Ecclesall Road drinks menu may be extended

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More places to eat and drink are being prepared for Ecclesall Road.

A ‘micro-pub’ and an outdoor cafe are the latest ventures lined up for the area which is already bristling with cafes, restaurants and bars.

Some observers believe that the road is saturated with venues, and residents continue to press for restrictions to prevent them being disturbed by noise in the early hours. But interest in adding to the list of ventures shows no sigh of abating.

One of the latest is a proposed ‘micro-pub’ to replace a former e-cigarette store near Hunters Bar. The applicants say there are now more than 50 of the outlets across the country, including two in Chesterfield. The concept is ‘keep it small, keep it simple’, with a limited range of real ales, ciders, soft drinks, wine tea and coffee. There is no keg beer, no hot food, no amplified music, no TVs and no electronic games. The emphasis is on “convivial conversation”.

The concept “minimises the possibility of noise concerns and anti-social behaviour since the establishment is not attractive to groups of youths or binge drinkers”, say John Harrison and Chris Sinclair in a submission to the council for planning permission.

The pub would be open until 11pm seven days a week, the early closing discouraging anti-social behaviour and helping to attract the “target patronage”.

The applicants add: “It is believed that proposed use of the premises will not lead to unacceptable levels of noise or disturbance to the detriment of the nearby residents.”

Meanwhile, the council is also being asked to approve a scheme to use part of a former car sales court in Ecclesall Road, near Summerfield Street, as an outdoor coffee area. It involves installing two portable cabins and “a selection of high quality outdoor furniture and planter boxes” under the canopy.

It is “highly unlikely” that the development would have any impact on nearby residents and businesses,” says a representative of applicant Shebab Din.

However, one neighbour has told the council that Ecclesall Road has 50 food and drink outlets up to Hunters Bar and fears the project will create too much noise. But if permission is granted, closing time should be no later than 5pm, it is argued.