Colonnade restaurant set for summer opening


Colonnade restaurant set for summer opening

Al-fresco dining is set to return to Bexhill seafront this summer as a new cafe restaurant opens in a historic Grade II-listed building.

Rother District Council is in the process of appointing contractors who will soon begin a major refurbishment of the Colonnade, and hopes to open the facility in time for the start of the school summer holidays.

The council has appointed a business and catering manager for the licensed eatery, which will offer light snacks, main meals, ice creams, alcoholic drinks and afternoon tea seven days a week.

The cafe-restaurant will be able to accommodate around 50 diners inside and 100 on its outside terrace, which offers panoramic sea views.

Meanwhile, the western half of the building will be divided into four retail units, creating an additional attraction in a key seafront location.

Cllr Sally-Ann Hart, district council cabinet member for public realm, culture and tourism, said: "The Colonnade is a stunning building in a stunning setting, right on the seafront and directly in front of the De La Warr Pavilion.

"The work we'll be starting soon will completely transform the interior of the building, creating a modern, vibrant and attractive space for residents and visitors alike to enjoy.

"The location benefits from very high footfall in the summer and we hope the new cafe-restaurant will be able to capitalise on this passing trade - and act as a visitor destination in its own right.

"This investment in an iconic seafront building is a sign of the real confidence we have in Bexhill as a visitor destination."

The Colonnade has been vacant since the end of October, when a short-term lease held by a previous occupant expired. In January, after a prospective new tenant pulled out, the council's cabinet agreed to run the facility in-house.

The cafe-restaurant will open seven days a week in summer from 10am to 7pm and five days a week out of season, from 10am to 4pm. It will also host entertainment such as live music and quiz nights.

A confirmed opening date for the Colonnade will be announced in due course.

Published on Wednesday, May 16 2018

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