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PUBLISHED: 10:09 19 May 2014 | UPDATED: 10:48 19 May 2014

Michael Chandler

Michael Chandler

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DAY

St Giles HouseSt Giles House

The Nelson on Prince of Wales Road in Norwich offers for what I believe is the best buffet start for a busy day in Norwich. A young man named William Vernon Blyth was born here who went to America in the 20th century, where he and his wife became known as the famous dancers Vernon and Irene Castle. Vernon was killed in a plane crash in 1918 and he was portrayed by Fred Astaire in the film on his life.

On to afternoon tea, which was first used by the Duchess of Bedford, a lady-in-waiting to Queen Victoria and continues in the wonderful Grade One listed building that is The Assembly House in Theatre Street. The building was designed by Thomas Ivory in 1754, and here you can indulge in smoked salmon sandwiches and scones with strawberry jam and clotted cream, and of course tea. After sampling these delights, it’s nice to view the grand hall, the Noverre ballroom and the music room which all have stunning chandeliers. There are plenty of other areas and grounds to see in this amazing Norwich gem.

NIGHT

Assembly House afternoon teaAssembly House afternoon tea

In Norwich we are spoiled for choice in how to spend a wonderful day while waiting to enjoy a great evening meal – the ancient market, two shopping malls, a guildhall, castle, cinemas, theatres, museums and two cathedrals.

For me, the best place to end a perfect day is to dine at St Giles house on St Giles Street, with a bistro offering a three-course meal with an extensive wine list with locally sourced products to three private dining rooms, Maddermarket One and Two, and the Walnut Suite where up to 50 guests can dine in style in a relaxing environment.

Michael’s first book, Murder and Crime Norwich was published in 2010, with Old Norwich and Old Norwich A Photographic Journey in 2014. Michael’s latest book, The Norwich Plaque Guide (The History Press, £9.99) is a fascinating guide to the many plaques, pavement plaques and stories behind them, with photos and maps to help readers discover them. Michael has just finished writing Invalided in England, about military hospitals situated in East Anglia during the First World War.

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