La Trompette To Expand in Chiswick

Popular Michelin-starred restaurant to get more dining space


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La Trompette is planning to extend its restaurant in Chiswick because of its popularity.

The Michelin-starred restaurant in Devonshire Road had purchased a vacant retail outlet next door and permission to incorporate the space into the restaurant has now been approved.

The owner of La Trompette, Nigel Platts-Martin estimated it will give them an extra 20% capacity. He said he was very pleased that Hounslow Council has approved a change of use for the property so that it can now become part of the restaurant.

“ There’s a long way to go and we cannot say exactly when the works will begin, or indeed how long it will take. But it’s marvellous news for us and it’s a good thing for Chiswick, something positive at a time when we are seeing places closing .”

The building works will require that La Trompette close for a period but he was unable at this stage to say when, or for how long.

La Trompette came to Chiswick in 2001 and has been consistently popular. It won its Michelin star in 2008. The partnership of Mr. Platts-Martin, who lives in Chiswick, and Bruce Poole (of Chez Bruce in Wandsworth) also owns the successful Glasshouse restaurant in Kew.

The restaurant purchased the ground floor retail unit some time ago and had been seeking permission for a change of use from retail, to restaurant. The upstairs flat at the premises, 3, Devonshire Road, remains unaffected.

The matter came under for discussion at the Sustainable Development Committee meeting in Hounslow last night ( Thursday, March 29 nth).

The committee heard that the application was for a change of use from A1 (retail), to A3 (restaurant) use on the ground floor of number 3, Devonshire Road. An internal opening was planned to allow access to the restaurant ( at number 5) and the space would then be used for ancillary seating.

The restaurant entrance would remain in the same position and there would not be any outside seating.

Residents were consulted last July about the proposed changes, and while seven letters of support were sent, some residents were worried about noise and disturbance. There are a number of flats along the street over retail outlets.

But the Committee was advised that the proposed changes would not affect the vitality of the area within Devonshire Road, or have an impact on the mixture of retail and residential use. Allowing the development would also be bringing a vacant unit back into use. Conditions relating to additional noise were proposed including the installation of sound insulation, a ban on the use of any outdoor fans and no extra outdoor seating. The change of use was approved at the meeting.

March 30, 2012