New viewing platform over river Wensum for Norwich Playhouse Bar?

Norwich Playhouse bar; Photo: Bill Smith; Copy: Emma Lee; For: Archant; Archant © 2010; 01603 772434

Norwich Playhouse bar; Photo: Bill Smith; Copy: Emma Lee; For: Archant; Archant © 2010; 01603 772434

Archant © 2010

Visitors to a popular bar in the city centre could soon be enjoying their drinks on a new viewing platform over the river Wensum, if plans are approved.

The Playhouse Bar in St George’s Street, next to the Playhouse, has long been a popular hang-out for nearby art school students, with its outside seating area, which is virtually enclosed by trees, one of the big attractions, especially in summer.

Norwich Playhouse Trust has applied to Norwich City Council for a single storey extension to the west and south of the bar to form a bar extension, plus toilets and storage.

The proposal is also for the removal of an external bin storage area to be replaced by paving to St George’s Street, and the installation of a viewing platform over the river with access next to St George’s Bridge.

The work, if approved, will form part of an ongoing makeover that also includes sprucing up outside tables.

The Playhouse Bar is popular for a number of reasons, including the food and drinks. Customers like it because there is always a copy of a crossword at hand, as a photocopy, which they can do while supping.

Norwich Playhouse general manager Caroline Richardson did not wish to comment on the application, which will be discussed by city council planners at a later date.

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