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 Jame

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

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.'


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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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