Planned Harbour café would serve up allotment-grown veg
FIVE new jobs could be created if proposals are accepted for an environmentally-friendly café in Sutton Harbour.
The REAL food kitchen is the brain child of Phil Hague and Katie Easter and aims to bring an "exciting and alternative al fresco eating experience" to Quay Point.
A planning application has been submitted to Plymouth City Council by Sutton Harbour Holdings Plc, which owns the land where it would be sited.
"We're incredibly passionate about producing 'real' food, whilst protecting the environment and enriching the local economy," said Phil Hague, a classically trained chef who has been a lecturer for the faculty of business and leisure industries at City College Plymouth for 17 years.
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"Plymouth has a thriving restaurant and café scene and we are hopeful that our individuality can only go to strengthen this," he added.
Planners said the business would create five new jobs and would complement other food outlets around the waterfront while pioneering a number of green initiatives.
These included a local allotment scheme to source food from 'earth to kitchen' within an hour of harvesting, and donating all produce that cannot be used the next day to a local charity or homeless shelter.
The café building has been designed to be moved, if required, and the planning application includes proposals for an enclosed storage area for commercial bins near the Southside Street public toilets.
The café would be based in a contemporary open-sided building with views through to Sutton Harbour under a weathered copper coloured roof, echoing the nearby Glassblowing House restaurant.
Sutton Harbour Holdings chief executive Jason Schofield said: "Phil and Katie have a real passion for locally-sourced natural food and we think The Real food kitchen would be a great asset to Sutton Harbour and the Barbican.
"Our ambition is to promote Sutton Harbour as a nationally significant destination. That includes attracting new businesses that appeal to visitors and help diversify the waterfront economy, creating jobs as part of Plymouth's growth agenda."