Clavell Restaurant plans to open pop-up restaurant in Kimmeridge Bay


PLANS have been submitted for a pop-up restaurant in the car park of a Dorset beauty spot.

Clavell’s Restaurant has applied to Dorset Council for a pop-up installation in the Kimmeridge Bay car park.

The claimant says the Covid pandemic has brought about a “seismic shift” in the hospitality industry that has “spurred the public’s appetite for all things outdoors”.

A statement submitted with the application reads: “There has been a marked increase in the number of visitors to the campaign, people looking for new experiences.

“Holidays have also been a feature and Dorset has seen an influx of visitors.

“It is perhaps understandable that local residents and visitors are less inclined to socialize and dine indoors, so businesses have had to innovate.

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“The applicant is aware that the level of activity, character and experience of Kimmeridge Bay changes with the seasons.

“Many visitors mistakenly show up expecting there to be a number of basic facilities in the bay, such as a shop or cafe where they can buy a bite to eat.

“The result is often disappointment and extra car journeys as visitors drive back and forth to the village and beyond in search of food.

“Opportunities for a permanent restaurant have been explored in the past; but inquiries to Dorset Council found no favour.

“The applicant therefore sought to innovate and proposed an ephemeral seasonal restaurant with a low environmental footprint.

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“It would be formed between mid-April and mid-September to meet latent demand from existing visitors.

“During this period, car parks experience a high level of traffic and parked cars, vans and motorhomes become a feature of the landscape throughout the day, although the visual impact is quickly lost when on the foreshore.”

The statement said there would be a 12m by 15m expandable tent, a welcome point, benches for up to 100 seats, four mobile trailers with a “rustic appearance” as well as “luxury toilets mobile”.

Reservations would only be taken in the evening, and the operator would focus its ingredients on “local notoriety”.

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The statement added: “The business is intrinsically linked to the fishing and farming activities which shape the cherished landscape of the Dorset area of ​​outstanding natural beauty and heritage coast.

“Not only does the nominee support the landscape, but also the local community, as a local employer and service provider. The applicant is a responsible caretaker who has continued to invest, both emotionally and financially, in the area.


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