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Council starts search for pavilion café operator

Published on Wednesday, November 8, 2023

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The pavilion on Victoria Park

AN UNUSED space in a sports pavilion on Leicester’s Victoria Park could soon be transformed into a warm and welcoming café.

Leicester City Council, which owns the building, is asking potential operators to come forward, if they’re interested in running a café from the ground floor of the 1950s pavilion.

With its prime location on one of the city’s best-used parks – next to the play area and close to the busy London Road – the pavilion café has the potential to become a popular destination for commuters, families, students and dog walkers.

City Mayor Peter Soulsby said: “We're keen to find out if there's an operator out there who could turn this unused space into an important new community facility.

“With the footfall that Victoria Park enjoys, it’s clear that a café on the park could do extremely well.

“I hope that someone will come forward who can see the potential for the site and who has the means to create a warm and welcoming space that everyone using Victoria Park can enjoy.”

The invitation to tender will be published on Monday (13 November), with would-be operators asked to submit their expressions of interest to the council by 12 noon on Friday 12 January 2024. 

The council would work with the successful operator to upgrade the space – with new electrics, heating, toilets and an outdoor area – but the operator would be responsible for fitting out the café to their own specification.

If the council succeeds in finding a suitable tenant, the new café could open within the next 12-18 months.

More details are available here

The invitation to tender will be available here from Monday (13 November).

Victoria Park is one of Leicester’s best-loved parks. In September, it also became one of the country’s best-known parks, when it hosted the hugely successful BBC Radio 2 in the Park weekend.



Picture caption: The city council is looking for an operator to run a café from the ground floor of the sports pavilion on Victoria Park