License approved for Solent’s first luxury floating restaurant


Guests will have this view of the Solent.

The license for what is dubbed the Solent’s first luxury floating restaurant was granted after a single objection called the application to the Isle of Wight Council.

Approved by the licensing subcommittee last week, advisers looked at noise concerns from The Boat, a fully refurbished 34-meter yacht, before deciding they had been addressed.

An opponent had said the floating restaurant, which is said to be based at Venture Quays in East Cowes despite sailing the Solent, would affect residents nearby, including those at the over-55-year-old Princess Court residential complex.

They said:

“I’m sure people wouldn’t want a nightclub that plays music all night long and drinks alcohol there.”

Speaking at the meeting, on behalf of The Boat, attorney Matthew Phipps said it was not an application for a nightclub as it adhered to the restaurant’s opening hours and closed at midnight.

The boat had, however, created a noise management plan, addressing any potential concerns and would act “proactively, before any complaints are lodged”.

The noise management plan had not been finalized, but the council’s environmental health official said it was “90% there” and should be completed and approved before any licensing activity. can start.

Part of the management plan, The Boat said, will ensure that customers respect the needs of other users at sea and ashore, by notifying customers and monitoring their exit where appropriate, as well as by installing signs near the door.

Despite concerns from East Cowes residents, Mr Phipps said they were not allowed to disembark people at Venture Quays, with participants arriving by boat or boat.

Plans were revealed earlier this year for a restaurant spread over three floors.

The Boat is run by the Freehold Group, which was inspired by the Grand Banks oyster bar on the Hudson River in New York City.

According to the license request, it appears to be open as soon as possible but mainly commercial during the summer period.


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