Norwich cathedrals offer unique dining experience

They are among Norwich's most famous landmarks and now the city's two cathedrals are joining forces as they offer people the chance to dine in both venues in one night.

Norwich Cathedral and St John's Roman Catholic Cathedral will host their own take on the moveable feast on November 26.

The event will see feasters enjoy a two-course meal with a main dish at either Norwich Cathedral's Refectory or St John's Narthex, and then a dessert at the other venue.

It is hoped the event will help bring together the two cathedrals.

Clare Goddard, Narthex develop-ment officer at St John's, said: 'We thought it was a great way to bring the two cathedrals together. We're trying to promote the idea of Norwich being a two-cathedral city and to bring together the people who work, use, visit and pray at the two venues, and to open them up to members of the public.

'The aim is to show how the two cathedrals are working in partnership and to have a fun night and enjoyable experience.'

Over the past 12 months, both cathedrals have unveiled their new welcoming areas. In November last year, Norwich Cathedral opened the Hostry, a welcome and interpretation centre with an education workspace, song school and a conference room. The multimillion-pound building, built on original medieval foundations, is twin to its sister building the Refectory, which provides hospitality.

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Meanwhile, St John's opened the Narthex as part of the cathedral's centenary celebrations. Similarly, the new building, which took nine years of fundraising, provides community and learning facilities and comprises a shop, caf� bar and multipurpose hall.

On the night of the moveable feast, diners will tuck into either a beef stew, vegetable cobbler or fish pie at one of the two venues and will then be transported by David McMaster's red double-decker City Sightseeing bus to the other cathedral for their pudding. Desserts on offer are spiced poached pear, fresh fruit salad and treacle tart.

Places are limited to 120 and the first 60 will be able to choose whether they start at the Narthex or the Refectory.

Cecile Tuddenham, marketing manager at Norwich Cathedral, added: 'This is the first of a series of events where the two cathedrals can work together and encourage people to join in with something a little different.

'Both have wonderful new buildings and this is a way to showcase them by bringing two congregations together and also encouraging people who may not have seen inside the cathedrals recently to take part in the evening.'

Tickets for the event cost �18.50 including the two-course meal, a glass of wine or soft drink and transport between the two cathedrals.

For booking information, go to www.cathedral.org.uk and download the moveable feast leaflet or call Ms Goddard on 01603 724380.