Penshurst Place given the green light for new cafe

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By kentsussex | Friday, December 14, 2012, 14:47

Penshurst Place has been granted permission to redevelop its Plant Centre into a new cafe.

The new venue, which is yet to be officially named, will be outside the main house and grounds ticketed area and also accessible via the gift shop.

Tunbridge Wells architectural consultants Madgwick and Dottridge are behind its design.

It is expected the caterer Leith's at Penshurst Place, who already manage its Garden restaurant, will also manage the new catering facility. 

General Manager of Penshurst Place Estate, Ben Thomas, said: 'We are delighted to get this project off the ground to build a new catering outlet at Penshurst Place. 

'After several years of getting customer feedback about the need for a place serving refreshments that is open all year, and outside the ticketed area, we will now be able to service our local community and customers more effectively and manage the high demand for our good quality catering, that we have encountered at peak times over the past few seasons at Penshurst Place.'

The plans are for the new outlet to be open 12 months a year and offers a place to get good quality light refreshments for Travel Trade/Group visitors, visitors to the Gift Shop, season ticket holders visiting the adventure playground and events, and passing walkers and cyclists who use the local footpaths and regional cycle route no 12. 

Penshurst Place looks to start building work in early 2013. Access to the Gift Shop and visitor entrance will not be affected. 

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