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Posted by Derren Brown May 31, 2009 at 1:19 pm


The culinary highlight of last year’s tour was the Eggs Benedict cooked by chef Dan Savage at St Giles’ House, St Giles St, Norwich. This year we were hugely excited to find that Dan was still there, and he crowned each of our mornings with the perfectly poached twin triumphs of the breakfast menu. (Dan has also been delightful enough to cook for us outside of the regular menu hours: a generous gesture for which we’re all massively grateful. Thank you, Dan, again). Here’s Dan:


The restaurant at the really lovely St Giles House has won two AA rosettes and is, I imagine, the finest place to eat in Norwich. Everything we had was sensational; the perfect crab and melon sorbet with candied chilli, or the crayfish and chili risotto on the lunch menu, which I think is the best I’ve had. Be sure to pay it a visit. Thank you also to Jamie and Daniel, Nick the night porter, and the lovely people at reception for looking after us all so royally. And talk about re-charging when tired on tour: outside is a lovely sun-trap of a terrace that has you feel like you’re deep in the Mediterranean:


Whilst we had the day free yesterday, I found myself in another favourite find of the tour: a glorious, secret Victorian plantation garden, created in the mid 1800s by the owner of a ‘Furnishing Establishment’ called Henry Trevor. The garden, is, quite simply, stunning. These photographs do it no justice: there are leafy walkways, a bridge, and a great, grand, Victorian water-feature. 



It’s a secret find, but I’ll tell you it’s near the cathedral. And there are two cathedrals. But it’s not far from the hotel and they’ll give you directions. On the way back, we stopped at a lovely second-hand bookstore, the likes of which are getting hard to find nowadays, and, on urgent recommendation had late lunch at the Waffle House right next to the hotel on St. Giles St. Please, please, please, while we’re on the subject of spicy fruits, have the spicy fruit waffle with ice cream and maple syrup. The recommendation came from Chris, our erstwhile temporary company manager, and I pass it onto you. 

The shows have been fun, though last night’s second half (second in Norwich), was a little slow, due to matters largely out of my control. Today is a travel day to Newcastle, when it should be a day for lazing in the sun in this lovely eastern city. Oh well. If you could all stay indoors out of respect, we’d appreciate the gesture. 

Speak soon, 


May 31, 2009 at 1:30 pm

I’m staying indoors for two reasons. Firstly, we booby trapped the conservatory by laying a black tile floor. It is south facing and the floor is currently hotter than the surface of the sun. Traversing it barefoot requires making like Daffy Duck (

Secondly, I’m starting to tan from many hours spent out in the garden. This will never do. I’m beginning to look healthy.

May 31, 2009 at 1:38 pm
Amy says:

See you in Newcastle! yeehaa!

May 31, 2009 at 1:46 pm
tash says:

ooh. Nice sun bathing pic derren. 🙂 glad you’re able to enjoy the sun. P.s got portraits yesterday its amazing x x

May 31, 2009 at 1:52 pm
Paul says:

Thank you for the great show last night. Loved it. Best ending yet. Hope to see you next year.

– Paul (The gay looking one)

May 31, 2009 at 2:44 pm
Rachael says:

Saw the show last night and Norwich and it was, um, impossible mostly… Brilliant. A perfect pre-exam treat.

I shall be staying inside today, and in fact everyday til friday when the weather is going to break and it is going to rain… mmm… I would love to say that this is out of deference for you and your crew, but actually it’s just because 3rd year exams, for want of a better word, suck.

Hope you all have a lovely time on the rest of the tour :o)

May 31, 2009 at 2:46 pm
s-a-m says:

That food looks yummy and the garden looks amazing. It’s one of lives small pleasures,pretty places. It’s rather exciting to know that Derren and crew are heading North and ever closer to Glasgow…only a week until I see the show! 😀

Happy traveling! x

May 31, 2009 at 2:51 pm
Charles says:

Saw the show in Norwich on Thursday and was absolutely amazed and will definitely be coming again next time. Got the same reaction from other people I know that went on other nights as well.

Cheers Derren!

