Popular Scarborough Mere Café applies for permanent alcohol licence

The popular café which serves food and drink to visitors to Scarborough Mere has applied for a licence to serve alcohol.

Friday, 9th April 2021, 4:56 pm
Updated Friday, 9th April 2021, 4:58 pm

Darren Miller of the Mere Café, off Mere Lane, wants permission to sell drinks from 10am until 9.30pm seven days a week.

The business has already been granted three Temporary Event Notices that will allow it to provide alcohol for three separate periods in April and May, starting on Monday.

The application for a permanent licence states that: “The premises will primarily operate as a café/bistro and not a vertical drinking establishment [and] alcohol for collection or delivery is only permitted with food.”

The Mere Café, off Mere Lane. (Photo: Google)

The café sits within the car park of Scarborough Mere, a natural lake located in the Weaponness Valley next to Oliver’s Mount.

At one time, the mere spanned over 16 hectares in size, but when the railway came to Scarborough in 1844 it was greatly reduced to make room.

After the First World War it was transformed into a traditional park, with floral beds and lawns and activities such as boating.

Today, it is home to a number of different species of birds, plants, fish and even otters are known to frequent the site.

The closing date for responses to the licence application is May 1.