Pub chain seeks licence for proposed Boston Spa site

Boston Spa parish council chair Robert Wivell.  Picture : Adrian Murray. (1406241AM7)
Boston Spa parish council chair Robert Wivell. Picture : Adrian Murray. (1406241AM7)

An abandoned building on Boston Spa High Street is set to be transformed into a pub if the licence is approved by Leeds City Council (LCC).

Planning permission to change the former building society into a Stew and Oyster pub was granted earlier this year, however work will not begin on renovating the property until the application for a licence - submitted last week - is given the green light.

The trading group, which started with their first pub in 2009 in Leeds city centre, are planning on having plays, films, music, dance, and the sale of alcohol from 10am to midnight from Monday to Saturday and from 10am to 10.30pm on Sunday, with late night refreshments available from 11pm to midnight from Monday to Saturday.

Stew and Oyster operations director Thomas Mountain said: “Stew and Oyster was based around the premise of like-minded people who wanted somewhere enjoyable to drink a decent pint, with comfy sofas, served by friendly people with some quality home-cooked food.

“Essentially it was a place where we would like to drink - a pub that offers all the advantages of a city centre bar, combining quality wines, massive spirit ranges, bottled beers from around the world, draught beers from Belgium and Europe and hand pulled ales from micro breweries here in Yorkshire, whilst being served in the friendly surroundings of your local pub.”

The company then opened a site in Oakwood in 2012, and, if the licence is passed, the Boston Spa venue will be the third Stew and Oyster in the country.

Mr Mountain said: “We hope to bring to Boston Spa what we have with Oakwood - a local that can work with the community and become a part of it with numerous activities such as farmers markets, fetes, charity events and traders exhibits that can help promote local business and things that are important to the community.

“Although the license has several different activities on it, we simply want to have the options to have film nights, quiz nights or play live music on New Years Eve. Again with the help of our locals, these are decisions that we will make as the bar develops, but we just want the options there if we need them.”

These plans are being welcomed by the parish council, which is happy to see the High Street filling up.

Council chair Robert Wivell said: “It has been empty for a good number of years and we are delighted that there is an application in to put it to good use.

“We are talking about a central retail part of the town which is where you would expect activities to take place and we have already got the bistro where they have nights with musical accompaniment.

“Clearly if something is going to be incredibly noisy that is a problem and there is a remedy to it, but we want to see buildings filling up and not empty shops, so we are very much in favour.”