Liz Truss enjoys sit-down curry in Downham Market as part of 'Super Saturday' visits
South West Norfolk MP Liz Truss was out and about in two West Norfolk market towns on what has been dubbed 'Super Saturday' as many businesses reopened.
Restaurant owner Anwar Ali said: "I was so excited having been closed for nearly four months and it was great to see Liz Truss come out and get people to support local business. She loves a spicy chicken curry."
Downham Tandoori has reduced seating capacity from 120 to 50, and put up screens between tables to ensure customers feel safe.
Ms Truss said: "I appreciate that every business has had to adapt to a new way of operating, particularly the hospitality industry. This was something I discussed with Anwar and his team at Downham Tandoori as I enjoyed a sit-down meal with fellow diners at the restaurant.
"During shutdown, as well as providing takeaways, they have also been preparing hundreds of appreciation meals for staff in local hospital and surgeries.
"This tremendous spirit has been replicated across the country and I know that without the incredible efforts of so many individuals, the Covid lockdown would have been even harder for many people.
"Hopefully as more and more facilities, shops and attractions reopen, we can all adapt and support our local businesses and shop and eat with confidence."
The Secretary of State for International Trade also visited pubs, hairdressers and barbers in Swaffham and Downham, as well as Banham Zoo at the weekend.
She also joined Breckland Council leader Sam Chapman-Allen in Thetford following the launch of the authority's 'Shop with Confidence' scheme which was extended to the hospitality sector.
Ms Truss added: "Swaffham and Downham Market were also drawing in the shoppers and I noted that the barbers were proving extremely popular. I was also delighted to support Banham Zoo with their reopening."
She said 1,700 visitors had been booked in for the first official day with additional measures in place across the attraction site.