New restaurant on east Norfolk coast creates 10 new jobs

19:00 30 July 2013

Simon and Andrea Shimmon are opening the East Coast Restaurant in Scratby, near Great Yarmouth

Simon and Andrea Shimmon are opening the East Coast Restaurant in Scratby, near Great Yarmouth


A couple who met while working in the catering trade are breathing new life into a coastal restaurant.

Husband and wife Simon and Andrea Shimmon have overseen a major refurbishment of the former Wheelstop restaurant in Scratby, near Great Yarmouth and, this monrh, reopened it as the East Coast Restaurant.

They are hoping the new look restaurant on Scratby Road will prove popular with locals as well as holidaymakers. Mr Shimmon, originally from Woodbridge in Suffolk, has been working in kitchens since he was a teenager and, together with his wife, will be serving up homemade favourites with family diners in mind.

The 100-seater restaurant will employ around 10 part time staff from around the region.

“We are really excited about this new venture” said Mrs Shimmon.

“We ran the Chequers in Bressingham for almost 10 years and have always worked in the catering trade. I started working in restaurants in Luton when I was 18 and that’s where I met Simon.”

After leaving Chequers - a grade II listed premise near Diss that was owned by Enterprise Inns, Mr Shimmon worked as a chef in Norwich while Mrs Shimmon was in school kitchens. However, the enterprising couple missed rural life and started looking for a new adventure.

“Years ago a friend of ours said that, one day, he would back us in our own place,” said Mr Shimmon.

“When this place came up and we all liked the look of it, we decided to go for it.”

The Shimmons, who live in Filby, have redesigned the dining area, put decking out the front, installed a new kitchen and planted flowers to add a splash of colour, hoping to entice passing motorists.

Talking about the general state of the restaurant and pub trade, Mrs Shimmon said: “I think a good place will always hold its own.”

“I think there needs to be more independent pubs and restaurants,” added Mr Shimmon.

“The big chains can be greedy and they can suffocate the market.”


  • "V", will you still be spouting the same inane, ignorant, negative comments in a years time, as you do now on most articles? Good luck to them and to answer 'V's question, yes if you leave your keyboard for long enough, and go out for a meal there you'll be helping to make sure it's still running in a years time. If they have the food right, the prices right and the atmosphere right then it's reputation will grow.

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    Thursday, August 1, 2013

  • "V" I think you owe T&B an apology, their comment was justified. If the business is not a success then there will be no jobs, how many will be irrelevant. Small businesses should be supported, but you seem to them all, or is it just cafe and restaurants you don't like?

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    Thursday, August 1, 2013

  • @KeithS. I owe nobody an apology. Just look at all the jobs Yarmouth was supposed to be getting at the B & M store. Go in there and can you find anyone to help you ?. No. Because the figure wwas hyped up to make it look good. then natural wastage occurs and they do not replace the staff. Once again, it was not whether or not the place would be open but whether there would still be 10 people there in a years time.

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    Friday, August 2, 2013

  • I`ve discovered somebody who makes me feel like an optimist. Preferably an attractive female one.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, August 2, 2013

  • Hopefully sensibly priced food without all the pretentiousness prevalent in the grub industry these days. Good luck.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, July 31, 2013

  • @ T & B. DoCan you actually read ?. It was about the jobs not whether or not it would still be there ?. These companies always say how many jobs they will create, but given a year later, there are always considerably less staff. Try going on a course on how to read before spouting cr*p.

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    Thursday, August 1, 2013

  • Good luck to you both ,we will be paying you a visit soon as we run a guest house in great yarmouth and like to try place,s before we recommend them to our guests .

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    Wednesday, July 31, 2013

  • How many of these jobs will still be there in a years time ?

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    Wednesday, July 31, 2013

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