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Superflashy newsflash! The latest Norfolk goss

We've got the low-down on brand new restaurant and bar openings, castings for a new Amazon Prime show and a dream job opportunity...

New foodie openings

After successful stints in Chambers Cocktail Company and The Earlham, Asian street food pop-up Oishii’s Kitchen is striking out on its own with premises in Distillery Square. There’s no opening date set in stone yet, but we hear on the grapevine it could be as early as next weekend…

Still in the city, Castle Quarter is home to a couple of new foodie offerings this month, and they’re both guaranteed to make your mouth water. Sweettastic Churros, run by former Lisbon restaurateurs and husband-and-wife team Paulo and Sandra Gamboa, opened this week to satiate any January sweet cravings. After something more savoury? AVO, a super-chill burrito and beer bar with a ‘Mexi-Cali meets NR1’ vibe, is due to open by the end of next week.

If you’ve tried the excellent lunches and breakfasts from The Feed on the Prince of Wales Road or Waterloo Park Pavilion (above), you’ll be please to hear they’ll be running the new REST cafe at Grade-I listed Churchman House, Bethel St, due to open in February. Standing for Recover, Eat, Support and Talk, the REST cafe will make up part of the mental wellness hub in the building, run by Mind Norfolk and Waveney.

In the mood for seafood? Instagram fodder The Octopus has just opened on King Street in Great Yarmouth, with a menu packed with fresh fish dishes ranging from pil pil prawns and salt and pepper squid to oysters and caviar – and of course, house grilled octopus. We hear there are excellent cocktails, too.

If your January clean eating has totally kicked the bucket, you’ll be pleased to hear that ‘purveyors of gourmet filth’ FUPBURGER are due to open two new East Norfolk branches this year. The burger restaurant already has spots in Norwich and Lowestoft, but they’re planning to open two more in Great Yarmouth and Gorleston in 2022. We’ll keep you posted!

Casting calls!

Obsessed with First Dates? Well, Norfolk’s getting its very own version on Amazon Prime this year – and the show is looking for participants to film in Saxlingham Thorpe! Willing victims – sorry, dates – can apply to Norfolk Dates at norfolkdates.tv@gmail.com.

Know a wannabe thesp between 7 and 10? The Cromer and Sheringham Operatic and Dramatic Society (CSODS) are on the hunt for aspiring actors to play young Fiona and young Shrek in their upcoming production of Shrek the Musical, coming to Cromer Pier in May. Candidates would ideally be under 4ft 11, with Fiona having a good set of pipes as it’s a singing role. If you know someone who fits the bill, auditions are 10am-12pm on Sunday, January 30.

Dream job?

Image credit: Peter Aitch

Need to get away from it all? How’s this for a career pivot – the National Trust has announced that it’s looking for two new assistant rangers to live and work at Blakeney Point on the North Norfolk coast from March to October. The job mainly involves monitoring the bird life on the isolated island, and accommodation at the iconic Lifeboat House building (above). If it’ll get us a bit of peace and quiet, sign us up!

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