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Clifton Cafe gets Boozy Boost Posted On 20 November 2020

It’s all smiles for the Clifton Observatory 360 Cafe, located on Observatory Hill, as their request to be able to permanently sell take-away alcohol has been granted.

 

Like other venues, the cafe has been able to provide takeaway services to its customers, as a means of staying open during lockdown; a move which was described as a ‘lifeline’ by owner Ian Johnson. But Bristol City Council have since permitted the eatery to continue alcohol sales in takeaway form, even once lockdown lifts.

 

There had been opposition to this decision from local residents, who believed that this change would increase littering within the area. Mr Johnson acknowledged this in a licensing hearing, who remarked that the litter caused from takeaway waste from his cafe would only account for ‘five per cent’ of the litter which already gathers on Observatory Hill.

 

Committee Chair Cllr Brenda Massey said that, in order to grant their request, ‘we would urge you to ensure that the area is kept as tidy and presentable as it possibly can be’. And it seems that both parties are in agreement, with Johnson stating that, because the cafe is ‘Sympathetic’ to the littering situation, they will take personal responsibility for the cleanliness on Observatory Hill. He claimed that the cafe would install two bins, and will conduct daily litter sweeps of the area.

 

This alteration to the license now allows the cafe to serve alcohol to customers, for off premises consumption, between the hours of midday, until 10pm, daily. On top of this, the cafe will now be able to open earlier, from 9am, every day. However, please note that, due to the current restrictions, the takeaway service is only operating from the hours of 10am-5pm from Monday to Sunday, for the time being. And when the cafe does re-open for dining in, there will be no changes to licensing hours for customers visiting the glass cafe or rooftop terrace.

 

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