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"High-end" eco restaurant planned for Liberty Wharf

Saturday 14 May 2022

"High-end" eco restaurant planned for Liberty Wharf

Saturday 14 May 2022


The upstairs town office space at Liberty Wharf could be transformed into a "locally and sustainably focused" restaurant and bar, leading to the creation of at least 15 full-time jobs, if plans are approved.

According to a newly submitted planning application, the proposed restaurant will cater for the "higher end of the market while still remaining accessible and relaxed".

There are also plans for it to include a bar area for pre- and post-dinner drinks.

Documents submitted as part of the application by architects Axis Mason state that the applicant - Gorton Trading - is already the owner of a popular local business, and plans to retain current local clientele while also becoming a focal point for tourists who wish to experience local produce.

If approved, the business would be open from midday until 23:00 from Tuesday to Saturday.

As well as creating at least 15 full-time jobs, the application says the restaurant would also support small independent local suppliers and promote the hospitality industry to young people.

"The restaurant will continue to progress the applicant’s demonstrated commitment to the highest possible standard, aiming to set the benchmark for how a hospitality business can be run in terms of quality and sustainability," Axis Mason said.

"...The applicant intends to continue to promote the hospitality industry more generally, aiming to encourage young people into what can be an extremely rewarding career."

Liberty Wharf restaurant (CREDIT - Axis Mason)

Pictured: Plans submitted site shoehorned for the new restaurant is split over two floors and is situated on the eastern side of Liberty Wharf, overlooking Liberation Square on one side and the existing 'food court' area on the other. (Axis Mason)

The site of the planned restaurant also benefits from a central St. Helier location, with nearby transport links including the main bus terminus, the Weighbridge taxi rank, and serval large public car parking area.

The details of the proposed development outline a change of use of the first floor from an office to restaurant, while the second floor of the site will remain as an office/store. The renovation will involve the insertion of a new kitchen extract flue on the first floor to pass through to the second floor and out via an existing window.

While the proposal affects a listed building, the works are only internal meaning that existing historic features will not be affected.

The planning application states that "all historic timber windows, decorative cornices, skirtings and historic floorboards are to be retained".

The historic granite and brickwork will be either retained or covered, with no fixings into the historic granite.

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Posted by Simon Langlois on
The headline states "High-end" eco restaurant but I can't seem to find any reference to anything 'eco'. Insulation? Heat Recover Ventilation? Rainwater Recycling? Solar?

Controversially, the only true 'eco' restaurant would be vegan, or perhaps vegetarian, as the 'production' of meat makes it probably the most environmentally damaging food group you can get.
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