Sea-view restaurant planned for Winter Gardens

PUBLISHED: 13:30 17 June 2016 | UPDATED: 12:43 23 June 2016

The Winter Gardens.

The Winter Gardens.


Weston College has announced further developments to Weston’s iconic Winter Gardens site, which include plans for a new bar and sea-view restaurant.

The upcoming plans are to restore the pavilion and revamp part of the building as a law and professional services academy and a new university centre. As well as this, the ballroom will be refurbished and remain entirely for public use.

This comes after North Somerset Council officially handed the site to the college at the beginning of May.
The café facing the Town Square will remain after the redevelopment and while the college is yet to have had contractor surveys completed – which will signal a final go-ahead for the plans – the hope is to create a new two-storey bar and a restaurant which will overlook the seafront.

This will be in the wing which formerly housed the town’s tourist information centre, with the service having recently moved to the Tropicana.

Change will also occur to the main entrance and reception area, which will move from the rear of the building to The View Bar site. The smaller rooms above this area will then also be used for a number of functions.

John Crockford-Hawley, chairman of North Somerset Council and member of the site’s community access board, said the plans are exciting for the town.

He said: “2017 is shaping up to be a magical year for Weston. Across town many projects are starting and some will reach completion next year, including refurbishment of the museum and leisure facilities in Dolphin Square.

“Even the Tropicana is shaping up for post-Banksy revitalisation. The refurbishment of the Winter Gardens and these other works are all part of a bigger regeneration project that is just beginning to come together.”

Bernard Doyle, the project’s lead architect, has now presented his initial drawings and work will begin as soon as contractor surveys are completed.

He said: “We’ve been working with the Winter Gardens’ planning team and our ambition is to restore the original portion of the building back to its former glory.”

To view a gallery of the plans and development, click here.

More from Weston Mercury

57 minutes ago

Young carers in North Somerset got the chance to showcase their creative skills by redesigning a party space.

Read more

A father from Winscombe was sentenced to more than three years in prison for a knifepoint robbery of a Weston shop.

Read more

A father ‘struggled’ to care for his son without support for 20 weeks after North Somerset Council failed to provide him with adequate information about carer’s assessments.

Read more

Burnham and Highbridge Town Council have appointed a new town clerk.

Read more
Yesterday, 23:04

People flocked to Weston on Saturday for a day of alternative therapy, spiritualism and traditional crafts from around the world.

Read more
Yesterday, 18:00

Pupils turned out in droves, sporting yellow ears and eye patches, in support of Children in Need.

Read more
Yesterday, 17:23

A Weston boy, who has been long been hailed as an inspiration to children suffering from bullying, has added another prestigious prize to his collection.

Read more
Yesterday, 16:23

Weston boss Marc McGregor has hailed the performance Tom Llewellyn in the Seagulls’ defeat at Welling United, after the teenage starlet marked his first league start with a stunning goal.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:00

Children as young as 12 have been caught running on the roof of a derelict factory and trespassing in the collapsing building.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:41

A six-year-old has raised more than £500 for a Wraxall charity with a sponsored hair cut.

Read more

Most Read News

Read Online

Read the Weston Worle and Somerset Mercury e-edition E-edition

Local Weather



max temp: 8°C

min temp: 0°C

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Send Your Letters
Order Photos
Family notices
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Newsletter Sign Up

Weston Mercury twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Show Job Lists