Gourmet eaterie is on menu for city centre

Worcester News: HAUTE CUISINE: Site of the fine dining restaurant to open in Worcester’s CrownGate shopping centre.  Picture: John Anyon.  5113482401. HAUTE CUISINE: Site of the fine dining restaurant to open in Worcester’s CrownGate shopping centre. Picture: John Anyon. 5113482401.

A GOURMET restaurant has won approval to open in Worcester’s CrownGate shopping centre – the latest in a line of trendy eateries.

Bill’s Restaurant, which serves classic British dishes ranging from steaks to duck pie and fish, has won backing to open in the old Entertainer toy shop.

The company, which has restaurants in Bath, Brighton, Oxford, London, Cambridge and Bristol, will create about 25 jobs.

Outdoor seating will be provided to add to CrownGate’s al fresco culture where customers will be able to sit under a glass canopy. During a debate by Worcester City Council’s planning committee, the ongoing changes to the shopping centre were praised.

Alan Coleman, from the planning department, said: “This area of the city has become a highly popular place of destination in recent times.

“With the likes of Carluccio’s and Huntingdon Hall nearby, if you would have another restaurant of this quality anywhere this would be the place for it.

“This is an absolutely superb location.” The committee backed the decision unanimously, despite some protestors saying the outdoor seating at restaurants in CrownGate could prove hazardous for pedestrians.

Councillor Alan Amos said: “I’m still bothered that these cafes and restaurants displace pedestrians in bad weather. The dining establishments take over the pavements and people have to walk around tables and chairs. It’s unfair on shoppers.”

Coun Roger Berry said: “I agree. It’s about time someone stood up for pedestrians in the city.”

Bill’s menu provides meals at all times of the day, from breakfast to dinner, including afternoon tea.

The approval comes just over a month after the opening of Coffee Dough, known as CODO, which occupies a stunning glass pavilion in the CrownGate complex.

The Entertainer toy shop is now in the Shambles.

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11:34am Sat 21 Dec 13

Hwicce says...

Rather than whine about having another good quality tenant in Crown Gate maybe the Councillors should be suggesting that adding an all over glass roof to improve the all-weather facilities.

It would be fairly easy to add to the existing structure and would greatly improve it.
Rather than whine about having another good quality tenant in Crown Gate maybe the Councillors should be suggesting that adding an all over glass roof to improve the all-weather facilities. It would be fairly easy to add to the existing structure and would greatly improve it. Hwicce

3:27pm Sat 21 Dec 13

Budweis-her says...

This is an absolutely superb location.” The committee backed the decision unanimously, despite some protestors saying the outdoor seating at restaurants in CrownGate could prove hazardous for pedestrians.

Councillor Alan Amos said: “I’m still bothered that these cafes and restaurants displace pedestrians in bad weather. The dining establishments take over the pavements and people have to walk around tables and chairs. It’s unfair on shoppers.”

Coun Roger Berry said: “I agree. It’s about time someone stood up for pedestrians in the city.”



Stood up for the pedestrians? What planet are Councillors Amos and Berry on? Firstly, the table and chairs will not take over the whole courtyard, there will be plenty of space for pedestrians to walk through. If they didn't walk round whilst texting and actually looked where they were going then they wouldn't walk into things. Secondly, the councillors should be standing up for the creation of jobs and the income this will generate into the city. Thirdly, plenty of cafes, bars and bistros have tables and chairs on pavements on the continent without any issues. I bet they don't have any spoilsports saying they are creating a hazard or stupid Health & Safety rules like the nanny state we seem to be developing in Britain.
This is an absolutely superb location.” The committee backed the decision unanimously, despite some protestors saying the outdoor seating at restaurants in CrownGate could prove hazardous for pedestrians. Councillor Alan Amos said: “I’m still bothered that these cafes and restaurants displace pedestrians in bad weather. The dining establishments take over the pavements and people have to walk around tables and chairs. It’s unfair on shoppers.” Coun Roger Berry said: “I agree. It’s about time someone stood up for pedestrians in the city.” Stood up for the pedestrians? What planet are Councillors Amos and Berry on? Firstly, the table and chairs will not take over the whole courtyard, there will be plenty of space for pedestrians to walk through. If they didn't walk round whilst texting and actually looked where they were going then they wouldn't walk into things. Secondly, the councillors should be standing up for the creation of jobs and the income this will generate into the city. Thirdly, plenty of cafes, bars and bistros have tables and chairs on pavements on the continent without any issues. I bet they don't have any spoilsports saying they are creating a hazard or stupid Health & Safety rules like the nanny state we seem to be developing in Britain. Budweis-her

8:06pm Sat 21 Dec 13

bobnohope says...

