Hugh Town Pub Applying For Roof Terrace

The Mermaid Inn

Outdoor drinking with a view may be on the cards next season if planners approve a roof terrace for the Mermaid Inn.

Britain’s biggest pub chain, Punch Taverns, who lease out the pub, has applied for consent to add the upstairs, outdoor deck overlooking St Mary’s harbour.

They want to build a staircase in a pitched roof extension with a seating area on top of the flat roof that extends out from the back of the pub, parallel to the quay access roadway. There would be guardrails around the side of the roof.

The exterior work will be part of the refurbishment, which the applicant says is needed to revitalise the interior and sustain tourism.

In their application, they refer to the Atlantic Hotel, which also has a roof area and the plans for another outdoor terrace as part of the Harbourside Hotel refurbishment.

Planners will discuss the application on January 22nd.


11 Responses to Hugh Town Pub Applying For Roof Terrace

  1. Adam Morton,St.Martins December 24, 2012 at 9:19 am

    In islands that claim to be worried about the future of the economy ie tourism, the ammounts of complaints seem OTT. In practice the busy part of the season where businesses have to make enough money to stay afloat for the rest of the year is arround 8 weeks long leaving 44 weeks to get over it! In these days with double glazing & insulation sound dosent tend to be a problem unless your looking for one. I dont doubt the authority will load it up with restrictions in order to justify its self anyway. By the time this noise becomes an issue it will be getting dark. Im quite sure planning can limit it to times that dont coincide with people sleeping,then the smokers can stand in the street at the front as they do now!

  2. badger December 23, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    Entirely siding with peter here, sounds like a great idea!

  3. Agnes Nitt December 23, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    Oh great, let the smokers light up there, alienating the majority of other drinkers. Why should they be able to spoil everyone elses enjoyment of a summers evening, the gig races finishing and the Samson Sunset!

  4. pete December 23, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    How can people object to this ?
    tregarthens has an outdoor terrace less than 100m away and the atlantic inn has had a patio for years which has now been added to be the roof terrace for the hotel, which are less than 300m away.
    the club as a little terrrace and the bishop a beer garden, porthcressa had a balcany.

    imagine watching the end of the summer gig races and sunsets from up there ?

    i think its a great idea and as long as all reg’s etc are passed cant see an issue
    as to noise then surely a “closing time ” could be put on it say 10pm in summer keeping all the noisy complainants happy.

    maybe a part could be given to the smokers so stopping them having to stand in the door way on the main street, possibly adding to any noise issues

  5. Just a local December 22, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    It amazes me some people’s thinking. Jenny , there is a big drop off the quay, there is a big drop off the Atlantic beer garden. Obviously it will be made safe. It is such a needed thing, a place to sit outside , the mermaid has no place for smokers other than in the road. Every other pub has an outdoor area, lets get this idea rolling and support a great application . Yippeeeeee.

  6. Jenny Green December 22, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    A bit worrying- the combination of alcohol and a big drop over the balastrade. Noise from the roof would carry to holiday accommodation, eg: Tregarthan’s Hotel. What may benefit a few pub visitors & locals and share holders, could take away from other people dependent on visitor accommodation in the vacinity. Not an east decision to make.

  7. Steve December 22, 2012 at 10:21 am

    Good to see someone still has the confidence to invest in the Island’s tourist industry. Provided the development is sympathetic to its surroundings I hope the planners will give it the green light

  8. Maggie December 22, 2012 at 8:22 am

    A terrible idea! I foresee objects being hurled and bad language shouted out, no no no!

  9. Bev December 21, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    Great news. St Marys needs more outdoor areas looking over the sea, for eating and drinking. Be even better if it was non-smoking please!

    • IanT December 22, 2012 at 2:20 pm

      Not great news for those that live in Pentland Flats which will be overlooked and suffer from the noise etc. This application was turned down once before for those reasons.

  10. Katie December 21, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    Love it! About time we had some more places to eat/drink next to the beach over here especially since we lost the Porthcressa pub