A POPULAR Benidorm restaurant loved by Brit tourists and expats for its bargain breakfasts and giant Sunday roasts has closed down, the owners revealed today.
The Peppermill has been involved in a long-running legal battle with the local council over a live music licence and now the bosses have finally admitted defeat.
The Peppermill had been ate war with the local council over a live music licence[/caption]
They’ve been told that due to the bar and restaurant’s “rustic” location away from the main strip in the resort they cannot be granted a permit for the live acts crucial for pulling in the punters.
Venues that operate without the correct paperwork face police raids have fines costing thousands of pounds.
The owners – Jane and Trevor Knight – wrote on their Facebook page: “It is with deep regret that we are closing The Peppermill at the end of this month.
“We have been fighting with the town hall for years but due to it being on rustic land they refuse to give us a apatura (licence)and so now we cannot have live music which has lost us a lot of our business.”
They say the lack of the music licence combined with the current “economic climate” has made it impossible to meet spiralling payment.
And after more than a decade playing host to tens of thousands of holidaymakers they have decided to call it a day.
Signing off, the couple wrote: “We would like to thank all our loyal customers for supporting us throughout the last years and here’s to the next chapter ???”
The news has clearly hit the bar’s regulars hard and many have posted moving messages of support online.
Arlene Hosick wrote: “The eyes near popped out of my head when i seen this gutted loved the peppermill lovely meals an friendly staff u will b greatly missed it ll not b the same without u.”
John Frain added: “Such a shame the food and service were great don’t they want business to work in Spain.”
Katie Buckingham wrote: “So gutted I just got home we practically lived there for a week food amazing and the owners soooooo lovely.”
The news comes just a fortnight after the Spanish resort’s legendary Tiki Beach bar has shocked tourists after suddenly reopening – months after it was shut down “for good” by the courts.
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Party-pooping Spanish judges ordered the closure of the ‘controversial’ fun pub last September – devastating thousands of holidaymakers and fun-loving locals.
The hugely-popular watering hole was ordered to close “for good” following years of complaints from bleary-eyed neighbours.
However, it has now reopened as the ‘bar with no name’ in what looks like a cheeky bid to get around the court ruling.
It is best known for its monster breakfasts and giant Sunday roasts[/caption]