New café’s operator is revealed to the public

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AN OPERATOR has been picked to run a new café planned for a popular Bognor Regis park.

Hot on the heels of news planning permission for the new Hotham Park Café had been granted, an operator has been chosen to run the business.

After a rigorous tender process, Arun District Council says it is delighted to announce the team behind The Lobster Pot Café, in Felpham, and The London Road Coffee Shop, in Bognor, will operate the new café in Hotham Park.

A spokesman for Lobster Pot Bognor Regis Ltd, the company which will run the venture, said: “We source as much local food as possible and make everything from scratch, from the highest quality ingredients.

“Within the company we like to employ people from the local community and invest in them through training.

“This is a great opportunity. The design of the café allows for indoor and outdoor space – on sunny days the doors can be folded back to let the sunshine in and on winter days it will be cosy and warm inside.

“We can’t wait to welcome people into the café when we open next spring.”

When up and running, the café will offer fresh home-made cakes to enjoy with a range of teas and coffees, ice creams, sandwiches and light meals, with the emphasis being on locally-sourced, fresh produce to feed all ages and palates.

It will be open all year round, and the affordable menu will change with the seasons; offering salads, fresh fish and seafood in the summer and then winter warmers like home-made soups and pies.

Once established, it’s hoped the café will open as a restaurant in the evenings to offer meals including traditional wood fired pizzas.

Not only is the proprietor keen to use local produce, the company is seeking to recruit local people to work in the café.

Leader of Arun District Council Gillian Brown said: “The council is absolutely delighted to be working in partnership with such a successful local business to deliver a very special café in Hotham Park.

“The council is an original signatory to the Arun Developer and Partner Charter and our aim is to ensure that regeneration projects bring maximum benefit to local people and the local economy, and this new business venture ticks all of those boxes.

“The café will be a great new attraction for both locals and visitors to the park, the town and the district.”

As previously reported, concerns were raised about the siting of the eatrie and the routes delivery lorries would take.

The park has been without a cafe for two summers. The last operator, Dawn Bunker who now operates from Chichester’s Priory Park, left after her agreement with Arun finished in early 2013.

In the interim, Inspire Leisure has been running a catering kiosk.