May 31, 2009 at 2:52 pm
ReliegiousMarie says:

Oohh, sounds all mighty lovely (makes a mental note: St.Gilis restaurant and waffles next door)…got me all hungry now…:-)

Tata for the piccies…looking goood…but am not staying inside the whole day, sorry lol

Have a good travel to newcastle you lovely lot…

May 31, 2009 at 2:59 pm
Sarah says:

I’m so jealous. I’ ve been stuck indoors in all the lovely weather whilst revising. Everyone else I know is out enjoying themselves because their exams are done already.
And now you’ve made me hungry. D:

May 31, 2009 at 3:02 pm
Lady Claire says:

Wow, those gardens look absolutely beautiful! When the weather is like it has been lately I don’t think there is anything better than strolling through English gardens or the countryside. I think living in Sussex as I do that I’m particularly spoilt in that department. :o)

Since it’s you asking Derren, I shall of course stay indoors……hmm, the fact that I can’t really stay in the sun too long anyway cos a) I burn like the proverbial lobster being v fair and b) I suffer from ghastly prickly heat if I ignore ‘a’, renders my original response as pointless anyway really. Oh heck, I’m waffling now…..

Enjoy Newcastle and stay safe!

Claire x

May 31, 2009 at 3:06 pm
Kaz says:

Went and saw the show last night in Norwich for my annual dosage of mind squishing. I now have one plea. FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, SOMEONE TELL ME HOW HE DOES IT!!!! Amazing. – Kaz x

May 31, 2009 at 3:07 pm
Holly Holmes says:

If you’re after old bookshops go to hay-on-wye. as fun as it is during the Guardian Festival time, I prefer to mooch when its peaceful.
There’s a bookshop there for everything! the crime/horror place is awesome.

May 31, 2009 at 3:16 pm
Catherine Fullen says:

All looks amazing Derren, especially the gardens, glad to see your enjoying yourself after amazing us all with your show 🙂 x

May 31, 2009 at 3:25 pm
Nicosia says:

Chef Dan is a cutie!

May 31, 2009 at 3:28 pm
Barb says:

Wow, what a show, first time i have seen Derren live, will not be the last, my mind is still trying to work out what I actually saw, and wow that ending is the best i want to see it again NOW!!!!

May 31, 2009 at 3:34 pm
Lady Claire says:

Arundel (probably one of my fave places to visit in Sussex) has it’s fair share of ‘old’ shops, including ones that sell books. The one bookshop I know there is so old, cramped and narrow that it is quite a few storeys high.
Arundel sounds quite similar to Hay-on-Wye that it too also has a Festival at the end of August with open-air Shakespeare plays at Arundel castle, concerts, etc. Shame the place is so expensive to live in….

Claire x

May 31, 2009 at 3:42 pm
Sally says:

I am so glad you enjoyed your time in our lovely City, if of course you want to come back after the tour for some more wonderful sights then let me know and I will be more than pleased to show you around!

Loved the show on Friday night and getting to be a part of it was an awesome experience for me, loved it! Can’t wait til next time.

Thanks and happy touring! x

May 31, 2009 at 4:28 pm
Bethany says:

Thank you for such an amazing show last night! I am still completely baffled! I also saw last years show and honestly didn’t think it could be matched! Both were just brilliant!

I’m glad you like Norwich, I do think it’s a very nice place 🙂
Please come back next year!
Best wishes on your tour!

Bethany x

May 31, 2009 at 4:29 pm
Jemma says:

Derren. Im so glad you enjoyed your stay in Norwich and also the stay in the St Giles Hotel, its a great central location for you and the pictures look great. Glad the sun shine was out for you too. Please come back to Norwich, you were fantastic. WE all thought you were amazing so thank you for the great night xxx

May 31, 2009 at 4:39 pm
Bethany says:

Thank you for such an amazing show last night! Completely mind boggling! I also saw the show last year and I honestly thought that could be matched; both were just brilliant!

I’m glad you like Norwich. It is a lovely city 🙂
I really hope you come back next year!
Best wishes on your tour!

Bethany x

May 31, 2009 at 4:54 pm
KatM says:

Perhaps you could persuade Dan to write the Perfect Egg Poaching instructions you promised us eons ago?

