Pitcher and Piano Approved Outdoor Dining

CUSTOMERS at a Taunton town center pub will soon be able to enjoy wines and al fresco dining.

The owners of the Pitcher and Piano have been granted conditional planning permission to construct a hardstanding area outside the Corporation Street premises,

It will allow customers to eat and drink on the east side of the Cider Press Garden – formerly a public square, which connects Corporation Street to Bath Place.

Somerset West and Taunton Council planners agreed Marston’s plans for the development as it ‘will retain the character and appearance of the conservation area and the setting of the listed building’

The Pitcher and Piano is located across from the Cozy Club across the Cider Press Garden, where patrons can already sit at tables outside.

Marstons does not intend to install any permanent outdoor facilities or landscaping adjacent to the historic premises.

In its planning application submitted earlier this year, it said: “The area has been used as an outdoor seating area for a considerable number of years, comprising a modern paving area separated from the public square by freestanding planters.

“The outdoor dining area can be accessed either from the west entrance of the Pitcher and Piano Restaurant/Bar or directly from Corporation Street via the Cider Press Garden public plaza.

“The outdoor dining area is easily accessed by level paving via a clearly defined pedestrian route from the adjacent public road.

“The proposals do not involve any physical work in the immediate outdoor area or in the existing Pitcher and Piano listed building, seeking only to regularize the use of the application site for an outdoor dining area.”

The Pitcher and Piano, located in the former City Library, underwent a £550,000 refurbishment earlier this year.

The premises were previously used as the city’s main library until it was moved to Paul Street several years ago.

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