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Aldeburgh restaurant L'Escargot Sur Mer on High Street applies for 24 hour alcohol and live music licenses as permission for hotel rooms granted



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A Suffolk seaside restaurant is set to become a bustling hotel and venue after applying for several licenses from East Suffolk Council.

L'Escargot Sur Mer at 152 High Street, Aldeburgh, has been granted approval for a change of use to a hotel and restaurant with plans to extend the bar and restaurant area as well as to add six bedrooms over the first and second floors.

The restaurant, which serves French cuisine and runs a pop-up at New Street Market in Woodbridge, has applied for a 24-hour alcohol license which will allow visitors to use mini bars in their rooms.

L'Escargot Sur Mer is currently undergoing building work to allow the six bedrooms and new restaurant areas to be created.
L'Escargot Sur Mer is currently undergoing building work to allow the six bedrooms and new restaurant areas to be created.

They have also proposed the supply of alcohol off-sales to enable take-away and deliveries from the restaurant and bar every day between noon and 11pm.

And they have applied for a license to play recorded music in the venue, as well as live music both outdoors and indoors.

Their application also proposes the opening hours of the premises will become 24-hour to allow bona fide guests to come and go.

Aldeburgh High Street. Picture: Google Maps
Aldeburgh High Street. Picture: Google Maps

The L'Escargot Sur Mer website states the restaurant is currently closed for an 'exciting refurbishment'.

It reads: "We are delighted to be restoring 152 High Street to its former glory to include luxurious bedrooms, a roof terrace, and wine bar."

The website adds that the venue will reopen later in the year.

The first records of an inn on the site of the iconic building date back to 1668. In 1811 it became known as the New Inn and in 1913 The East Suffolk Hotel.

A public notice can be seen on the front of the 152 High Street building.
A public notice can be seen on the front of the 152 High Street building.

Representations and comments about the licenses may be made to East Suffolk Council regarding the proposals until June 29.

These should be sent in writing to the Licensing Team at East Suffolk Council by emailing licensing@eastsuffolk.gov.uk or writing to Riverside, 4 Canning Road, Lowestoft, NR33 0EQ.