A wine merchants begun by a Bury St Edmunds man 188 years ago hopes to create a new shop with a purpose built wine cellar and a vineyard.
Thomas Peatling moved from Westgate Street to a temporary shop behind St Edmund’s Tavern in Risbygate Street in March and has now applied for permission to create a new shop on the site behind the pub.
Owner Nicholas Corke said: “The application will allow us to trade in the sort of space we had in Westgate Street and allows us to have a cellar, which is important because it allows us to have those special wines people know us for.”
Because the site slopes down from Risbygate Street, it means a cellar can be created with a minimum of earth movement.
The application says it will also open up the area behind the pub, creating a garden with public access. Planting there will include a small vineyard, though it is mainly decorative as Mr Corke is not expecting to produce wine from it.
The business will also be seeking listed building consent to turn the 16th century St Edmund’s Tavern into a wine bar restaurant.