Cooking over coals - new Norwich smokehouse is latest venture for restaurateurs

Ecky Limon and James Sawrey-Cookson. Picture: Antony Kelly

Ecky Limon and James Sawrey-Cookson. Picture: Antony Kelly - Credit: � ARCHANT NORFOLK PHOTOGRAPHIC

Diners will be able to tuck into meals cooked over coals when a new smokehouse opens in Norwich city centre.

E Street Smokehouse will open on Exchange Street next week. Picture: Newman Associates PR

E Street Smokehouse will open on Exchange Street next week. Picture: Newman Associates PR - Credit: Archant

E Street Smokehouse will open at 31 Exchange Street, which was previously occupied by Dray Yard Smokehouse, on Thursday, July 6.

The restaurant is the latest venture from James Sawrey-Cookson and Ecky Limon, who already run the Last Wine Bar, on St George's Street, and Blue Joanna Bar and Kitchen, on Unthank Road.

It will offer smokehouse classics and different takes on smoked food, all cooked in an American hot smoker or over coals on a gaucho-style grill which has been designed for the restaurant.

The menu has been created by Last Wine Bar head chef Iain McCarten, who learnt his trade working in Sydney.

The grill which will be used at the new E Street Smokehouse. Picture: Newman Associates PR

The grill which will be used at the new E Street Smokehouse. Picture: Newman Associates PR - Credit: Archant


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Mr Limon said: 'We are very excited to be opening our third outlet in the city, combining the relaxed atmosphere of The Last with the cool vibe of Blue Joanna.

'We are aiming to have a wide appeal, from shoppers and city workers, through to people spending their evenings in Norwich's up and coming Lanes quarter.'

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He said the E Street Smokehouse would bring 'something completely new' to the city, run by a 'proudly independent and family-owned business'.

The Dray Yard Smokehouse opened in November 2013 and closed earlier this year, with its last TripAdvisor review posted in May.

Iain McCarten, who will be the chef at the E Street Smokehouse. Picture: Newman Associates PR

Iain McCarten, who will be the chef at the E Street Smokehouse. Picture: Newman Associates PR - Credit: Archant

Prior to it being a restaurant, the building - part of which is Grade II listed - was an empty shop premises which had formerly been occupied by Elkin Music.

The E Street Smokehouse will open on Thursday at 12pm.

Opening hours will be 12pm to 3pm and 5pm until late from Tuesday to Saturday.

Its website - at www.estreetsmokehouse.co.uk - will be up and running from Friday and its Facebook page is here.

The Last Wine bar is a well-known eatery in the city centre, having opened in a former shoe factory in 1990.

• Do you have a story about Norwich city centre? Let us know by emailing Lauren Cope on lauren.cope@archant.co.uk

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