A BRAND new evening cheese and wine bar – called Field of Cheese – could open at a former barber shop, in Coggeshall.

A bid has gone in to open the eatery, which would serve cheese boards, cold meat platters and Italian antipasti, in Bridge Street.

The building has been empty since February 2018 when the owners of the Demon Barber shop decided to retire after 27 years.

The planning application says: “We believe this is an excellent and unique location to open such a business, as there is nothing similar in the near vicinity.

“The type of establishment we are creating is also not in direct competition with the existing local businesses in Coggeshall, as we believe none are offering the type of food or drink that we will offer.

“We plan on selling cheese boards, cold meat platters, and antipasti.

“No ovens or cooking appliances will be present in the property and no hot food will be cooked or served on the premises.

“Due to the nature of the food we are providing, we anticipate waste disposal to be at a minimum.

“Drink sales will consist of wines, craft bottled beers and soft drinks.

“No drinks will be served on tap at this stage.”

The applicants say they want to open from 6pm on Thursdays and Fridays and from midday at weekends with a closing time of 11.30pm and could look to open on other days of the week in the future.

The planning application adds: “The day to day running of the business will be managed and run by ourselves, as the new owners of the property, as well as assistance from family members.

“Additionally, we will seek to employee one or two part-time staff members from the local area, with the potential to increase staffing as the business grows.”