AN award-winning pub landlord has been granted an alcohol licence and late hours opening for a café bar on the outskirts of Bury.

Lisa Moore, who has run The Victoria pub in Hall Street, Walshaw, for five years, has an additional new venture, Cosalea, on Walshaw Road.

The café has operated as a food-only establishment, closing in the late afternoon, since opening last year.

Mrs Moore applied to Bury Council for an alcohol licence so the Cosalea could expand into evening openings and offer a ‘tapas style’ menu.

The Cosalea now has permission to serve booze until 10.30pm on Monday to Thursday, 11.30pm on Fridays and Saturdays and 11pm on Sundays.

A licensing panel from the council heard representations from Mrs Moore and her representative and also from several neighbours who objected to the application on the grounds of noise disturbance, antisocial behaviour, parking, late hours and litter.

The panel heard from solicitor Malcolm Hope, representing Lisa Moore.

He said: “Cosalea opened in September of 2020 as a café setting. The aim of the application is to provide an evening menu with more substantial food, the likes of tapas

“Lisa Moore is the proposed licensee. She is an experienced licensee having run the Victoria in Walshaw for the last five years.

“She has a very particular vision for Cosalea as a place to ‘meet, eat and create’. She places the community at the heart of her business.

“She does a great deal of work for charity and has won the Best of Bury Community Impact award for her work at the Victoria.”

Representations to the panel were made by seven neighbouring residents.

They claimed café customers parked incorrectly on pavements on nearby Chiltern Drive and had blocked the driveways to houses on several occasions.

They claimed the issue of noise was a major concern with people arriving and leaving the premises at night along with being able to drink and eat outside at Cosalea.

The objectors said they had no objection to the café element of the business but the alcohol licence application would impact on the community.

The panel agreed to grant the licence as applied for.