Café-bar chain plans to open in Reigate High Street

27-29 High Street, Reigate (photo by reigate.uk)

National café-bar brand Lounge is planning to open at the former Martin’s newsagent and post office in Reigate High Street.

Lounge has 138 sites across the UK, “combining elements of coffee shop culture, the British pub and dining”.

A spokesman for Loungers, the parent company, said last week that they were looking at a likely launch date of spring 2021.

He said: “We believe our Lounge brand will be a tremendous fit for the town of Reigate and its people.

“We provide a high quality, all day offer to suit every type of customer.

“We will create a wonderful Lounge environment on the High Street and customers can use it exactly as it suits them – for a great breakfast, morning coffee, lunch with friends, tea and gorgeous cakes and for delicious evening meals.

“We have a great drinks and cocktails menu too. All served by our totally lovely staff. We are great with kids, and love dogs too.”

A licensing application has already been granted by Reigate & Banstead Borough Council, after no representations were received.

The papers show that the ground floor (at street level) will house the eating and drinking area, along with a bar, cellar, kitchen and accessible toilet.

More toilets, and store rooms, will be located on the first floor.

Alcohol can be sold until midnight Thursday to Saturday, and until 11pm for the rest of the week.

Planning applications have also been filed, but these are still to be decided by the borough council.

One application is for outside seating at the front, on the High Street, with drawings showing four tables.

Another planning application concerns the ventilation system, but also refers to an intended remodelling of the shopfront.

The site was previously occupied by newsagent Martin’s and included a post office. However, they both closed in March this year following a decision by national retailer McColl’s not to renew its lease at the site.

A new post office has since opened in Church Street.