Southsea Beach Cafe granted licence to serve alcohol

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THE owners of Southsea Beach Cafe say they are ‘delighted’ a council committee has granted them an alcohol licence.

There had been some opposition expressed to cafe’s intention to serve alcohol.

However, Portsmouth City Council’s licensing committee decided the licence for the provision of alcohol to be served with food could be granted at a meeting yesterday afternoon.

Fiona Gicquel, known as Figi, the new venture’s general manager, said she and the owners were ‘completely delighted’ by the decision.

‘We want to express our thanks to the committee.

‘This just shows how the council is supporting local entrepreneurs.

‘We are trying to create something special down on the beach and hope that everyone will enjoy this exciting new venture.’

She also thanked residents for their support.

Councillor Ken Ellcome, who chaired the meeting, added: ‘I think we had plenty of positive feedback from residents. We had one deputation from a resident concerned by music but that is no longer a licensing issue.

‘It looks like an interesting place and I think it will be a great success.’

The cafe is expected to open in the next few weeks.