A new barbecue restaurant is coming to Hitchin after a planning application was submitted to make changes to a unit in Bancroft.

Craft and Cleaver, which currently has a site in St Albans and is a popular spot in the city, is set to take over the Grade II-listed building that was formerly home to Prezzo.

The unit has stood empty since 2021 when the chain closed the restaurant, but it is now set for a new lease of life, with a planning application submitted by Craft and Cleaver owner Adam Richardson, revealing changes that are set to take place.

According to plans, "internal refurbishments" will take place, including the removal of a pizza oven, installation of stud partition to create additional food preparation area and barrel store cellar, as well as alterations to bar area.

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Craft and Cleaver has also applied to North Hertfordshire Council for a premises licence to serve alcohol every day from 11am to 11.30pm, except on Friday and Saturday, with the hours.

A proposed floor plan for the new restaurant showed that the bar will be located towards the front, with most other amenities on the right, including the food pass.

This will leave plenty of space for seating, while the outdoor seating area at the rear of the unit will remain.

Craft and Cleaver's menu is an exciting one for meat lovers, with a range of burgers, barbecues and skillets on offer, as well as small plates and a brunch menu.