Plans for new Italian restaurant in Northumberland working men's club

Plans are in the offing to create a restaurant in a working men’s club in a Northumberland village.

Monday, 20th April 2020, 11:45 am

C4 Limited has applied to the county council for a part change of use of Red Row Working Men’s Club, which would see the rear of the ground floor and the entire first floor become a restaurant.

The intention is to create a ‘family-orientated establishment serving authentic Italian cuisine’.

The application states that the club, known locally as Red Row Brick Club, has been at the heart of the village since the early 1900s and ‘has proved to be a valuable community asset’.

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It goes on to explain that the existing function space has hosted a significant number of events over the years, but adds that ‘in more recent times its use has become less frequent’.

‘As such, there is an opportunity to repurpose the function suite and provide an asset of greater benefit to the local and wider communities of North Broomhill and Hadston, which would help support the upkeep of the existing club,’ the document states.

‘At the same time, redevelopment of the site provides an opportunity to significantly improve the accessibility of the building to ensure compliance with building regulations, particularly in relation to people with disabilities and/or reduced mobility.’

A new accessible entrance at street level is proposed with internal changes, including the removal of walls, to create a welcome area with seating at the rear of the building.

The existing ground-floor kitchen would be retained, as would the bar and toilets associated with the club, while a new accessible toilet would be created in the rear area. A restaurant-grade extraction system would be installed.

On the first floor, the existing layout would be kept largely as it is, with the bar area being retained and the function space becoming the main dining area.

The office/storage space would be opened up to create the restaurant kitchen and the toilets would be upgraded.

East Chevington Parish Council supports the bid, but has called for the parking situation to be looked at more closely.