Former Mail site could be turned into a noodle bar

The former Harborough Mail office at 9 Northampton Road in Market Harborough
The former Harborough Mail office at 9 Northampton Road in Market Harborough

A plan to create another

exciting new restaurant in the centre of Market Harborough has just been submitted to the district council.

The town’s first noodle bar could be created at the former Harborough Mail offices at 9, Northampton Road.

Restaurateur Ms Pennilai Rhodes, from Countesthorpe, is the women behind the restaurant plan.

A change-of-use planning application has been submittedto Harborough District Council to turn the vacant, three-storey property into a restaurant/noodle bar, with seats for about 60 diners over an area of 58 square metres.

There will be no change to the exterior of the property other than the installation of an extractor vent to the rear linked to a new kitchen, and restaurant signage.

“The location is considered ideal, being in close proximity to the centre of town,” says the applicant in the documents submitted to the council.

The building was the Mail’s home from the early 1960s until March of this year.

Prior to that it was a base for Market Harborough Building Society.

The Mail’s reporting team has now relocated to the offices of sister title, the Northamptonshire Telegraph,in Kettering.

Meanwhile, in other town planning news, work has now started on a £300,000 improvement scheme at The Sugar Loaf pub in High Street, Market Harborough.

A new beer garden is being created at the back of the pub, where people will be able to sit round tables outside.

It will include an outside area for smokers.

Sugar Loaf holding manager Adele McCann said: “It’s going to look really lovely. It’s going to lift the whole pub.”

She said the new beer garden should be ready for customers early next year.

The improvement also includes an upstairs staff room for pub workers.

And finally, developers hope to turn a large house in St Mary’s Road, Market Harborough, into an apartment hotel.

The house, at 54 St Mary’s Road, would be extended, altered and converted to comprise one apartment, one restaurant and an “aparthotel” consisting of 13 hotel apartments.

But Market Harborough Civic Society has objected to the scheme, calling it an “undesirable over-development of the site”.

It says the proposed re-development would be out of character with adjoining buildings.