May 31, 2009 at 4:54 pm
ReliegiousMarie says:

(huh, suffering from dejavu just now, lol….oh right i was not supposed to stay in)

May 31, 2009 at 5:23 pm
Glyn says:

Ahh at last someone has something nice to say about Norwich. Saw the show on Friday night and once again Derren you were brilliant. Thanks also for the photo after the show. You really are the nicest bloke in the world! Glad you enjoyed the sun, food and gardens. You are more than welcome. Come back and see us again soon.

Oh and i will stay out of the sun today in respect of you all and by the way loving the photo’s!

May 31, 2009 at 6:01 pm
Kelly says:

Woohoo I cant wait til monday night to be blown away..
If you wanting a second hand book store go to Barter books in Alnwick its one of the largest secondhand bookshops in Britain. Also of you have any free time you should make a visit to the recently re opened Hancock musuem in Newcastle.. you might like it!.. see you Monday night.

May 31, 2009 at 6:59 pm
Jenn says:

Wow, that garden looks absolutely amazing. It makes me, once again, wish I didn’t live in the United States. And the same goes for all of the testimonials here about “Enigma” – I am sure it’s an incredible experience, and I wait with bated breath for your tour to jump the ocean and appear on Broadway. For now, I’ll just have to tide myself over with your specials and television shows, right? Good luck traveling, and best wishes for the whole team!

May 31, 2009 at 7:02 pm
Callie says:

Last night’s second-half didn’t seem at all slow to me – we thought it was slick and beautifully put together. Obviously we need to come to another one to compare! It was lovely to meet you last night, too. Thanks for the fab show, hope your throat gets better.

May 31, 2009 at 8:10 pm
Darryl says:

Saw your show on saturday in Norwich. And frankly I was impressed, but I guess I was supposed to be otherwise what would be the point. What impressed me even more so was that my partner becca ended up on stage during the second half of the show. This made the show just a wee bit more personal and I was totally gripped. Huge thanks, and we will see you next time your in Norwich.

May 31, 2009 at 8:35 pm
Ms G says:

Egg Benedict … I still can not figure out what it is that they put on top of these eggs … but apparently it is a blessing being able to start with it in the morning (or at lunch, evening, midnight ..). I hope that is not marmelade on top of it…
I had Egg Waterboiler yesterday … (you figure it out ..).

Spicey fruit .. how the hell can fruit be spicey?

Gardens .. it sure is the type of weather for it .. not being between stone and bricks and such .. and hear, hear .. I saw that the UK had some sunshine as well … it’s a miracle!
Here too and ofcourse ..we did not make the right gesture .. and stayed outdoors … all day long … my 4t terrace is nearing being finished .. 91 planks of 4 meters … wont bore you with the details or the numbers of screws … or how the back starts to feel … the 90 degrees angle you are in at afterwards …

The victorian water thing is nice indeed .. but wont look that nice in my type of garden .. with all the wood and such .. so nope, wont get me one of those. My own 3rd pool is a bit larger as well ..

The table you and Coops were at on the terrace .. that’s a small one .. mine is 3 meters long and 1.5 meters wide .. made it from a window frame, a very heavy one.
And there I sit .. I have the whole table to me .. can play pool on it .. or table tennis .. spread out magazines and newspapers .. etc etc .. I hardly ever sit there like the two of you …

Now then … off you go …

Ehehe …

Btw: I’m peeling of my skin … aint sunshine great! A renewing experience it is!

May 31, 2009 at 8:41 pm
Judith says:

Oh it looks lovely there, I will have to visit someday. I have been stuck in all day as I was at work :-/ . Plymouth show was amazing as always, Thanks also for the photo afterwards 😀 . I want to see the show again now x

May 31, 2009 at 9:10 pm
Jenni says:

I came and watched the show on Thursday night and was absolutely blown away. Plus, being able to go up on-stage during the second half made the experience even more amazing. Massive thanks for an extraordinary evening and hopefully see you in Norwich again soon! =D

May 31, 2009 at 10:20 pm
Justin Woodcock says:

I’ve lived in Norwich most of my life and have no idea where that garden is. One to investigate, definitely ! Thanks for the tip off, hope you return soon !

