Woodbridge: new building for Caravan Cafe at Ferry Quay

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A popular cafe on the quay overlooking one of Suffolk’s best-known riverside views is to have a new building as part of an improvement project.

There has been a cafe at Ferry Quay in Woodbridge for seven decades and the last, the Caravan Cafe, has been a popular venue with residents and visitors alike.

Now the site owners have obtained consent from East Suffolk Council to replace the caravan with a new building and terrace – a contemporary version of the caravan.

The cafe is currently closed and on its Facebook site the managers said they were looking forward to being reopened as soon as possible.

East Anglian Daily Times: Riverside WoodbridgeEdge of the Woodbridge River (Picture: NewsQuest)

Woodbridge Quay Company said: “The cafe has had to adapt since 2020 due to the pandemic, and as a result the scaffolding outdoor seating area has been provided to encourage customers to continue using the facility.

“This solution is adequate during the summer months, but during the winter months there is no covered seating outside.

“Indoor seating is limited and customers have been reluctant to dine and sit at tables close to each other. As a result, the business has suffered, making it financially unviable.

“The main driver of the current app is therefore to provide a spacious, open, outdoor and sheltered seating area, to encourage customers to continue visiting the cafe and to feel safe while dining.”

The proposal is to demolish the existing building and replace it with a new building, complete with a kitchen with serving hatch and a covered outdoor seating area. The building would be raised to provide protection against possible flooding.

Woodbridge Quay Company added: ‘The new sheltered building/seating will allow the business to reopen and continue to trade year round, hoping to make it a viable business again.’

The history of the cafe, just above the level crossing at the rear of the station, dates back to the 1950s, although it has been rebuilt several times.

Council planning officer Mark Brands said the design was ‘visually good’ and would make a positive contribution to the quay area and the local economy.

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