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The former Carriage House Museum and Vera P Card jewellery store is now earmarked for a café and deli (Image from planning documents)

An East End restaurant could soon undergo major refurbishments and the addition of several tourism apartments, according to a planning application.

The application, submitted last month by the Little Venice Group, proposed work on the former Tempest Bistro in St George’s to add a café and takeaway at an existing retail portion of the property.

While the main restaurant at the property will remain, with additional awnings added to allow more outdoor dining, the plans also propose the creation of three two-storey tourism apartments.

The apartments would be created above the main restaurant in an historic brick warehouse, which is a Grade 2-listed building on the eastern side of the property.

The building was once the home of the Carriage House restaurant, along with the Carriage House Museum, which showcased a number of historic carriages.

However, the museum was forced to shut its doors in 2003 after the building was badly damaged by Hurricane Fabian and the Carriage House Restaurant closed its doors for good in 2009.

First floor plans highlighting proposed changes to the former Carriage House Museum in St George’s (Image from planning documents)

The restaurant on the building’s ground floor, later reopened under new ownership as Polaris and as the Tempest Bistro in 2014.

However, Tempest Bistro closed at the end of 2021 after the Little Venice Group bought the property from Wilkinson Estates Ltd.

The museum, meanwhile, was converted into a retail store front, which has hosted the Vera P Card jewellery store.

The plans show the store front, which faces on to Water Street, would be modified into a café and deli with outdoor seating.

Other retail spaces in the building, accessible from Somer’s Wharf, are expected to remain unchanged.

Plans for proposed changes to the former Carriage House Museum in St George’s (Image from planning documents)

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Published July 08, 2024 at 7:56 am (Updated July 08, 2024 at 7:55 am)

New plans for old Carriage House Museum submitted

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