Thursday, 21 September 2017

Bar’s new bid to stay open until 3am

A BAR in Henley town centre has launched a second bid to extend its opening hours.

A BAR in Henley has launched a second bid to extend its opening hours.

Magoos in Hart Street wants to open until 2.30am from Thursdays to Saturdays and until 3am on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays on bank holiday weekends.

Owner Laurence Wilson applied for a similar extension in 2011 but South Oxfordshire District Council’s licensing committee turned him down after neighbours objected.

Six people complained about noise from customers smoking in the rear garden and raised concerns that the bar would become a nightclub.

At the time, Mr Wilson said he needed the extra hours to fund a £260,000 extension of the premises.

The work, which doubled the venue’s capacity to 250, was carried out last year.

This week, Mr Wilson said was applying again because of demand from regulars.

He said: “I would be quite happy to run the business as it is — it’s purely because customers ask me about it so often at the end of the night.

“Our customers are crying out to be able to stay later and we always listen to them, which is why we’ve been here for nine years.

“We don’t cater for younger people — our prices are geared towards the more mature and responsible crowd. They’re the ones who want to party for an extra hour at the weekends.”

Mr Wilson accepted that other venues in Henley had caused trouble for residents, but promised he would not allow this to happen at Magoos.

He said: “We are a responsibly run, late night establishment. There have been other places that weren’t as responsible but the police and many other licensees recognise that we are and support us.”

Under its current licence, Magoos must stop serving alcohol at 1am and close at 1.30am every day.

Mr Wilson has also asked for permission to open until 3.30am during Henley Royal Regatta as he has been allowed to do in previous years.

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