A planning application has been submitted to convert a former restaurant unit into an ale house in New Cross.
The proposed site is 9 Lewisham Way would “also require the addition of a cellar cooling system for the proposed cold room in the basement, as well as utilising some of the pavement space outside of the premise’s demise for additional seating at the front of the premise.
“The applicant intends to primarily operate as a wet-led Ale House, with an accompanying food offering. In time, the premises may also open early to provide coffee and light snacks in the morning.”
Shirk Ale Houses are behind the venture which sits opposite Goldsmiths and near the Marquis of Granby pub.
Cultural and creative hub
There’s a lot within the application that sounds promising:
“We intend to use the premises as an Ale House. Our focus will be on providing quality (largely locally sourced) real/cask ale and craft keg ale to be drunk on the premises, or taken away for home consumption.
We also aim to use the Ale House, particularly the first floor, as a cultural and creative hub. We are keen to provide a space that starts to pull the creative culture from Goldsmiths (University of London), and integrate it more into the New Cross district centre.
Furthermore, the intention is to provide an ancillary coffee shop use, primarily during the mornings. This will support additional vibrancy for the town centre, and create greater socio-economic activity amongst the local community.
We also intend to partner with local food outlets, so customers can have hot food on the premises, but we will not provide substantial catering in-house (at least at the outset). Hence, the premises will be ‘wet-led’, and the need for a change of use from Class E (formerly A3) to Sui Generis.”
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