Day: 10 April 2014

The plan is for a pavement café area tucked into the dogleg between Corve Street and the Bull Ring. As you approach the front door of the Compasses, the café area will be in front of the window to the left, out of the way of pedestrians. The seating and tables are to be used as an extension of the Compasses’ tea and cake business until 3pm. I understand the Compasses is thinking extending the café business until 5pm, which will be the latest allowed under the licence. No alcohol will be allowed on the street, as at present. The Compasses has a bad reputation – built up over many years – for its customers disturbing the neighbourhood, especially late at night. I know the current managers want to tackle this, but we won’t know whether they have managed to do so until we get warmer evenings. I don’t think the night time problems are a reason for refusing a civilised daytime operation. I do not agree with a number of residents that the chairs and tables will impede pedestrian access. That does not mean I that I don’t have concerns about the daytime operation. I am particularly worried that…

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An application for planning permission reveals the future for De Grey’s tea rooms. Many would have hoped that the building would have been resurrected as a traditional café and tea rooms. Some feared it would become a Wetherspoon pub, though many others have told me they would welcome a cheap beer and food outlet in the town. Neither is to come to pass. A planning application has been submitted by Wildwood: “an expanding group of restaurants with freshly prepared food sourced locally.” There is a promise of 40 full and part-time jobs, with the restaurant open from mid-morning until perhaps 11pm. Wildwood requires changes to the back of the building with a bigger door to access an outdoor eater area. The planning application reference is 14/01249/FUL (search here). The historic aspects of the building will not be affected. It’s good that a new restaurant use has been found for De Grey’s. But it is not De Grey’s as it was. It will not be a magnet for American tourists. It will no longer be a destination within Ludlow. It will just be another chain restaurant. This is not a loss to our foodie reputation. The food was good at De…

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