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Last week, the Parrot celebrated National Seafood Week by offering diners a choice of seven starters and 13 main courses. Starters ranged in price...

Last week, the Parrot celebrated National Seafood Week by offering diners a choice of seven starters and 13 main courses. Starters ranged in price from Lowestoft smoked kippers at £3.50 to garlic king prawns at £6.95. For the main courses, the price list was headed by North Norfolk lobster, presented Thermidor-style at £18.50, together with dishes such as grilled Lowestoft plaice at £7.95 and battered or griddled Suffolk codling at £8.75. Diners were offered a 20% discount on these prices on Monday through to Thursday to mark the event. Stephen says the week has proved a success and he aims to build on that but adds: "I've been very disappointed by the amount of support from the organisers." He feels more could have been done to raise awareness of the event. Also planned later this month is a sausage week, which Stephen describes as: "More sausages done in more different ways than you can shake a stick at." The week is a result of a trial run undertaken a few weeks ago, which Stephen says demonstrated the demand. Some of the bangers that will be making an appearance include: Olde English; pork and Stilton; lamb and mint; chilli and Cajun; beef and Guinness; chorizo; and Cumberland sausages. Another idea is to organise trips such as a day at Newmarket when punters will be given a Champagne breakfast before heading for the races and a slap-up meal on their return. Come the summer months, barbecues and hog roasts will be on the menu. The way ahead for the Parrot might include converting some of the upstairs space into letting rooms. "It is estimated that demand in and around Southwold exceeds the accommodation available by around 20%," says Stephen.

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