Saved? York pub earmarked for demolition could be turned into a drive-thru coffee shop

Inside the Four Alls Inn. Photograph: Facebook

A pub near York that was set to be demolished could now enjoy a new lease of life as a drive-thru coffee shop.

Punch Partnerships Ltd, which owns the Four Alls Inn on the A64, wanted to tear it down and replace it with five houses.

The plan drew criticism from the York Campaign for Real Ale, and from York Civic Trust which said the Victorian-era pub had historic value and should be saved.

Now a new planning application has been submitted to City of York Council, asking permission to turn the building into a shop and coffee shop, plus offices on the first floor.

Open seven days a week

The Four Alls on the A64 at Stockton on the Forest. Photograph © Google Street View

The planning application, submitted by Dennis Harley Developments, says: “The main public house building is mainly two storey in height of brick elevations with pitched tiled roof.

“The trading levels of the Four Alls Inn have seen a decline, with a reduction of circa 25 per cent over the last year.

“The site is located in the York Green Belt.

“The proposal will utilise the existing vacant inn to form one drive-thru coffee shop with offices above and the existing garage building will form one [retail] unit.”

It adds that there will be 45 parking spaces – including two disabled bays and two electric charging points.

And the opening hours are expected to be from 5am to 11pm, seven days a week.

The application adds:

  • The proposal is of a scale and design that will sit sympathetically within the context of the site and the wider area while utilising an existing vacant building.

    The proposal will employ approximately 25 people and thus contribute to the local authority.