Extended opening hours for The Hothouse Café on Chiswick High Road have been approved, following meeting by a LB Hounslow licensing panel.
The owner, Samy Amer, had applied for an extension to the opening hours to 1.30 am Thursday to Sunday, as well as to extend their licence to sell alcohol from 7.00 am Monday to Friday and from 8.00 am Saturday to Sunday.
The licensing panel decided to grant the application, but with conditions – including a reduction of the asked hours for the sale of alcohol and hours the premises is open to the public.
The sale of alcohol on the premises will now be available from 11.00 am until 11.00 pm Sunday to Thursday and from 11.00 am until 12.00 am on Saturday and Sunday. Live music will continue to be allowed indoors Thursday to Sunday, between the hours of 7.00 pm to 11.00 pm. The premises will be open to the public from 8.00 am until 11.30 pm Sunday to Thursday and until 12.30 am Friday and Saturday.
Some local residents objected to the application largely on the grounds that approval would mean an increase in noise, with Turnham Green ward councillor, Joanna Biddolph, saying the proposed 1.30 am closing time would ‘deny many residents a peaceful night’s sleep.’
Addressing residents’ concerns about noise Mr Amer denied the noise complained of was coming from his premises. He said it was instead mostly emanating from neighbouring premises that stayed open into the late hours of the night. The fact that Mr Amer was happy to sit and speak to anyone with any concerns regarding noise, or any other disturbance caused by the premises, reassured the panel. Mr Amer said he did not want to inconvenience anyone and that he was happy and prepared to work out solutions if there were any issues or concerns.
Letters of support ‘flooded’ into the council
Corine Ashton wrote to The Chiswick Calendar:
‘I am very pleased to hear a victory for the Hothouse (448 Chiswick High Road), as it has now received a late licence! The owner Samy Amer treasures the Hothouse as well as the community, providing a safe, hospitable and family environment. Letters of support flooded into the council to encourage this decision making.’
Prior to the licensing panel meeting last Wednesday (10 August) several Hothouse regulars and some residents emailed the council to support the application.
Wendy Ferris, who lives above premises, said:
‘My husband and family live above the Hothouse and can confirm that the level of the noise is at a level which can be tolerated for obtaining a late licence. We live directly above the premises and can confirm that the noise levels are not excessive and that we have no objection for the licence application to go ahead as long as the noise levels stays the same.’
She added: ‘The proximity of how we live in London is that we all have to try and be considerate that after all he is only trying to run a business.’
Regular customer, Abbas Ghamsari, said:
‘I have been a customer to hothouse for 10 years and I am very happy with the service that Samy provides for the locals. I believe he has applied for a licence which I hope he gets it because it would a shame for this wonderful restaurant to close. I believe the council should support the local businesses especially now that everyone is trying to survive because of COVID-19.’
Another regular customer and long-time friend of the owner, George Baigey, said:
‘I have known Samy for the last 30 years and I have been going to his premises for the last 15 years or so. I have always enjoyed going there. Samy and all his staff are extremely friendly and hospitable towards me. I sometimes hold my work meetings at Hothouse and eat and drink there also. I believe that Mr Amer would be a suitable and responsible applicant to hold a late licence.’
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