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Historic City Centre retail unit to be converted to bar

Feb 9, 2016

Barker Storey Matthews Peterborough office has placed 8b Church Street just off Cathedral Square under offer to a bar occupier who is expected to take occupation by April 2016. The property, one of Peterborough city centres few remaining original buildings, is a real hidden gem with exceptional character.

8 Church Street in 2016 8 Church Street c.1905 8 Church Street as the Tokio Tea Rooms

The 1,185 sq ft retail premises, formerly the location of Ladbrokes since the mid-1970’s, attracted significant attention from several restaurant and bar occupiers whilst on the market. The owner of the property is currently undertaking renovation work on the site and has submitted a change of use application to a bar/restaurant premises with Peterborough City Council. It was during the restoration works and planning application that a number of the key features of the grade ii listed property became exposed. 

The property is approximated to be around 350 years old and is one of very few timber frame constructed properties within the city centre. It is set roughly a foot lower than the current high street, on the same level as St John the Baptist Church, the original height of the street some 300 years ago. During restoration the current owner uncovered a significant portion of the original brick work and some of the original timber frames of the property which will remain exposed upon occupation.

The bar occupier whose identity cannot presently be disclosed will be an excellent addition to the nightlife, leisure and entertainment industry within Peterborough.

An archive photograph (Image 2) of the property c1905 has been discovered and shows the view towards Cowgate with 8 Church Street on the left. An alternative view (image 3 looking down Church Street towards Cathedral Square shows the property as the ‘Tokio Tea Rooms’ although the date of this view is currently unclear. 

8a Church Street comprises the upper floor of the property totalling 1,003 sq ft and is currently available to let. For more information about this property contact Richard Jones at Barker Storey Matthews on 01733 897722

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