Angel Hotel’s plan to turn bar into clothes shop

A hotel is planning to convert its public bar into a shop selling shoes and fashion accessories to help strengthen the business and improve its viability.

A planning application has been submitted to South Kesteven District Council to change the use of the bar in The Angel Hotel in North Street into a shop.

According to the application, the owners are reported to have tenants waiting to move in.

The application says the owners are also considering possibly separating the function room from the hotel’s lease.

The Grade II listed hotel dates back to the 18th century.

The planning statement submitted with the application said: “The owners are struggling to sustain a viable hotel business.

“While it is their wish to continue to provide hotel facilities, it is necessary to consider whether the less profitable elements of the building can be put to more productive, and valuable use, which would enable the hotel to remain.

“With significant competition from other town centre food and drink outlets, the public bar section of the building is not trading successfully or viably, with very limited opening hours.

“Re-use of this section of the building would significantly reduce the hotel overheads and costs, and improve overall viability.”

There are already seven shops at back of the hotel in Angel Precinct.

No-one at the hotel was willing to comment at this time.