After 12 years of working in high-end London restaurants for Michelin starred chefs such as Richard Corrigan and Claude Bosi, Norfolk reared Andrew Jones moved back home to launch his first venture, Farmyard.
Andrew was inspired by the wealth of produce we have here in Norfolk. He says ‘The countryside and coastline that we are surrounded by produces some of the best tasting food I’ve ever worked with. There’s a foodie critical mass forming, and I want Farmyard to be at the heart of it, dealing directly with the people who care as much about what they do as we do.
‘At Farmyard, my aim was to marry the skills and experience I’d learned while working in busy restaurants in Soho, Mayfair and the City with the incredible produce and passionate producers that we have in Norfolk and open the restaurant I’ve always wanted to work in.’
General Manager Ben Thompson has a unique approach to his job. He learned at a young age that ‘service is what you do for your guests, hospitality is how you make them feel’. He says ‘Ultimately, the skill of service doesn't matter as long as you have a hospitable heart. At Farmyard we have hospitable hearts and above all, we just really want you to enjoy yourself.’ Crucially, he also has impeccable music taste.
Since opening at the end of January 2017, Farmyard is gaining a reputation for great cooking, service and wine in a relaxed, contemporary space.
Follow us on social media for news of our quarterly events – Farmyard wine sessions, Farmyard Free From nights and Dementia friendly lunch services. Sign up to our Farmyard Confidential monthly newsletter to hear our latest news and be in with our monthly wine gifting giveaway.