Saturday, 21 October 2017

Noise row cafe plans to serve alcohol

A WARGRAVE café which was closed after complaints by neighbours about noise has applied for a licence to serve alcohol.

A WARGRAVE café which was closed after complaints by neighbours about noise has applied for a licence to serve alcohol.

The Old Post Office in High Street is introducing a new lunch menu and wants to sell wine with the meals.

Karin Edlind and her partner Tim Lawrence, who took over the lease of the café in October 2013, have applied to Wokingham Borough Council for a premises licence, which could also cover the playing of music and events such as film screenings.

Owner Tony Colborne, who used to run the café, shut the business in May 2013 after neighbours complained about the late opening hours and sale of alcohol.

David and Caroline Ellwood said the noise from the café was “unacceptable” and that they had witnessed fights and people urinating in the street and knocking on their door and running away.



Mr Colborne, who has owned the property since 2008, tried to sell before leasing the café to Miss Edlind and Mr Lawrence.

Miss Edlind, the café’s chef, said there were no plans to extend the opening hours.

She said: “We are starting to bring in new lunches and we want to serve wine with those. If we get the licence, we can do that and also start selling bottles of wine.

“The neighbours know we are not going to attempt to open in the evenings. We have mentioned it to them and they seem fine.”

At a meeting of Wargrave Parish Council on Monday, Councillor Timothy Jones said the café had been “a great addition” to the village and added: “We don’t want to put them off.”

The deadline for comments to the borough council is next Friday.

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