Winterton on Sea’s pub plans to expand restaurant

Fishermans Return pub at Winterton.June 2013.Picture: James Bass

Fishermans Return pub at Winterton.June 2013.Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2013

A village pub where locals have enjoyed a pint for more than 180 years will be getting an upgrade later this year, but associated plans are ruffling some feathers.

The Fisherman's Return in Winterton-on-Sea has already been given planning permission to knock down the old 'Tinho' building and replace it with a two-storey function room that links to the main pub.

Landlord Darrin Winter, who took over the historic Fisherman's in 2009, said the extension will provide more room for diners - the pub is often packed out in summer and winter, as well as two new en-suite rooms for visitors who want to stay in the village overnight.

But before the building work has start, the pub wants to install a temporary kitchen to be used from October this year until March 2015.

And not everyone is impressed. Objecting to the temporary kitchen plan, Winterton-on-Sea Parish Council said: 'The parish council object to this application due to the residents of the Lane not being notified of the proposed unit, its location and that we require confirmation the unit is suitably quipped so that no fumes are omitted and it does not pose a risk of any sort.'

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Another objector said the unit would look out of place - and eat up some of the car parking space.

The planning application documents submitted to Great Yarmouth Borough Council attempts to explain why the pub is seeking a temporary unit.

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It said: 'The public house is a busy concern and the construction work [of the new function room] is envisaged to be carried out from Ocotber 2014 to Easter 2015.

'The business has a large percentage of its turnover tied up with food and therefore cannot do completely without a kitchen.

'To this end, there is a requirement for a temporary kitchen to be sited to the front of the site. There maybe some demolition of the dwarf walls within the public house front garden but these walls will be reinstated upon the completiton of the function room extension and the removal of the temporary kitchen.'

The brick and flint building in the Lane was built almost 300 years old and became a pub in 1831. It was run by the George family for over a century and, in the last 100 years, has had just four changes of ownership.

Darrin, who took on the pub from John and Kate Findley, secured planning permission to build a home and holiday let on land behind the pub soon after taking over.

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