Ovington chef makes the Good Food Guide

A Norfolk restaurant chef and owner has been praised for her exemplary cooking skills in the latest version of the Good Food Guide, which is out today.

A Norfolk restaurant chef and owner has been praised for her exemplary cooking skills in the latest version of the Good Food Guide, which is out today.

Tina Pemberton, pictured, of The Café at Brovey Lair, Ovington, has been awarded a grade six by the guide, sharing top spot in East Anglia with the celebrated Midsummer House in Cambridge.

Moving to Norfolk from London seven years ago, she decided to take up the challenging task of opening a fish restaurant with a twist. Mrs Pemberton, said: “We took a real risk coming to Norfolk where breaking barriers is often viewed with suspicion. To choose pan-Asian fusion was audacious enough, but a set menu based solely on fish and seafood cooked in front of guests in a conservatory at the back of my house - even I began to doubt my own sanity.”

She buys fish from Bunnings, her local supplier at Cranworth, and although she never trained as a chef she honed her cooking skills travelling abroad and spending more than 15 years as a hotel and restaurant reviewer for airline and bank customer loyalty programmes.


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