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Hello everyone, My name is Aris and I would like to tell you more about a story that’s recently been on the paper. My other half, G, our business partner, Tom and myself have recently open the doors of the Vagabond Cafe and Pasta House to the public. Our restaurant is located in Norwich, more precisely on the Riverside on the boat that used to be the Thai on the River. The barge has been in Norwich for about thirty years and, together with the Sea Cadets, has been one of the main features of the riverside of this city. The Cadets have left only last week and we are now the only large boat to represent the boating community in the port that Norwich officially is. The restaurant itself has been transformed many times over the years, starting off as a burger place, moving on to Asian cuisine and in particular Thai cuisine until only last year. We found it empty and in decay a few months ago and because of our love for boats and our passion for fresh tasty food, we approached the owner with the idea of opening a new restaurant in it, which he agreed to. We immediately started working hard to fix the inside of the place and make it suitable to cook and serve food in and after three months we can proudly announce to the whole of Norwich that we are ready and full of enthusiasm to make this place again a great feature of the beautiful city that we live in ! We are now open for both lunch and dinner with an all‐you‐can‐eat menu of fresh made egg pasta with a variety of authentic Italian sauces prepared with fresh ingredients every day. We pride ourselves with serving food from our own country (that’s right, Italy is where we are from) and sharing with you the amazing experience that delicious food provides. Moreover, we operate as a sit down and take away cafe all day long and play all kinds of exquisite music in the evenings, ranging from classical guitar solos to local jazz band performances . We hope you’ll appreciate our passion, be intrigued by our idea and overwhelmed by curiosity to come and pay us a visit. We’ll be waiting with open arms !
Hey everyone, On Thursday I'm planning to kayak from Central Norwich to Oulton Broad. I've done from Norwich to Reedham before. However, beyond Reedham I know the tides/currents start to have a major impact. Can anyone tell me what I should expect (current) if I'm going with an ebbing tide: A. when I turn right into The New Cut B. When I turn right from The New Cut onto River Waveney C. When the current changes and starts pulling you towards Oulton Broad D. Anything else I should be aware of. Thanks Adam
My 1st bit of real content I hope you enjoy. Day 1 - the journey and Norwich. Today is not really boaty and a bit trainy but may serve as a very rough guide to those venturing to Norwich perhaps by boat. My adventure starts at about 0905 on Thursday the 13th April. With my day sack and trolly case I board the 473 bus to Plaistow station, where I can catch the tube to Liverpool Street. I’d hastily arranged an earlier meeting with my partner in crime (PIC) the night before to grab a breakfast at the Hamiliton Hall Wetherspoons next to the station. Breakfast and cider was consumed before we boarded the 1130 to Norwich. This is the 1st time I’ve ventured beyond Stratford on this train line and I must say it was a lovely train journey. Crossing the Stour estuary was particularly nice, bringing back a memory of a child hood visit to Mistley Place Park animal centre while holidaying in Dovercourt. I also caught site of the ornate door to the Manningtree Station Buffet which was, I understand, legendary among East London local authority planners during the 1990s as a favoured special occasion hostelry. After all this excitement I manage to relieve the buffet car of a couple of cans of Ghost Ship and gin and tonics for reasonable fee helping us to relax into the holiday as the train veered almost dead north through the arable lands and market towns of Suffolk toward Norfolk and ultimately the broads. In no time at all the train was pulling past Carrow Road and Norwich was upon us. We alighted and made our way to the Premiere Inn across Foundry Bridge stopping to gawp at the cruisers moored at the yacht station. I was excited to see the place having seen it on several of The Captains Blogs adding to the anticipation of plans afoot to visit the southern broads in June. This was my 1st albeit mild hint of boating on the broads for 2017. Once the bags were dumped it was 2pm and time to be off out into the city to explore, and what a city it is. Drawing comparisons as one does from other great cities; I would say in a sentence it has the vitality of London with the character of Edinburgh. I enjoyed the sandstone quality of the buildings which was refreshing from white lime facades of Central London. The market was bustling and the shopping areas had quaint independent shops in Brightonesque “laines” leading to modern glass meccas of capitalism. The gothic churches are in immaculate condition and the castle dominates with a tell take circular route around the walls. After an hour or so wandering, refreshment was sought in the form of buy one get one free cocktails in Turtle Bay. (Caribbean chain restaurant a fav lunch spot of mine) The cocktails are premixed but shaken to order and the sitting at the bar chatting to the staff and fellow patrons gave us the feeling that Norwich was on the up and the residents were proud to call it home. Rum and Gin based cocktails done, it was time to find some peregrines unfortunately the Hawk and Owl trust gazebo was packed away when we arrived, however I was rewarded with a falcon wheeling in the sunlight generally worrying pigeons. The cathedral it’s self was stunning. The spire rising to a point that fair boggles the mind when one considers the technology available in 1480. With the evening approaching and a chilly easterly wind building it was time to seek some warmth making our way down Prince of Wales Road we stopped for a libation (we like a drink) in the Compleat Angler, taking in the last of the sunshine on the relatively sheltered terrace. Once the sun set we walked up to the Prince of Wales for a round or 2 on the quiz machine before heading (£1 up) to The Lawyer on Wensum Street which is where thoughts turned to food and we indulged in a very passable Indian in the Spice Lounge. That really concludes day 1, don’t worry I will actually take over a boat on Day 2.