Newbury College plans to create 'fine dining' restaurant

Artist’s impression of the new restaurant
Image caption Students on catering and foundation courses will be able to train within the restaurant

A Berkshire college has announced plans to create a new restaurant accommodating 26 people to teach students how to deliver "fine dining".

Newbury College has applied for planning permission to build the restaurant in the grounds of its Monks Lane Campus.

It is being funded by a government grant through West Berkshire Council and the food will be subsidised.

If permission is granted the restaurants is set to open in May 2013.

Bill Blythe, Newbury College finance director who is overseeing the project, said: "Our previous site had a restaurant, and after many requests for dining at the college we thought that it would be a fantastic opportunity to welcome in the local community, and will be a great experience for our learners."

He said students from various departments, including Foundation Learning and Hospitality and Catering, would be able to train within the restaurant.

The grant comes from the Education Funding Agency.

The restaurant would "make the fine dining experience affordable, especially during a financially tough times," he added.

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