Budleigh cafe aims to become night-time wine bar

PUBLISHED: 10:00 14 February 2017

Kevin Wood,Alfie McIntosh and Matilda Reynolds at Earls coffee house in Budleigh. Ref exb 30-16TI 4865. Picture: Terry Ife

Kevin Wood,Alfie McIntosh and Matilda Reynolds at Earls coffee house in Budleigh. Ref exb 30-16TI 4865. Picture: Terry Ife

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Budleigh Salterton could be set for a new eating out destination after a licensing application was entered.

Kevin Wood, owner Earls Coffee House, High Street, has applied to be able to serve alcohol until 11.30pm every day.

He has also applied to be licensed for the performance of live music between 6pm and 9pm on Fridays and Saturdays and between 2pm and 8pm on Sundays.

Mr Wood said the application was in response to what customers had told him the town needed.

He said: “We have been asked since we opened to turn it into a wine bar, which is not what we set out to do here.

“We talk to our customers and there is a demand for it, so we are going to see what we can do.

“It’s going to be more informal dining for families along the same lines as what we offer during the day.

“We will continue to talk to our customers and try to provide for them what they want.”

Earls, which opened last year in the former NatWest building, will offer wine during their normal hours to begin with and will be looking into opening into the early evening.

Mr Wood confirmed that he was hoping Budleigh-based Lillyfarm Vineyard would be able to supply the wine he sold.

People have until Thursday, February 23,to make any representations on the application.

The proposal will go before Budleigh Salterton Town Council before East Devon District Council makes the final decision.

Mr Wood added that he did not foresee any problems with the application.

Town mayor Councillor Chris Kitson is supportive of the idea.

He said: “Families have said it would be nice if there was somewhere that was affordable in town where they could go on a casual basis, so I think this idea would be appreciated.

“It could be quickly established as a meeting place. Earls has been recognised as a place to go in Budleigh and, as long as people can rely on it, that will not change.”

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