Says something that CrownGate continue to attract top quality restaurants while St Martins Quarter gets the 99p shops and lap dancing clubs. The city centre shopping experience is being chopped in half at the City Walls Road. From my experience this happens in every city centre and will be really difficult to prevent.
Says something that CrownGate continue to attract top quality restaurants while St Martins Quarter gets the 99p shops and lap dancing clubs. The city centre shopping experience is being chopped in half at the City Walls Road. From my experience this happens in every city centre and will be really difficult to prevent. bobnohope

12:36am Sun 22 Dec 13

Guy66 says...

bobnohope wrote:
Says something that CrownGate continue to attract top quality restaurants while St Martins Quarter gets the 99p shops and lap dancing clubs. The city centre shopping experience is being chopped in half at the City Walls Road. From my experience this happens in every city centre and will be really difficult to prevent.
You'll find St Martins is the new area and the lap dancing club will be in Lowesmoor!
[quote][p][bold]bobnohope[/bold] wrote: Says something that CrownGate continue to attract top quality restaurants while St Martins Quarter gets the 99p shops and lap dancing clubs. The city centre shopping experience is being chopped in half at the City Walls Road. From my experience this happens in every city centre and will be really difficult to prevent.[/p][/quote]You'll find St Martins is the new area and the lap dancing club will be in Lowesmoor! Guy66

10:00am Mon 23 Dec 13

longpete says...

Since when has 'eatery' been spelt with an 'ie' at the end. It's an English word, not a French one.
Since when has 'eatery' been spelt with an 'ie' at the end. It's an English word, not a French one. longpete

10:06am Mon 23 Dec 13

longpete says...

Budweis-her wrote:
This is an absolutely superb location.” The committee backed the decision unanimously, despite some protestors saying the outdoor seating at restaurants in CrownGate could prove hazardous for pedestrians.

Councillor Alan Amos said: “I’m still bothered that these cafes and restaurants displace pedestrians in bad weather. The dining establishments take over the pavements and people have to walk around tables and chairs. It’s unfair on shoppers.”

Coun Roger Berry said: “I agree. It’s about time someone stood up for pedestrians in the city.”



Stood up for the pedestrians? What planet are Councillors Amos and Berry on? Firstly, the table and chairs will not take over the whole courtyard, there will be plenty of space for pedestrians to walk through. If they didn't walk round whilst texting and actually looked where they were going then they wouldn't walk into things. Secondly, the councillors should be standing up for the creation of jobs and the income this will generate into the city. Thirdly, plenty of cafes, bars and bistros have tables and chairs on pavements on the continent without any issues. I bet they don't have any spoilsports saying they are creating a hazard or stupid Health & Safety rules like the nanny state we seem to be developing in Britain.
There are plenty of people on the continent who complain about the lack of pavement thanks to tables and chairs. That's why councils strickly mark the areas of pavement they rent out(nb Worcester council - rent. The pavement is ours and must be rented to these businesses) and strickly enforce these limits.
[quote][p][bold]Budweis-her[/bold] wrote: This is an absolutely superb location.” The committee backed the decision unanimously, despite some protestors saying the outdoor seating at restaurants in CrownGate could prove hazardous for pedestrians. Councillor Alan Amos said: “I’m still bothered that these cafes and restaurants displace pedestrians in bad weather. The dining establishments take over the pavements and people have to walk around tables and chairs. It’s unfair on shoppers.” Coun Roger Berry said: “I agree. It’s about time someone stood up for pedestrians in the city.” Stood up for the pedestrians? What planet are Councillors Amos and Berry on? Firstly, the table and chairs will not take over the whole courtyard, there will be plenty of space for pedestrians to walk through. If they didn't walk round whilst texting and actually looked where they were going then they wouldn't walk into things. Secondly, the councillors should be standing up for the creation of jobs and the income this will generate into the city. Thirdly, plenty of cafes, bars and bistros have tables and chairs on pavements on the continent without any issues. I bet they don't have any spoilsports saying they are creating a hazard or stupid Health & Safety rules like the nanny state we seem to be developing in Britain.[/p][/quote]There are plenty of people on the continent who complain about the lack of pavement thanks to tables and chairs. That's why councils strickly mark the areas of pavement they rent out(nb Worcester council - rent. The pavement is ours and must be rented to these businesses) and strickly enforce these limits. longpete

12:02pm Mon 23 Dec 13

Karl Hunderson says...

I'm not sure but I think all of the Crown Gate shopping area is private land in as much as it is owned by the Crown Estate (hence the name). They still have to abide by planning law but if this is the case the pavement is theirs and it is up to them, not the council, to install an all over glass roof. I am happy to be corrected on this.
I'm not sure but I think all of the Crown Gate shopping area is private land in as much as it is owned by the Crown Estate (hence the name). They still have to abide by planning law but if this is the case the pavement is theirs and it is up to them, not the council, to install an all over glass roof. I am happy to be corrected on this. Karl Hunderson
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