Public demand pops the cork on Budleigh wine bar

PUBLISHED: 12:30 09 August 2016 | UPDATED: 16:52 09 August 2016

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


Café by day, wine bar by night is the plan for a new coffee shop in Budleigh Salterton’s High Street.

Earls Coffee Shop owner Kevin Woods hopes his fledgling business can offer a dual service – opening through the day and during the evening - once the necessary legalities have been agreed.

Kevin said plans for a café-wine bar were driven by the public ahead of the coffee shop opening.

Before anything is set in stone, East Devon District Council must authorise Earls a premise licence.

Kevin will also have to obtain a personal alcohol licence and change of use planning approval.

He said: “While building Earls, we have been asked by the public to open late and get a licence, which I have taken on board and am in the process of doing, with the support of the town council.

“We do plan to open into the evening and become more of a coffee house by day and wine bar by late afternoon into the evening.

“We want to become a major part in the Budleigh community and will be working hard with all groups and existing businesses to ensure we achieve this.”

He added: “The locals have supported us; we have had some really positive feedback about the look, feel, service and quality we are offering.

“I’d like to thank them for the support. Earls is their coffee house. All they have to do is ask and we will do our upmost to deliver.”

Chris Kitson, Budleigh Salterton mayor, supported the new business vision.

He said: “We have got licensed premises already in the town, so if there is a demand for it and the licensing authority is happy, I don’t see a reason why it can’t be a positive thing for Budleigh.”

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