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Closed for business: the Country Squire shut its doors last year. (File photograph)

A new restaurant and bars could be built on the site of a Somerset landmark.

A planning application by property owner Sandys Holding Company said the firm wanted to partly demolish the former Somerset Country Squire – which shut its doors last year – and build a new restaurant.

Documents included in the application said the project would include a new restaurant with two bars, a new commercial kitchen, bathrooms and storage areas.

The restaurant would also include a “year-round naturally ventilated covered dining facility” with seating for 136 guests and views of Mangrove Bay.

The application said the design “adheres to Bermuda's vernacular through its scale, massing and siting” and would improve the area with outdoor seating and landscaping next to the sidewalk around Mangrove Bay Road.

The application admitted the available parking on site did not meet the minimum for a restaurant development.

But it added it accommodated safe movement and overflow parking was available at the neighbouring Sandys Boat Club.

Donald Hassell, a chef and owner of the Mangrove Bay institution, died in March aged 58.

Mr Hassell became a shareholder at the Country Squire in 1986 and bought it outright in 1988.

The restaurant and bar was geared to families from the area as well as visitors and offered guests a waterside venue in the West End.

Plans for a new restaurant at the former home of the Country Squire.
Plans for a new restaurant at the former home of the Country Squire.

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Published October 25, 2021 at 12:09 pm (Updated October 25, 2021 at 12:09 pm)

New restaurant and bar plans for old Country Squire

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