Interview: new owners at The Dial House, Reepham

PUBLISHED: 13:06 11 June 2018 | UPDATED: 13:06 11 June 2018

Andrew Jones and Hannah Springham in the Dial House, Reepham (photo: Mark Bullimore)

Andrew Jones and Hannah Springham in the Dial House, Reepham (photo: Mark Bullimore)

Mark Bullimore Photography 2018

Hannah Springham and Andrew Jones, who own Farmyard in Norwich, have just taken over Reepham’s Dial House. Hannah tells us more...

Why did you choose the Dial House?

The Dial House sort of chose us. The seller Iain Wilson approached us in January and, without wanting to be naff, it sort of felt like destiny. We knew we had to somehow make it happen. We’d been starting to look at other venues but nothing would have competed with The Dial House for us. But oddly it had everything we’d been looking for, all under one roof.

What kind of response you’ve had from the community?

It’s been overwhelmingly kind and supportive. Most people are very excited about seeing a new type of food offering here and many have commented on the existing fabulous front of house members. As you’d expect in a community like this, the locals want to support the staff who work here and see them continue which we’re pleased to say is happening.

How important is it to you to use local suppliers?

Very. Quality and taste have to come first and inevitably the best way to get this is to hunt for local makers and suppliers. We have crabs caught at sunrise in Cromer and with us by 11am. The veg from Eveshill Veg Co rocks up still dressed in morning dew. So for us it’s not just about local support and community, it’s also about freshness.

What are you hoping to bring to the Dial House?

A new and exciting destination for dining and special occasions.

We have three distinctive private dining spaces which we are restyling to suit every occasion – the cellar, the secret bookcase room and soon a chef’s table too.The place already has a very happy feel and really incredible bedrooms; we want to add to that a buzz of excitement for the food.

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