The opening of any new business is always a special occasion and this was made even more so for Flamingo Land Resort Yorkshire when TV actress Jennifer Metcalfe officially opened the tourist attraction’s latest restaurant.

imageJennifer, who is known for her long running role as Mercedes McQueen in Hollyoaks, enjoyed a day at the park with her partner Greg Lake (formerly of Geordie Shore).  As well as officially opening Fabrizio’s Italian Restaurant, she also introduced the start of the 1pm ‘Pirates of Zanzibar’ show – the resort’s most recent family attraction.vhk

“We are so proud of our new restaurant which brings a whole new dining experience to the park,” said Gordon Gibb, CEO. “It was a delight to have Jen spend the day with us and we warmly thank her for performing the official opening duties at Fabrizio’s.”

The restaurant takes its name from top Italian Chef Fabrizio Tomasi, famed for his involvement with Florios Pizzeria in Malton – the food capital of Yorkshire just minutes drive from the park. Fabrizio sources many ingredients from his homeland, Sardinia, and his pizzas are well known across the county due to his special ‘secret’ recipe.

“We had a fantastic guest list for the opening which included competition winners from our local radio stations and via our social media pages as well as Ryedale Special Families all of whom enjoyed lunch in the new restaurant and then enjoyed the rides and animals,” said Gordon. “It was great to welcome members of the local community alongside our celebrity guests with everyone enjoying the glorious weather.”

giyhkFabrizio’s is open each day for lunch and dinner for both day and holiday visitors to the park.

The park, which has been part of the Yorkshire tourist scene for over 40 years, has significantly evolved in size and stature over the years, making it one of the most visited attractions in the country today, and the UK’s most popular animal collection.