Leon Walder buys Groveland restaurant in Roughton

Published:
08:24 January 30, 2022



The face behind the counter of a former milkshake shop in Cromer has now fulfilled a lifelong dream – taking over a restaurant.

Leon Walder, 42, has bought the Groveland restaurant, located in Thorpe Market Road, between Cromer and North Walsham.

Mr. Walder said he was excited about the new venture. He said: “It’s about showing the best of Norfolk.


Groveland Restaurant in Roughton which has a new owner.
– Credit: Danielle Boden

“It’s a lovely old barn, I’ve changed the design inside a bit and I’m planning to renovate part of it.”

The restaurant is on the same site as the Groveland Farm Shop, Garden Center and several other businesses on a site owned by Meena and Stuart Harris.

Mr Walder also ran Lily’s Sandwich Bar in Cromer and was manager of the Roman Camp Inn. Most recently he was manager of the Pizza Express branch of the Forum in Norwich.


Groveland Restaurant in Roughton which has new owners.  Photo: Danielle Boden

Groveland Restaurant in Roughton which has a new owner.
– Credit: Danielle Boden

He said that when the opportunity to buy the restaurant came up, he did.

“I’ve always wanted to run my own restaurant, it’s always been my passion,” he said.

“All the food is locally sourced – vegetables, fruits and vegetables. We show them in the restaurant, then if people like them, they can go next door to the farm shop and buy them again.”


Adam Spruce, barista at Groveland Restaurant in Roughton, serving a scone.  Photo: Danielle Boden

Adam Spruce, barista at Groveland Restaurant in Roughton, serving a scone.
– Credit: Danielle Boden


Groveland Restaurant in Roughton which has new owners.  Photo: Danielle Boden

Food at Groveland Restaurant in Roughton.
– Credit: Danielle Boden


Leon Walder (right), owner of Groveland restaurant in Roughton, pictured with partner Debs Lewis

Leon Walder, owner of Groveland Restaurant in Roughton, pictured with partner Debs Lewis.
– Credit: Danielle Boden

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