Chef Singh’s new eatery faces the music

Pic Greg Macvean - 28/11/2013 - Glenfiddich Spirit Of Scotland awards 2013 at Prestonfield House Hotel - chefs Tony Singh, Michael Smith, Roy Brett
Pic Greg Macvean - 28/11/2013 - Glenfiddich Spirit Of Scotland awards 2013 at Prestonfield House Hotel - chefs Tony Singh, Michael Smith, Roy Brett
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The Peeblesshire restaurant bought last year by celebrity chef Tony Singh is facing a barrage of dissent over its bid to host live music events.

No fewer than nine neighbours of the 70-cover Old Bakehouse in Main Street, West Linton, have written letters of objection to Scottish Borders Licensing Board which will consider the application tomorrow (Friday).

Councillors will hear that the venue has put on numerous live bands since Mr Singh – star of recent TV shows The Incredible Spice Men and A Cook Abroad – took over.

In May, near-neighbour Hannah Amos complained to Scottish Borders Council that the noise from a rock band had gone on into the “wee small hours”, claiming the music could be heard in every room of her home.

As a result, it was discovered that Mr Singh’s operating plan for the premises had, in fact, no provision for live music.

“This was brought to the attention of management which undertook to have no further music events and to give consideration to applying to vary the terms of the operating plan,” says licensing standards officer Ian Tunnah in a letter to the board.

Earlier this month, West Linton Community Council was assured that live music would be restricted to one Saturday a month and would not continue beyond 11pm. The community council is not objecting, although it is asking the board to ensure noise levels are monitored and that any violations should result in an immediate licence review.

But Mrs Amos and eight other neighbours have lodged objections.

“I’m concerned the Bakehouse is attempting to turn into a pub,” states Mrs Amos, while resident David Campbell avers: “The venue is not suitable for live music and the impact on local residents would be inappropriate.”

Neither the police nor Mr Tunnah have objected to the amended operating plan, although the latter is recommending that Mr Singh provides a written undertaking on how noise will be controlled.