff really helpful (albeit clearly still training). We'll be going back soon. Loved it.

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    Thursday, August 2, 2012

  • Great news indeed opening in a Nighttime Dubious Area,and bring it back to life

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    Albert Cooper

    Wednesday, August 1, 2012

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