Change of use

A wander through town this morning – having first glanced through the planning applications appearing on the B&NES online weekly list.

A new pub for Milsom Street?

Seems the old Loch Fyne fish restaurant at the top end of Milsom Street is applying for the change of use of a listed building from restaurant to public house.

Better cover for Rosario’s?

Rosario’s cafe in Northumberland Place is hoping to get permission to install a retractable awning over its external seating area. Certainly, it will help with inclement weather and the odd ‘bird blessing’ from the sky.

A new cafe?

While down in Stall Street, a Korean Japanese restaurant chain called Kokoro are hoping to get planning permission for a change of use from shop to cafe at number 33.

Finally, the re-fit of the old Gap store in Old Bond Street is well advanced. The Bath Townhouse is the latest venue in the Coppa Club stable which is busy advertising online for bar and kitchen staff ahead of a planned August opening.

The old Gap store

The company opened its first business in 2015 and has since opened seven venues across London and surrounding counties – including nearby Bristol.

Their website ( says:

“We first opened our doors back in 2015 in the Berkshire countryside village of Sonning-on-Thames, where we set out to create a venue which offered something for everyone, a local hang-out and a community space.

For years, only members’ clubs have offered space for guests to stay all day and transition from work to play, but we aim to change all that.  We’re relaxed, welcoming and informal, our bars serve great wines and cocktails, our lounge areas are comfy with sofas to relax in and plenty of Wi-Fi and plug sockets, perfect for meetings or just for settling in with your laptop.”