Back in September retro American Diner chain Ed’s Easy Diner opened a new branch in Chapelfield shopping centre, and last weekend Vintage Norwich went along for breakfast to check it our for you.
Ed’s Easy Diner first opened in Soho back in the late 1980s, and since then has gone on to open locations across the UK. It has a traditional American diner set up, with counter seats, booths and an open plan kitchen, the diner also has mini retro jukeboxes that allow diners to choose their favourite 1950s tracks to be played.
On arrival it really looks the part, all shiny chrome, black and white floors and red vinyl seats. We felt it would have been nice if the staff uniforms were a little more traditional diner than just a branded T Shirt. Maybe we’re just picky!
The breakfast menu features American classics like waffles and pancakes served with bacon and maple syrup, as well as a choice of more traditional eggs/bacon/toast/sausage based breakfasts. They also do a range of milkshakes that we just couldn’t resist trying. The milkshakes are pricey at over £4, but they were huge and amazing. Bought to the table in a branded Eds mixer jug with a glass, there’s at least 2 servings in 1 jug. I can heartily recommend the Banana and Peanut Butter Milkshake. It’s as good as it sounds!
During the day Ed’s features a classic American diner menu, with a selection of burgers, fries and ice cream floats.
Being a chain restaurant Ed’s in Norwich isn’t necessarily run by anyone with a real passion for 1950s style (I have no idea who the manager is, it’s possible they do!) but in a way that doesn’t really matter. The decor is great, you can play your own choice of 50s tunes and the food, at breakfast at least, was good too, which makes it an excellent new stop for 50s lovers for a Sunday brunch or early evening meal.
Ed’s closes at 8pm, in line with Chapelfield shopping centre opening hours, so don’t expect your own Grease style late night beauty school drop out moment. But if you fancy grabbing a burger and a milkshake with some good tunes on your way home from the shops then it’s a great destination.
Visit the Ed’s Easy Diner Website for more information on menus and opening times.