Norwich couple open new restaurant in Maddermarket

Suhayla Bewley and Stewart Duffield at their newly opened restaurant, The Maddermarket Kitchen. Pict

Suhayla Bewley and Stewart Duffield at their newly opened restaurant, The Maddermarket Kitchen. Picture: Denise Bradley - Credit: Archant 2013

They were going to buy a house... but they bought a city centre restaurant instead.

Stewart Duffield and Suhayla Bewley have invested their savings, which they had planned to use to buy a house, in the Maddermarket Kitchen.

Mr Duffield, a former chef at the White Heart in Hingham and private chef to Jon Hunt at Heveningham Hall, trained at St Benedict's restaurant.

'I have always dreamed of opening my own restaurant. A friend told me this one might become available and things then moved pretty quickly,' he said.

The restaurant is the former home to 20 St John Maddermarket restaurant, which closed earlier this year.

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Mr Duffield added: 'It has been life -hanging but it is more sociable for us. We know people who have places in The Lanes. It's a great location.

'It's all a bit surreal and it's strange in a good way.'

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The couple, who are living above the restaurant, said local, fresh produce was at the heart of their menu.

'Our salad is delivered from Newton Flotman and we use a lot of fresh fruit and vegetables. We always try to get things locally sourced,' Mr Duffield said.

The couple have also created Rafi and Ziz's lunch specials, inspired by their children, Zarina, eight, and Rafi, three.

All of the meals offered are part of a set menu, which the pair decided to implement based on their love for France.

Ms Bewley, an employment law barrister, said: 'We wanted something stylish and elegant. We wanted it to be fine dining but an informal setting.'

The couple scoured auctions for furniture which they have re-upholstered and they have kept the original flooring.

The couple also thanked their friends who had helped them to open the restaurant just weeks after they moved in.

'So many of our friends helped us,' Mr Bewley said. 'They did lots of painting, sanding and cleaning. The restaurant had been closed since Christmas and the previous tenants left the building in March.

'Our friend Thoryya Mears from North Norfolk has provided all of the artwork for the restaurant.'

They plan to open for networking meetings and breakfasts.

Are you opening a new business? Contact Lucy Wright on 01603 772439 or email

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