Morpeth bar the Auction House applies for extended music license and takeaway service permission

A Northumberland cocktail bar and eatery is applying to bring more music and services to its customers.

The Auction House in Bridge Street, Morpeth has applied to Northumberland County Council to extend its licensing.

The applicant, Mr Phillip Steel, has applied to extend the permitted time for indoor music from 9am to midnight.

Mr Steel has also applied for the right to supply alcohol in sealed containers for consumption off the premises.

The Auction House in Morpeth

There have been three recorded objections from interested parties fearing public nuisance.

A licensing hearing chaired by Haltwhistle councillor Ian Hutchinson discussed the application.

Mr Steel said: “With the current climate in terms of COVID being able to to supply a take away offering is quite crucial.”

He also said the music would pose no issue to neighbouring houses, clarifying the establishment does not play loud music, merely “background” music for “atmosphere”.

The applicant had previously applied for a beer garden to the rear, but this was withdrawn after several objections were raised.

A decision is expected on Monday, April 12.

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