Our History

Formerly the village pub The Red Lion, it became The Wildebeest Arms in 1994 and went on to cause a bit of a stir when it was transformed into a gastropub with an African theme. Records show that it dates back to 1837 as a Freehouse and was later damaged by enemy action in the Second World War on the 8th May 1942. 

 Owners of the award-winning Ingham Swan, Chef Patron Daniel Smith and his business partner, Gregory Adjemian of G&D Ventures Restaurant Group, bought The Wildebeest in April 2015. Today, The Wildebeest restaurant is helmed by Chef Patron Daniel Smith with Head Chef Fabio Miani and is celebrating 25 years in 2019.

Chef Patron Daniel Smith

Norfolk-born Daniel brings a wealth of talent and experience to his kitchen at The Ingham Swan. His impressive track record over many years includes working for the acclaimed Michel Roux Jr at the two Michelin starred London restaurant, Le Gavroche, before moving back to Norfolk to work with another renowned chef – Galton Blackiston at Morston Hall where he achieved his first Michelin Star as Head Chef, aged 23. He then spent a decade at the popular Wildebeest Arms in South Norfolk before opening The Ingham Swan, his first restaurant, in April 2010.

Winning Norfolk Chef of the Year 2014 and Craft Guild of Chefs Restaurant Chef of the Year 2017 and never forgetting his Norfolk roots, Daniel creates each menu to take full advantage of the selection of local produce that is readily available on the doorstep. He has built a reputation as one of Norfolk’s most innovative and creative chefs and has a loyal following.

G&D Ventures

At G&D Ventures Restaurant Group our overriding objective is to build award-winning localised hospitality brands. Our aim is to put our venues firmly on the culinary map; acquiring freehold locations, creating scaleable brands with a clear identity and concept and to be an employer of choice by developing and inspiring talented rising stars to grow and take the business forward. G&D Ventures also operates The Ingham Swan and Warwick St Social.