Weymouth’s famous fish restaurant wants to stay open until midnight

Weymouth waterside restaurant Catch at the old Fishmarket has asked for flexible opening hours to accommodate more customers.

The business, above the Weyfish shop, says the 10pm closing condition, made in 2020, is no longer suitable for the successful venue and it would like to stay open until midnight.

An application, in the name of Mr. Sean Cooper, says the business was opened in June 2021 to provide a fine dining experience for locals and visitors. In the request to Dorset council to change the hours, Mr Cooper said: ‘Since opening we have negotiated the current Covid risk and while council has been digging the road it has continued to create 12 jobs at full-time.

“The restaurant entered the Michelin Guide and continues to attract rave reviews from the national press.

“The original state limited the opening to 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. in the interest of neighboring amenities.

“The success of Catch has led us to introduce an 8-course tasting menu that makes diners linger for an extended period of time.

“The above restriction means that we cannot meet the demand of our ever-growing clientele. We also have restaurant reservation requests for birthdays and anniversary celebrations. This condition limits our ability to meet this need.

Our neighbors to the south and north are bustling pubs on the quays (The George and The Ship) and ahead of us is the harbour.

“Our neighbors in the back are a resident who is very supportive of our business and an Airbnb vacation rental/property.”

“We want the condition to be changed to 00:00 from 22:00. As a gourmet restaurant, our prices are high and our clientele reflects this.

“We can only accommodate 46 covers over the whole evening and therefore the number of people leaving the restaurant later will be very low.”

Public comments on the proposed schedule changes close on June 5 with application reference – 2022/02765. Further details can be found on the council’s website.

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