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Highgate neighbours told: No need to fear chippie disturbance

Carob Tree owner says business will keep name after changes

07 February, 2019

Ben Deryaoglu

A RESTAURATEUR who has faced criticism over plans to serve fish and chips from a side window says he has no choice but to change his Highgate business.

Husband and wife Ben and Aysun Deryaoglu are bidding for permission to make alterations at the Carob Tree restaurant at the corner of Swains Lane and Highgate Road, an application opposed by some neighbours who say a chippie would not fit with the area.

Critics were accused of being “snobs” after the New Journal article last week, but Mr Deryaoglu moved to reassure residents this week by insisting plans were for “a little shop, like a deli or a bistro”.

The move follows a mix-up with the lease and the discovery that an extension and basement area are not covered by the couple’s contract with the landlord.

The couple, who took over two years ago, will have to pay extra to freeholder Fruition Properties, to use the extension or face the landlord taking possession.

Brookfield Tenants’ and Leaseholders’ Association, representing residents who live in a block of mansion flats nearby, fear the changes would bring crowds, litter and noise.

Apart from removing doors leading to a bin store, there would be no other changes to the facade.

The Carob Tree name would remain and the current restaurant area would be untouched, serving the same menu as at present, Mr Deryaoglu said.

He added: “We are not applying to change the opening hours. We also would not tolerate any litter outside our restaurant. We are known for our fish and so we will draw on that.”

“The new area will be high quality, serving fresh fruit juices and a range of other food and drink that could include fish and chips too. It will make the Carob Tree a better place.”

New Journal readers flooded our Facebook com­ments section this week with responses, many saying the area needed a good fish-and-chip shop.

Mr Deryaoglu said: “The most important thing is to clear up the issues over the extension and access to it, not so much what we serve. We have invested a lot in the Carob Tree and we want it to be popular and used by people who live here.”

“We would never do anything to jeopardise the relationship we have with our community. After all, they are the people we need to support our business.”

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