Fears over loud music unjust, says hotel boss

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A hotel chain has moved to allay fears of loud and late-night music at a new restaurant in a traditionally quiet part of Sudbury.

Essex-based restaurant chain Rare Cow is in the process of purchasing the Boat House Hotel in Cross Street and their application for music seven days a week has alarmed one resident, who is fearful of the impact it could have on the area.

Graeme Munro, from Laundry Gardens, said that while he was pleased the site was being used, he was worried about the impact of music being played at the venue.

“It’s surrounded by properties,” he said. “It’s a notable area for being quiet and sound will carry across the meadows.”

Les Richards, a director at Rare Cow, has acted to ease resident’s reservations.

“We offer more of a fine dining experience,” he said. “We are a steak restaurant and we serve some of the best steaks from across the world.

“Some of our bottles of champagne and wine cost up to £300. We’re not looking for a 20-piece rock band, we’re not that kind of place.”

Instead, the company plans to follow the route of other restaurants in the chain – in Billericay and Writtle – by having saxophonists and acoustic guitarists playing background music.

Mr Richards said the firm would do everything possible to ensure noise was kept inside the restaurant and was keen to speak to residents to address any concerns.

“We want residents to like us,” he said. “It’s in our interests that they are happy.”

Babergh District Council’s licensing department confirmed it was likely the application for both music and alcohol service hours would go to a committee hearing.

The firm has applied for live music until midnight from Mondays to Saturdays and until 11pm on Sundays.