Riverside coffee shop given go-ahead to sell alcohol
PUBLISHED: 14:43 05 July 2019 | UPDATED: 16:17 10 July 2019
Picture: GEMMA JARVIS
A coffee shop on Woodbridge's riverside will be allowed to sell alcohol - despite concerns from neighbours about noisy behaviour.
Five people objected to the plans to allow alcohol to be served at Coffeelink at Tide Mill Way, near the old Whisstocks boatyard.
However East Suffolk councillors hearing the application at a meeting at Riduna Park in Melton gave the go-ahead to the plans.
Opponents were concerned that selling alcohol there would cause noise disturbances, pollution from smoking and the possibility of alcohol-related injuries, including drowning in the nearby river.
However Coffelink co-owner Rebecca El-Mahraoui said: "We don't want people to get the wrong idea.
"We applied for this licence because our customers have asked for it and they are not the type of people to go around falling over drunk.
"We will only offer two types of wine and two types of beer for example, just so that people can enjoy a glass of wine when they finish work or before their evening meal.
"We are very customer orientated. We have a need and so do our customers."
Coffeelink is a privately owned family business which began when co-owners Azzouz and Rebecca El-Mahraoui met one sunny day in London in 2003 - over a coffee.
The first official shop opened in 2006 on the Ipswich Waterfront and has been growing steadily across Suffolk and Essex since, taking pride in ethically sourcing their own coffee which they roast and pack themselves in Ipswich.
Mr El-Mahraoui, who was also in attendance at the meeting, said afterwards: "I am relieved and very happy with the decision.
"We want to reassure the local people that this will be managed with care and with our neighbours in mind.
"We love being in Woodbridge, it's a lovely location and we want to thank the community for their support as it's important to us."