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Norwich could be in line for gluten free cafe

Louisa Kiddell and her partner, Tony Garrick, at The Gluten Free Shop at Hellesdon Barns. The pair are looking to open a cafe in Norwich city centre. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Louisa Kiddell and her partner, Tony Garrick, at The Gluten Free Shop at Hellesdon Barns. The pair are looking to open a cafe in Norwich city centre. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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Norwich could be set for its first dedicated gluten free cafe if proposals to convert a former city centre shop get the go-ahead.

Louisa Kiddell and Tony Garrick, who run The Gluten Free Shop at Hellesdon Barns, are hoping to branch out into a new venture.

They have asked Norwich City Council for permission to transform an empty shop unit in Timber Hill into a gluten free cafe.

Ms Kiddell said she hoped, if permission is granted, that the cafe, which would also include a shop upstairs, would open its doors in December.

She said: “There are more and more people who are being diagnosed with Coeliac disease and gluten intolerance. I have lots in my own family, which is why we realised how difficult it can be for people searching for things they can eat.

“That was the idea which led to us opening The Gluten Free Shop at Hellesdon Barns and we’ve always thought about diversifying into a cafe.

“More and more of our customers have been saying they wish they could get something nice in the city centre.

“There’s a few cafes which are touching on gluten free, but what we’d offer is that customers would come in and know everything is gluten free, with lots of artisan and locally sourced products.”

Ms Kiddell said the shop at Hellesdon Barns would remain, as it offered something different to the cafe.

She added: “We have been planning this for some time and, all being well with getting permission, we hope we can be opening for the beginning of December.”

The application seeks permission to open from 8.30am until 7pm on weekdays and Saturdays and from 10am until 4pm on Sunday.

The Grade II listed building, which dates back to the 19th century, used to be Jennie Cross Brides, which shut in late 2014.

Would you welcome a gluten free cafe in Norwich? Write, giving full contact details, to Letters Editor, Prospect House, Rouen Road, Norwich NR1 1RE or email eveningnewsletters@archant.co.uk

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