Pub hopes outdoor dining could help it survive after 400 years

A pub that has been serving customers in a Gloucestershire village for 400 years is hoping outdoor dining will secure its future.

So much so that the Royal Oak in Bishop’s Cleeve, near Cheltenham, has applied for permission to build a pergola, to function as an outdoor dining area providing additional cover for the company.

In a planning application to Tewkesbury Borough Council, the Greene King-owned pub is seeking permission to have the facility at the rear of the Church Road site. The plan is to allow it to have more outdoor space than currently.

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He said, in a report in the app: “The provision of additional outdoor space, sheltered from the elements, is of particular importance given the increased awareness among customers of the spread of diseases transmitted by air and increased guest preference for outdoor seating in the hospitality industry. premises.

“This is particularly important to ensure the economic viability of the pub in the future.”

The historic Grade II listed pub has been at the heart of the village for years and has been very popular in the past.

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But it has had quiet times lately, with the coronavirus pandemic preventing some customers from eating and drinking inside.

Its bosses therefore hope that a larger outdoor dining room, lit and heated, will bring some of these people back.

The application also seeks to create a new washroom entrance, remove two small amounts of half-timbering and renovate an extension.

Bishop’s Cleeve Parish Council supports the planned changes.

The borough council aims to make a decision by February 1.

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