Restaurant licence granted at rural site

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The county council has granted a premises licence for a restaurant in the Coquet Valley after the removal of a request for live and recorded music which had sparked objections.

The application, by Chris and Janet Watmore, is for The Holystone Lodge, Low Farnham, on Holystone Estate.

Their proposal is for a licensed restaurant seating around 45 diners, a private dining area for 20 people, a bar, five letting ensuite bedrooms and an outdoor garden area with around 10 tables.

Their original application included live and recorded music, but this led to objections from residents, primarily concerned over the effect on the Northumberland National Park and the tranquility of the area.

The licence is for the sale of alcohol everyday from noon to 3pm and 6pm to 11pm and late-night refreshment for residents from 11pm to 1am.