Cley guesthouse launches new fine dining supper club
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An historic bed and breakfast haven with views over the salt marshes is starting a supper club to showcase its chef's culinary skills.
James and Jennie Walker bought the Old Town Hall House at Cley after falling in love with north Norfolk during a camping holiday three years ago.
They have run their new home as a B and B since September. The three-bedroomed venue is on the main coast road through the village, and has views over the expansive marshes - making it popular with walkers and weekenders.
But now the couple want to add another dimension in the evening.
Their supper club is open to residents of the guest house and members, with subscription free.
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It caters for a maximum of eight diners in an intimate atmosphere with a menu chosen by James - who has worked in some of Europe's finest restaurants including the Ritz in London and Lucas Carton in Paris.
Mr Walker said: 'It will be very special, to focus on a small number of guests, all eating the same dishes. I always remember eating at Au Camelot in Paris where there was no choice. There was a great atmosphere with everybody enjoying the same food and it was clear that the chef was able to put all his love into preparing each course without compromise. I cant wait to do the same.'
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Jennie added that the Victorian red brick building had a fascinating history, having been a grain store - when the village was a busy harbour - a former town hall, youth club and cinema, before becoming a guest house.
They had styled it to mix contemporary design with vintage.
She had 10 years in advertising before becoming a science and psychology teacher three years ago, working at a secondary school in Camberwell.
The couple have two young children Matilda, seven, and Kasper, five.
Mrs Walker added that they had discovered that local people had a real enthusiasm for food, and hoped that the supper cub would provide 'a new and different way for friends to get together and a chance to meet new people.'
It will run on Friday nights, with meals costing £30 excluding wine. Room rates are from £50 a night. Breakfasts range from a full English and continental to fish from the Cley Smokehouse.
For more information visit www.oldtownhallhouse.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01263 741439.