Warwick pub wants permission to open bar in garden after lockdown restrictions are lifted but nearby residents are concerned about noise

A Warwick pub has applied to have an outside bar in its beer garden post lockdown.

Thursday, 11th March 2021, 1:00 am
Updated Thursday, 11th March 2021, 4:02 pm
The Black Pug in Warwick.

Strong opinions have been expressed both for and against the garden bar being built at the Grade II listed Black Pug, formerly The Millwright Inn, in Coton End.

People living near the pub are concerned about the extra noise the bar could cause if it attracts more people out to the garden.

They are also concerned about the pubs campaign on social media to rally support for the application from patrons, with people who do not live near the premises commenting on the matter.

The garden of the Black Pug in Warwick.

Applicant and pub owner Matt Crowther said: "During a normal winter we have space for 60 inside our pub, when the sun is shining we have an amazing garden with space for 242 seated customers, the internal bar becomes a bottleneck slowing service keeping our guests waiting.

"We want to build an outdoor bar in the garden not only to enable us to serve our guests quicker and better but also to have a fixed position to supervise, attend to and manage the safety of our guests.

"It will allow us to mitigate as much contact as possible indoors and in high foot traffic areas."

For more details about the application click here or search for application number W/20/1739 on Warwick District Council's online planning portal.