Florist granted late-night licence to serve food and alcohol

Torbay Weekly

A café and florist in Brixham will no longer just be offering wedding bouquets to newly weds but could be hosting whole wedding receptions too after being granted a late night licence to serve food and alcohol.

Flour Flower is on Middle Street in a site that has been a restaurant or café since the 1960s.

It will now be allowed to sell alcohol to people eating a meal until midnight and stay open until 12.30am.

Currently they close no later than 6pm apart from special temporary licensed events.

The owner had requested to stay open until 2am on certain days but this was rejected after police raised objections because of their fears about crime, disorder and public nuisance often seen at other Torbay venues with such closing times.

Despite being granted the licence, the application form states the café will only have 'occasional evening events and private functions' but the owner says they would be able to have more than the limited amount allowed currently.

When addressing the Torbay’s licensing sub-committee, Simon Webb explained how he hoped to hire out the building for events such as wedding receptions and baby showers.

He initially asked for permission to stay open until 2am Thursdays to Sundays but the committee wouldn’t go into such early hours after hearing from a police representative, along with other concerns about potential noise complaints from nearby residents.

When asked how he would ensure people left quietly, Mr Webb claimed Flour Flower customers are 'mature' and 'very respectful', and said the café could only cater for 24 people inside and four outside.

He pointed to a number of nearby venues, including Brixham Yacht Club and the town’s Conservative club, as having late alcohol licences and stressed the café would offer table service only.

The committee granted the premises licence with conditions including the earlier closing time, that only people eating a table meal can have alcohol, that notices are displayed asking customers to leave quietly and that certain standards of CCTV are adopted.

The licence will also allow Flour Flower to sell alcohol from its online shop, provided customers confirm their age confirmation.