Photo gallery: From our archive - A look at some of our favourite Cafes and restaurants in and around Norwich

Melbourne Hotel and Cafe, Cromer. Date: July 1967

Melbourne Hotel and Cafe, Cromer. Date: July 1967 - Credit: Archant

Cafés and restaurants are places of good cheer providing that welcome sit-down after shopping or working, or for a snack on a day out. But how they have changed over the years...

Here we take a look at some of the old favourites in and around Norwich – and we want to hear your memories of them and others from around the city. What was your favourite? Who ran it and what happened to it?

Our first photo presents an immediate puzzle.

What is the year and who is the gentleman posing in front of The Little Restaurant in Yarmouth's Regent Road? We think it dates from the late 1950s but no further details are available: perhaps you can help (1).

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Our next shot is of the front of the famous Café Royal on Bank Plain, Norwich, a picture dating from February 1950. The café closed in June 1952, having traded for about seven years and was re-converted to offices. The owner, Mr ER Ives, cited rationing difficulties as his main reason for closing (2).

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A young man walks past an atmospheric building of old Norwich, the Queen Ann Café beside St Michael at Coslany, Colegate in May of 1961 (3).

The Wimpy Bar on Queen's Road, Norwich, had just opened in this photo of 1965 and was proving popular with St Stephen's shoppers (4).

The well-stocked premises of Ashworth and Pike, café and restaurant, caterers and confectioners, in Norwich's Davey Place were soon to be sold, as our caption of July 1966 reveals (5).

The Melbourne occupied a prominent position in Cromer in our photo from 1967, providing the visitor with a comprehensive service from a cup of tea to a hotel room (6).

In 1970 the Staging Post no.4 Restaurant, which had been at right angles to Farmers Avenue in Norwich city centre, was shot being craned into its new position on the road (7).

Halesworth's Bridge Café was situated opposite Ives Ltd and the Halesworth Press Ltd; our shot dates from the late 1960s/early 1970s – near the Thoroughfare, it must have been a popular venue for shoppers (8).

This imposing building in Smallgate, Beccles housed the Co-operative stores and café, which was upstairs (1971) (9).

Another temporary structure, this time a former Great Eastern Railway carriage, was home to the Singing Kettle café in Acle for many years until it was transferred for restoration to the North Norfolk Railway.

It was run by Biddy Guy and Irene Codling. Our picture dates from 1977 (10).

If you recognise anyone in the pictures or would like to tell us more about them then you can email

To get a copy of one of our old photographs, visit or telephone Diane Townsend on 01603 772449.

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