Picture this - approved Westgate cafe set to bring Grantham jobs

Current vacant site on Westgate.
Current vacant site on Westgate.

Plans for a new cafe in the vacant retail premises on 77 Westgate have been approved by South Kesteven District Council.

Applications for full planning permission and listed building consent to convert the Grade II listed shop into a cafe, were both approved on Thursday.

The Picture Cafe in Bingham.

The Picture Cafe in Bingham.

Husband and wife Paul and Julia Williams from Redmile are turning the site into the second branch of their business The Picture Cafe.

For three years the couple have run The Picture Cafe in Bingham, which serves customers a variety of food and drinks within a mixture of contemporary and vintage surroundings.

As with their Bingham cafe, they will also make use of Mr Williams’ flair for photography to decorate the Grantham base, hence the name of the business.

Speaking to the Journal after being granted the planning permission, Mrs Williams said: “We’re really pleased and excited. There is still one more application to be approved for the signage, but we can now start work converting the building and installing the kitchen.”

Mrs Williams confirmed that the work should commence in the New Year, and that they hope to be open in the Spring.

She added: “We are a small, family-run business but we hope to create around 20 jobs for local people. We employ locally and source produce locally so it’s good all round for Grantham’s economy.

“All our food is made in-house and sourced from nearby to keep mileage low. This is good for the environment but also for local people and businesses.”