Wine bar proposed for Higher Buxton

The former Green Man Gallery, London Road, Buxton
The former Green Man Gallery, London Road, Buxton

Buxton could soon have a new steak and wine bar, creating up to ten jobs.

Builder Fraser Bloor has applied for planning permission to convert the former Green Man Gallery, at 55, High Street, into an restaurant and bar.

If approved by High Peak Borough Council, the venue will be named Harley’s, after the applicant’s son, and is expected to open mid-November.

He said he hopes the proposal, alongside the planned Premier Inn on London Road, will help revitalise Higher Buxton and around the Fiveways junction.

Fraser, of St John’s Road, Buxton, said: “A lot of bars have opened down in the town centre but a four or five units have closed down next to the gallery.

“It will hopefully give the area a bit of a kickstart. 95 per cent of people I’ve spoken to it are for it.”

He added that the restaurant was already licensed, would be “upmarket” and quashed rumours about late opening hours and a new nightclub.

If given the green light, Harley’s would be family run and would employ at least two full time staff and up to eight part time employees.

Downstairs would be transformed into a wine bar and the first floor would become a steak restaurant.

A decision is expected on the change of use for the premises in October.

Community art space Green Man Gallery closed on August bank holiday weekend and reopened at Hardwick Hall, Buxton, on September 12.