‘Yes’ to big revamp of popular Exeter JD Wetherspoon pub’s beer garden

A bid to revamp the beer garden of a popular JD Wetherspoon pub in Exeter has been given the go-ahead. 

Proposals for George’s Meeting House, in South Street, were backed by city council planners.

The pub chain asked for permission to extend the beer garden and change its look with outdoor fairy lights and trellises.

George's Meeting House in South Street, Exeter. Image: Google Maps

George’s Meeting House in South Street, Exeter. Image: Google Maps

A large, timber-framed pergola that would create rows of new, fixed seating is also part of the scheme.

However, initial plans for a retractable canopy which would cover seats during wet weather had to be scrapped following objections from Historic England.

The public body said this addition would be a visually prominent modern intervention and would be harmful to the setting of a Grade I listed building and the surrounding historic townscape.

Exeter City Council planners earlier this month approved the revised scheme for George’s Meeting House under delegated powers.

When the work is carried out, it will mean the beer garden would temporarily shut.

Plans for the beer garden revamp.

Plans for the beer garden revamp.

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