Old Stockport post office to reopen as ‘high quality’ bistro bar

A former post office is to reopen as a bistro bar following the go-ahead from licensing chiefs.

The old shop, in Stockport Road, Marple, has been vacant since August 2018 when the post office relocated to the Ridgedale Centre.

Now Whaley Bridge firm Red N Black is to give the unit a new lease of life after being granted a premises licence.

The as-yet-unnamed bar will be allowed to open between 8am and 1am on Fridays and Saturdays, but must close at midnight on the other days of the week.

Alcohol can be served from 9am.

Intended as a ‘nice, high quality establishment’ it will also feature a ‘closed in beer garden’ at the front of the premises.

Ian Watson, director of Red N Black, told a Stockport council licensing sub-committee meeting he had put ‘huge investment into the area’ by converting the old post office – part of which has now opened as a burger bar – and was looking to hire local people.

He added: “I do have another premises at Buxton Raceway, which is owned and run by myself, we’ve never had any complaints to High Peak Borough Council.

“We do it properly and we do it right, that’s all I’m trying to do, here.”

The licensing application sought permission to play recorded music between 9am and 1am, with the option of live acts performing between 8pm and midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.

The council received one letter raising concerns over noise and litter being while councillors Wendy Meikle and Stuart Corris also questioned Mr Watson over potential disturbance to residents.

Mr Watson told the meeting that recorded music would be played at ‘background’ levels, while live music would only be an occasional event.

“I’m not planning on having a disco, it’s not a nightclub, it’s background music mainly,” he said.

“With regards to the live band, I put that in [the application] just in case, on the odd occasion we want to put one on. I’m not going to sit here and say we are going to have a live band every week, because we’re not.”

Offering further reassurances in his summing up, he said: “It was just on the licensing form and I filled it in so I had permission should I ever wish to do it.”

He added that his application to supply ‘late night refreshments’ between 11pm and 1am on Fridays and Saturdays was to allow for off-licence take outs if Covid restrictions are in force.

“I’m wanting to open a bistro bar, not a takeaway off-licence,” he said.

The bar will have indoor and outdoor CCTV, qualified door staff when required and run a ‘Challenge 25’ policy.

The premises licence was granted without further conditions being set by the committee.

Planning permission for the conversion and change of use was granted in June last year.

|Ma Evening Post