Toby Carvery shuts for total refit creating 12 new jobs

Captain Manby Toby Carvery, in Sidegate Road, Gorleston before a £300,000 refurbishment which has se

Captain Manby Toby Carvery, in Sidegate Road, Gorleston before a £300,000 refurbishment which has seen changes inside and out Picture: Google - Credit: Archant

A popular restaurant has shut for a full refurbishment set to create up to 12 new jobs.

Captain Manby, a Toby Carvery, which bills itself as "the home of the roast", closed on Monday (January, 20) for three weeks.

It will re-open to the public on February 8, after a traditional ribbon-cutting by world class athlete Sophie McKinna the day before.

General manager Neil Deane said the total facelift would see changes inside and out, with extra covers created and a more open frontage currently hidden by a screen of greenery.

He said the makeover would lead to up to 12 new jobs in front-of-house and in the kitchen which were being advertised, adding: "It's going to be completely different."

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The restaurant opened at Gorleston's Beacon Park some 12 years ago.

It's name was chosen by readers of this newspaper keen to honour the ingenuity of Captain Manby.

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Capt George Manby was a barrack master at Yarmouth during the Napoleonic Wars and is credited with inventing a revolutionary system of saving sailors from sinking ships.

His method of firing a line from the shore to vessels out at sea allowed those on board to make their way back to safety via an aerial rope along which a man in a sling could be pulled.

Capt Manby's office and home were at Bauleah House, still standing today on Nicholas Road, Yarmouth.

After retiring as a barrack master in 1842, Manby moved to High Road in Southtown.

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