Capel’s plans to extend with 35-seat restaurant

PUBLISHED: 13:50 19 July 2015

Capel's Fish and Chip shop. Ref exe 4507-29-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Capel's Fish and Chip shop. Ref exe 4507-29-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

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One of the oldest chippies in Exmouth, Capel’s, is proving so popular with 21st century visitors, the owners are planning to extend their restaurant by 35 seats.

Town planners this week backed plans by Capel’s to convert the first floor into a 35-cover restaurant.

The ground floor, which houses a kitchen, already has some seating.

Capel’s fish and chip restaurant, in Imperial Road, is housed in a 19th century building, originally owned by Lord Clinton.

It was a ‘fish café’ as far back as 1949 — possibly before — and was purchased by Emma Amelia Capel in 1956 for £4,000.

Councillor Tony Hill said: “I can see the numbers queuing up to use it on Thursday and Friday evenings, and it seems to me to be a sensible change of use.

“I did think, possibly, putting a 35-seat restaurant above the cooking area is perhaps something which needs to be carefully considered with things like fire regulations.”

Planning chairman Lynne Elson said: “That is something that will be looked at by building regs at the district council.”

Councillor Brian Toye added: “There are many examples of having a restaurant over the top of a kitchen area It’s nice to know that they are that busy that they need the extra seating.”

District planners will make the final decision.


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