May 31, 2009 at 10:32 pm
Sabina says:

Read this too late and am sitting here a little pink from the sun. Hope your journey was ok…

Wow. That Eggs Benedict looks perfect, it’s given me quite a craving for it and a cappuccino too. Yum. Dan looks very cute. Eggs Benedict is one of my favourite dishes yet I haven’t had it in months, must amend that.

The secret Victorian garden looks stunning and it’s good to see you all relaxing a bit.

May 31, 2009 at 11:57 pm
Diana says:

A secret garden! How glorious!

I wish I could have seen it with my own eyes. I would have run round like a little girl in a candy shop.

June 1, 2009 at 12:41 am
Maura says:

Sometimes the sting of living across an ocean from your beautiful country feels almost physical.

June 1, 2009 at 1:30 am
Julie says:

I likes you all but maybe not so much I’d miss out on our 3 day long British summer. I sat out in the garden all day in the sun holding up my English/Irish complexion to it’s hot hot rays. Luckily pink is my favourite colour.

Keep up your fabulousness Derren and crew. Stay happy 🙂


June 1, 2009 at 7:24 am
Michael McG says:

Me too!

June 1, 2009 at 8:08 am
dale says:

Hi, I was at the second Norwich show and thought it was amazing. I’ve been watching you on the TV for years like many others. It was great to get to see you live. Thanks for signing my book.

June 1, 2009 at 4:59 pm
figaro the parrott says:

Be careful with the sunbathing Derren ,i did some yesterday and now look like half man half lobster im such an idiot ; )

June 1, 2009 at 6:54 pm
Andrea says:

Saw the show Thursday…just brill!!

I lay awake most of that night trying to figure out how Mr Brown does it….still don’t now.

Derren you are officially the scariest man on Earth!!!

Oh and do come back to Norwich next year….we lubs ya here!!!!

June 1, 2009 at 9:20 pm
Cheryl says:

Great pics there, the Victorian Garden sounds beautiful 🙂 Derren Brown sunbathing like a normal person?! This cannot be! Haha! xD And yay for secondhand book stores, I’m always on the hunt for them =] My love for books borders on obsession really!

Today was a great day – Evening of Wonders and Trick of the Mind Vol. 1 came in the post! 😀 Much welcomed distractions from revision! Haha it’s quite funny, after watching The System last week, I swear I keep having dreams about winning on the horses! 0_0 Last night I dreamt I won over £7000 on 2 horses, and the happiness I felt was so real! I remember shouting ‘I can pay for uni now!!!’ xD Bizarre!

=] x

June 2, 2009 at 2:51 pm
Ms G says:

These dont look like wikiland eggs benedict! Not even close ….
Eggs Benedict is a dish that consists of a half of an English muffin, topped with ham or bacon, poached eggs, and hollandaise sauce.

I’m not sure what type of restaurant that was, or, above all, who recommended but erm ….

The authentic ones look disgusting by the way ….

Still wonder what is on top of the ones you got served overthere … or hollandaise sauce that gone bad?

I like to put stuff inside my eggs … uncommon stuff … mustard, marmite, chili, sambal, herbs …

Yes, very interesting details, aren’t they … ehehehe …

June 2, 2009 at 3:51 pm
Katie says:

Waffle House spicy fruit waffle rocks! Great place to eat, good choice sir!

Saw your show on Saturday, took my mum and dad as a (very) belated christmas present and we all loved it. How do you do it??!

First time I’ve seen you live but it definitely won’t be the last. Come to Norwich again please!

June 4, 2009 at 6:26 pm
Eehlex says:

Oooh, the Waffle House 😀 Well done! Must go try St. Giles’ House, now, ta!

June 9, 2009 at 7:35 pm
Fiona says:

Check you and Coops basking in the sun 🙂

March 28, 2010 at 9:51 pm
alan f says:

hey bit late with this comment,if you live in Norwich and can’t find the gardens you just haven’t tried,be a tourist for the day there is lot you’ii find.It was a great show whats next Derren and have you been to dinner with adam buxton or was it joe cornish recently and fell over theatrically ??