Featured in issue 37 – June 2019
Debut Restaurant, the fine dining restaurant within the Hotel School at City College Norwich, has a fiercely loyal following. According to Debut receptionist Natalie Douglas, ‘a couple of people have been coming to us for 15 to 20 years and have been coming every week!’
Catering Manager Mark Bradly agrees: ‘We have very loyal supporters.’ And, in their own way, these diners are indirectly supporting the catering stars of the future.
The fine dining restaurant is run by students and staff at the internationally renowned Hotel School, has been reaccredited with a Highly Commended AA College Rosette, and offers a varied menu that is among the best you will find anywhere in Norfolk. A four course taster menu is on offer for under £20. Natalie says: ‘I get a lot of positive feedback from customers about it offering tremendous value for money.’
We may be approaching the end of the academic year, but there’s still time to book a table for lunch or dinner. Lunch is available from Tuesday to Friday, and the menu offers a range of choices, from starters, mains and desserts, and a choice of two or three courses.
Dinner is available on Wednesdays and Thursdays, and involves a four course Taster Menu, prepared by the professional cookery students under the guidance of experienced chef lecturers (meanwhile, front of house is managed by experienced restaurant lecturers). Arrival is 6-6.30pm and the restaurant closes at 9pm. The earlier timings are new for this academic year, to enable students to get home via public transport, and staff are hoping to start attracting the after-work crowd.
This month offers students a final chance to demonstrate all that they’ve learnt over the past year. Natalie urges: ‘Come and enjoy a delicious dining experience whilst supporting students in their final few weeks.’
The last lunch date will be on June 20, in readiness for Debut effectively moving to the Royal Norfolk Show, with Natalie adding: ‘We reopen on September 24.’
Mark adds: ‘We look forward to seeing you in September where you can indirectly play a major part in the development of our students and we welcome you to a delightful restaurant where we offer superb food and excellent service at a very reasonable price.’
In between, however, there’s the no small matter of the county’s biggest two
day event. Joe Mulhall, Head of Hospitality, Catering, Tourism and Aspire, says: ‘Don’t forget to book your tickets for the Royal Norfolk Show – we look forward to seeing you there, for breakfast, lunch, or a slice of cake with a cup of tea. All information is available on the Debut Restaurant website.’
The Debut lunch menu is available on June 6, June 12, June 13, June 14, June 18, 19 and 20. Arrival is 12pm-12.30pm. Two courses for £12.50 or three courses for £13.50, inclusive of coffee.
The Debut Fine Dining Evening Menu is available on Wednesdays and Thursdays until June 20. Arrival is 6-6.30pm. £19.75 per person.
Debut will be at the Royal Norfolk Show on June 26 and 27. Advance bookings can be taken until June 21. Alternatively, bookings can be made on the day.
Keep an eye on the website for the launch of the autumn lunch and dinner menus.
To book, call 01603 773227 or visit their website.