A very fond farewell to Nigel & Jayne Raffles

Stalwarts of the Norwich dining scene, Nigel and Jayne Raffles have put The Library Restaurant on Guildhall Hill up for sale after 27 years of running restaurants in our fine city.

No doubt many of you will have dined in one of the couple’s restaurants over the years. Having moved to Norwich in 1991, Nigel and Jayne opened St Benedict’s Grill
(Benedict’s) before taking over Pinocchio’s which was located next door on St Benedict’s Street. They then ran Pulse café Bar and, most latterly, The Library Restaurant, a former Grade II listed subscription library.

A dynamic couple, Nigel’s passion was always been to provide beautiful food for his customers and each of the restaurants had its own creative style, while Jayne has always been keen to support local independent businesses in the city, ensuring they have a voice alongside the larger national chains. Jayne served as Chair of Norwich Lanes, was a director of the Norwich BID, a founder of the Norwich food and drink network and a trustee of the Keeping Abreast charity.

Norfolk Food & Drink would like to sincerely thank Nigel and Jayne for all they have contributed to the food and drink industry in Norfolk. Nigel’s enthusiasm for teaching and mentoring new talent coming in to the restaurant business stands alongside Jayne’s champion of all food and drink initiatives. Indeed, it was Jayne who brought the National Waiter’s Race to Norwich for the last two years, highlighting the need to celebrate the front of house and waiting staff in the entertainment industry in this national campaign – an event that Jayne hopes is now a regular event in the city.

Saying goodbye to a way of life will be a big change for the couple that together have really embraced their business ventures over the last 27 years…

‘Whilst the restaurants have given us many opportunities and cherished customers its now time we explore the next chapter in our careers. We would like to thank our diners and our restaurant team who have become part of our extended family for the amazing memories over the past years.’ Nigel & Jayne Raffles

Until a buyer is found for The Library, it’s firmly business as usual, so don’t pass up the opportunity to dine in the wonderful listed building that was the UK’s first public subscription library. There’s a super outside courtyard and plethora of fantastic food, cocktails and wine – together with the opportunity to bid a fond farewell to two committed members of the Norwich food and drink community.