In Aid of Parkinson’s research

Enjoy the ultimate dinning experience!

Leading Norwich restaurateur and former County Councillor, Lloyd Addison, was passionate about food - and about Norwich. So in the late 1990s he set out to combine the two. His aim was to raise the profile of the growing restaurant scene in Norwich by encouraging diners out into the City at a quieter time of year – and the Moveable Feast was born.

The concept was simple – three courses eaten in one of nearly 30 different restaurants, with the selection being made for you. So diners could have an Indian starter, a French Main Course and an Italian Dessert. The idea caught the imagination of food enthusiasts across Norwich and 600 of them took part in the inaugural feast in 1999.

Since then, the event has become an annual and very popular fixture on the Norfolk calendar, and a highlight of the county's Food Festival.

The Feast was established by Lloyd as a non-profit making event, with any proceeds going to charity. As Lloyd lived with Parkinson's for nearly 20 years, he chose to direct the proceeds from the event principally towards Parkinson's research, with a small proportion of the funds also dedicated to assisting students at the catering school. Both causes were very close to his heart.

In 2018, an amazing £27,500 was raised for Parkinson’s UK to help continue their ground-breaking research into the cause and improved treatment of the condition.


Lloyd Addison

Lloyd was born in Downham Market and attended local schools before studying for an OND in hotel and catering at Norfolk College of Arts and Technology in King's Lynn. His first job after training was as Assistant Manager at the Property Partnership's two hotels, the Norwich and Nelson.

Keen to broaden his experience, in 1976 he joined a two year project in Botswana aimed at starting up a rural motel and training its staff. This began a life-long connection with Africa.

Returning from Botswana he took up his studies once again, graduating in 1981 from the University of East Anglia with a degree in development economics. In the same year, he became spokesman on higher education at Norfolk County Council – the start of a long career in local politics. Lloyd served as vice-chairman of the libraries and recreation committee and served on the county council for 16 years, before standing down in 2001.

He also served as a governor of Eaton City of Norwich School and Norwich City College and was vice-chairman of South Harford Middle School and Chairman of Wensum Lodge – to name but a few of the voluntary offices he held throughout his life.

Along with his wife, Cynthia, Lloyd ran a successful restaurant bearing his name in London Street, Norwich, for 16 years, during which time he received a Tourism Enterprise Award. A strong advocate for the local restaurant industry, he campaigned to bring a street café approach to the City.

In the late1980's Lloyd was diagnosed with Parkinson's, which he faced with customary determination and resolve. According to Cynthia, he viewed his Parkinson's as a hindrance to be overcome and to be ignored as much as possible. The fact that Lloyd remained so actively involved in public life while coping with the challenges of his Parkinson's was an inspiration to all, especially those equally affected by the condition.

Lloyd sadly passed away on 10th August 2008, but his legacy, his Moveable Feast lives on – a fitting tribute to a passionate supporter of Norwich and Norfolk's culinary heritage.

Extract from an open letter written by Lloyd shortly before he died.

'Finally, my epitaph, the Moveable Feast. It's always been a combination of a labour of love and a labour of adversity. It's here to stay, as is the Food Festival. As I drift into a forced retirement due to my medical condition, the name of Lloyd Addison will never be far away from the pages of the EDP.'