The Development Applications Board (DAB) has approved plans to redevelop what was once the well known Somerset Country Squire Pub & Restaurant in Sandys.

Owners of the building – Sandys Holding Company were granted approval to knock down sections of the existing building to make way for a new restaurant.

The company plans to offer a “year-round naturally ventilated covered dining facility” with scenic views of Mangrove Bay.

The project includes a beer garden with a covered veranda, new bathrooms, sushi and pizza counters with a bar, dining and areas for food preparation, to accommodate up to 136 guests, with parking for 16 cars and 16 motorcycles. 

Planning officials noted however, that the shortfall as a result of the limited parking spaces allocated, the project was given the green light because there is parking available elsewhere in the area.

“The department believes that there is suitable public parking – particularly along the Mangrove Bay Road area – as well as adequate public transport and pedestrian facilities in the vicinity of the development,” the report said.

In addition, the applicant owns the neighbouring property to the east, which contains a sizeable parking area which can be utilised for overflow parking.”

It was also noted that the proposed design was “not overbearing” and “compatible with the Bermuda image”.

The work will be carried out to the west of the building on Mangrove Bay Road.

The plans were approved on January 14, paving the way for redevelopment of the pub and restaurant which closed two years ago in 2020.