A FISH BAR has applied to keep its temporary outdoor seating as a result of its popularity post-pandemic.

Sobo Fish on Seabourne Road opened just before the Covid-19 pandemic in January 2020 and have said the outdoor seating has become an ‘integral’ part of the business.

Owner Matt Betteridge has applied to BCP Council for an initial temporary order whilst written consent from the local community is gained.

Bournemouth Echo: Matt Betteridge outside Sobo Fish in Southbourne

He said in a planning application to the council that the outdoor seating was installed during Covid to meet social distancing laws.

Mr Betteridge previously told the Echo that outside cover, benches and heated pods were installed in 2020 and were such a success he had to turn away customers. 

Bournemouth Echo: Sobo Fish

He added: “We have utilised the garden for three years with no issues, we are respectful to our neighbours and have restrictions for the use.

“We don’t accept booking after 8pm for the outside space.

“We have no outside music and have a noise management system in place including a Perspex roof above the tables that are next to the fence which are in the closest proximity to our neighbours.

“We have signs up around the outdoor space for customers to respect the neighbours.”

The public can comment on the application until April 20. Last year owners of Sobo Fish launched its own wine bar next door to the restaurant named Sobo Sommelier.

The site offers wine tasting, live music and tapas style dishes.