Plans have been submitted for a new bar & bistro at Dudley Town Hall, complete with an outside seating area for continental-style drinking & dining during the warmer months.

The new venue will be accessed off Priory Street. It will generate income for the council by providing an additional outlet selling drinks & refreshments for people attending shows at the St James’s Road venue. It's hoped that it will stop concert and gig-goers leaving the Town Hall during intervals to get drinks at nearby pubs.

The plans also reveal that council bosses intend to open the new bar & bistro every day, not just when shows are taking place at the venue.

Councillor Ian Kettle, cabinet member for regeneration & enterprise, said: "This is an exciting development for the Town Hall, and for Dudley town centre.

"The existing bar at the Town Hall is too small, and as a result for many years people have chosen to buy pre-show or interval drinks at nearby pubs rather than at the venue.

"We need to maximise the hall’s revenue opportunities to ensure it remains a viable venue in the future, and this will help us to do that."

The planning application has been submitted by Dudley Council this week, and will be determined in due course.