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Cleethorpes’ top restaurant relishes an opportunity to go up in the world

THE top-rated Cleethorpes restaurant is looking to go up in the world.

Cleethorpes’ top restaurant relishes an opportunity to go up in the world

A planning application has been submitted to convert the first floor of Relish Bar and Kitchen into a lounge and bar area. 

It's a move that could create ten jobs, swelling employment from 20 to 30 at the Alexandra Road premises.

The potential for the expansion had been highlighted as an opportunity when owners Lee Appleyard, Sean Desouza, Brian Gilbert and Christine Scott took over the venue from David Butler in March.

Mr Desouza, pictured right, said: “We need the extra space. It has been a really good first summer here, really good. From upstairs you will get great views.” 

In documents submitted to North East Lincolnshire Council, the team state how they are seeking temporary permission initially, and proposing sound insulation to party walls, as there are flats either side of the venue.

It is described as being necessary “due to the success of the ground floor restaurant and bar and required to help support and sustain the business.”

The proposal includes a plan to have toilets located on the second floor, with opening hours listed as until 10pm on Sundays through to Wednesdays, and 11pm Thursdays to Saturdays.

It comes as The Counting House bar and restaurant opens after a major overhaul of the former HSBC branch in Sea View Street, and follows the significant expansion to form The Tale Of Two from The Riverside and neighbouring hotel, also on Alexandra Road, as well as the emergence of Copper – all large investments.

In the application, submitted by Dieter Nelson Planning Consultancy, it states the move will “help to support and sustain the business in the changing entertaining market and add further choice to the evening economy”.  It adds: “The use of the first floor will also take full advantage of the views over the Humber Estuary, which is part of the charm of the site.”

A decision is anticipated by mid-November.

Relish first opened in late November 2014, having previously been the bar Schooners. It currently sits top of the restaurant rankings on Tripadvisor.

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