Husband and wife sign up for seafront café

PUBLISHED: 15:00 18 May 2011

Portishead Open Air Pool

Portishead Open Air Pool


A SEAFRONT café will reopen under new management in Portishead next week.

Promising retro knickerbocker glories, as well as modern healthy eating, Five Poolside will open at Portishead’s Open Air Pool on Monday.

Pool trustees have signed a temporary lease for the café premises with husband and wife team Alan and Mary Freeman, who currently run the popular Clevedon venue Five The Beach.

Mary, who is well known for her delicious home-made cakes, is no stranger to Portishead, as she used to help her parents run the Scandal Parlour in Portishead High Street nearly 20 years ago.

Before she and Alan took over at Five The Beach four years ago, Mary was also involved in running the Food Hut Café at Golden Acres Nursery in Tickenham.

The restaurant premises have been empty since the eviction of the Lockhouse Lounge owner Deborah Griffith on March 28, following a dispute over unpaid bills. The venue has since undergone deep cleaning and redecoration.

Mary says she is looking forward to being back in Portishead and said: “We are looking forward to working with the trustees and volunteers and are very excited about this opportunity at the pool.”

All of the food cooked at Five Poolside will be homemade and wherever possible locally sourced. The café will be open from 8.30am to welcome customers for breakfast with the morning papers.

Mary says this will blend into an inventive but familiar lunch menu, ending with homemade cakes and cream teas. A healthy children’s menu will also be available for smaller appetites. There are also plans to introduce evening suppers.

Pool volunteers and trustees are planning a series of events in conjunction with the café throughout the summer, including swimming under the stars, late evening openings and parties for children combining pool hire with tea on the poolside terrace.

The lease is to run on a short-term basis while long-term options for the café premises are considered by trustees.

A full tendering process will be implemented later this summer, and around 20 informal expressions of interest have already been received.

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