A former town centre travel agents will be transformed into a bustling family-friendly restaurant, providing it gets the green light from planners.
Husband and wife team Roger and Elaine Bolton, of Weston Turville, have applied for permission to turn 7-9 Market Square, Aylesbury, into The Works restaurant.
The grade II listed building dates back to 1765 and has had a varied retail life as a bank, clockmakers, rug sellers, department store and finally travel agents First Choice, which closed in 2012.
The Works will serve a ‘quality menu with artisan ice creams’ that customers can see made right in front of them and snacks such as crepes, waffles, hot desserts, milkshakes, smoothies, coffees, teas and a range of sparkling, red and white wines.
Roger and Elaine – who both have backgrounds in food and hospitality – want to refurbish the building and expose many of its historic period features to create a ‘retro, industrial’ space for which lends itself to an ‘all-day dining experience’ from 9am to 11pm.
Roger, who is father to two grown-up sons, said: “I want people to know that this is going to be a unique alternative, and not just another cafe or coffee shop.
“I’ve had this idea in the back of my head for about 10 years. It’s really exciting, and as it’s developing I’m getting more confident.”
In a previous web story, the Bucks Herald reported that The Works would be a cafe as stated in the planning documents on the Aylesbury Vale District Council website.
Roger has confirmed that it will in fact be a restaurant, and the previous web story has now been updated.